AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and drag racer Ray Price passes away at 78

PICKERINGTON, OH – December 17, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association extends its condolences to the family of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Ray Price, who passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 78.

Mr. Price was the father of drag racing’s “Funnybike,” designer of the motorcycle wheelie bar and developer of the two-speed automatic racing transmission. Mr. Price was an inductee of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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Mr. Price bought his first motorcycle in 1963. In 1967, at the age of 30, he started his motorcycle drag racing career with a 1966 Harley-Davidson Sportster. He and his Ray Price Harley-Davidson drag racing team attained multiple race victories, records and championships in AMA Dragbike, the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). Mr. Price’s personal racing career continued beyond his 65th birthday into the 2003 AHDRA season.

Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, N.C., is one of the largest dealerships in the southeastern United States and hosts several annual charity events, including a Toys for Tots toy run, the Ray Price Easter Basket Ride and the annual Capital City Bikefest in downtown Raleigh.

To learn more about Mr. Price, see his biography.

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

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