In 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)