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OUR CHIEF, MARILYN STEMP WAS INDUCTED INTO THE STURGIS MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME

Images & Post by Jack McIntyre

Pictured above left to right: Jack McIntyre  Rod Woodruff, Marilyn Stemp

August 8th will be a day we will all remember. The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame had a packed house to induct it’s latest class, one being our very own Marilyn Stemp. Marilyn’s journey in the motorcycle industry is nothing short of incredible & I wish my words could explain that better, but we all congratulate Marilyn on this amazing induction. I personally couldn’t be a luckier guy to be working with her day by day on this blog.hall of fameBCA_0675 BCA_0754 copy BCA_0746 copyBCA_0721 copy

 

 

About the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

Our Mission

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of motorcycling; honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle; and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Rally. Our vision is to continue as a world-class museum offering comprehensive and educational exhibits and showcasing rare and unusual motorcycles significant to our history and our sport.

Our History

Sturgis is synonymous with motorcycles and the people who love them. Visitors come all year long looking for motorcycle-related businesses and attractions, and they leave with a piece of motorcycling history after visiting the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

In a joint effort, the Museum’s Board of Directors, the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, local students, and members of the Sturgis community gathered on March 10th, 2001 to scrape, sand, and paint the old church building next to the Pyramid Bar. Shortly after, the Museum was born. Gene and Nancy Flagler, owners of the church, determined that the rent should be a whopping $1.00 a month, helping to make the Museum’s first and most critical year a little easier to manage financially.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public on June 1, 2001. Local and national collectors loaned the new Museum a selection of vintage and rare V-twin and metric motorcycles, offering visitors a glimpse into the magnificent world of two wheels.

After only a year in business, the City of Sturgis was so impressed with the Museum’s progress that it offered the old Post Office on the corner of legendary Main Street and Junction Avenue as the Museum’s new home. With financial support from the State of South Dakota and many other contributors, the Museum was able to open the doors on its present location in 2002.

Through the years, the Museum has continued to grow, opening its lower level in August, 2003. With several exhibit rooms and an increasingly impressive selection of unique motorcycles, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum offers a world-class experience for visitors and has been listed as one of the ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’ by author Patricia Schultz.

Today, the Museum is open year round, seven days a week. Summer months are the busiest as people flock to this motorcycle mecca, culminating in August during the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Motorcycles and exhibits are changed on a regular basis to offer repeat visitors something fresh each time they stop in.

Our Organization

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame is an IRS designated 501(c)3 foundation and is governed by a Board of Directors and is operated by a staff managed by the Executive Director.

Board of Directors                                   Executive Management

Chris Lien, President                                    Myrick Robbins, Executive Director

Roger Haydock, Vice President                   Emma Garvin, Assistant Director

Vicki Werlinger, Secretary                            Darla Gunderson, Office Manager

Robin Baldwin, Treasurer

Mark Marshall, General Counsel

Bruce Eide

Dr. Craig Bailey

Tina Hogue

Lonnie Isam

Coe Meyer

Terry Rymer

Roger Schieman

Jason Sims

Keith Terry

Ron Waterland

AMA Charter Life Member wins AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bike

Don L. Harms chosen to receive 1941 Harley-Davidson WL

 

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Charter Life Member Don L. Harms was the winning name drawn at 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield, in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle.

Harms’ name was drawn by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Scot Harden, who served as the 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days grand marshal.

Harms, 81, of Kirkland, Wash., was not present at the drawing.

Contacted by phone on Tuesday, Harms said he was grateful to learn he had won the raffle.

“That’s pretty amazing,” he said. “I never win anything!”

Harms said he grew up riding motorcycles on a farm. And he got his first bike “right out of grammar school.” It was an Ariel Single.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bike Harms won is a 1941 Harley-Davidson WL, the civilian version of the WLA (the “A” refers to “Army”) produced for the U.S. Army for use during World War II.

The WL is built around a high-compression flathead 45 cubic inch V-twin pumping out over 23 horsepower. Known in its day for reliability, the 750cc WLs were workhorses, whether in “A” trim or the civilian model.

The WL is ready to ride with fresh paint and a tune-up from noted Harley-Davidson restorer Mike Wells of C&S Cycle Service in Mount Victory, Ohio.

“I used to ride one of those flatheads with the hand shifter,” Harms said. “When I saw this one in a magazine, I thought it would be a pretty nice one to own.

“I don’t ride much anymore, but I do still have a 1969 Triumph Bonneville that I get out on when I can.” Harms said.

All proceeds from the raffle benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other raffle bikes can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/mobile-join 

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Legend Suspensions Demo Rides During 2018 Sturgis Rally

Legend Suspensions would like to invite everyone to the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Legend Suspensions will be offering free demo rides of their suspensions at their manufacturing facility, located at 3461 Whitewood Service Road, Sturgis, SD  57785.  Legend Performance Tour partners, Bassani Xhaust and Feuling Parts, will be on location as well, and have their products available to test ride on the demo bikes. Continue reading Legend Suspensions Demo Rides During 2018 Sturgis Rally

Travis Pastana Pays Tribute to Evil Knievel in ‘Evel Live’

LAS VEGAS (Sunday – July 8, 2018) Sunday night, in front of an estimated 25,000 fans watching in-person from Las Vegas and more tuning in live on television across North America, action sports superstar Travis Pastrana celebrated Evel Knievel during the unprecedented HISTORY® live event, “Evel Live.” Produced in partnership with Nitro Circus, “Evel Live” saw Pastrana pay homage to Knievel’s legacy as he set out to recreate three of the American legend’s most iconic jumps. Pastrana pushed the limits even further though, breaking Knievel’s famous car and Greyhound bus jump records before completing the epic Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel grasping for his life 50 years ago. Shortly after Pastrana took a celebratory dive into the Caesars Palace fountains to cap off the night, #EvelLive trended at #1 on Twitter.

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