Board of Directors Awards

Board of Directors Awards

Identifying members who best serve the AMA's mission

The AMA Board of Directors Awards recognize the individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership, uncommon excellence, and dedication to the AMA mission of promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.
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AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award

This annual award acknowledges the highest level of service to the AMA in any area of activity.

AMA Bessie Stringfield Award

This award is presented annually to an individual who has been instrumental in bringing emerging markets into the world of motorcycling.

AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award

This award is presented annually to an individual or organization that generates good publicity for motorcycling.

AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award

The AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle and...

AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award

The AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle...

Friend of the AMA Award

This award is presented to one or more in the motorcycling community who have strongly supported the AMA mission and its programs.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member Johnny ’Crashwall’ Gibson passes

Winner of 1956 Daytona 200

AMA News Author (no byline)

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Johnny "Crashwall" Gibson, a member of the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame and winner of 1956 Daytona 200 and more than 100 dirt-track, road-race and TT races, passed away Jan. 30 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 87.

Johnny "Crashwall" Gibson

Mr. Gibson was a leading AMA Grand National racer of the 1950s. His biggest victory came in the 1956 Daytona 200 riding a factory-backed Harley-Davidson.

He also was one of the stars of the popular Friday night Ascot Park races in Gardena, Calif., along with Hall of Famers Sammy Tanner, Al Gunter and host of other top riders of the era.

Mr. Gibson played a key role in the revival of Speedway racing in Southern California during the 1970s and 1980s. He built a track in Irwindale and helped foster a generation of riders that would bring the United States back to world prominence in Speedway World Championship racing.

Mr. Gibson was born in Los Angeles on July 6, 1930. He began racing Speedway as a teenager.

He raced through 1962, when he suffered serious injuries in a race at Ascot Park. He fully recovered, but the demands outside racing persuaded him it was time to retire.

In all, Mr. Gibson scored 26 top-10 finishes in AMA national competition, including eight podium finishes.