AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Announces 2012 Nominees
The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation (AMHF) is proud to
announce the 2012 nominees for induction into the AMA Motorcycle
Hall of Fame. The names of 26 individuals, each highly accomplished
in the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling, compose the
ballot from which the class of 2012 will be selected for induction
into the Hall of Fame.
"It's an exciting time for everyone involved in the process of selecting Hall of Fame inductees," said AMHF Board of Directors Chairman Jeff Heininger. "We are so proud of our nominees and their accomplishments, each of whom embodies the passion, spirit and dedication to excellence that exemplifies the Hall of Fame members already honored at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame."
Located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tells the stories of motorcycling's heroes and legends, and preserves the history of motorcycling. Hall of Fame nominees are selected from a number of specialties within two main categories. The non-competition category includes ambassadors/industry, design/engineering and leadership/motorcyclist rights advocates, and the competition category includes flat track, motocross/Supercross, off-road, roadracing, and specialty competition.
The 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame nominees are (alphabetically):
- Mark Buckner - National/international
motorcycling rights advocate, past state coordinator for ABATE of
Colorado, past board member/president/chairman of the Motorcycle
- Rod Bush (d. 2005) - Industry leader as former
president of KTM North America and member of KTM worldwide board of
directors, former member of AMA Board of Directors.
- Derek "Nobby" Clark - Factory mechanic and
tuner for numerous World Grand Prix roadracing championships and
Daytona 200 and Imola 200 victories from the 1960-80s.
- Ty Davis - Multiple championships in AMA Grand
National Enduro, AMA National Hare & Hound and Baja 1000, 1990
125cc Supercross champion, multitime ISDE gold medalist and top
- Skip Eaken - Tuner/builder for riders who
finished first in dozens of AMA Grand National Dirt Track
competitions, crew chief for three AMA Grand National Championships
and an AMA Superbike Championship.
- Jimmy Ellis - First AMA Supercross Series
champion and multitime motocross champion.
- Sue Fish - A pioneer of professional women's
motocross racing in the 1970s and '80s, multitime Women's World
Champion and two-time Superbowl of Motocross champion.
- Louis Gerencer - Multitime National Hillclimb
champion and past president of the Hillclimbers Association.
- Charles Gustafson Sr. (d. 1951) - Indian chief
engineer who developed the first side-valve engine that debuted in
1916, and is also credited with developing the first
- Tommy Hays (d. 1941) - The dominant TT rider
of the pre-Grand National Championship era who won numerous AMA
National Championships in four years.
- Jack Johnson - Multitime desert racing
champion with numerous Baja 1000 wins, silver and gold
International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) medalist.
- Ron Lechien - 1983 AMA Rookie of the Year,
1985 125 Motocross National Champion, multitime USGP winner,
numerous outdoor national motocross wins and Supercross wins.
- Bob Leppan - World's fastest motorcyclist
1966-1970 who directed the team that set the 2007 land speed record
for production motorcycles.
- John Long - Bonneville Land Speed record
holder, five-time U.S. Team member for Anglo-American Match Races,
numerous starts in AMA national roadraces and Daytona 200s.
- Dennis Mahan - Mechanic for numerous
dirt-track, motocross and roadracing champions, first U.S Motocross
des Nations team manager, industry racing manager and product
- Rob Muzzy - Engine builder/tuner, crew chief,
team owner and businessman with numerous AMA roadracing, drag
racing, dirt-track and motocross titles and Daytona 200 wins, a
World Superbike Championship and a Suzuka 8-hour endurance
- Don Pink (d. 1984) - Dominant 1940s competitor
in numerous disciplines, AMA congressman, founder of the New York
State Dealers Association and the NY/NJ Metropolitan Sports
- Randy Renfrow (d. 2002) - Multitime AMA
National road racing champion, winner of numerous AMA national
races, and a consistent winner in 250 GP racing.
- Jarno Saarinen (d. 1973) - Finnish roadracing
world champion and the first European to win the Daytona 200.
- Brian Slark - England-born motocross organizer
in the 1960s, imported/built Rickman, Metisse and Cheney
motocrossers and helped establish the Mungenast and Barber
- Rodney Smith - Multiple championships in AMA
Grand National Cross Country, AMA National Hare Scrambles and AMA
National Reliability Enduro, multitime ISDE gold medalist and top
American, third in 1988 FIM 125cc World Motocross Championship.
- Gloria Struck - North American and European
world traveler and motorcycling ambassador, Motor Maids member
- Charlie Vincent - Top 1960s off-road racing
competitor in the eastern United States, ISDT gold medalist and AMA
- Lance Weil (d. 2006) - Roadracer, mechanic,
designer, fabricator and businessman, competed in Europe and the
Isle of Man, and the founder of Rickey Racer.
- Al Wilcox (d. 2011) - Life member of the AMA
and the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Club who flagged AMA races for 50
years (and WERA for 30), including 15 years at Daytona.
- Gene Wirwahn - Credited with building the
foundation for the AMA's government relations advocacy efforts,
championed numerous legislative victories and actively promoted
responsible riding on behalf of the AMA and the FIM.
In the coming weeks, six new members representing the AMA
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be elected from these
nominees -- three from non-competition categories and three from
competition categories. The Hall of Fame class of 2012 will be
announced this summer, and the new members will be formally
inducted into the Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony on Nov. 16 at the
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev., during the AMA
Legends Weekend. Ticket information will be announced soon at
For more information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the induction process, please visit MotorcycleMuseum.org > Induction.
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 MotorcycleMuseum.org.