Evel” Knievel To Be Inducted Into Sturgis Hall of Fame

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame inductees for 2011.  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.

Don Emde – Don Emde comes by his passion for motorcycling naturally.  He was born to a motorcycling family in 1951, and spent much of his youth either working in the family’s dealership or tearing up the tracks of Southern California as an amateur scrambler, dirt tracker and road racer.  He turned pro in 1969, and set numerous records with his Daytona 200 win in 1972.  Emde and his father became the first (and so far only) father son pair to win the Daytona 200.  After his racing career, Don went on to become a successful publisher and author.  He currently publishes Drag Specialties Magazine, Parts Magazine and Parts Europe Magazine.

Del Hofer – Del Hofer has been a Harley-Davidson dealer for 50 years, first in Huron, South Dakota, then in Fargo, North Dakota.  His love of motorcycling is obvious through many of his activities.  Del is active in the American Motorcyclists Association and is the longest serving member of the Harley-Davidson Dealer Advisory Board. A long-time AMA amateur racer in all styles of racing, Del also served as an AMA referee and District Congressman for quite some time.  Del’s passion for motorcycling is evident to anyone who meets him.  He encourages men and women alike to take safety courses, get active in riding and enjoy it in a safe and fun way.

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel – Probably one of the best-known motorcycle riders in history, Evel Knievel liked to live on the edge.  From riding his bicycle at an early age to pole vaulting when he was in the army to playing semi-pro hockey, Evel tried it all.  In the early 1960s, Evel joined the motorcross circuit with moderate success until a broken collar bone forced him to take a job as an insurance salesman.  The insurance business didn’t hold him for long, though, and soon he moved his family to Washington where he started his first daredevil show.  During his career, he attempted 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps, many successfully.  In 1974, Knievel unsuccessfully attempted a jump across the Snake River on a steam-powered rocket – the Skycycle X-2.  Knievel died of pulmonary disease in 2007 at the age of 69.

Michael Prugh – While Michael Prugh is certainly well recognized as a motorcycle designer and manufacturer, it’s his work educating others that has taken him beyond the title of “builder.”  Michael has been involved in many builds for charity and as a competitor.  He took second place two years in a row in the AMD’s World Championship of Custom Bike Building and has been featured in numerous publications featuring various builds.  In 2010, Prugh led a team of students from Western Dakota Tech to build “Method” a true “one off” bike that was auctioned at the annual Legends Ride.  This year, Prugh is again teaming up with Western Dakota Tech, Black Hills Harley-Davidson and the Buffalo Chip to build a bike for the Legends Ride.

Gloria Tramontin Struck – You’d never believe this outspoken 85-year-old woman is the same girl who in 1941 at age 16 tearfully told her brother “I do not want to know how to ride!”  Well, her brother won that argument and she’s been riding from that day until today.  She’s owned 14 motorcycles in her lifetime, has traveled every state in the continental U.S. as well as Canada.  At the age of 76, she took two trips to Europe, traveling a total of over 6,500 miles in 8 countries.  Gloria has been a Motor Maid for 65 years, having joined in 1946 and is the longest member still riding.  She continually encourages women to ride and to be involved.  Gloria is an inspiration to riders and non-riders alike.

Mike & Margaret Wilson – While both Mike & Margaret Wilson have contributed individually to the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling, those who know this couple consider them to be a pair.  Mike was an expert dirt-track and TT racer both before and after his stint in World War II.  Right after his return, Mike bought a 45 cubic inch Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a birthday surprise for Margaret.  Mike and Margaret were business partners in a Harley-Davidson then Honda dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for over 25 years. Both Mike and Margaret have been avid riders and have spent countless hours encouraging others to ride, too.  Known to an entire generation of women raiders, Margaret is a golden life member of the Motor Maids celebrating 60 years this year.  Mike and Margaret both serve on the Board of Directors of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and continue to work to preserve the heritage of motorcycling through their involvement.

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast is scheduled on Wednesday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, 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/

 


Motorcycle Hall of Fame legend Bob Hannah to be honored at 2010 induction ceremony

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Ask any motocross fan to name the greatest American racers of all time, and is sure to make the list. Hannah’s immense popularity helped the sport of motocross explode in the late 1970s, and on Friday, Nov. 19, 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 Hannah was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, he had seven AMA National Championships to his credit, and was one of only two riders in the history of AMA racing to win championships in 125 and 250cc motocross and Supercross competition.

His moniker, “Hurricane,” was bestowed on him in 1975 by a track announcer one year before the relatively unknown 19-year-old Californian stormed onto the professional racing scene. Hannah’s victory at the first round of the AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship at the famous Hangtown racetrack near Sacramento was the first of a record 70 that he would earn during his 15-year career.

Hannah was born in 1956 in Lancaster, Calif. He grew up riding in the rugged southern California deserts with his father and got his first bike, a customized Honda 55, when he was 7 years old. By the time he took to the local motocross tracks at age 18, Hannah was more than ready. His amateur debut was so successful that local racing officials told the determined youngster he would have to advance to the expert ranks.

Hannah signed with Yamaha in 1976 and immediately won the AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship. In 1977, he hopped aboard a Yamaha 250 and won the AMA Supercross Championship in impressive fashion. Hannah moved up to the 250cc outdoor Nationals full time in 1978, winning eight consecutive events to take the title, a record that still stood at the time of his Hall of Fame induction. Counting his titles in Supercross and the fall Trans-AMA Series that same year, Hannah’s career was at its zenith.

Hannah dominated Supercross and the 250 outdoor Nationals in 1979, winning both titles. Then, a water skiing accident on the Colorado River left him with a shattered leg and nearly cost him his career.

Though he sat out the entire 1980 season to recover, Hannah was able to return to competition, and he won 20 more Nationals during the 1980s. He also represented the USA three times in the prestigious Motocross des Nations, and was a member of the victorious 1987 team when the event was held in New York.

Hannah’s recognition at the 2010 Hall Fame inductions marks the first time an existing Hall of Famer will be honored alongside new inductees, and his presence is highly anticipated by the hundreds of family members, friends, industry members and fans who will be in attendance at the Nov. 19 ceremony.

AMA Legends and Champions Weekend
The 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductions kick off the three-day AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. The ceremony, hosted by actor and motorcyclist Perry King, will officially welcome nine deserving men and women to the Hall of Fame: legendary two-stroke engine tuner Eyvind Boyesen, dirt-track racer Don Castro, sidecar roadracing champion Larry Coleman, off-road rights activist Clark Collins, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, off-road gear pioneers John and Rita Gregory, desert racing champion and team manager Bruce Ogilvie, and championship team owner Mitch Payton.

A full slate of activities at the Red Rock follows the induction ceremony.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, the 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance will showcase some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. Also on display will be the world’s fastest motorcycle, the Top 1 Oil Ack Attack streamliner — a twin-engined, streamlined blue bullet that recently set the outright motorcycle land speed record of more than 376 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Then at noon on Saturday, the AMA honors the best of the amateur racing community at the 2010 AMA Racing Championship Banquet, presented by World of Powersports, and co-hosted by announcers Laurette Nicoll and Griff Allen.

Saturday evening marks the Las Vegas début of the movie “Carlsbad USGP: 1980,” a look at an iconic motocross race that some have dubbed “the Woodstock of motorcycling.”

A number of the weekend attendees are also expected to zip across town for the season finale of the AMA GEICO EnduroCross Series on Saturday evening at the Orleans Arena. Ticket information is available at EnduroCross.com.

For a complete schedule of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, including information about tickets and substantially reduced-rate accommodations, visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com/LegandsAndChampions.