PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that Indian Motorcycle is joining the companies providing support to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame's 2016 induction ceremony, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, during the American International Motorcycle Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
"As America's first motorcycle company, Indian Motocycle made an indelible impact on motorcycling in America," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "Much of that can be traced to the vision and work of Class of 2016 member Charles Franklin, who gave the world the original Indian Scout and created the first Indian Chief, two models that have played a key role in Indian Motorcycle's recent resurgence. The support of iconic brands, such as Indian Motorcycle, for the Hall of Fame is welcomed validation of the lasting importance of its mission to promote and preserve the heritage of American motorcycling."
Reservations for the induction ceremony can be made now at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/induction. Tickets to the ceremony, which includes a formal sit-down dinner, are $130 per person. AMA Life Members pay $120, and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers can attend for no charge.
"It's our job as stewards of this great brand to build the best modern Indian Motorcycles we can," said Steve Menneto, president of Indian Motorcycle. "Honoring the past is an important part of building a strong future, and we applaud the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame for recognizing the powerful impact Charles Franklin had on the industry and Indian Motorcycle."
The Class of 2016 includes eight new members of the Hall of Fame. In addition to Franklin, they are road racing champion Miguel Duhamel, racer and tuner Chris Haines, engine builder Dennis Mahan, race frame builder Jeff Cole, desert racer Jack Johnson, motorcycling pioneer Gloria Tramontin-Struck and dirt track racer Ronnie Jones.
In addition, Dick Burleson will be recognized as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Selected from existing Hall of Famers, Legends' accomplishments transcend their categories in impactful ways. In addition to Burleson, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends include Mark Blackwell, "Willie G." Davidson, Roger DeCoster, Torsten Hallman, Bob Hannah, Mert Lawwill, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Malcolm Smith.
For the third consecutive year, the induction ceremony is held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo, an event that brings together consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the world press in one location for global product launches, demo rides, motorcycling seminars and more.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is funded through efforts of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Sponsoring the event supports the inductees, honors their achievements, recognizes the influence of their accomplishments and celebrates motorcycling's history in America. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve Gotoski at (951) 491-1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.