AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Melbourne J. ‘Mike’ Wilson passes

3 02 2015

PICKERINGTON, OH – February 3, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association expresses its most sincere condolences to the friends and family of Melbourne J. “Mike” Wilson, who passed away Feb. 2. He was 94.

Mr. Wilson, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and longtime patron of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, was preceded in passing by his wife and fellow Hall of Famer Margaret Wilson last July. The couple was awarded the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

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“As American motorcycling’s first couple and two of the sport’s greatest benefactors, Mike and Margaret Wilson were without peer,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Mike, along with Margaret, not only lived life on two wheels to the fullest, but he gave back to the sport in many ways, which included their lasting contributions to the Hall of Fame, where their story will live on in perpetuity.

“On behalf of AMA staff, our members, the AMA Board of Directors and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, I express our deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends,” Dingman added.

Born on March 2, 1920, Mr. Wilson started racing dirt track as a novice in 1939. Following his service in World War II as a fighter pilot, Mr. Wilson, along with Mrs. Wilson, opened Wilson’s Motorcycle Sales, a Harley-Davidson and later a Honda dealership, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mr. Wilson returned to competition and won the Iowa TT State Championship in 1956 as an expert-licensed dirt tracker. He was the last racer to enter the Peoria TT on a 74-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson in 1958.

As a sponsor, Mr. Wilson backed the careers of many great racers, including fellow Hall of Famers John Tibben and Leo Payne.

Following a quarter-century running a successful business, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson began focusing their efforts on preserving the heritage of motorcycling and were instrumental in the creation and promotion of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, including commissioning the timeless bronze sculpture “Glory Days” that serves as the centerpiece of the Hall of Fame itself.

Services will be on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Friends may call at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home on Sunday. See www.cedarmemorial.com for specific times and directions.

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.

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AMA members receive early demo ride access at AMA National Convention

12 09 2014

PICKERINGTON, OH – September 12, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Motorcyclist Association members attending the AMA National Convention being held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will get a holeshot on the competition for motorcycle demo rides during the Oct. 18-19 consumer portion of the event.

“As anyone who has attended a large gathering of motorcyclists knows, the demo ride area can be one of the most popular, and we’re appreciative to AIMExpo and the participating manufacturers for giving AMA members a welcomed benefit at this event,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey.

AMA members will enjoy exclusive access to demo rides at participating manufacturers’ demo trucks from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (Demo rides will open to non-AMA members starting at 9 a.m.) Street demo providers offering early AMA member access include Yamaha, Suzuki, Kymco and EBR. Off-road demo providers offering early AMA member access include Yamaha, Suzuki, Kymco and Massimo.

To have access to the early time slot, AMA members must have their valid AMA membership card with them and present it to the demo fleet staff.

In addition to early demo ride access, the AMA National Convention includes a kick-off party at Orlando EagleRider 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 16, exclusive seminars on a variety of motorcycling topics at the convention center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 17, guided road and adventure rides, the annual AMA member meeting and more.

Held in partnership with the American International Motorcycle Expo at the Orange County Convention Center, the 2014 AMA National Convention also provides a first look at the latest in motorcycles, gear, gadgets and gizmos at AIMExpo. AIMExpo is a diverse powersports event that is open to trade and media Oct. 16-17 and open to the general public Oct. 18-19. AMA National Convention attendees who are not members of the industry or media are welcome to attend AIMExpo Oct. 18-19.

Registration for a variety of ticket options for the AMA National Convention is available now at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events/AMAConvention.aspx.

The four-day extravaganza also features the American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 17. The induction ceremony will officially welcome the Hall of Fame Class of 2014, which 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; AMA motocross champion and current Supercross/Motocross Team Manager Mike LaRocco; and legendary tuner, engine builder and team owner Rob Muzzy.

To join the conversation and get the latest updates on the 2014 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.

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.

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Husqvarna steps up sponsorship of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend

24 09 2013

PICKERINGTON, OH – September 24, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that Husqvarna Motorcycles, which had previously dedicated its support as a sponsor for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, October 18, has increased its commitment to become the AMA Legends Weekend presenting sponsor.

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The AMA Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna, includes both the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception. The two-day celebration takes place Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, at the Green Valley Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., with tickets available to the general public.

“In a year when Husqvarna celebrates an amazing milestone with 110 years of motorcycling history, we’re pleased to help showcase that heritage alongside the impressive accomplishments of the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2013,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. “It’s fitting, too, since Husqvarna has strong ties to two existing Hall of Famers who will be honored as Hall of Fame Legends this year: Torsten Hallman and Mark Blackwell.”

Hallman and Blackwell are well known for their motocross achievements while riding for Husqvarna, and both played a significant role in introducing the sport of motocross to America in the 1960s.

“Every one of us at Husqvarna Motorcycles is fortunate for the opportunity to pay tribute to Torsten Hallman and Mark Blackwell,” said Husqvarna’s Andy Jefferson. “The impact of their contributions remains significant, and their achievements within the motorcycle industry are legendary. We are really looking forward to honoring them both at this year’s ceremony.”

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The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will officially honor the incoming class of 2013: AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael; AMA and desert racing champion Danny Hamel; racer, promoter and motorcycle industry icon Norm McDonald; AMA roadracing champion Randy Renfrow; and motorcycling fundraisers and Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

Also part of the weekend’s activities is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday, October 19, where the class of 2013, the 2013 Hall of Fame Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling’s heroes.

Tickets for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna, are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. The price is $140 for Friday night’s induction ceremony, and $20 for Saturday’s midday reception, which includes a continental breakfast. Additionally, rooms at the Green Valley Ranch can be reserved now for a special rate at or by calling (866) 782-9487 and using the code GCIAMHF.

Additionally, fans in town that weekend also have a chance to enjoy the AMA Supercross Monster Energy Cup Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Tickets for the race are available now at www.supercrossonline.com.

The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. The mission of the AMHF is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. For more information, please visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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.

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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame offers free admission on Sept. 28

16 09 2013

Current exhibits include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Gallery, 2 Wheels + Motor: A Fine Art Exhibition and Dirt-Track! All-American Racing

PICKERINGTON, OH – September 16, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day. The nationwide event, “Museum Day Live!,” offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

“Motorcycling’s rich heritage is something that all motorcyclists are proud of, and we are excited to share our nation’s two-wheeled story with all the members of our community as well as Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors on Sept. 28,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “The stories of the amazing men and women who have defined our sport, lifestyle and business are exciting and inspiring. We’re looking forward to showcasing these stories for all-comers during Museum Day Live!”

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew more than 400,000 participants nationwide, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

Founded in 1990, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in government relations, business, history, design and engineering.

More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

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.

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Zero Motorcycles returns as ring sponsor for 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

7 08 2013

PICKERINGTON, OH – August 7, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Zero Motorcycles, manufacturer of American-made electric motorcycles, is the official ring sponsor for the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, taking place on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Green Valley Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

The prestigious AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame ring is a symbol of the significant contributions made by an inductee to the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling. The gold ring, which is created exclusively for the Hall of Fame, bears the institution’s logo, the “Glory Days” design and the name of the inductee. The rings will be presented to the living inductees and Hall of Fame Legends during the annual gala event.

Receiving the rings will be AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael, and racer, promoter and motorcycle industry icon Norm McDonald. Representatives for the following deceased inductees will receive a one-of-a-kind commemorative wall plaque: AMA and desert racing champion Danny Hamel, AMA road racing champion Randy Renfrow, and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation/Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

“Zero Motorcycles continues to innovate on the cutting edge of the future, and at the same time, it’s looking back to the history of motorcycling to honor the pioneers of yesteryear,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. “For inductees and their survivors, the Hall of Fame rings and plaques are a daily reminder of the lifetime achievements of these distinguished individuals.”

Two existing members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be honored as Hall of Fame Legends and will also receive rings: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time FIM World Motocross champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America as well as founder of the Thor brand.

Scot Harden, Zero Motorcycle’s vice president of global marketing and a Hall of Famer, said Zero Motorcycles is proud to be a part of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the third consecutive year.

“Once again Zero Motorcycles is proud to team with the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to present each inductee and surviving family a ring or special plaque,” Harden said. “The 2013 class is particularly deserving and represents a cross section of motorcycling at its best. We look forward to supporting the Hall of Fame for years to come and the important work they are doing to commemorate and preserve the achievements of our past champions and legends.”

Also part of the weekend’s activities is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday, Oct. 19, where the class of 2013, the 2013 Hall of Fame Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling’s heroes.

Tickets are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Price is $140 for Friday night’s induction ceremony, and $20 for Saturday’s reception, which includes a continental breakfast. Additionally, rooms at the Green Valley Ranch can be reserved now for a special rate, click here or by calling (866) 782-9487 and using the code GCIAMHF.

The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, and overseen by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. The mission of the AMHF is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. For more information, please visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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.

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Carmichael, Hamel, McDonald, Renfrow and Traynors compose AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Class of 2013

13 07 2013

PICKERINGTON, OH – July 13, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With voting completed for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the inductees who will be formally elevated to the Hall of Fame: multi-time AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael, multi-time desert racing champion Danny Hamel, K&N co-founder Norm McDonald, multi-time roadracing champion Randy Renfrow and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

“The Greatest of All Time, an AMA and Baja racing standout, a well-known industry business veteran, a multi-talented AMA roadracer and a visionary couple of motorcyclists who started the Ride for Kids program and raised millions of dollars from fellow riders — I can’t think of a more wide-ranging and well-deserving class of inductees,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the AMHF, which oversees the Hall of Fame.

“Each member of the Class of 2013 has made a lasting impact on the world of motorcycling, rising to the highest levels in their endeavors, whether in competition, business or helping others less fortunate,” Heininger said. “It’s an honor to welcome them to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame family, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at this year’s induction ceremony, Oct. 18-19, in Las Vegas.”

Potential AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers are considered in eight categories, each focused on a specific area of achievement: Ambassadors & Industry, Design & Engineering, Dirt Track, Leadership & Motorcycle Rights, Motocross & Supercross, Off-Road, Roadracing and Specialty Competition.

The Class of 2013 was selected by a voting procedure that included ballots cast by living Hall of Fame members, members of the AMA and AMHF boards of directors, and members of, and advisers to, the Hall of Fame category committees. The current total number of eligible voters is more than 250.

The selection of the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees is the culmination of a comprehensive review of the procedures and makeup of the Hall of Fame nominating processes and committees. The revisions institutionalize the integrity of the nominating process, from application through induction, into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013:

Ricky Carmichael has more combined AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross National wins than any other rider in history. From 1997 to 2006, Carmichael won a championship series title each year. In 2002, he recorded the first perfect season in AMA motocross history by earning 24 straight moto victories for 12 overall wins in the premier class — a feat he repeated in 2004.

Carmichael, who was traveling in Europe, said through a text relayed via his mother, Jeanie, “This is for all of the people who helped me get to where I am, and the sponsors that gave me the support to do the job I needed to do. And also, this is for all my fans who supported me through the journey.”

Jeanie added: “This is very honorable for Ricky. He has devoted his life to this sport and now he is recognized for all this achievement. To think that he is being recognized by his peers for this special respect, it is amazing and frankly, emotionally, very moving.”

Danny Hamel accomplished much as an off-road racer: five-time AMA Hare and Hound national champion, Baja 1000 and 500 overall winner and more. Between 1977 and 1995, Hamel was the only rider ever named both as the AMA Amateur Athlete of the Year and AMA Amateur Sportsman of the Year in the same year. He died in June 1995 while racing the Baja 500 when a car strayed onto the road that was part of the course and Hamel collided with it.

“Danny would be speechless with this news,” said Hamel’s friend, Mike Hodges. “He’d walk away, give a very loud ‘Hoo-Ray’ and he’d savor the moment.”

Norm McDonald has been an ambassador for motorcycling his entire life as a racer, promoter, teacher, sponsor and advocate for motorcyclists’ rights and safety. In 1957 he opened K&N Motorcycles — a motorcycle shop — with Ken Johnson. By 1965, they created K&N Engineering and in 1966 the K&N Air Filter was introduced. Over the years McDonald sponsored hundreds of racers, with more than 30 of them going on to the national level.

McDonald was at a loss for words when he heard the news: “When John Ulrich told me I was nominated, I was shocked,” McDonald said. “Now, with this news, I am honored and numb.”

Randy Renfrow began his pro roadracing career in 1981. He won the AMA 250 Grand Prix championship in 1983, the AMA Formula One title in 1986 and the AMA Pro Twins Series championship in 1989. He was known for his ability to be competitive on any type of machinery, from diminutive 250 Grand Prix bikes all the way up to AMA Superbikes, and he excelled in nearly every class of professional motorcycle roadracing. In all, he won 17 AMA Nationals in four different classes. Renfrow died in 2002 in a non-racing accident.

Said his brother, Shawn: “My brother was a lifelong supporter of the AMA and AMA Pro Racing. If he were here today he’d say this is his highest honor.”

Mike and Dianne Traynor co-founded the Ride for Kids motorcycle charity program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. They began the Ride for Kids in 1984 to raise funds for childhood brain tumor research. With tens of millions of dollars raised since 1984, motorcyclists have helped the PBTF become the world’s largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. Mike Traynor died in 2009 and Dianne Traynor died in 2012.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation board member Larry Little, vice president and general manager of the Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, said the organization was touched by the news.

“Like so many, I am overjoyed that Mike and Dianne Traynor have been recognized for their immeasurable impact on both the medical and motorcycling communities,” Little said. “They committed their lives to eliminating children’s brain tumors, and along the way they simultaneously raised positive awareness about motorcyclists and motorcycling. Their legacy will long live on as the foundation they created grows ever closer to finding a cure for one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. On behalf of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Ride for Kids volunteers and the young brain tumor patients we serve, our thanks to the Hall of Fame members for recognizing Mike and Dianne’s contributions and for selecting them to join the Hall of Fame.”

The class of 2013 will be officially inducted on Friday, Oct. 18, during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend in a star-studded gala at Las Vegas’ Green Valley Resort & Casino, with tickets available to the general public. Also featured at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are two Hall of Fame Legends — existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are highlighted. The 2013 Legends are: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time World Motocross champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America and founded the Thor brand.

Also part of the weekend’s activities is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday, Oct. 19, where the class of 2013, the 2013 Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling’s heroes.

Tickets are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Price is $140 for Friday night’s induction ceremony, and $20 for Saturday’s reception, which includes a continental breakfast. Additionally, rooms at the Green Valley Ranch can be reserved now for a special rate at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=19471407 or by calling (866) 782-9487 and using the code GCIAMHF.

The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, and overseen by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. The mission of the AMHF is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. For more information, please visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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.

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Husqvarna legend and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Gunnar Lindstrom to meet fans at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

27 06 2013

PICKERINGTON, OH – June 27, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association and Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to welcome AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Gunnar Lindstrom to the 2013 BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 19-21. Lindstrom will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.

Motocross riders owe a lot to Gunnar Lindstrom, a man who helped introduce the sport of motocross racing to the United States by way of the Husqvarna brand. The Swedish-born racer helped develop bikes as a test rider and engineer for the Husqvarna factory. He was among the first European stars to venture to the United States to compete in the then-new sport of motocross when he contested the Trans-AMA and Inter-AMA series.

At the upcoming BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Lindstrom will meet fans and sign autographs along with fellow Hall of Famer and 2013 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Grand Marshal Dick Burleson at the annual celebration of vintage motorcycling.

“When European scrambles racing was taking hold in America as motocross, European riders were the absolute kings,” said Grant Parsons, the AMA’s director of communications and marketing. “Seeing international riders like Gunnar in magazines and in person really elevated the sport here, and we’re very pleased that Gunnar will be part of BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.”

Lindstrom said that it’s a treat to participate.

“I am looking forward to reconnecting with friends and Husky fans during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” Lindstrom said. “And like so many of them, I’m anxious to learn what exciting things are ahead for Husqvarna under new ownership.”

BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, is the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. Proceeds support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, The three-day weekend event includes the AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge; amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes; a motorcycle skills test; a Wall of Death stunt show; and demo rides of current street and off-road motorcycles.

The event also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts and autograph sessions with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers.

At the Husqvarna tent on the infield there will be special parking for Husqvarna motorcycles, and every owner who parks a bike there — any year, any model in any condition — will receive a special gift. On the racetrack, there will be special gifts for the highest-placed Husqvarna in every national championship class.

Burleson, this year’s grand marshal, won eight consecutive AMA Grand National Enduro Championships from 1974 through 1981 during his remarkable career with Husqvarna, earning him the nickname “King Richard.”

To meet Burleson and learn more about his Hall of Fame career — including his final title that came down to the last section of the last race vs. fellow Husqvarna rider Terry Cunningham — make plans to attend BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna. For more information on the event go to www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. For ticket info visit www.midohio.com or call (800) 643-6446.

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.

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