The American Motorcyclist Association has announced its 2019 AMA Board of Directors awards, with the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award presented to legendary motorcyclist Malcolm Smith.
Smith was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998 and declared a Hall of Fame Legend in 2012. Throughout Smith's storied racing career and subsequent business and philanthropic ventures, he has been an advocate for the AMA mission and its programs.
Smith’s name is synonymous with everything positive about motorcycling: fun, sportsmanship and excitement.
As a racer, he gained fame for his accomplishments in the Baja 1000 and for his gold-medal-winning rides in the International Six Days Enduro competitions. His notoriety reached well beyond the motorcycling community as the star of the influential 1970s motorcycle film, “On Any Sunday.” The movie helped launch an explosion in the popularity of off-road motorcycling in America.
Smith went on to become a successful businessman with his Malcolm Smith Motorsports motorcycle dealership in Riverside, Calif. He also organized numerous fundraising rides in Baja, Mexico, that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for an orphanage in Valle de la Trinidad, Baja California.
Smith has long been a supporter of the AMA and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He has donated motorcycles, riding gear and helmets to the Hall of Fame museum, and he helped promote the 2007 exhibit “Malcolm!”
To read more about Smith and the other 2019 AMA Board of Directors award winners, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/AMA-News-And-Press-Releases/american-motorcyclist-association-announces-recipients-of-2019-board-of-directors-ama-awards.