Barry Boone, known for his kind heart, passion for motorcycles and unmatched talent for announcing racing events, has passed away. He was 62.
Barry Boone, right, with AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Photo by Joe Hansen
“The American Motorcyclist Association is saddened by the loss of Barry Boone,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “We extend our condolences to the Boone family.”
Mr. Boone, of Ormond Beach, Fla., was announcing local Steve Nace Racing events in Florida around 10 years ago, when he was encouraged to begin announcing larger AMA-sanctioned events, such as dirt track racing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship. He continued announcing AMA-sanctioned events for more than 10 years.
He also was the announcer for years at AMA Pro Flat Track events.
“He was the friendliest guy at the track,” Saillant said. “It was very obvious that announcing racing was his talent and I’ve never found or met someone that was better at it than him.”
In his spare time, Mr. Boone would take cross-country trips aboard his motorcycle and was known for being a long-distance, high-miles recreational rider.
Most recently Mr. Boone hosted an internet radio show “Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone,” where he interviewed multiple motorcycling legends, such as Willie G. Davidson.