Motorcycle Racing Legend Ray Price Inducted into East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame

ray jean priceMotorcycle racing legend Ray Price was recently inducted into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Henderson, N.C., by the Vance County Tourism Department. Ray and his wife Jean attended the 12th annual event, which was held Sunday, October 20, at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center. The East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame weekend has grown into one of the nation’s largest gatherings for drag racing cars, muscle cars, street rods and motorcycles.

“I’m honored to be inducted into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame and join so many drag racing legends,” said Ray Price, founder of Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Ray Price Triumph in Raleigh, and Ray Price Triumph/Ducati of Fayetteville.

The East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame and the Vance County Tourism Department promote the impact of hot rodding and drag racing, which has become a major motorsports industry with an estimated $1 billion impact on the nation’s economy.

Price also has been inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame, the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the National Motorcycle Museum, and the N.C. Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

About the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame
Formed in 2002 in Henderson, N.C., the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame was established by Nancy Wilson, director of the Vance County Tourism Department, along with a determined group of eastern U.S.-based drag racers, media members, and local professionals. The popular East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame weekend, held each year in mid-October, has grown into one of the region’s largest car shows. It closes down the main street of Henderson, forming a pedestrian mall that showcases hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars, antique automobiles, motorcycles and racecars. The weekend event attracts more than 20,000 attendees, including many retired racers who visit each year to re-establish friendships and past rivalries. The event also features a cruise-in car show that transports participants and the downtown blocks of Henderson back to the cruising scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Hall of Fame induction ceremonies take place at the Vance-Granville Civic Center.

About Ray Price Harley-Davidson
Throughout 2012, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company celebrates its 110th Anniversary. In Raleigh, N.C., Ray Price Harley-Davidson has been a big part of this American history for the past 30 years as the Southeast’s premier Harley-Davidson dealership. Staff has 950 years of combined Harley riding experience to provide award-winning customer service and education programs for beginners to expert riders. Ray Price was named 2012 “Top 10 Dealer” from Dealernews, the leading powersports industry publication. The dealership’s commitment to community philanthropy has resulted in more than $100,000 in donations to area nonprofits in recent years. Last month’s 9th annual Capital City Bikefest attracted 85,000 people to Raleigh for the state’s largest motorcycle festival. Learn more on the Ray Price Facebook page.

Ray Price is best known for his many successes in motorcycle drag racing with the International Hot Rod Association, and National Hot Rod Association, among others. He has been inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame, the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and the N.C. Drag Racing Hall of Fame. He is now an inducted member of the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame.

 

STURGIS MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME 2013 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2013 inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame and the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame. The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the commitment and sacrifices individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists. For 2013, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame will honor one Freedom Fighter and induct five into the Sturgis Hall of Fame.

Still” Ray FitzgeraldFreedom Fighters Hall of Fame – “Still” Ray Fitzgerald first became involved in motorcyclist rights when he lived in Nevada. He was a charter member of the Nevada Association of Concerned Motorcyclists and worked through that organization to support candidates sympathetic to motorcycle causes. Later, when he moved to Arizona, Fitzgerald helped to successfully build a number of ABATE chapters in that state. He’s served as an officer of ABATE of Arizona, and was the Motorcycle Rights Foundation’s first Sustaining Motorcycle Club Representative. He has been awarded the MRF Presidents Silver Cup and the organization’s most prestigious award, the John “Farmer” Eggers award for efforts supporting the mission of the MRF. Ray serves as president of The Journeymen’s Motorcycle Club, and chairman of the Arizona Confederation of Clubs.

Russ Brown – Russ Brown has been involved in the motorcycle community for more than 35 years, championing motorcycle rights and serving as an attorney for motorcyclists. He created BAM, a free breakdown and legal assistance service for motorcyclists. BAM currently has close to two million members. The program is a volunteer effort in which members are available to assist each other in the event of a breakdown or other emergency roadside need. BAM is available to members and non-members 24-hours-a-day. Brown has spearheaded other efforts in the motorcycle world, too. His most recent effort is a new “Keep Me Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” campaign to encourage safe driving habits in an effort to keep motorcycle riders safe.

Rick Fairless – Rick spent 20 years in the paint industry working for the Glidden Paint Co. At 19 years old Rick started out in the downtown Dallas warehouse pulling paint orders. Through the years Rick worked his way up the ladder to store manager & then to the #1 sales rep in the country. But his real love was always riding & building custom motorcycles.  So, he left a lucrative career and took a chance on opening his own motorcycle shop – an Easyriders franchise in Dallas.  It was 1996, and Rick wanted his shop to be more than just a motorcycle shop – he wanted a destination for all motorcycle enthusiasts, regardless of what kind of motorcycle they rode or even if they rode a motorcycle at all, so he added Strokers Ice House Bar & Grill.  In 2002, Easyriders ended its franchise program so Rick changed the name of his shop to Strokers Dallas.  Since then, he’s added Strokers Ink, a tattoo and piercing parlor & RF Custom Parts. On weekends, Rick’s Strokers Dallas “Empire” will welcome between 1,000 and 2,000 people.  Besides being a successful business owner, Rick is a master bike builder, columnist for two national magazines, hosts his own radio show, is a motivational speaker and a family man.  Rick’s custom motorcycles have been featured in many magazines around the world & numerous and television shows.

 Bill Gikling (J.C. “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award) Bill Gikling grew up in Rapid City and spent as much time as he could around motorcycles. He worked at the local Honda dealership, and rode in all the local races, hill climbs and other events. In 1977, he scraped together enough money to purchase North West Sports – a Yamaha and Harley-Davidson dealership. For the next 20 years, he grew the dealership before splitting the Harley-Davidson and Yamaha Divisions into two separate dealerships. Over the years, Bill worked with Pappy Hoel to start the White Plate Flat Trackers and the original museum & Hall of Fame in Sturgis. He also worked with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company to get them more involved in the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Bill sold the Harley-Davidson stores in Rapid City and Sturgis in 2000, but still works with his son Todd at Black Hills Power Sports in Rapid City. He still loves to ride and participates in rides from Japan to Australia.

Marjoe Gortner – Marjoe Gortner probably did more than any other person in more than a decade to change the perception of motorcycling and to enhance the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when he organized the 2000 television show called “Sturgis: The Great Ride.” The show recorded a ride that began at Peter Fonda’s ranch in Montana and ended at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. It not only followed the ride, but also featured numerous other rally experiences including a one-of-a-kind daredevil jump by Robbie Knievel through the Chip’s stage. The show was the very first motorcycle related show to be broadcast on a non-sports oriented channel when it debuted on the Travel Channel. It was broadcast repeatedly for three years and was the most watched show on the Travel Channel for more than two years.  It was also only the beginning of television shows that brought the motorcycling experience to a wider audience than ever before. Marjoe has been involved in film-making, acting, television documentaries and charitable fundraising for many years.

Lonnie Isam, Sr. – Lonnie Isam, Sr. is a well-known expert in the history of antique American motorcycles and has bought, sold, collected and restored hundreds of them. His passion for performance Harley drag racing spans over 3 decades. He used his knowledge gained by racing to help bring the sport to what it is today.  He started a motorcycle shop in Houston called Competition Motorcycles which became well known in the world of vintage motorcycles and performance drag racing.  Lonnie traveled to the Black Hills and fell in love with the area, so he decided to move to Sturgis.  He brought one of his manufacturing companies – Competition Distributing Inc. – specializing in design and manufacture of correct reproduction parts for pre-1936 Harley-Davidson and other early American motorcycles.  This combination has resulted in thousands of customers all over the world.  Lonnie has been committed to the growth of the community of Sturgis through his work with the Sturgis Economic Development Corporation, the Future Sturgis project and a downtown redevelopment committee.

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast is scheduled on Wednesday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m. at The Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, SD.

Breakfast tickets are available for a $35.00 donation, tables of eight for $300.00. Tickets can be purchased through the Museum at 605.347.2001 or on line at www.sturgismuseum.com/cart/

AMA Hall of Famer Sen. Nighthorse Campbell Hauling White House Christmas Tree Across Country

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Former Colorado U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is behind the wheel of a Mack truck hauling the nation’s 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from Colorado to Washington, D.C., the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

“It is a privilege to drive the tree for the U.S. Capitol from Colorado this year,” said Campbell, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001. Campbell, an avid motorcyclist, represented Colorado in Congress from 1993 to 2005.

Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit coalition for outdoor recreation, is coordinating the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour with the White River National Forest, where the 73-foot-tall Colorado Engleman spruce tree was harvested.

The almost-four-week-long trip began in Meeker, Colo., where the tree was harvested from the White River National Forest in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. On the way to Washington, D.C., the tree is scheduled to stop in cities and towns in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The custom-decorated Mack truck used to haul the tree was fitted with a special cradle to support the tree’s branches.

The AMA and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame are urging motorcyclists along the route to greet Campbell and the tree during its journey.

The next stop is in Denver from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Midtown Development at 6700 Pecos St. The AMA will post route updates on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorcyclist.

To learn more about the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour, go to www.capitolchristmastree2012.org.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster to be honored at 2011 induction ceremony

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Roger DeCoster’s name is practically synonymous with the sport of motocross, and he is generally recognized as the best-known MX racer in the first 50 years of the sport. On Friday, Nov. 18, he will be honored as a Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at the annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

When DeCoster was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, his racing accomplishments were simply remarkable: five 500cc Motocross World Championships, numerous 500cc Motocross Grand Prix victories and four Trans-AMA Motocross Championships.

He also was a member of six winning Belgium Motocross des Nations teams, was a Gold Medalist in the International Six Day Trial (Enduro) and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title.

DeCoster continued to find success after his racing career. He was the manager of the first U.S. team to win the Motocross des Nations in 1981, and managed many U.S. teams at the prestigious event over the years to the present day. He currently is in charge of KTM’s Supercross and motocross efforts in the United States.

His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as “The Man.”

“Roger DeCoster is not only a motorcycling legend in America, but around the world,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the Hall of Fame. “It’s truly an honor for us to be able to honor him.”

DeCoster, who joins Kenny Roberts as Legends honorees at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, said he was humbled to receive the honor.

“It’s always nice to receive this honor, and yet on the other hand I still have a job to do, and I feel like I still have something to accomplish!” DeCoster said. “I am really looking forward to hanging out with Kenny Roberts and reminiscing with all of my friends.”

After decades in the sport, DeCoster said a few moments stand out.

“Looking back, it was a very good feeling to win the 250cc [Trophee des Nations] and 500cc [Motocross des Nations] nations’ titles in 1981 as the American team captain,” he said. “It was the first time for the Americans to win the biggest motocross events in the world. Also, to win it [Motocross of Nations] again last year in America was very special.”

As a team manager, he has also been part of many memorable AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross campaigns.

“It felt great to win championships with Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed,” he said. “Perhaps the best for me has been Ryan Dungey’s title last year because he was a mid-level guy who became a top-level guy. It’s a great feeling that the team accomplished this.”

DeCoster will be honored during the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2011, which includes motocross promoter Stu Peters, noted magazine editor Phil Schilling, industry leader Fred Fox, roadracing champion Doug Polen and early motorcycling pioneer Norbert Schickel.

The Class of 2011 will officially be inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. In addition to the induction ceremony, the weekend includes the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 19, featuring some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. The AMA Racing Championship Banquet closes out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 20, where AMA Racing amateur champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2011 accomplishments.

Tickets for the AMA Legends & Champions weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e3rn4juk2e3f80c1 

  Tickets may be ordered over the phone by calling (800) 262-5646.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend also includes the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series on Saturday evening, Nov. 19. EnduroCross tickets are available atwww.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross 

 or by phone at (702) 284-7777 or (888) 234-2334.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain to be memorable for the 2011 inductees, champions, families, friends and fans. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group AMA or AMERICANMOTO. Online room reservations are available at RedRockLasVegas.com

 For online reservations, use the promo code RCIMOTR.

More information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org 

Hall of Fame Supporter Wins 1973 Kawasaki Z1 and 2010 Z1000 in Motorcycle Hall of Fame Raffle

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — When he was growing up in the late 1970s, riding a Kawasaki KZ650, Scott Carey from Pecatonica, Ill., considered the 903cc Kawasaki Z1 the quintessential superbike of its day. Now, 40 years later, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame supporter has his dream bike. Carey won a restored 1973 Kawasaki Z1, as well as a new Kawasaki Z1000, in the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle on Saturday, July 23.

Carey’s winning ticket was drawn by event Grand Marshal and Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“When I was growing up, the Z1 was the big boy,” Carey said. “I was talking to a friend about getting one just a few weeks ago. And the Z1000, just this spring I was looking at that as a new bike. This is just great. I’m very excited to win both of these bikes.”

Carey said that he donates to the Hall of Fame regularly, and considers the tickets another way of supporting the organization’s mission to preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.

“I really think the Hall of Fame is a fantastic idea,” said Carey. “You never really expect to win these things. It’s good to support the Hall of Fame. It’s something that has to be done. Motorcycling is a big part of history.”

Carey, who competes in amateur roadracing, said that his Z1 — which has been expertly restored by Johnny’s Vintage Motorcycle Company — will probably see a few miles, but, for the most part, “it’s going to be added to the collection and admired.”

While Carey prepares to enjoy his Z1 and Z1000, Hall of Fame supporters can start planning for next year with the newly announced 2012 raffle bike, a stunning 1947 Indian Chief. The Indian Chief is an iconic masterpiece of Americana, representing not just America’s longtime love for big V-twin motorcycles, but riders’ passion for the open road. The winner will be selected at a drawing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in July 2012.

A minimum donation of $5 per ticket, or $20 for five tickets, is suggested. Donations can be made online at MotorcycleMuseum.org

or by phone at (614) 856-2222.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found atMotorcycleMuseum.org

IMBBA-USA Bike Show & Hall Of Fame Ceremony At The Broken Spoke Campground

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Sturgis, South Dakota 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(Sturgis, SD — July 22, 2011) The Broken Spoke Campground has announced that it will host the North American division of the International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA-USA) Bike Show on Tuesday, August 9 as part of the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally.

This will be an IMBBA sanctioned events where points will be awarded to those that participate. Builders will have the opportunity to have their bikes judged and inspected for certification and skills present in the builds. The USA representative of IMBBA and the President of IMBBA will also be on hand to discuss what they are doing to change the industry in education, training and bike show judging fairness.

In addition to the IMBBA-USA Bike Show, the Broken Spoke Campground will also serve as the venue for the IMBBA Hall of Fame Ceremony where several Master Bike Builders who have earned enough points over the course of their career will be placed in the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are Rick Fairless, Don Bittman and Lee Wimmer. Awards for Master Bike Builder level II will be presented to Troy Nicholson and Craig Whitford.

Registration for the Bike Show begins at 10:00 a.m. with the awards taking place at 4:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place following the Bike Show Awards at 5:00 p.m.

The Broken Spoke Campground is located on Highway 79 North, just past Bear Butte State Park in Sturgis, South Dakota.  Cost for the headline entertainment at the Broken Spoke Campground is FREE for campers and $5.00 admission after 6:00 p.m. for non-campers.  VIP seating for the headline concerts is available for an additional $10.00.

The Broken Spoke Campground is wall-to-wall entertainment for the entire 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Not only does the Broken Spoke Campground have the very finest camping and amenities in all of Sturgis, but it gives campers and guests festivities such as the World’s Biggest Biker Pool with Hot Tubs & Tiki Bar, Hoge Wild Pool Contests & Games, daily shows from America’s Original Wall of Death, a Free Spoke to Spoke Shuttle, the Wall That Heals Replica Vietnam Veterans Wall, daily Tattoo contests, Beach Party Happy Hour at 4pm, the Spoke After Dark dance club, Biker Rodeo, Oil Wrestling, Poolside Massages, on-site General Store including free Wi-fi and all the items campers need, plus much more!

The Broken Spoke Campground has also announced that it will not raise its prices if you pre-book your Sturgis reservation.  Campers reserving prior to July 31st will pay a low $119/person plus tax.  RV spots and private air-conditioned cabins are also still available.  Call toll-free at 8-SPOKE-ON-79 (877-653-6679) or book online today at www.BrokenSpokeCampground.com

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About the Broken Spoke Saloon:

The Broken Spoke Saloon is the world’s biggest biker bar, with locations across the country.  The Broken Spoke Saloon location in the beautiful lakes region of Laconia, New Hampshire, with live music and a full bar & restaurant, is open until November 1st.

Visit BrokenSpoke.com for more information.

Mark Blackwell Joins The Board Of Zero Motorcycles

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (May 10, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced that Mark Blackwell joined its Board of Directors. Mark was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. Mark started racing while in his teens and was one of the very first American Motocross superstars. After his racing career, Mark has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the motorcycle industry, initially at Suzuki, then at Husqvarna, at Suzuki again and finally at Victory Motorcycles where he was Vice President & General Manager through a critical growth period for the brand. In addition to his new responsibilities with Zero, Mark remains an executive of Polaris Industries.

“I am delighted to join the Board of Zero Motorcycles. I have tracked the progress of the company from afar and been impressed with its growing product line and its increasingly well-established brand, channel, and supply chain. I look forward to helping the company grow in the coming years and advising its team of talented, industry-experienced executives,” said Mark Blackwell.

“My colleagues and I have known Mark for a while and we greatly value his industry insight, knowledge of motorcycles, and years of managerial expertise,” said Aflalo Guimaraes, Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC and a Zero board member. “We are excited Mark has elected to join the Board of the company and we know his contributions and talents will make an enormous impact on our business moving forward. We look forward to a close and productive relationship with him.”

About Zero Motorcycles:
Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology.

 

The Legendary Buffalo Chip Salutes Women Riders with First Annual Biker Belles

Celebration During the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally

STURGIS (04-29-11) The Legendary Buffalo Chip will recognize the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling during the 71st annual Sturgis Rally.  Women from across the globe will hit the road, Wednesday – August 10, 2011 for the first annual Biker Belles(TM) celebration.  The event was created to help celebrate women’s role in shaping the culture, history and sport of motorcycling, while helping to raise significant funds for two charities chosen by Helping with Horsepower (TM), including the Abbott House and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

The inaugural Biker Belles(TM) celebration will begin in the historic town of Deadwood as the Lodge at Deadwood will roll out the red carpet and host a special welcome reception complete with events, entertainment and activities catered to women.  From Deadwood, Motor Maids member Meg McDonough and friends will lead a women’s-only ride to The Chip for a special Biker Belles(TM) shindig put on by “The Best Party Anywhere®.”

“Each year the Buffalo Chip sees more and more women riding through our gates”, says Toni Woodruff, daughter of Buffalo Chip president, Rod Woodruff.  “It’s so exciting to have an event during the Sturgis Rally that caters to women riders and benefits local charities in the process!” To highlight the Biker Belles(TM) festivities at The Chip, 4-time national land speed record holder and pilot of the original “World’s Fastest Bagger,” Laura Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycle, will unveil “SALT,” a customized Harley-Davidson® built under her direction and guidance with the girls and young women of the Abbott House.  While at the party, Laura and her staff will be selling raffle tickets to win this special bike that will be given away in support of the Abbott House next fall. “We couldn’t be more excited about this inaugural celebration of women in motorcycling in Sturgis.” says Laura Klock. “Whether you’re an avid motorcyclist, a curiosity seeker, or someone looking for a new change
of pace, you are welcome to join us!  “Biker Belles(TM) will be a day of real women, real stories and real fun!”

Tickets for the 2011 Biker Belles(TM) celebration are available now on www.bikerbelles.com or by calling (605) 347-9000.  The Biker Belles(TM) celebration requires a $75 contribution, of which 100 percent goes directly to its chosen charities.  The finishing touches are being worked out for the 2011 celebration, with details to be announced on www.bikerbelles.com.

Sidecar racing champion to be inducted into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the seventh member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2010: three-time AMA Sidecar Racing National Champion Larry Coleman. Coleman, who has set land-speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats and runs his own motorcycle-industry marketing company, will be among the legends of motorcycling honored at the 2010 induction ceremony at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas Nov. 19.

“Motorcycle racing is one of the most diverse motorsports in the world, and sidecar racing is further evidence of that,” said AMA Director of Operations and Hall of Famer Jack Penton. “One of the best ever at this unique and exciting discipline is Larry Coleman — a three-time champ who really took the sport to new levels.”

Don Rosene, chairman of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame selection committee, said: “I first met Larry Coleman in the mid-’70s while I was selling HiPoint Accessories and he was selling Kal-Gard. I wasn’t aware at that time that he was an AMA National Sidecar Champion. I heard it from someone else — he never mentioned it to me. Humble, indeed. Now, almost 40 years later, Larry is still setting records in a sidecar, only this time it’s in a straight line, at very high speeds, on the salt at Bonneville.”

A motorcyclist since he was a kid, Coleman’s interest in fast, grand-prix-style sidecar racing came when he was a U.S. serviceman in Europe in the 1970s. After two racing seasons as a sidecar passenger, he decided to pilot his own machine. Upon returning to the United States, Larry raced a Kawasaki 500 H1-based sidecar with Wendell Andrews, and was a success in both AFM and AMA racing.

The pair won two AMA national championships in 1976-77. Then, teaming with Mark Bevans as passenger, Coleman won the 1979 AMA national championship. For the 1980 season, Coleman built up a Yamaha TZ750-based bike that was one of the most advanced machines of its type and helped advance the cause of sidecar racing in the United States. After retiring from racing in 1981, Coleman worked in the motorcycle industry, ultimately starting his own marketing and public relations consultancy.

Coleman said he was honored to be named the to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

“I’m really in awe,” Coleman said. “I’ve been to Pickerington, and read all the names on the wall. Being in the company of those people is such an honor. I don’t think there’s any finer honor than to be judged by your peers, and this is just amazing.”

As for sidecar racing, Coleman was smitten early.

“The attraction for me is the teamwork,” he said. “The guys who rode with me in those championships, Wendell Andrews and Mark Bevans, are as much a part of this as I am. They say that motorcycle racing takes 100 percent effort, and on a sidecar, it takes 200 percent.”

Coleman joins previously announced members of the AMA Hall of Fame Class of 2010: championship team owner Mitch Payton, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, off-road rights activist Clark Collins, dirt-track racer Don Castro and off-road gear pioneers John and Rita Gregory. More inductees will be announced soon.

Coleman, and the other members of the class of 2010, will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 19, as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. In addition to the induction ceremony, the weekend includes the 2010 AMA Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 20, featuring some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. The AMA Racing Championship Banquet closes out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 21, where AMA Racing amateur champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2010 accomplishments.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend also includes the final round of the Geico Powersports AMA Endurocross National Championship Series on Saturday evening, Nov. 20. Ticket packages for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will also include access to the race, held at The Orleans Arena.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms will provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain to be memorable for the 2010 inductees, champions, families, friends and fans. More information is available online at RedRockLasVegas.com.