Carmichael, Hamel, McDonald, Renfrow and Traynors compose AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Class of 2013

13 07 2013

PICKERINGTON, OH – July 13, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With voting completed for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the inductees who will be formally elevated to the Hall of Fame: multi-time AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael, multi-time desert racing champion Danny Hamel, K&N co-founder Norm McDonald, multi-time roadracing champion Randy Renfrow and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

“The Greatest of All Time, an AMA and Baja racing standout, a well-known industry business veteran, a multi-talented AMA roadracer and a visionary couple of motorcyclists who started the Ride for Kids program and raised millions of dollars from fellow riders — I can’t think of a more wide-ranging and well-deserving class of inductees,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the AMHF, which oversees the Hall of Fame.

“Each member of the Class of 2013 has made a lasting impact on the world of motorcycling, rising to the highest levels in their endeavors, whether in competition, business or helping others less fortunate,” Heininger said. “It’s an honor to welcome them to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame family, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at this year’s induction ceremony, Oct. 18-19, in Las Vegas.”

Potential AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers are considered in eight categories, each focused on a specific area of achievement: Ambassadors & Industry, Design & Engineering, Dirt Track, Leadership & Motorcycle Rights, Motocross & Supercross, Off-Road, Roadracing and Specialty Competition.

The Class of 2013 was selected by a voting procedure that included ballots cast by living Hall of Fame members, members of the AMA and AMHF boards of directors, and members of, and advisers to, the Hall of Fame category committees. The current total number of eligible voters is more than 250.

The selection of the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees is the culmination of a comprehensive review of the procedures and makeup of the Hall of Fame nominating processes and committees. The revisions institutionalize the integrity of the nominating process, from application through induction, into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013:

Ricky Carmichael has more combined AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross National wins than any other rider in history. From 1997 to 2006, Carmichael won a championship series title each year. In 2002, he recorded the first perfect season in AMA motocross history by earning 24 straight moto victories for 12 overall wins in the premier class — a feat he repeated in 2004.

Carmichael, who was traveling in Europe, said through a text relayed via his mother, Jeanie, “This is for all of the people who helped me get to where I am, and the sponsors that gave me the support to do the job I needed to do. And also, this is for all my fans who supported me through the journey.”

Jeanie added: “This is very honorable for Ricky. He has devoted his life to this sport and now he is recognized for all this achievement. To think that he is being recognized by his peers for this special respect, it is amazing and frankly, emotionally, very moving.”

Danny Hamel accomplished much as an off-road racer: five-time AMA Hare and Hound national champion, Baja 1000 and 500 overall winner and more. Between 1977 and 1995, Hamel was the only rider ever named both as the AMA Amateur Athlete of the Year and AMA Amateur Sportsman of the Year in the same year. He died in June 1995 while racing the Baja 500 when a car strayed onto the road that was part of the course and Hamel collided with it.

“Danny would be speechless with this news,” said Hamel’s friend, Mike Hodges. “He’d walk away, give a very loud ‘Hoo-Ray’ and he’d savor the moment.”

Norm McDonald has been an ambassador for motorcycling his entire life as a racer, promoter, teacher, sponsor and advocate for motorcyclists’ rights and safety. In 1957 he opened K&N Motorcycles — a motorcycle shop — with Ken Johnson. By 1965, they created K&N Engineering and in 1966 the K&N Air Filter was introduced. Over the years McDonald sponsored hundreds of racers, with more than 30 of them going on to the national level.

McDonald was at a loss for words when he heard the news: “When John Ulrich told me I was nominated, I was shocked,” McDonald said. “Now, with this news, I am honored and numb.”

Randy Renfrow began his pro roadracing career in 1981. He won the AMA 250 Grand Prix championship in 1983, the AMA Formula One title in 1986 and the AMA Pro Twins Series championship in 1989. He was known for his ability to be competitive on any type of machinery, from diminutive 250 Grand Prix bikes all the way up to AMA Superbikes, and he excelled in nearly every class of professional motorcycle roadracing. In all, he won 17 AMA Nationals in four different classes. Renfrow died in 2002 in a non-racing accident.

Said his brother, Shawn: “My brother was a lifelong supporter of the AMA and AMA Pro Racing. If he were here today he’d say this is his highest honor.”

Mike and Dianne Traynor co-founded the Ride for Kids motorcycle charity program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. They began the Ride for Kids in 1984 to raise funds for childhood brain tumor research. With tens of millions of dollars raised since 1984, motorcyclists have helped the PBTF become the world’s largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. Mike Traynor died in 2009 and Dianne Traynor died in 2012.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation board member Larry Little, vice president and general manager of the Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, said the organization was touched by the news.

“Like so many, I am overjoyed that Mike and Dianne Traynor have been recognized for their immeasurable impact on both the medical and motorcycling communities,” Little said. “They committed their lives to eliminating children’s brain tumors, and along the way they simultaneously raised positive awareness about motorcyclists and motorcycling. Their legacy will long live on as the foundation they created grows ever closer to finding a cure for one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. On behalf of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Ride for Kids volunteers and the young brain tumor patients we serve, our thanks to the Hall of Fame members for recognizing Mike and Dianne’s contributions and for selecting them to join the Hall of Fame.”

The class of 2013 will be officially inducted on Friday, Oct. 18, during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend in a star-studded gala at Las Vegas’ Green Valley Resort & Casino, with tickets available to the general public. Also featured at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are two Hall of Fame Legends — existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are highlighted. The 2013 Legends are: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time World Motocross champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America and founded the Thor brand.

Also part of the weekend’s activities is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday, Oct. 19, where the class of 2013, the 2013 Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling’s heroes.

Tickets are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Price is $140 for Friday night’s induction ceremony, and $20 for Saturday’s reception, which includes a continental breakfast. Additionally, rooms at the Green Valley Ranch can be reserved now for a special rate at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=19471407 or by calling (866) 782-9487 and using the code GCIAMHF.

The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, and overseen by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. The mission of the AMHF is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. For more information, please visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation

Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum 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 at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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Husqvarna legend and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Gunnar Lindstrom to meet fans at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

27 06 2013

PICKERINGTON, OH – June 27, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association and Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to welcome AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Gunnar Lindstrom to the 2013 BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 19-21. Lindstrom will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.

Motocross riders owe a lot to Gunnar Lindstrom, a man who helped introduce the sport of motocross racing to the United States by way of the Husqvarna brand. The Swedish-born racer helped develop bikes as a test rider and engineer for the Husqvarna factory. He was among the first European stars to venture to the United States to compete in the then-new sport of motocross when he contested the Trans-AMA and Inter-AMA series.

At the upcoming BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Lindstrom will meet fans and sign autographs along with fellow Hall of Famer and 2013 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Grand Marshal Dick Burleson at the annual celebration of vintage motorcycling.

“When European scrambles racing was taking hold in America as motocross, European riders were the absolute kings,” said Grant Parsons, the AMA’s director of communications and marketing. “Seeing international riders like Gunnar in magazines and in person really elevated the sport here, and we’re very pleased that Gunnar will be part of BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.”

Lindstrom said that it’s a treat to participate.

“I am looking forward to reconnecting with friends and Husky fans during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” Lindstrom said. “And like so many of them, I’m anxious to learn what exciting things are ahead for Husqvarna under new ownership.”

BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, is the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. Proceeds support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, The three-day weekend event includes the AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge; amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes; a motorcycle skills test; a Wall of Death stunt show; and demo rides of current street and off-road motorcycles.

The event also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts and autograph sessions with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers.

At the Husqvarna tent on the infield there will be special parking for Husqvarna motorcycles, and every owner who parks a bike there — any year, any model in any condition — will receive a special gift. On the racetrack, there will be special gifts for the highest-placed Husqvarna in every national championship class.

Burleson, this year’s grand marshal, won eight consecutive AMA Grand National Enduro Championships from 1974 through 1981 during his remarkable career with Husqvarna, earning him the nickname “King Richard.”

To meet Burleson and learn more about his Hall of Fame career — including his final title that came down to the last section of the last race vs. fellow Husqvarna rider Terry Cunningham — make plans to attend BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna. For more information on the event go to www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. For ticket info visit www.midohio.com or call (800) 643-6446.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona, presented by Motul, succeeds thanks to supporters

21 03 2013

PICKERINGTON, OH – March 21, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame thanks its supporters, sponsors and “Mr. Daytona” himself, Scott Russell, for helping make the 25th Annual Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona, presented by Motul, a successful fundraising event. Russell, who has won the Daytona 200 five times, was the featured speaker at the event.

“The history of American motorcycling is rich with great stories and fascinating moments, and Scott Russell has contributed more than his fair share to that heritage,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which directs the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “We thank Scott for sharing his stories with us, and we thank the hundreds of supporters who helped make the 25th anniversary of this great event a success.”

In addition to his Daytona 200 victories, Russell won the AMA Superbike Championship in 1992 and the World Superbike Championship in 1993. He also holds three AMA 750 Supersport titles. Russell will always be linked to the Daytona 200, an event he won in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998.

“For whatever reason, and I don’t know why, every time, I just knew I was going to win the Daytona 200 when I turned off the interstate onto U.S. 92 in Daytona on race weekend,” said Russell, who was interviewed by Ben Cheatwood at the event. “There’s just something about this place that always clicked for me.”

The breakfast kicked off with an introduction by Bob Starr, general manager, motorsports communications, of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.

“All of us at Yamaha were truly honored to be part of the AMA Breakfast this past week recognizing the tremendous career and achievements of Yamaha Daytona champion, ‘Mr. Daytona,’ Scott Russell,” Starr said. “As I said during his introduction, we are, indeed, proud to have Scott as a lifelong member of the Yamaha family of legendary champions and couldn’t be more pleased that he continues to give back to the sport that we all love!”

Motul Lubricants, one of Russell’s longtime sponsors, was the presenting sponsor for the event.

“The breakfast was a fantastic opportunity to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and to honor a living legend and old friend,” said Motul President Dave Wolman. “Scott’s humorous and down-to-earth personality made the interview and event a huge success for all attendees. Bob Starr’s intro and Ben Cheatwood’s interview were perfect. The question-and-answer session with the audience was great, and the autograph session topped off the morning. These events for us who have been involved in motorcycling for decades are unique, reminiscing on past memories, preserving them, while making new ones at the same time. Outstanding!”

To view a gallery of photos from the Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona, presented by Motul, see www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation

Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum 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 at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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Advance ticket price deadline approaching for AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend in Las Vegas

19 10 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – October 18, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association reminds enthusiasts, fans and the motorcycling industry that the advance ticket purchase deadline is approaching for the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend, Nov. 16-17, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

Advance tickets for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, are $130 through Oct. 24. After that date, the ticket price increases to $155. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d’Elegance tickets are $10 for attendees of the Hall of Fame banquet, or $20 for general admission.

Tickets for the AMA Legends Weekend are available online or by calling (800) 342-5464.

The 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, will officially welcome seven inductees to the Hall of Fame: the late Rod Bush, longtime KTM North America president and industry visionary; world championship roadracing tuner Nobby Clark; multitime off-road racing champion Ty Davis; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and the late Al Wilcox, an iconic race flagger.

In addition, two existing members of the Hall of Fame will be honored as Legends at the event: 1998 inductees Malcolm Smith, a pioneer in off-road motorcycling, and Mert Lawwill, the 1969 AMA Grand National Champion. Both Smith and Lawwill starred in the iconic motorcycling documentary “On Any Sunday,” directed by Hall of Fame member Bruce Brown.

The AMA Legends Weekend also includes one of the country’s leading motorcycle shows and the finale of one of the most thrilling AMA-sanctioned national racing series. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Red Rock will host the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d’Elegance, featuring many of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. That evening at the nearby Orleans Arena, fans can catch the last round of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series.

The AMA Legends Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa, a world-class retreat featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends Weekend.

Ticket information for the AMA GEICO EnduroCross on Saturday evening is available at www.endurocross.com.

For a complete schedule of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, including information about tickets and room accommodations, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum 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 at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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Spectro Performance Oils is presenting sponsor of AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles Grand Championships

2 07 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – July 2, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The AMA is pleased to welcome Spectro Performance Oils as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 AMA Hare Scrambles Vintage Grand Championships, taking place at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 20-22 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“The AMA Hare Scrambles Vintage Grand Championships, presented by Spectro Performance Oils, brings classic off-road racing to the coolest vintage motorcycling destination on the planet: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton. “We’re excited that Spectro Performance Oils, a leading motorsports oil company with a rich history that dates to the days when vintage bikes were current, is coming on board to support this event as well as the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which receives all proceeds from the AMA Vintage Grand Championships.”

The AMA Hare Scrambles Vintage Grand Championships, presented by Spectro Performance Oils, features skill-, age- and displacement-based classes for vintage, post-vintage and non-current motorcycles. The event draws everyone from first-time competitors to some of the country’s best vintage racers. Sign up is available now at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com > Register to Race.

“Few things are as fun as hopping on your dirtbike and going for a ride in the woods,” said Spectro Performance Oils’ Ken Ciocci. “The AMA Hare Scrambles Vintage Grand Championships, presented by Spectro Performance Oils, take that fun to a whole new level with the low-pressure atmosphere of vintage racing. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody at the races.”

Mandi Mastin, a member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup team at the 2012 International Six Days Enduro, is laying out the hare scrambles course and running operations at the event. Mastin said there will be some fun changes this year for return riders.

“We are being creative and working on making a couple of changes to the course,” Mastin said. “For the riders who race each year, it is important that we make some changes to the course so that they can expect something a bit different.”

With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. In addition to the AMA Hare Scrambles Vintage Grand Championships, the event includes the AMA Motocross Vintage Grand Championships, presented by Moto Armory, amateur national championship roadracing, trials and dirt-track racing in vintage classes. The weekend also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, the AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge, bike shows, demo rides of current street and off-road motorcycles, and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.

This year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will celebrate the classic “Rockers and Mods” two-wheeled subculture that is experiencing a popular resurgence in America. Activities will shine a spotlight on British cafĂ©-racer motorcycles and Italian metal-bodied scooters made popular by the self-described Rockers and Mods of the early 1960s.

The grand marshal this year is AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and noted designer Craig Vetter, whose contributions to motorcycling range from the iconic Windjammer fairings and the Triumph X-75 Hurricane to the Mystery Ship limited-production, high-performance motorcycles and a number of high-profile motorcycle fuel-economy contests.

Tickets for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased at www.midohio.com. More information about the event can be found at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame announces change to 2012 induction class

1 07 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – July 1, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame regretfully announces that, due to an error in the Hall of Fame balloting process, Derek “Nobby” Clark will not be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2012, as was previously announced on June 11.

“This is unfortunate but Mr. Clark’s name should not have been on the ballot,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the selection process for Hall of Fame nominees. “We sincerely regret this error and I have apologized to Mr. Clark on behalf of the Hall of Fame.

“This was a difficult decision, but it had to be made to ensure the integrity of this remarkable institution,” said Heininger. “We are undertaking a thorough review of our nomination process and its implementation going forward.”

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum 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 at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

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Prolific world championship winning tuner Derek ‘Nobby’ Clark inducted into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

11 06 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – June 11, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the third member of the induction class of 2012. World championship tuner Derek “Nobby” Clark, whose bikes claimed 17 FIM world titles in multiple displacements from the 1960s through 1980, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 16-17.

“I first saw Nobby Clark in 1967 at the Grand Prix of Canada,” said Don Rosene, chairman of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame selection committee and a member of the board of directors of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises funds for the Hall of Fame. “He was tuning for the Honda factory team and Mike Hailwood and Jim Redmond, a couple of the greatest roadracers of all time. The list of greats Nobby worked with is long, including Kenny Roberts. All great racers need great tuners. Nobby was, and is, the tuner of World Champions. We welcome him into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”

For 25 years, Clark was one of the world’s leading motorcycle race mechanics. In addition to 17 FIM Grand Prix world titles, earned in classes ranging from 50cc to 500cc, he won three Daytona 200s, one Daytona 100, four Imola 200s and eight Italian championships working with some of the greatest motorcycle racers in history.

“This was a great surprise,” Clark said. “It’s a great honor to be inducted. With many of the guys I worked for already in the Hall of Fame, all I can say is I know I’m in good company.”

Clark not only excelled at the highest level, tuning for some of history’s greatest racers, but also worked with racing’s most memorable personalities, including Hall of Famers Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Roberts.

“Of course they all loved to race,” Clark said. “Mike, especially, loved to race and more than Kenny and more than Ago, the money didn’t come into it with Mike. He just loved to race. If he could have raced seven days a week, he would have done that. Mike also was the best at racing around problems with the bike. He would still try to win, and think he could win, no matter what.

“Kenny, I respect him for coming in from America and winning,” Clark continued. “It was different in every way, a different league, a different culture. Even the dogs, when you whistled at them, they would look at you and say, ‘I don’t understand that kind of whistle.’ But Kenny adapted and progressed and he represented the vanguard of American riders coming to Europe.”

Clark was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). He studied engineering at Bulawayo Technical High School and did his apprenticeship for Rhodesia Railways. As a vibrant motorcycling counter-culture developed in Zimbabwe, Clark’s high-school friend, Gary Hocking, built a reputation first on the streets of Bulawayo then on local racetracks. Hocking’s exploits ultimately took him to Europe, and he encouraged Clark to follow.

In 1960, Hocking got a ride with MV Agusta and hired Clark as his tuner. That year, Hocking was runner up in 125, 250 and 350cc FIM World Championships. In 1961, he won the 350 and 500cc titles on bikes tuned by Clark.

Clark went to work for the factory Honda team and Jim Redman following Hocking’s death in a Formula One car crash in 1962. He stayed with Honda, where he worked with Hailwood, and then joined a Yamaha satellite team in 1971. The following year, he moved to the Yamaha factory team.

Clark is the third member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2012 to be announced. He joins the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary, and pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish. The rest of the 2012 inductees will be announced in random order in the coming weeks.

The class of 2012 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 16 as part of the AMA Legends Weekend. The weekend also includes the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring many of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles.

In addition to the current class, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony shines the spotlight on two previously inducted members of the Hall of Fame, reminding the motorcycling community of the amazing careers of these Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends. For 2012, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends will be 1998 inductees Malcolm Smith, a pioneer in off-road motorcycling and a star in the motorcycle documentary “On Any Sunday,” and Mert Lawwill, the 1969 AMA Grand National Champion whose title defense was the central theme of the timeless film.

Tickets for the AMA Legends Weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5r7zy8ea4316694&llr=vw9ldxbab or by calling (800) 342-5464.

The AMA Legends 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 Weekend. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group code RCIAME or AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST. Online room reservations are available at www.redrocklasvegas.com.

More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.


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