Annual Non-Rally Benchmark Works, Sturgis, Mississippi E-mail
Written by BMWVMCA NEWS   
Friday, 05 April 2013
Just as a reminder, we are doing our gathering of old friends along with a swap meet, kicking tires, and lying again this year, April 19-22, 2018.   So, everyone is invited to come. Stick that old BMW in the back of the truck, and escape the snow up North.....


All vintage BMW motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to gather at Craig and Elaine Vechorik's Bench Mark Works LLC motorcycle museum, campground and vintage parts store for a weekend of vintage BMW motorcycle-related activities.


Craig "Vech" will likely present impromptu technical seminars to share mechanical knowledge he has gained in over forty years of repairing and restoring vintage BMWs.


There is no gate fee for the event.  There is room onsite for camping but no meals will be served so as to keep the stress levels down on Vech and Elaine.  Weather permitting, there will be a Saturday evening group ride to eat at Pap's in Ackerman, MS.


Bring your old spare parts to sell. Lots of fun - browse used parts, kick tires, and show off!


If it rains, there is plenty of room inside to enjoy your weekend. Children and pets (tasty ones) are welcome at the event. (only kidding!)


RV space is only available at city park, about one mile from Bench Mark Works LLC. For RV space rentals at City Park, call Sturgis Town Hall at 662-465-7970


Bench Mark Works LLC is located:


- Twenty miles west of Starkville, MS

- Nine miles east of Ackerman, MS after you get off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway

- Three hours west of Birmingham, AL





Bench Mark Works LLC

89 Earles Fork Rd

Sturgis, MS 39769

662 465 6444

BMW MOA Ambassador #9462




Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 March 2018 )
Vintage 1954 BMW R25/3 Sets 3 New Land Speed Records at the Maxton Mile E-mail
Written by BMWVMCA NEWS   
Saturday, 06 November 2010


By Daniel May

On the weekend of October 30th, 2010 I headed from Chicago to Maxton North Carolina to run my BMW R25/3 at the last East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) [] meet of the year.  I had run earlier in the year and set a new course record of 67.199 MPH.  This time, under the new moniker of “Chicago Vintage Racing”, my racing partner Rebecca Berneck [ ]  and I came home with three new records.  The most impressive was Rebecca’s run of 72.085 MPH [ ], setting a new world record in the P/PV-250/4 class, beating the existing record of 69.224 MPH [ ] set at Bonneville in 2009, on a BMW R25/2 (The “Freedle Flyer”).  I set two additional Maxton ECTA records in the M/VG-250/4 and M/VF-250/4 [ ] classes, running at 67.697 MPH and 66.530 MPH.

The Bike


The 1954 R25/3 [ ] is 100% stock appearing, and qualifies for the P/PV-250/4 class.  This is production frame, production engine, vintage 250cc motorcycles, anything built prior to 1956.  I made only a few minor tweaks to the bike built by the Veteran BMW Clubs own Richard Sheckler.  During the original restoration, I had mentioned to Richard that I was interested in doing some vintage LSR (Land Speed Racing) with the bike, so we put in a high compression piston, a lightened flywheel, and some other minor motor tweaks.  The ECTA rules allow you to replace the stock handlebars, which I did with a pair of drag bars I picked up at the Veterans/Bench Mark Works rally swap meet last year.  I also had to do your standard safety modifications such as drilling and safety wiring all critical components, and covering the crossover fuel lines with fireproof sheathing. The final modification was a tethered kill switch, in case the bike got away from me. 

The Trip

The winter had come late to Chicago, which was a nice for a change.  For the 15 hour trip, I decided to use a hitch based bike carrier, the VersaHaul [ ].  The warm weather made loading and traveling a lot easier, and by not pulling a trailer we were able to traverse the Smokey Mountains at a reasonable speed.



After a short stay in Ashville, North Carolina for the evening, we were back on the road early Friday morning to make it to Maxton in time for tech inspection and rookie orientation.  Rebecca had never run at Maxton, and all new riders must go through rookie orientation before they can get on the course.



Tech inspection was a challenge this time.  The bike passed with flying colors in June, but this time it was tougher.  I had to put an additional battery strap on as the original, stock one was deemed insufficient.  I had also been running with the stock air cleaner and housing removed, replaced by a K&N filter.  According to the rules, you can remove the air filter element and remain in the production class, but not the air filter housing.  The R25/3 is unique in the way BMW designed the air intake.  The air intake picks up from underneath the gas tank, and runs through the tank to the carburetor on the back of the engine (see picture).  The inspector wanted the original combination filter/housing back on, but said I could remove the internal steel wool like filter element.  Luckily I had brought the original (or else I would have been bumped up to the “modified” class).  As luck would have it, I was pitted next to a mobile welding truck who had all the equipment to quickly remove the filter innards.  I was worried about how this would affect my carburetor jetting, as Richard Sheckler had tuned the bike to run with the K&N filter, but more on that later.



Once our riding gear was tech inspected also, we rushed to the rookies meeting.  A very informative step by step review of all procedures, and a drive down the course got us both ready for the first run in the morning.


Racing, Day 1






Rise and Shine, a 6:00 AM wake-up call put us at the track by 7:30 AM.  Mandatory drivers meeting is at 8:30 AM, with the first vehicle on the track by 9:00 AM.  We had left the bike at the track Friday night rather than hauling it back to the hotel each night.  There have been reports of bike thefts in the past, so I locked it up with a big fat cable to the BMW Performance Division trailer that was parked next to us.  They were at Maxton testing the new BMW S1000RR [ ] with Brock’s Performance trying to break 200 MPH on a near stock bike (they did break 200 MPH late on Sunday).  The R25/3 was wet with dew from the cool night, so we wiped her down and headed to fuel up. If you are running a “Gas” or “Production” class, you must buy fuel from the seller at the track and have your tank sealed.  We filled up with 100 Octane (the lowest they had), and got the bike in line for the first run.  The weather was hovering around the high 40’s and low 50’s.  This was much cooler than when I had last tested and tuned the bike.  The cold weather combined with the air cleaner change I had to make made me suspect that I might have a jetting issue, but decided to run it as is to get a good baseline.  The wind was not helping either, 8 MPH the wrong way.  I suited up first, and had a disappointing run of 62.381 MPH, much slower than the record I had set in June.  The bike felt lean, starving bad in 3rd gear.


We switched riders over to Rebecca, and got the bike back in line for the second run. We waited over 3 hours to run again.  A rider had gone down on the course, and the ambulance had to take him to the hospital.  He had a compound fracture on his wrist, he was okay.  We could not run again until the ambulance got back to the track.  Blessing in disguise, as the temperature was in the 70’s now, and the wind had shifted in our favor, making it a 3 MPH tail wind.  Rebecca took the course, and made a stellar first run, 70.034 MPH, a new world record on her first try !  After she stopped jumping up and down from excitement, she recorded the record with the officials, and we hurried to get another run in.  I wanted to get as many runs in as possible, and possibly play with some jetting as the day went on.  The spark plug showed it still being a little lean.  I took a picture of the plug with my mobile phone, and emailed it to Richard Sheckler, he confirmed my diagnosis, lean.


Run 3 of the day was a DNF (Did not Finish).  The bike died around the ¾ mile mark.  Back in the pits I pulled the fuel line, and very little was flowing.  I had a similar experience in June, the gas cap will not always vent properly and running her at wide open causes fuel starvation.  Once the cap is cracked, you here the sucking sound like when you open a bottle of pickles, and fuel flows fine out of the gas line.  For the rest of the runs we idle as little as possible at the staging area, and “burp” the cap right before we run.  It is a band-aid but it gets us through the weekend.


Run 4 of the day was an even better improvement, another new world record at 71.880.  Rebecca was learning the art of tucking, and the wind and weather was only improving on each run.  Since we had a firm record in the bag, we decided to go a little fatter on the carburetor jetting just to see if it would make a difference.  The plug still was just a hair on the lean side.  It would have to wait until Sunday, as we ran out of time.

Racing, Day 2



5:30 Wake Up Call! Ouch! We wanted to get in a full day of runs, so we were in the staging line by 7:15 AM.  Since Rebecca had established a firm new world record in the P/PV class on Saturday, I decided to run in the M/VG-250/4 (Modified/Vintage Gasoline) and M/VF-250/4 (Modified/Vintage Fuel) classes which had no standing records at Maxton.  This class covers any pre-1956 250cc motorcycle, and requires at least one engine or frame modification. That said, we removed the stock air box and ran with no air cleaner, which was enough to move us from production to modified class. In reality, if we were to be ultra-competitive in this class, we would do a lot more modifications to the bike. Remember, we are running the richer carburetor jet now.  The bike, again, does not like to perform well in cold weather. That combined with a morning head wind, and a fully fogged face shield, made for a rather unimpressive run. Even though this set a new ECTA record in its class, I wanted to give it another try as the day was warming up.  On my second run of the day I hit 67.69737 MPH [ ].  This was a much better run, and the bike felt very strong. This bumped the record from the previous run, so we made a another class change to M/VF (Modified/Vintage Fuel), which also had no standing record. This class is similar in all aspects to the M/VG, with the exception that you are able to run any type of fuel, not just gasoline. We chose to continue to run the same official gasoline that we had been running all weekend, and wanted to see if we could improve upon speed times with better weather conditions and rider positioning.  My 3rd and final run of the morning got slower instead of faster, but still set a record at 66.53019 MPH [ ]. The bike felt good, but perhaps the fatter jet is working against us now, since the weather is warming (and the wind continues to be uncooperative). At this point, we have three distinct class records under our belt, so we decided to return to the P/PV class in which we are most competitive. We submitted a driver change, and Rebecca gets back into her leathers.



For the rest of the day, Rebecca gets in 6 more runs. What a difference on Sunday, many riders clear out before noon to head home, so we are making “hot laps”.  We decide to stay until the bitter end, taking advantage of the open course to perfect our riding tuck.  On run #8, we lean the carburetor back down and Rebecca hits another new record of 72.08536 MPH! [ ]


We pack up the pit and bike, and head back to Chicago, already thinking about the changes we are going to make for next year… 


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Rebecca’s Blog “Becks Garage” (


Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 January 2013 )
Vintage BMW Racing Team on a fever pitch to Bonneville 2009 E-mail
Written by Paul Clark   
Thursday, 06 August 2009
  • Track conditions reported extremely good -
  • Helmet cams will capture POV during speed runs -
  • Vintage BMWs dominate vintage stock class motorcycle speed racing!

 Lacey, WA: Brooks Motor Works' Flying Fox Racing Team is loading the trailers and doing last-minute packing. Thursday they will be on the road, determined not only to set new world records, but have fun trying.

"It's the first thing I tell all the guys," explains Kevin Brooks. "It's cool to set records, but what it's really about is going out there, staying safe, not breaking anything, going really really fast, and having a lot fun. If you can do all that, it's success!"

Kevin means it, and the team is becoming a well-oiled machine when it comes to having fun. That makes it all the cooler that they set two world speed records last year in the 250 and 500cc vintage pushrod production class. And it's very likely new records will be set this year too. Track enthusiasts are already phoning in reports that the track is even better than last year, and last year they said it was the best in 20 years!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 August 2009 )
Vintage Events E-mail
Written by BMWVMCA NEWS   
Saturday, 02 February 2013
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 May 2017 )
VMCA at Rhinebeck, NY AMCA meet E-mail
Written by Richard Sheckler   
Saturday, 20 June 2009

Hello Everyone,
We had a fine time of it at the AMCA Meet at Rhinebeck, NY. This is really a huge event. There was enough stuff floating around the swap meet to impress the most skeptic Beemerphile.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 June 2009 )
2009 Sturgis MS Vintage BMW Rally: Another Benchmark Success! E-mail
Written by Paul Clark   
Friday, 12 June 2009


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You couldn't ask for a nicer setting for a vintage BMW rally than on a collector's beautiful wooded riverside grounds in Sturgis MIssissippi. And if that collector happened to be one of the country's leading restorers and repairmen of vintage BMW's, with shop and museum onsite, then you have the makings of a world-class event indeed. And so it was, this April 2009.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 June 2009 )
About the BMW VMCA E-mail
Written by Richard Sheckler   
Saturday, 12 June 2004


"We, the vintage BMW motorcycle enthusiasts of America, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benefits of an association of persons commonly interested in vintage BMW motorcycles, incorporate ourselves into the BMW Veteran Motorcycle Owners of America." (Preamble to the Charter)


Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2008 )
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