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AMA Press Releases


AMA Press Release

October 16, 2003

Contact: Tom Lindsay
Phone: 614-856-1900 X1357

PICKERINGTON, OHIO -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that Margaret Wilson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the latest recipient of the AMA Bessie Stringfield Memorial Award for Superior Achievement by a Female Motorcyclist. The presentation took place on Saturday, October 4, during ceremonies connected with the 2003 Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductions.

The award, presented to Margaret for more than 50 years of active involvement, leadership, and excellence in motorcycling, recognizes individual women who have been instrumental in showing other women they can be active participants in the world of motorcycling. Created in 2000, the AMA Bessie Stringfield Award is presented to those acknowledged by their peers as true leaders in the sport, women who have had a significant positive impact on the role and image of women in motorcycling over a sustained period of time.

Margaret`s love of motorcycling began in 1946, when her husband, Mike, gave her a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Beginning in 1950 and for the next 25 years, Margaret and Mike also were business partners in Wilson`s Motorcycle Sales of Cedar Rapids. She`s a Golden Life Member of the Motor Maids, having joined this renowned national women`s motorcycle organization in 1951, and she helped form the Corn State Riders Motorcycle Club in the early 1950s. Over the years she has assisted with many motorcycle races and events, and has logged more than 555,000 miles throughout the United States and Canada. Margaret and Mike currently both serve on the Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and are among the Museum`s principal benefactors.

“There may be no better role model for women, whether or not they ride motorcycles, than Margaret Wilson,” said Robert Rasor, President of the AMA. “Her personal energy and passion, as well as her inestimable contribution to motorcycling over nearly six decades, makes her most deserving of the AMA Bessie Stringfield Award.”

Nominations for the AMA Bessie Stringfield Award for Superior Achievement by a Female Motorcyclist may be submitted by any member of the Association. It is bestowed from time to time at the pleasure of the AMA Board of Directors. Past recipients of the award include Patti Carpenter and Rita Coombs.

Issued October 16, 2003

About the American Motorcyclist Association Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world`s largest motorcycling organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists` interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations.

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