AMA Un-Inducts Nobby Clark From Motorcycle Hall of Fame – What Is This All About?

We reveived the following press release from the AMA Hall fo Fame and can not believe how bad it looks.
How can the AMA Hall of Fame announce a very worthwhile inductee and then a few weeks later announce he is NOT being inducted after all.
It sure appears there is something fishy going on here. And we at American Iron Magazine plan on looking into it.
Please read this unedited press release from the AMA and let us and the AMA know what you think.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame announces change to 2012 induction classPICKERINGTON, Ohio — 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  


  1. Joe, of the dozens of reactions I have heard and read on this, yours is the first and only one to agree with the action of the AMA. Curious where this leads.

  2. Joe Roth says:

    “Then there was the unfortunate revelation that 14 years ago Clark pleaded guilty to stealing historic race bike parts… I think it was an admirable thing – to acknowledge that mistakes were made in the election process and leaving it at that certainly left a lot of questions in the Clark situation, but it was probably the best way to handle it given the circumstances.”