PICKERINGTON, OH – October 11, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association announces GEICO as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2014 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
“We want to thank GEICO for their longstanding support of professional motorcycle racing in America,” said Jeff Massey, AMA chief operations officer. “We’re honored that they have chosen to help us shine the spotlight on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.”
Added Ted Ward, GEICO vice president: “Motorcycle racing has one of the most passionate fans bases in all of sports. This exciting sponsorship of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame gives us a unique opportunity to build GEICO’s brand awareness and raise our exposure throughout the motorcycle racing community.”
Some of the best motorcycle racers in the world compete on America’s AMA Supercross and Motocross tracks. Over the years, the athletic talent in this sport has been world-class. This year, GEICO’s own Mike LaRocco will officially join an elite group of race professionals in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
LaRocco, who currently manages the GEICO Honda Supercross/Motocross Team, had one of the longest professional racing careers in American motorcycling. He won the 1993 AMA 500 National Motocross Championship, the 1994 AMA National Motocross Championship and the 2000 FIM Supercross World Championship.
In addition to LaRocco, the Class of 2014 also includes race tuner and innovator Byron Hines; motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers; Tom White, acclaimed motorcycle collector, former nationally ranked racer and founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties; George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park; national off-road racing champion Scott Summers; and legendary tuner and team owner Rob Muzzy.
The event will also honor the career of existing Hall of Famer William “Willie G.” Davidson, a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 1999. Davidson will be recognized as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at this year’s event.
The American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is part of the AMA National Convention being held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) Oct. 16-19.
The AIMExpo is a diverse powersports event that is open to trade and media on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16-17, and open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19. AMA National Convention and induction ceremony attendees who are not members of the industry or media are welcome to attend AIMExpo Oct. 18-19.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers are selected through a nomination and voting procedure that includes ballots cast by living Hall of Fame members, members of the boards of directors of the AMA and AMHF, and members of, and advisers to, the Hall of Fame category committees.
Tickets for the American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony range from $25 to $150 and are available online at www.motorcyclemuseum.org/events/halloffame2014.aspx.
Anyone may nominate a future Hall of Famer. To do so, visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org/induction.
To join the conversation and get the latest updates on the American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, use the hashtag #AMAHoF. Fans and supporters can also connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AMAHallofFame, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ama_riding.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 13 million private passenger customers and insures more than 22 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO’s online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes and claims reporting, and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available. For more information, go to www.geico.com.
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.