Malcolm Smith Grand Marshal For AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 9-11

malcolmsmith1malcolmsmith2In recognition of Malcolm Smith’s contributions to the success of Husqvarna, the AMA and Husqvarna Motorcycles North America will honor Smith as Grand Marshal at the 19th annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Malcolm Smith is synonymous with everything positive about motorcycling — fun, sportsmanship, and excitement.

One afternoon in the mid-1960s, a man walked into a Southern California motorcycle shop looking for someone to race an unproven motorcycle with a foreign-sounding name. Lucky for that man, he walked into the right shop and found the right racer. Malcolm Smith took Edison Dye’s offer, and their partnership would help establish the Husqvarna motorcycle brand as a force in American off-road. As a racer, Smith gained fame for his accomplishments in the Baja 1000 and for his gold-medal-winning rides in the International Six Day Enduro competitions. His notoriety reached well beyond the motorcycling community as the star of the influential 1970s motorcycle movie, “On Any Sunday.” The scenes of Smith play-riding with buddies, which included popular actor Steve McQueen, showed people across the country just how fun motorcycling could be. The movie helped launch an explosion in the popularity of off-road motorcycling in America.

Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is America’s grandest celebration of motorcycling heritage, with national championship vintage racing, the world’s largest motorcycle swap meet, new bike demo rides, seminars, classic bike shows, new product vendors, club displays, etc. All proceeds support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (archive pictures of 1963 Husqvarna Racer, Malcolm Smith)

10 Responses to “Malcolm Smith Grand Marshal For AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 9-11”

  1. 1 fuji Jul 1st, 2010 at 3:08 pm
  2. 2 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Jul 2nd, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Malcolm is truly a genuine guy and very humble. An inspiration to many and an extremely giving man. Glad to be in the same town mate.

  3. 3 martin Jul 2nd, 2010 at 10:36 am

    He is a good man history was lucky to have him……..Martin

  4. 4 Mike Hannon Jul 2nd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I also have great memories of a calm and generous racer I Was lucky enough to ride some events with him and also was lucky to get some free boots from time to time. Been completely away from everything since 81 and every once in a while I’ll stumble into something like this. Congratulations Malcom

  5. 5 nicker Jul 2nd, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Good link Fuji


  6. 6 Brenda Fox Jul 5th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    The legend, the Grand Marshall – the Champion Person!

    What an honor to have such an incredible person and Family to cross paths with in the motorcycle industry and in life.
    First rate, first class – simply put – Champion!
    Much Love!

  7. 7 live2rideaglide Jul 8th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Hey guys , this Malcolm Smith guy is a fraud. He appears to be a human man but in reality he is a
    part of any motorcycle he ever rode. Saw him on tv , ON ANY SUNDAY and live and Im telling you , he aint human. Grew up in racing , was a competitor, have followed it all my life and let me tell you thare are racers and then there is Malcolm Smith. He is a magician , he can make a motorcycle do things that just aint possible . I know he didnt mean to, but he hurt many a feeling of his fellow riders. I sure many looked down to see if their chain had come off when Malcolm cruised by. Let me put this is perspective and I know I may get an argument from( although probably not from any who saw him or raced against him) some , but Malcolm Smith is the Bobby Jones , the Ted Williams and the Jim Thorpe of motorcycle endeavors. Mr. Malcolm Smith ,sir, thanks for the shadows you cast upon us as you came by. Honorglide.

  8. 8 Stand Jul 12th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Truely an honor to have Malcolm Smith in the motorcycle industry. A sportsmand and a motorcycle great.

  9. 9 Ted Franco Nov 13th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I was eleven years old when I watched On Any Sunday Malcolm and Mert meant a great deal to me as grew older.

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