AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Slated for Sept. 22

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Oct. 13, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Troy Ryan Photography)

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Oct. 13, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Troy Ryan Photography)

Event to be held in conjunction with AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio

The 2017 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Friday, Sept. 22, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Each year, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame welcomes new members in a ceremony that is open to the public. In 2017, the induction ceremony is part of an exciting weekend of motorcycle activities staged in conjunction with the annual American International Motorcycle Expo, which brings together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single location.

This year, the weekend’s events are held in Columbus, Ohio, just a short drive from the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, so fans and friends can attend the ceremony and visit the Hall of Fame.

“The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony honors the most accomplished stars in motorcycling history and is always an entertaining and heartwarming event,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “And once again, we are very pleased to showcase these icons of the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling on the grand stage of U.S. motorcycling and powersports, the AIMExpo.”

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame was established in 1998 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation to honor the legends and heroes of American motorcycling and highlight their achievements and contributions to motorcycling.

The inductee selection process includes participation from motorcycle historians, journalists, industry leaders and living Hall of Fame members, all of whom have expert knowledge in their fields of motorcycling. The final inductee selection is made by a confidential ballot.

In addition to living Hall of Famers, members of the boards of the AMA and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, AMA Charter Life Members and AMA Life Members with 25 or more years of continuous membership are eligible to vote for Hall of Fame nominees.

Balloting is scheduled for May 15 through June 14.

Ticket information for the induction ceremony will be announced at a later date. Check www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof for more information. Also visit the Hall of Fame Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AMAHallOfFame. #AMAHoF17

AMA HoF to Showcase 1966 Electra Glide Raffle Bike at AIMExpo

Event hosts 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Husqvarna

Fans and supporters of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will get a look at the charity’s latest raffle bike this Oct. 13-16 at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla. The bike, an expertly restored 1966 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, is being raffled to raise funds for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

“In the 1960s, air travel was getting cheaper, roads were getting smoother and America was obsessed with wanderlust. Motorcyclists joined the fun on large touring motorcycles, perhaps none more impressive than the 1966 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “We’re excited to offer this classic machine for one lucky supporter of the Hall of Fame to ride away when we draw the winner next July.”

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bike 1966 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

Would you like to be the new owner of this immaculate 1966 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide? The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be presenting it to the lucky winner of its fundraiser raffle. 

To get your chance to be that lucky winner, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof/raffle-bike. Supporters get one chance to win for a $5 donation to the Hall of Fame, or five chances for a $20 donation.

Even better, see the 1966 Harley-Davidson FLH raffle bike at the AMA booth at AIMExpo Oct. 13-16. The AMA will be on hand to meet members, sign up new members and produce the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Husqvarna.

The induction ceremony will be held the first night of the expo. Reservations for the ceremony can be made now at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/induction. Tickets to the ceremony, which includes a formal sit-down dinner, are $130 per person. AMA Life Members pay $120, and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers can attend for no charge.

The Class of 2016 includes eight new members of the Hall of Fame. They are road racing champion Miguel Duhamel, motorcycle designer and engineer Charles Franklin, racer and tuner Chris Haines, engine builder Dennis Mahan, race frame builder Jeff Cole, desert racer Jack Johnson, motorcycling pioneer Gloria Tramontin-Struck and dirt track racer Ronnie Jones.

Dick Burleson will be recognized as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Selected from existing Hall of Famers, Legends’ accomplishments transcend their categories in impactful ways. In addition to Burleson, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends include Mark Blackwell, “Willie G.” Davidson, Roger DeCoster, Torsten Hallman, Bob Hannah, Mert Lawwill, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Malcolm Smith.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is funded through efforts of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Sponsoring the event supports the inductees, honors their achievements, recognizes the influence of their accomplishments and celebrates motorcycling’s history in America. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve Gotoski at (951) 491-1910 or sgotoski@ama-cycle.org.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to induct Gloria Struck & Ronnie Jones

First members of Class of 2016 announced

Motorcycling enthusiast and pioneer Gloria Struck and dirt-track racer Ronnie Jones will be among the honorees that the American Motorcyclist Association welcomes to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame this October.

“It’s my pleasure to announce the first two members of the Class of 2016,” said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA board of directors and chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board. “Gloria Struck has inspired generations of women to take up motorcycling for both sport and pleasure, and she remains a vibrant reminder of the emotional connection we can have with two wheels. Ronnie Jones fielded one of the most successful privateer professional dirt-track careers in history, and his accomplishments rank among his era’s most impressive.”

Gloria Tramontin Struck

Gloria Struck is a lifelong rider who deservedly has earned a spot in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held during the American International Motorcycle Expo, which runs Oct. 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

The Class of 2016 includes three competition category inductees, three non-competition category inductees and two inductees from the well-qualified category. The well-qualified category was created to recognize candidates whose accomplishments have taken place outside the public eye but have played a significant role in motorcycling.

Struck and Jones, both from the well-qualified category, are the first two inductees announced for 2016.

Born in 1925 in an apartment attached to her family’s motorcycle shop in Clifton, N.J., Gloria Tramontin Struck is the reigning matriarch of the women’s riding community. A member of the Motor Maids since 1946, she embodies the mission of the organization by riding her Harley-Davidson to events such as Sturgis and Daytona from her New Jersey home.

Motor Maid Gloria Struck

Motor Maid Gloria Struck is one of the inductees to the 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

In her lifetime, Struck has ridden in all 48 continental states several times over as well as in Europe. In the 1950s, she earned continental notoriety by completing a high-profile adventure ride in Canada from Toronto to Montreal.

Riding as a privateer, Ronnie Jones collected 10 AMA Grand National Championship wins and 32 podium finishes from 1980 through 1995. He finished in the top 10 of the series in 11 consecutive seasons and scored Grand National points in 21 consecutive seasons. Jones also scored wins in three of the four dirt-track disciplines of short track, TT and Half-mile, and just missed scoring a Mile victory several times, finishing in the runner-up position five times.

Ronnie Jones Headed to AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Ronnie Jones had 10 AMA Grand National Championship wins and 32 podium finishes from 1980 through 1995.

Although Jones retired from full-time competition after the 1999 season, he continued to race select events through 2014. During his most recent campaign, he set a record by scoring AMA Grand National Championship points 35 years after his rookie Expert season.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public and, for the third consecutive year, takes place in conjunction with AIMExpo. AIMExpo brings together consumers, dealers, manufacturers, and the world press in one location for global product launches, demo rides, motorcycling seminars, and much more.

Ronnie Jones AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

AMA flat track racer Ronnie Jones is headed to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Tickets to the 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available soon at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

For updates on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, keep an eye on www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof, as well as the AMA’s social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorcyclist and www.facebook.com/AMAHallofFame) and Twitter and Instagram (@AMA_Riding).

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Award Added to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has established itself as one of the premier events on the West Coast. 

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be on location at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, Calif., on May 14 to raise awareness of the Hall of Fame and the lasting contributions of its inductees.

“The Quail is one of the premier motorcycle events on the West Coast,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “The machines on display there are stunning, and the event perennially draws AMA Hall of Famers, motorcycling’s greatest ambassadors. This makes it a fitting location to honor their achievements and promote the mission of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”

A new motorcycle award at The Quail this year will be the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award. This award recognizes a motorcycle that best represents the contributions that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers have made to the growth of motorcycling in America. The selection will be made by a committee of attending Hall of Famers.

In addition, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will have on display a bike from its own collection, Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey’s 1983 AMA Superbike Championship-winning Kawasaki GPz750. The GPz is one of the most significant motorcycles in AMA Superbike Championship history, representing not just the ascendance of one of America’s greatest racers of all time, but a milestone achievement for what was thought to be a technologically inferior motorcycle at the time.

During a special ceremony at The Quail, Dingman will present AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter with the prestigious AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award. The award acknowledges the highest level of service to the AMA in any area of activity, and its recipients are individuals whose contributions are nationally recognized. Vetter is well-known for his many contributions to motorcycle design, including the iconic Windjammer fairings of the 1970s, the Triumph X-75 Hurricane and the limited-edition Mystery Ship.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is held at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Tickets are available at http://peninsula.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?cart&id=116815.
AMA staff will be on hand at The Quail to represent the Hall of Fame, provide AMA membership information and answer questions about other Hall of Fame activities, including AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and the people who love them on July 8-10 in Lexington, Ohio.

For more information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, see www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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.

Bike Shows At AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Feature All Makes, Models

On July 20-22, the American Motorcyclist Association and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will welcome a wonderful assortment of expertly restored and original condition motorcycles from numerous eras, styles and countries of origin at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“The fundamental elements of a motorcycle are simple — two wheels and an engine to move them — however, since the invention of the motorcycle, we have seen countless renditions of this basic form,” said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton. “AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days offers the country’s most distinctive display of these machines, on the track, on the road and as part of the bike shows that anchor our appreciation of two-wheeled art.”

While the grounds of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will boast vintage motorcycles at every turn, four bike shows will highlight the best and most historic machines: the Hall of Fame Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Bike Show and Scooter Bike Show on Friday, July 20, and the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show and Café Racer Bike Show on Saturday, July 21.

First, owners will have the opportunity to show off their running vintage motorcycles as part of the Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Bike Show. The show begins with a lap of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, then leaves the grounds for a 25-mile scenic ride, returning for a judged show at 2 p.m. Classes include American, British, European, Japanese and Specials/Customs, as well as special show awards. Registration will be on site at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent starting at 8 a.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show will feature pristine restored or original-condition vintage motorcycles outside the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with judging starting at 1 p.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Static Show features motorcycles from the early 1900s through 1989. Bikes featured will include American, British, European and Japanese models that span various decades. The machines will be set on the show grid and be on public display throughout the day.

In addition, two shows will celebrate “Rockers and Mods,” the two-wheeled subculture that is experiencing a classic resurgence in America and is a focus of this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. A Friday bike show will include the Italian metal-bodied scooters, while British café-racer motorcycles will take center stage on Saturday.

For specific bike show times and locations, see www.AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.

“AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is all things motorcycling, from the people, the motorcycles and the racing that defines our motorcycling culture,” Penton said. “The bike shows are a key element of that mix, and we expect to offer some amazing examples of motorcycle technology this year.”

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 demo rides of current year street and off-road motorcycles, the event includes amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes. The weekend also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, a classic field meet for motorcycles and scooters, and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.

Tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at www.MidOhio.com.