2009 Inductees Into Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame

sturgismuseumlogoThe Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 are:

Jack Kirchgesler. J.C. “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award – Jack Kirchgesler owned the Rapid City Harley-Davidson dealership – Mat-Kirk Cycle – from 1941 until 1963.  During that time, Jack was a major supporter of motorcycling in the Rapid City area.  He sold the first police motorcycle to the city of Rapid City, and was even a motorcycle police officer for a time.  Jack passed away in March of 2008.
James Clark.  James Clark had a lifelong passion for motorcycles and a lifetime of experience in improving sealing technology for HD engines.  His ideas eventually lead him to create James Gaskets, Inc.  Known throughout the industry as the “Godfather” of gaskets, his reputation for producing superior gaskets combined with his  professional and personal integrity earned him the respect of industry leaders and built James Gaskets into the world-renowned company that it is today. James passed away in September of 2007.  
Cookie Crum. Cookie Crum has been riding on two wheels since she was in high school.  She started riding the Wall in the Motor Drome at the age of 18.  She spent several years traveling with the show.  Later, Cookie and her husband owned a Harley Davidson dealership in Medford, Oregon.  She’s encouraged countless riders , both men and women,  and has assisted in the formation of a number of clubs and organizations.
Lou Kimzey. Lou Kimzey was the creator and publisher of Easyriders, the first lifestyle biker magazine on the market.  He also served as CEO of Paisano Publication and was editorial director of a number of monthly magazines.  Lou was a co-founder of A.B.A.T.E., which at that time was an acronym for “A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments,” but has since become known as “American Bikers Aimed Toward Education.”  Lou passed away in 1997.
John Lehman. John Lehman is the founder of Lehman Trikes.  It was 1984, and John wanted to share his love of motorcycling with his wife Linda.  Linda wasn’t comfortable riding on two wheels with her children, so John began to construct the forerunner of today’s modern three-wheeled motorcycle.  
Dale Walksler. Dale Walksler is the founder, owner and curator of the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.  Walksler’s collection of rare and antique motorcycles is unparalleled.  He is also responsible for developing and launching “The Time Machine,” an online video library where viewers can watch restorations of old motorcycles, learn about the history of the sport, and visit not only Dale’s museum, but other motorcycle related museums around the nation.

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast is scheduled on Wednesday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD. Breakfast tickets are available for a $25.00 donation, tables of eight for $250.00.  The museum also has a special offer for breakfast attendees – purchase your ticket and a charter membership together for $50.00.  Tickets can be purchased through the Museum 605.347.2001 or on line at Sturgis Museum.


6 Responses to “2009 Inductees Into Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame”

  1. 1 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co Jun 21st, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations to all. Pappy was the Indian dealer and somehow along the way a little m/c company out of Milwaukee crept in. Maybe one of these days they’ll become the predominant brand in Sturgis.
    James Clark/James Gaskets, manufacturers of the worlds best gaskets, period. A class act all the way and my mentor. God speed mate and well deserved.

  2. 2 Tamara Smith, James Gaskets, Inc. Jun 21st, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    The entire “team” here at James Gaskets are very proud of James’ induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. This industry was his passion and I know he would be honored to be recognized for the contribution he made in the progression of sealing technology. It is good to know that he will not be soon forgotten and that his legacy, through James Gaskets will live on.
    Anyone who knew James knows how very humble a man he really was, but I think he will be there with us on August 5th (probably to tell us all to get back to work and quit making such a big deal over him!) He is truly missed by his staff, but we are moving forward; mindful of the high quality standards he expected – he wouldn’t be disappointed.

  3. 3 Grayhawk Jun 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Congrats and thanks to all the new inductees for their commitment to the industry and sport, as well as continuing thanks and respect to those inducted in past years.


  4. 4 Jeff Nicklus Jun 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Congrats to each of you and many thanks for all you have done and been to this industry over the years.

    Over & Out,


  5. 5 Big Dummy Dave Jun 22nd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Some fine choices to add this year. Dale Walksler is one of the finest motorcycle building, restorer, collector and all round good people I have ever had the pleasure to know.
    If it hadn’t been for Lou Kimzey and his putting up the fight agaist uncle sam America would have never seen the great custom motorcycles that have been built these past 38 years.
    Keep up the good works guys.

  6. 6 Dale Walksler Aug 26th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    The inclusion to the Sturgis Hall of Fame is quite an honour. The motorcycle industry has some of the most pasionate people in the world. Kind and sharing, this industry will continue to grow despite the misunderstanding of many. I am looking forward to sharing our combined history for years to come. Respectfully Yours Dale Walksler

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