Yesterday morning went to the Sturgis Hall Of Fame Museum breakfast held at the Rapid City Rushmore Plaza Civic Center for the induction of 6 new members. The museum mission statement is “to collect, preserve, honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Rally.” Lorenzo Lamas was the Emcee. A few words about the new members.
Nancy Davidson. Nancy Davidson, wife of Willie G. Davidson, is recognized throughout the motorcycling community as a passionate and devoted ambassador for the sport of motorcycling. While she doesn’t ride her own motorcycle, she’s been an inspiration to her children (Bill, Karen and Michael Davidson) and countless women riders as she shared her passion and support for the sport of motorcycling.
Betsy E. Lister. Betsy Lister has been working to keep bikers informed for over twenty years. She is the founder of two websites – gypsypashn.com and bikerbits.info – that give bikers from all over the country information about rides, rallies, vendor opportunities, biker rights and more. She also operates a third website providing bikers with lessons on insurance coverage. Over the years she has volunteered numerous hours to raising awareness for motorcycle safety and motorcycle insurance issues.
Ron McKinley spent 20 years as a South Dakota Highway Patrolman – 5 of those years as a motorcycle trooper. Both during his time as a trooper and since his retirement in 1991, Ron has dedicated himself to motorcycle safety through talks, seminars and safe riding courses. He is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor, serves as the safety officer for four Harley Owners Group chapters, teaches Riders Edge safety courses, writes a monthly safety newsletter for 18 groups, has served as a Volunteer State Safety Coordinator for Harley-Davidson Motor Company and teaches for the Harley Owners Group Primary Officer Training.
Roger Schieman, Founders Award Roger Schieman has spent countless hours keeping alive the history of motorcycling and the history of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Roger has been a member of the AMA and as a Jackpine Gypsy for 20 years was instrumental in the operation of races in Sturgis throughout the year, but especially during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Stan Simpson. Stan Simpson’s involvement with motorcycles spans 60 years. From his first Indian Scout ride in 1949 to his present day work improving the direction of the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA), Stan has been a force in the motorcycle industry. Stan is one of a rare breed that is fully involved with both on-road and off-road motorcycling. He won his first AMA race in 1957, was a local motocross champion, won a national enduro and was involved in numerous International Six Day Trials (ISDT) teams. Today, Stan serves as Chairman of the Board of the AMA, is working tirelessly to expand and improve the motorcycling lifestyle and tries to ride at least 20,000 miles a year on-road and 10,000 miles a year off-road.
“Kiwi” Mike Tomas is founder of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Company and is widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable experts on classic Indian Motorcycles in the world. Kiwi Indian Motorcycle manufactures four new updated models of classic styled motorcycles that pay tribute to the classic Indians of years past in addition to over 2,500 different reproduction part numbers. Mike sponsors race teams and even competes in endurance rides to demonstrate the viability of the classic Indian.
Picture 1: Inductees together. Picture 2: at my breakfast table, 4 of the most important women of the motorcycle industry. From left to right: Gloria Struck, 85 years old and still riding hard. Cris Sommers-Simmons. Lori Struck DeSilva- Genevieve Schmitt). Picture 3: Willie G. Davidson and Cyril M. Huze.