First it was Dave Despain, now Dick Mann resigns from the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame over the AMA’s mishandling of what is being referred to as the Nobby Clark Fiasco. How many more AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers will resign before a full and complete investigation and possible house cleaning of AMA’s management is done?
Here is Dick Mann’s resignation letter (courtesey of Ed Youngbloods Motohistory.net):
July 12, 2012
Motorcycle Hall of Fame
13515 Yarmouth Dr.
Pickerington, OH 43147
Enclosed is the medal I received when I was inducted in the AMA Hall Of Fame in 1998. This is in response to the mismanagement of the HOF Directors of the induction/non-induction of Nobby Clark.
I was one of the original committee members involved in organizing the current Hall of Fame. Lately, I have watched this organization slide into mediocrity, apparently from the lack leadership and knowledge of the history of our sport.
Due to Nobby Clark’s contributions to the sport of motorcycles, it is my opinion there is no one more deserving of being inducted in the HOF. Since that is not going to happen, I no longer want to be considered a part of the Hall of Fame.