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Grand marshals pull winning ticket for 1947 Indian Chief

July 13, 2014

By Jim Witters
Photo by Halley Miller

Robert Hines of Piggot, Ark., won the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum raffle bike on Sunday at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Hines’ name was drawn by Grand Marshal Bill Tuman, a member of the legendary Indian Motorcycles Wrecking Crew. Grand Marshal Bobby Hill, the other surviving member of the crew, also attended the drawing.

Co-Grand Marshal Bill Tuman pulls the winning ticket for the 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bike -- a 1947 Indian Chief.

The third wrecking crew member, Ernie Beckman, died in October 1999.

The bike, a 1947 Indian Chief, was restored as a rider by its previous owner. The AMA bought the bike at the 2013 Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meet.

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman thanked the crowd for attending the event and supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

“It’s great pleasure for the AMA to put on this event as the primary fundraiser for the Hall of Fame and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation,” Dingman says.

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