AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Offers 1953 Vincent Black Shadow for

January 23, 2009

AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Offers 1953 Vincent Black Shadow for
Auction

PICKERINGTON, OHIO – The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is offering
enthusiasts the opportunity to add a historic machine to their collection.
Beginning today, January 23, the Museum is auctioning a 1953 Vincent Black
Shadow on eBay.  The auction will run through February 1, 2009.
     
The 1953 Vincent Black Shadow on the auction block was restored by famed
Vincent restorer Mike White of Ontario, Canada, and Brent Mayfield of
Centerville, Ohio.  The 1953 production is fully documented through copies
of factory paperwork, and photos of the machine prior to restoration are
available.  The Vincent was originally purchased by the Museum specifically
for the annual 2008 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum raffle.  This year, for
the first time, the winner of the Museum’s raffle chose to accept an
alternate cash prize instead of the motorcycle, allowing the Museum the
opportunity to auction the 1953 Vincent Black Shadow. Riders can log on to
eBay.com and enter ID number 160311565061 to bid on the classic Vincent.
Winning the bike is a perfect way to kick-start 2009, and all proceeds will
support the non-profit Museum and its mission of telling the exciting
stories and preserving the history of American motorcycling.

In addition, enthusiasts can enter the 2009 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
raffle for a chance to win a pair of Bonnevilles. The 2009 raffle winner, to
be picked during 2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, will be able to choose
one of two prizes: a prize package valued at $35,000 featuring a fully
restored 1959 pre-unit T120 Bonneville and an all-new limited edition 2009
50th Anniversary T100 Bonneville, or a $25,000 cash award.  Tickets can be
purchased at http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org or by calling (614) 856-2222.

Fundraisers such as the Vincent auction and Triumph raffle – as well as the
recently concluded 2008 Leather and Ice Online Holiday Auction – are vital
to supporting the Museum’s award-winning exhibitions as well as the
Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which honors the men and women who shaped the
industry and sport of motorcycling. Over 400 items donated by 142 museum
supporters were up for grabs in the 2008 Leather and Ice Auction, which
raised over $25,000 for the Museum. The Museum extends its gratitude to all
those who helped make the 2008 auction such a success.

Enthusiasts interested in supporting the Museum’s fundraisers in 2009 should
contact Toni Shoap at (614) 856-2222 ext. 1340 or tshoap@ama-cycle.org.

About the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum tells the exciting stories and
preserves the history of American motorcycling. Visitors to the Museum will
find award-winning exhibits rotating through three major exhibition halls.
Each exhibit immerses guests in the stories of American motorcycling by
capturing the thrill of the open road, the excitement of racing or the
inspiration of memorable personalities. The Museum is also home to the
Motorcycle Hall of Fame, honoring the distinguished men and women who have
played a vital role in shaping the sport and business of motorcycling,
thanks to their competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship.
Located just east of Columbus, on the campus of the American Motorcyclist
Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the non-profit Museum is open seven days
a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year’s Day. For more information call (614) 856 – 2222 or visit
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

Annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast at Daytona Bike Week to

Annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast at Daytona Bike Week to
Feature Renowned Racers Scott Parker and Jay Springsteen

Famed Tuner Bill Werner to Lead Program

PICKERINGTON, OHIO – Racing legends Scott Parker and Jay Springsteen will be
the guests of honor at the 21st Annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
“Friendraising” Breakfast on Friday, March 6, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The
flat track champions will share stories with celebrated Harley-Davidson
tuner Bill Werner, whose skills helped Parker and Springsteen to a number of
their AMA Grand National Championships.

The Museum breakfast, a Daytona Bike Week tradition, allows attendees to mix
and mingle with motorcycling’s biggest names, as well as receive rare inside
look at their lives and careers. The event is open the public and tickets
are $49 per person. All proceeds support the non-profit Motorcycle Hall of
Fame Museum and its mission of telling the exciting stories and preserving
the history of American motorcycling.

The talents and accomplishments of Parker, Springsteen, and Werner have led
each to be inducted into the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Parker, inducted
in 2003, is considered one of the great motorcycle racers in the history of
AMA racing. During his career, Parker was a nine-time AMA Grand National
Champion and set an all-time record with his 94 Grand National Championship
race wins, including 55 AMA National Mile wins and 35 AMA Half-Mile wins.
Parker is also a three-time winner of the AMA Pro Athlete of the Year award.
Like Parker, Springsteen is considered one of the best in AMA racing
history. Inducted into the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003,
Springsteen is a three-time AMA Grand National Champion with over 40
National Championship flat track race wins. 

At the 2009 Museum breakfast, Parker and Springsteen will look back at their
astonishing careers through a discussion led by Bill Werner. Werner, one of
the most successful tuners in AMA Grand National racing history, was
inducted into the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. He offers a unique
perspective on the careers of Parker and Springsteen, as he turned the
wrenches for both.

To join Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen, and Bill Werner at the 21st Annual
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum “Friendraising” Breakfast, immediate
reservations are recommended. The breakfast will be held at the Hilton
Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Friday, March
6, 2009. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast served at 8:30
a.m. Parker, Werner, and Springsteen will host an autograph session
following the conclusion of the breakfast. Admission is $49 per person.
Sponsorships are also available, and all proceeds benefit the Motorcycle
Hall of Fame Museum. To make reservations or learn about event sponsorship
opportunities, contact the Museum at (614) 856-2222 or visit
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

About the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum tells the exciting stories and
preserves the history of American motorcycling. Visitors to the Museum will
find award-winning exhibits rotating through three major exhibition halls.
Each exhibit immerses guests in the stories of American motorcycling by
capturing the thrill of the open road, the excitement of racing or the
inspiration of memorable personalities. The Museum is also home to the AMA’s
Motorcycle Hall of Fame, honoring the distinguished men and women who have
played a vital role in shaping the sport and business of motorcycling,
thanks to their competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship.
Located just east of Columbus, on the campus of the American Motorcyclist
Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the non-profit Museum is open seven days
a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year’s Day. For more information call (614) 856 – 2222 or visit
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 2009 with Events Celebrating

AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 2009 with Events Celebrating
Classic Motorcycles

PICKERINGTON, OHIO – The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum invites fans
of vintage machines to rev up for two notable events. The International CBX
Owner’s Association (ICOA) will pay a special visit the Museum on Saturday,
January 24, 2009. Two weeks later, on Saturday, February 7, the Museum will
host the Penton Owner’s Group (POG) for the 8th Annual Penton Day. All
riders are welcome at both events.

The ICOA event on January 24 begins at 9:30 a.m., with a tour of the
Museum’s colorful exhibits, including “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles”
and “Awesome-Ness,” an installation chronicling the career of legendary
customizer Arlen Ness. The day will continue with a technical session and
presentation by special guest racer Geoff Smale.
Smale is known for a number of racing accomplishments, including becoming
series champion of the British Earlystocks “1300 production” class in 2000
astride a CBX with unmodified displacement. Smale also one of twelve racers
to lap at over 100 mph in a sidecar outfit, both as driver as well as
passenger, during the Isle of Man TT races. The ICOA’s visit to the Museum
will be held in conjunction with the club’s winter tech rally held in
Columbus, Ohio, on January 24 and 25. The ICOA invites all enthusiasts to
join them at the Museum on January 24. The event is free, but regular Museum
admission rates apply. Riders can log on to http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org for
additional information.

Penton enthusiasts are welcome to bring their machines to display at the
Museum on February 7, when the Penton Owner’s Group holds the 8th Annual
Penton Day. Sign in begins at 9 a.m., with the group’s annual business
meeting starting at 10 a.m. The topic of this year’s event will be the 50th
anniversary of Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Penton’s record-setting
transcontinental run on a BMW, and John will be on hand to share his
memories.  Penton’s son, Motorcycle Hall of Famer and AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Fame
Museum board member Jack Penton, will also be at the Museum to serve as a
host of the annual Penton Day events. Riders interested in joining the
festivities can log on to http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org for additional
information. Membership in the POG is not required and lunch will be
provided.

About the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum tells the exciting stories and
preserves the history of American motorcycling. Visitors to the Museum will
find award-winning exhibits rotating through three major exhibition halls.
Each exhibit immerses guests in the stories of American motorcycling by
capturing the thrill of the open road, the excitement of racing or the
inspiration of memorable personalities. The Museum is also home to the
Motorcycle Hall of Fame, honoring the distinguished men and women who have
played a vital role in shaping the sport and business of motorcycling,
thanks to their competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship.
Located just east of Columbus, on the campus of the American Motorcyclist
Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the non-profit Museum is open seven days
a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year’s Day. For more information call (614) 856 – 2222 or visit
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 2009 with Events Celebrating

AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 2009 with Events Celebrating
Classic Motorcycles

PICKERINGTON, OHIO – The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum invites fans
of vintage machines to rev up for two notable events. The International CBX
Owner’s Association (ICOA) will pay a special visit the Museum on Saturday,
January 24, 2009. Two weeks later, on Saturday, February 7, the Museum will
host the Penton Owner’s Group (POG) for the 8th Annual Penton Day. All
riders are welcome at both events.

The ICOA event on January 24 begins at 9:30 a.m., with a tour of the
Museum’s colorful exhibits, including “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles”
and “Awesome-Ness,” an installation chronicling the career of legendary
customizer Arlen Ness. The day will continue with a technical session and
presentation by special guest racer Geoff Smale.
Smale is known for a number of racing accomplishments, including becoming
series champion of the British Earlystocks “1300 production” class in 2000
astride a CBX with unmodified displacement. Smale also one of twelve racers
to lap at over 100 mph in a sidecar outfit, both as driver as well as
passenger, during the Isle of Man TT races. The ICOA’s visit to the Museum
will be held in conjunction with the club’s winter tech rally held in
Columbus, Ohio, on January 24 and 25. The ICOA invites all enthusiasts to
join them at the Museum on January 24. The event is free, but regular Museum
admission rates apply. Riders can log on to http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org for
additional information.

Penton enthusiasts are welcome to bring their machines to display at the
Museum on February 7, when the Penton Owner’s Group holds the 8th Annual
Penton Day. Sign in begins at 9 a.m., with the group’s annual business
meeting starting at 10 a.m. The topic of this year’s event will be the 50th
anniversary of Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Penton’s record-setting
transcontinental run on a BMW, and John will be on hand to share his
memories.  Penton’s son, Motorcycle Hall of Famer and AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Fame
Museum board member Jack Penton, will also be at the Museum to serve as a
host of the annual Penton Day events. Riders interested in joining the
festivities can log on to http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org for additional
information. Membership in the POG is not required and lunch will be
provided.

About the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

The AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum tells the exciting stories and
preserves the history of American motorcycling. Visitors to the Museum will
find award-winning exhibits rotating through three major exhibition halls.
Each exhibit immerses guests in the stories of American motorcycling by
capturing the thrill of the open road, the excitement of racing or the
inspiration of memorable personalities. The Museum is also home to the
Motorcycle Hall of Fame, honoring the distinguished men and women who have
played a vital role in shaping the sport and business of motorcycling,
thanks to their competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship.
Located just east of Columbus, on the campus of the American Motorcyclist
Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the non-profit Museum is open seven days
a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year’s Day. For more information call (614) 856 – 2222 or visit
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

British and European Motorcycle Saturday

CALLING ALL CLASSICS: THE MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME MUSEUM HOSTS BRITISH &
EUROPEAN MOTORCYCLE SATURDAY

Motorcycle owners are invited to the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum on
August 23, 2008, for the third annual British & European Motorcycle
Saturday. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in
Pickerington, Ohio, a few miles east of Columbus, the Museum is the
country’s premier showcase of motorcycling heritage and history. The
Museum’s British & European Motorcycle Saturday will feature a non-judged
bike show and seminars by industry experts.  Enthusiasts on Triumphs,
Nortons, BMWs, Aprilias, Moto Guzzis and many other storied marques are
expected to ride in for the event.

While the spotlight will shine on classic British and European machines for
the Museum’s annual event, all motorcycling aficionados are welcome to
attend. Admission is only $10 ($5 AMA Members) and includes access to all
Museum exhibits, including the newly opened “MotoStars: Celebrities +
Motorcycles,” showcasing over 100 of the world’s most well-known
enthusiasts, and “Awesome-Ness,” chronicling the career of the legendary
Arlen Ness.

Nationwide Insurance and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrate Women’s Motorcycle Month

Nationwide Insurance and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrate Women’s Motorcycle Month

 

Columbus, Ohio – July is Women’s Motorcycle Month, and Nationwide Insurance has teamed with the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to salute female riders and support all women who enjoy the open road on two wheels.

 

“There are more than 4.3 million women motorcyclists on the road today, and more are joining our ranks every day,” said Beth Hazen, a motorcyclist and Nationwide Insurance agent. “Women’s Motorcycle Month celebrates the pioneers who broke down gender and racial barriers in the early days of motorcycling, and we hope their stories inspire even more women to consider getting out on bikes or scooters this summer.”

 

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council’s most recent research, the number of women motorcycle riders increased 34 percent between 1998 and 2003.  Today, major manufacturers report annual increases in sales to women and actively court female riders.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation says women make up nearly 30% of students in its learn-to-ride Basic RiderCoursesSM across the United States.

 

Many remarkable women have blazed a path on two wheels. Here, Nationwide salutes four who have been named to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

 

  • Adeline and Augusta Van Buren: In 1916, Adeline and Augusta rode to coast to coast on Indian motorcycles – the first women to make the transcontinental journey solo on two motorcycles. The sisters rode to convince the military that women were capable of serving as dispatch riders. Although they were unsuccessful in that mission, they were able shatter many of the early twentieth century’s stereotypes about women.

 

  • Bessie Stringfield: In the 1930s and 1940s, Bessie – a female, African-American motorcyclist – broke down barriers by completing eight solo cross-country tours and serving as a U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch rider. During these tours, she rode fearlessly through the deep South when racial prejudice was a tangible threat. Bessie rode her first motorcycle, an Indian, at the age of 16 and went on to own 27 Harley-Davidsons.

 

  • Dot Robinson: In the mid-twentieth century, Dot paved the way for women motorcyclists. In 1939, she and fellow motorcyclist, Linda Dugeau, began Motor Maids of America. Today, Motor Maids is thriving and is the oldest motorcycling organization for women in North America. Dot also opened doors for women in motorcycle competition. An enduro racer, in 1940, Dot became the first woman to win in AMA national competition.

 

“These women are inspiring to all riders,” said Mark Mederski, executive director of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. “And, the Hall of Fame encourages motorcyclists to nominate more remarkable women for inclusion.”

 

Women who have been considering two wheels and are inspired by Women’s Motorcycle Month have many resources available to help them learn to ride. Nationwide’s Hazen offers three tips for getting started.

 

 

  • Find a local dealership where you feel welcome and learn about different motorcycles before purchasing. Sit in the saddle and check out the practical aspects, such as making sure both of your feet can easily rest on the ground and determining if handgrips, controls, and mirrors are easy to reach and operate.

 

  • Join a women’s motorcycle club in your area. Not only do these clubs allow women to enjoy the community of riding, many also focus on charity work.

 

Tom Arnold Rides Into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

ACTOR TOM ARNOLD TO ATTEND GRAND OPENING OF “MOTOSTARS: CELEBRITIES + MOTORCYCLES” EXHIBIT THIS WEEKEND

 

Actor Tom Arnold will join fellow riding enthusiasts at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, on June 27 and 28 to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum’s latest exhibit, “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles.”  “MotoStars” spotlights over 100 of the country’s most passionate celebrity moto enthusiasts, their motorcycles and personal memorabilia.  A lifelong motorcyclist, Arnold has written, produced or starred in over 150 movies and television shows. His recent projects include the films “Pride” and the upcoming “Gardens of the Night.”

 

A 2008 Victory Vision Street motorcycle commissioned by Arnold for a charity auction is on display in the “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles” exhibit. The bike was designed by Arnold’s longtime riding buddy and legendary special effects wizard, Stan Winston, with colors inspired by the recent blockbuster “Iron Man,” which featured special effects by the Stan Winston Studios.  After an illustrious career that spanned four decades and featured the creation of iconic visual effects, including the dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park,” the extraterrestrials from “Aliens,” and the robots from “Terminator,” Winston passed away on June 15, 2008.  The Victory Vision Street he designed continues to carry forward his legacy and will be auctioned off on eBay in July.  Proceeds will benefit two of the charities Arnold frequently works with, the Camp del Carazon http://www.campdelcorazon.org and Operation Homefront http://www.operationhomefront.net.  The motorcycle will remain on display in “MotoStars” until the winning bidder takes it home in August.

 

Arnold is one of many prominent personalities contributing motorcycles and memorabilia to the “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles” exhibit.  Actors, artists, athletes, musicians, bike builders and industry leaders have all provided priceless machines and exclusive ephemera for the milestone exhibit. 

 

The grand opening celebration for “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles” begins with a VIP gala and charity auction on Friday, June 27, at 7PM. The celebration continues on Saturday, June 28, with the official ribbon-cutting, a “MotoStars” panel discussion and an autograph session. In addition to Arnold, these events will be attend by Gary Davis, motorcycle stunt director and coordinator for movies such as “Terminator 2” and “Independence Day”; Debbie Evans, stunt rider in over 200 movies, including “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Spider Man 2”; Dan Haggerty, actor best-known for his role as Grizzly Adams in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams”; Perry King, actor whose starring roles include the television series “Riptide” and movie “The Lords of Flatbush”; and Austin Weiss, builder for musician Lil’ John, comic Carolos Mencia and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.