Torsten Hallman to be honored as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend
May 02, 2013
Torsten Hallman was instrumental in the introduction of motocross to America,
and on Friday, Oct. 18, he will be honored as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
Legend. Hallman, an existing Hall of Famer, will be recognized alongside the
class of 2013 as part of the AMA Legends Weekend, hosted by the American
Motorcyclist Association, on Oct. 18-19 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa
and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
"Torsten's prominence, since the early days of motocross in the USA, has
never faded," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American
Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. "His
riding technique and skill changed the sport, his business acumen generated
many business opportunities, and his personal qualities brought the sport and
the business magically together.
"Torsten's elevation to AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend status marks
another milestone in the American motorcycling scene that only Torsten Hallman
could provide," Heininger said.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are existing members of the Hall of Fame
whose lifetime accomplishments are showcased as part of the annual induction
ceremony of new Hall of Famers.
Hallman, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, was a four-time World
Motocross Champion when he came to the United States in the late-1960s as part
of the effort to popularize both the Husqvarna motorcycle brand and the sport
of motocross. Hallman's incredible talent on a motocross bike was a revelation
to American fans and racers. Within a few years after Hallman's first visit,
motocross became the most popular form of motorcycle racing in the United
Hallman's talents were not limited to the track. He also was a savvy
businessman and founded a riding apparel company: Thor. The company's early
designs and innovations heavily influenced the look and function of motocross
riding gear for decades to follow. Today, Thor is one of the biggest names in
"I am really honored to be recognized as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
Legend and am already looking forward to coming to Las Vegas to participate in
the AMA Legends Weekend," Hallman said. "It pleases me to see that
motocross has become such a dominant sport in the U.S. -- a huge improvement
since I came over as the first rider to introduce the sport. At that time
nobody even heard about this sport, so I had to spell the word 'motocross.'
Today it's a well-known word -- I am really proud!"
Hallman was born in 1939 in Uppsala, Sweden, a scenic university town about 50
miles north of Stockholm. His father and older brother were both motorcycle
racers, and Hallman grew into the sport quickly. He won his first race, and
from that moment his path was set. Competitively, that journey culminated in
four 250cc motocross world titles. Hallman's battles with Belgium's Joel
Robert, a fellow Hall of Famer, are still considered some of the best ever in
the history of the sport.
The AMA Legends Weekend kicks off with the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
induction ceremony Friday night, Oct. 18, in a star-studded gala event that
honors the motorcycling world's fast and famous. The next morning features the
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception, where
the class of 2013, the 2013 Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from
previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting
that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling's
Tickets are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
Price is $140 for Friday night's induction ceremony, and $20 for Saturday's
reception, which includes a continental breakfast. Additionally, rooms at the
Green Valley Ranch can be reserved now for a special rate at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=19471407
or by calling (866) 782-9487 and using the code GCIAMHF
The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame,
located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio and overseen by the American
Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. The mission of the AMHF is to celebrate,
elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. For more
information, please visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame's three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org.