This month's cover model is Amanda Macy from Kansas City, Missouri. Amanda is a motorcycle drag racer and model, whose goal is to become an NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle drag racer.
Amanda's thirst for drag racing started at Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) where she was invited to 'just come out and have fun.' Riding her 2000 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce with a 95 cubic inch motor and 110 horsepower, after only three short weeks, Amanda broke into the 11-second range at over 110 miles per hour.
Amanda's need for speed led to the purchase of her next bike, a 2003 Suzuki 1000, which she purchased from six-time world champion, George Bryce at Star Racing in Americus, Georgia. In no time at all, she was running a 9.80 at 145+ miles per hour.
As if that wasn't enough, Amanda's next purchase was a 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa, which she still owns. This bike is equipped with a Raminator kit from Star Racing and cranks out a whopping 205 horsepower!
In October 2005, Amanda decided it was time to take her drag racing career to a new level and purchased a 10” tire Pro Stock motorcycle chassis from Star Racing. She then had 'Dyno' Mike Wilson of Dyno Mike's Dynamic Chassis complete the fabrication and install a 120 cubic inch S&S engine. Within only a few short weeks, Amanda's '05 Harley-Davidson Pro Mod Drag Bike was ready for the track!
Amanda agreed to an interview so we could find out more about the woman behind these fast machines.
CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Amanda: Yes. I also enjoy boating and working out.
CC: What is a real turn-on for you?
Amanda: Horsepower and speed! I love outrunning the guys at the track. They hate it when a girl beats them, especially when I have less horsepower than they do.
CC: What turns you off?
Amanda: Poor sportsmanship after I send the guys back to their trailers.
CC: What would you say you are a sucker for?
Amanda: Clothes and motorcycles!
CC: How would you describe your personality?
Amanda: I’m very competitive and driven. When I want something, I go after it and get it!
CC: How long have you been riding?
Amanda: I’ve been riding 10 years.
CC: What was your first bike?
Amanda: It was a 1995 Suzuki GSXR 750.
CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Amanda: My first time down the drag strip on my 2000 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce. It was an unbelievable experience and I was hooked instantly!
CC: To what motorcycle clubs or organizations do you belong?
Amanda: I'm currently a member of H.O.G., AMA, AHDRA and NHRA.
CC: What is your most memorable motorcycle rally or event?
Amanda: I attended Harley-Davidson’s 100th anniversary in Milwaukee. It was a great ride with great friends.
CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?
Amanda: My favorite bike night is FUEL at 119th and Metcalf. They treat my friends and me awesome there.
CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Amanda: Yes, I have a fish on my lower back. I don’t know why. It was a fun and crazy moment for me years ago.
CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Amanda: A small group of friends is perfect for me. It’s just a lot of fun and so relaxing.
CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Amanda: “Dyno” Mike Wilson, John Rockers, Amy Broadbent and Christiane Soule are just a few of my close riding buddies.
CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Amanda: “Dyno” Mike Wilson! He’s taught me everything I know, and one other special person in Georgia.
CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Amanda: I don’t even want to go there. I wouldn’t ride with them if they weren’t safe.
CC: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Amanda: This season I’m spending most of my time working towards building an unbeatable routine for my Harley-Davidson 10” tire Pro Stock motorcycle. I will be competing at a few AHDRAs this season, but most of my time will be spent at KCIR perfecting my passes.
My dream is to become a Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racer in the NHRA and I invite everyone to check out my web site at www.prostockdreams.com for more information and pictures of me making my dreams happen.
I want to give special thanks to all my friends and family for helping me get this far! I also want to thank Mark Morris at Visual Imagination for the unbelievable paint job on my bike and to Michael Blomberg with Main Street Photography for taking some great photos of my bike and me. Also, Christiane Soule for make-up and hair, I couldn’t dream of looking that good without her. A special thanks to 'Dyno' Mike Wilson, without you none of this would be happening.
CC: Amanda, thank you for the interview, and we wish you the best of luck in your drag racing career. We'll be cheering you on from the sidelines!
Editor's Note: If you are interested in sponsoring Amanda or would just like to give her some words of encouragement, you can e-mail her at email@example.com
Interview by Mike Schweder
Photos by Michael Blomberg with Main Street Photography (816) 830-6363