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Untold Stories: Built for Speed:
The History & Evolution of
Harley-Davidson Racing

Race fuel. Burning rubber. Checkered Flags. The Wrecking Crew. Springfield. Indy. Daytona.

From Walter Davidson’s two-day endurance victory in 1908 to Eddie Krawiec’s dominating 2012 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship, Harley-Davidson has a rich and unrivaled racing history. Come bask in the glory, and experience Built for Speed: The History & Evolution of Harley-Davidson Racing.

Hosted by AMA Pro XR1200 racer and Harley-Davidson Consumer Events Director Paul James, you’ll meet and hear from:

• Three-time and defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champions and current class top speed record holder Eddie Krawiec of the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team

• Three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion and current class ET record holder Andrew Hines of the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team

• Three-time AMA Pro Racing Grand National Champion Harley-Davidson/Screamin’ Eagle factory flat track racer Kenny Coolbeth

• Nine-time AMA Pro Grand National Champion, all-time record AMA Pro Grand National race winner, 3-time AMA Pro Athlete of the Year and AMA Hall of Fame member Scott Parker

• Harley-Davidson Museum Archives Manager Bill Jackson

Racer Bios

  • Kenny Coolbeth
    Kenny Coolbeth

    Kenny Coolbeth

    Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth has been racing – and winning – on motorcycles since he was five years old. The 33-year-old Connecticut native is a third-generation motorcycle racer and has been a member of the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson flat track team since 2006.

    Coolbeth is a three-time Grand National Champion riding for the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Factory Team (2006-2008). In 2012 Coolbeth finished the Grand National season in seventh place, with wins at Knoxville, Iowa, and Pomona, California. Both wins came after Coolbeth recovered from a leg fracture suffered at the Lima, Ohio, race, which caused the Harley rider to miss two races in the middle of
    the season.

    Coolbeth has 28 wins in eight seasons of racing at the Grand National level. He was named the AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year in 1994, and began a steady climb up the ranks in Grand National competition. He won his first Grand National race
    in 2002.

    Coolbeth once worked construction jobs between races, but now races full-time for a living, training between events on both flat-track and motocross motorcycles. During the long New England winters, ice racing on local ponds keeps his skills sharp.

    “Riding for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team is still the best opportunity in the sport,” said Coolbeth. “They give me excellent equipment and put me in position to win the championship every season. This team has produced so many Grand National champions over the years; I feel like all those great riders are with me every time I zip up the factory leathers.”

  • Andrew Hines
    Andrew Hines

    Andrew Hines

    Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines is a three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion. Hines made his professional drag racing debut with the Screamin’ Eagle team in 2002 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver. In 2004, at age 21, he became the youngest world champion in NHRA history as he rode the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod to the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

    In 2005, Hines opened the season at Gainesville with a 6.991-second run to become the first Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to make a pass under seven seconds. Hines won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship again in 2005 and 2006. In 2012 Hines scored a career-best six event wins in 11 final-round appearances, and on Oct. 9, 2012, set a new Pro Stock Motorcycle national Elapsed Time (ET) record of 6.728 seconds at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Hines qualified for the Countdown to the Championship playoff series, and finished second in season points.

    Andrew is the son of Vance & Hines Motorsports co-founder Byron Hines, whose teams have earned 12 national drag racing championships. His older brother, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines crew chief Matt Hines, also was a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion.

    Andrew Hines works in the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines race shop and is an active participant in the assembly and testing of the team’s Harley-Davidson V-Rod Pro Stock motorcycles.

  • Paul James
    Paul James

    Paul James

    Paul James is a 15-year veteran of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and has held a variety of roles in Harley-Davidson’s communication and marketing departments, working on Harley’s PR, social media, entertainment marketing and most recently consumer events team. Paul is an avid motorcyclist and started club level road racing in 1994. He has raced in the 24-hours of Willow Springs, the 8-Hours of Daytona and the Daytona 200 and is currently competing in AMA Pro Racing’s Vance & Hines XR1200 series.

  • Eddie Krawiec
    Eddie Krawiec

    Eddie Krawiec

    Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec is a three-time NHRA® Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, riding a Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rod to the title in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

    Krawiec began his motorcycle drag-racing career in 1999. He earned nine wins in the AMA Pro Star series and twice finished second in Pro Star points (2002-‘03). He made his NHRA debut in 2004, and was working as the manager of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, when he was invited to join the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team before the 2007 season. In his first full NHRA season, Krawiec qualified for the Countdown playoffs and finished seventh in season points. In 2008, he qualified seventh for the Countdown and won 14 of a possible 20 rounds during the five-race playoffs, and won the 2008 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship. Krawiec was only second driver and first since Rob Bruins (TF) in 1979 to win a championship without winning a race. Krawiec won four events and claimed his second Pro Stock Motorcycle championship in 2011.

    Krawiec successfully defended his Pro Stock Motorcycle title in 2012, dominating the class with nine wins in 11 final-round appearances, twice winning at three events in a row. He was the top qualifier for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs and won the championship by 82 points. On March 2, 2012, Krawiec set a new NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle national Elapsed Time (ET) record of 6.750 seconds at Gainesville, Florida, a mark that was surpassed later in the season by his Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines teammate, Andrew Hines.

    Krawiec set the Pro Stock Motorcycle top-speed record of 199.26 mph at Gainesville in 2011.

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Children (5-17 years): $10
Children (under 5): Free with Adult
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Military & Students: $12 (with ID)
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