Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inducts Nine Icons

As a preview to the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum held the induction ceremony which gave nine of the iconic motorcycling legends their rightful place in the history books.

Actor and motorcyclist Perry King hosted the ceremony which saw the induction into the Hall of Fame of people like Eyvind Boyesen (two-stroke engine tuner), Don Castro (dirt-track racer) or Larry Coleman (sidecar roadracing champion).

The other people recognized for their merits were off-road rights activist Clark Collins, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, JT Racing founders John and Rita Gregory, desert racing champion Bruce Ogilvie and championship team owner and Pro Circuit founder Mitch Payton.

They were all remembered or honored with videos from their careers, Hall of Fame rings and induction speeches.

"This Motorcycle Hall of Fame is your hall of fame," said American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation chairman Jeff Heininger.

"What we've done, we couldn't have done it without you -- the new exhibits at the museum in Pickerington, Ohio, and events like AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and of course this induction ceremony here tonight. Your support is so important, and we've got a lot more ideas and plans to keep this thing going and to spread the word of the heritage of motorcycling."

On the side line of the induction ceremony, the organization also honored 1999's inductee Bob "Hurricane" Hannah, who was named Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Hannah won seven AMA National Championships and is one of two riders who ever won both 125 and 250cc motocross and Supercross competitions.
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