This morning I am very sad to have to report the death of Clifton “Click” Baldwin, owner of Carolina Harley-Davidson/Buell in Gastonia, NC and well known Custom Builder. Click, as we all called him, was involved yesterday Tuesday in an accident while riding his 2009 Harley-Davidson. His motorcycle collided with a car on US 12 in Lolo, Montana and Click, critically injured, was flown to St Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He died around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (11:30 p.m. EST) from his multiple injuries. He was 54 years old. Baldwin was riding through Montana with 14 other members of the Hamsters Motorcycle Club. The group was meeting other members for the 68th annual Sturgis Rally in Sturgis, S.D. He was a friend since more than 15 years and the friend of so many in the industry to who he brought his eternal optimism, passion of life, his great sense of humor and skills at building custom motorcycles. Last time we talked, it was at the Charlotte airport where he told me that whatever the actual economic difficulties, his profession was ultimate his joy and that building motorcycles will always be better for him than going daily to an office. Click Baldwin has won many awards for the many custom motorcycles his company has produced over the years, has been featured in many TV motorcycle shows, and was a member of The Hamsters, the informal club of professionals sharing the same passion for Customs. His dealership, Carolina-Harley Davidson, has provided many motorcycles to NASCAR drivers and he was personally very active in charity work. He is survided by his wife Diane and daughter Chelsea. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Baldwin family and his crew in Gastonia, NC. You can leave messages for them in the “comments” section below (2007 file picture of Click with wife Diane)
Added July 30, 08 At 6.15 PM (EST): The Baldwin Family would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult period. Diane Baldwin requests the use of restraint from questions and inquiries to the staff until her return. They too are suffering from shock and grief and need time to heal and reflect. Arrangements will be made once the family is able to return home. In lieu of flowers, the dealership is asking for donations towards “Bricks for Click” to be a part of their memorial sidewalk at the dealership. Each brick will have a personal message inscribed on the brick from the donor. Bricks can be purchased at the dealership with one’s personal message in remembrance of this motorcycle icon, “Unlike Any Other”.