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Indian motorcycles shine at Hall of Fame bike show

July 13, 2014

By Jim Witters
Photo by Halley Miller

Carl Peshoff of Canton, Ohio, brought two bikes to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show on Saturday and took home five trophies.

Peshoff, who loves to ride Ducatis on the street, said the vintage Indian motorcycles he owns provide a smooth ride, along with a sense of nostalgia.

Chris Peshoff with his 1939 Indian Scout.

“The Indian is a bike that carries a passion with it,” he says. “It is a unique experience.”

While Peshoff declined to provide a number, he acknowledged that his collection includes “a lot” of motorcycles.

“My favorite of the collection is the Indian Four,” he says. “My son’s is the (BSA) A7.”

So, those are the two he chose for the bike show at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

His 1939 Indian Scout Four took Best of Show in American bikes, the Indian Award and best in class for American bikes through 1939.

The 1947 BSA A7 took Best of Show in British bikes and the British Bikes class for 1940-1949.

The Grand Marshal’s Choice award for the Hall of Fame show went to David Hannigan’s 1957 Ariel Square Four.

Bill Tuman and Bobby Hill -- the surviving members of the Indian Wrecking Crew, which also included the late Ernie Beckman -- are serving as grand marshals of BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle.

On Friday, the Grand Marshals’ choice in the All Years Bike Show on Friday was Bruce Pickering, who entered a 1958 Indian Trailblazer.

“I picked that one because I had one once that I used to run around town in,” Tuman says.