Rare racing motorcycles to be displayed at AMA Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna
October 14, 2013
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that a number of rare,
one-of-a-kind bikes with ties to its newest inductees will be on display at the
2013 AMA Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort
in Las Vegas, Nev., Friday and Saturday, Oct 18-19. Tickets are available to
the general public.
"The icons of motorcycling that are enshrined in the AMA Motorcycle Hall
of Fame made their names as racers and riders, and we're very pleased to have
amassed an impressive collection of motorcycles representing our Class of
2013," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle
Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame.
"Many of the bikes that will be on display at our gala event are the very
bikes that our Hall of Famers rode, which makes them extremely rare and
historic," Heininger said. "Attendees will get to see these famous
machines during the induction ceremony itself on Friday night, as well as at
the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Husqvarna,
takes place on Friday evening, Oct. 18. The gala event officially honors the
class of 2013: AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael; AMA and
desert racing champion Danny Hamel; racer, promoter and motorcycle industry
icon Norm McDonald; AMA Roadracing Champion Randy Renfrow; and motorcycling
fundraisers and Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.
In addition, two existing members of the Hall of Fame will be honored as
Legends that evening: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross,
a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in
the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time FIM World Motocross
champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America
as well as founder of the Thor brand.
The bikes are also available for public viewing on Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m, during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial
Legends Reception. At the reception, the Class of 2013, the 2013 Legends and
numerous AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be interviewed
on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and
personal with motorcycling's heroes. Fans will also have the opportunity to get
autographs from Hall of Fame members at a special autograph session, which
begins at 1:00 p.m.
Bikes on display for the event include:
Danny Hamel's 1994
Built by Dave Pyle of Kawasaki Team Green with Pro Circuit additions, the KX500
is in unrestored race condition, just as it came out of the desert after Danny
Hamel's 1995 season. This was the machine that powered Hamel [d.1995], to his
1994 Baja 1000 Championship when he was teamed with AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Famers Larry Roeseler and Ty Davis. It also played a part in his 1995 AMA
National Hare & Hound Championship -- his fifth title on Kawasakis. This historic
KX500 is owned by Kawasaki Motors Corp.
Randy Renfrow's 1989 Pro
Twins RS850D Race Bike
Good race bikes are often not born, they are made, and that's definitely the
case with this Pro Twins RS850D, campaigned in 1989 by Randy Renfrow [d.2002].
Built with a Honda Racing motor originally destined for flat-track competition,
the bike was purpose-built from the bottom up to be a small, light,
reliable-yet-ferocious race machine. Renfrow campaigned it in the 1989 season,
taking the championship all the way to the final race. In the end, this bike either won or came in
second in every race it finished. The bike has been restored to its original
race condition by Martin Adams.
2010 Ride for Kids U.S.
Grand Prix Moriwaki MD600
For the 2010 U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Honda cooked up
something special: A vehicle to help spur donations for the Pediatric Brian
Tumor Foundation's Ride For Kids events, which were founded by Mike and Dianne
Traynor. The race bike, a Moriwaki MD600, was campaigned in the Moto2 class by
Roger Lee Hayden and overseen by a race team headed by AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Famer Kevin Schwantz. The bike sported Ride For Kids stickers, and was used in
part of a fundraising campaign for the Ride For Kids. This machine is on loan
from American Honda.
Ricky Carmichael's 1997
All stories have a beginning, and for Ricky Carmichael's AMA pro career, the
beginning started with a Kawasaki KX125, built by Pro Circuit and tuned by Chad
Watts. With this bike, Carmichael won eight outdoor AMA Motocross Nationals and
three AMA Supercross main events, en route to winning the 1997 125 MX National
Championship and the AMA Supercross East Championship. The bike remains in
unrestored race condition and is on loan from Pro Circuit's Mitch Payton,
himself an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer.
Ricky Carmichael's 2001
Kawasaki KX SR250
Built by the Kawasaki Race Team and tuned by Chad Watts, this KX SR250
propelled Ricky Carmichael to two championships in 2001. In the AMA Supercross
series, Carmichael rode the bike to 14 race wins (13 in a row) for the title.
In AMA Motocross, it took him to seven AMA National wins and the title. It is
said to have been his favorite bike during his Kawasaki career. The bike is
presented in unrestored race condition, and is on loan from Kawasaki Motors
Norm McDonald-era Yamaha
Pulled together by John Stein in a mere 90 days to race at the Catalina Grand
Prix, the faithful Yamaha Ascot Scrambler replica harkens back to the time when
Norm McDonald rode a similar machine at Ascot Park in California. Built on a
1962 Yamaha YDS2, with engine work by Scott Clough Racing, frame work by CIP
Powder Coating, Race Tech shock work and plenty of other new bits, the bike was
run in the revived Catalina Grand Prix in 2010 finishing with the 22nd fastest
time out of 104 entries.
Mark Blackwell 1971
This is an exact replica of the first Husqvarna that AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Famer Mark Blackwell raced when he was sponsored by the brand's firs U.S.
importer, Hall of Famer Edison Dye. Blackwell himself acquired this machine and
had it restored by Don Bailey as closely as possible to the original race
Arrangements are also being made to bring host several Husqvarnas from the era
of Hall of Famer Torsten Hallman from the Kelly Owens Collection, as well as
additional machines from Suzuki and Honda that were campaigned by Ricky
Tickets for both public events are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
The price is $140 for Friday night's induction ceremony, which includes dinner,
and $20 for Saturday's reception, which includes a continental breakfast.
The AMA Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna, is organized by the American
Motorcyclist Association. It is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio. The Hall of Fame's
mission is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of
motorcycling in America.
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.