Scott Parker was one of the greatest motorcycle racers in history. His nine titles and 94 National wins made him the all-time leader in championships and wins in AMA Grand National history when he retired in 2000.
Here are a dozen fun facts about Parker, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003.
1. His real name is David Scott Parker and he was born in Flint, Mich. His father, a firefighter, was also named David, so the family used his middle name, Scott, and it stuck throughout the rest of his life.
2. His dad bought Scotty a Rupp mini-bike when he was 6. By the time he was 12, Parker began racing flat track and motocross. Eventually, it was flat track that won out.
3. Early on, his dad took him to the races and Parker often raced a small, 60cc bike against bigger 80cc machines. The young Parker had to find ways to pass other than using sheer power. As a result, he became very fast in the corners and was noted for his ability to make a cushion work when others couldn’t.
4. He turned professional in 1979 and, at just 17, was the youngest rider at the time to earn his expert pro license.
5. He finished his inaugural season ranked ninth and earned the AMA Rookie of the Year Award.
6. He joined the Harley factory team in 1981.
7. Parker hired Harley-Davidson employee and future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Werner to be his tuner. For a two-year period, Werner was working on Parker's machines on his own time after work at Harley-Davidson.
8. Parker was considered the undisputed King of the Mile. His 55 career wins on mile flat tracks were more than double that of his nearest competitor.
9. He also was the leader in wins on half-miles as well.
10. After retiring, Parker started a home construction business.
11. He is an avid golfer.
12. At the time he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Parker and his wife, Wanda, had two children and lived in Michigan.