Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Looking For Freedom Fighter Nominations

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame. The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the sacrifices individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists through their efforts in the political arena and in grass roots motorcyclists rights organizations.  To show our appreciation for their commitment the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame established the nation’s first and only Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame in 2001.

Individuals are encouraged to participate in the nominating process by submitting the name of an outstanding Freedom Fighter along with a brief bio as to why this person deserves to be recognized.  Biographical information and credentials should be no more than two pages.  All nominations must be received by April 1, 2011. Nomination forms are available by contacting Christine Paige Diers 605.347.2001 or emailing or online.

15 Responses to “Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Looking For Freedom Fighter Nominations”

  1. 1 les Feb 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 am

    pepper massey

  2. 2 Bernie Feb 2nd, 2011 at 10:57 am

    We miss Pepper Massey as Director of the Museum. Stop the stupid Museum politics. Nominate her. Cyril explained why. Read again,

  3. 3 P. Kemper Feb 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    You just need good friends making a 2-page application to be inducteed in the Sturgis Hall Of Fame. The best of the industry will never ask their friends to do this. Time the Museum know who is deserving, who is not, without begging for applications. If the Museum doesn’t know, fire all its members. They are incompetent.

  4. 4 Dakota Bill Feb 2nd, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    If the museum doesn’t know who to nominate they should nominate nobody! No?

  5. 5 Wiz Feb 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I nominate Rogue [if he ain’t already in there], ‘an Slider Gilmore! Both are Great! Wiz

  6. 6 ROGUE Feb 3rd, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I am a member of the Freedom Fighter section of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and proud to be.
    I hope that Not Just Anyone is chosen to fill a spot as I feel that it lowers the status of those who really are and or were Freedom Fighters.
    I would rather see no one get the award than the wrong person.
    In my opinion there are some people that did get into this section of the Hall Of Fame that Should Not Have.
    Since this is a category that those involved in fighting for motorcycle rights know who is and who just says they are a motorcycle rights advocate I believe that the nominations should come from those already in this category.
    Just being a member of an organization does Not Make A Person A Freedom Fighter. That would also include some of the organizations officers who have another agenda.
    Someone who gets paid to fight for motorcycle rights should not be nominated as that is a Job and not a Freedom Fighter.
    I believe a Freedom Fighter does it because it needs to be done. If one accepts money that makes them a Mercenary and just being a member of an organization a soldier.
    There are many people that are fighting to protect motorcycle rights and it is not hard for those who do to know who is really involved and who is not and or in it for the wrong reasons.
    Giving the award to only those who really deserve it will be an incentive to others to strive to receive it.
    Some may agree with and others disagree with my comments But it is how I feel about the situation.

  7. 7 Don L. Feb 3rd, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I agree with Rogue 100%. Even in the “regular” category some members should not belong. They had friends apply for them with no competition.That’s it. Many deserving people will never be there because they don’t spend their time BS the system to get honors. They just worlk hard. The credibility of the museum lays in its ability to nominate credible people without begging for applications.Take the most competent people already members (we all know who they are) and let them nominate new ones.

  8. 8 Tony Pan Feb 3rd, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I was the first person in the country to be inducted into the Freedom Fighter Hall of Fame. It was a great honor, and timing had as much if not most to do with it than anything else. I was visiting Sturgis with Gov. Tommy Thompson on his Reunion Ride tour in June, 2002, and then museum director, Bob Illingsworth, had just created the new designation. I was to be inducted in August but because I was already there in June, Bob decided to have the first induction then as a kick-off for the new category. I agree with Rogue. This should not be a popularity contest but rather an honor bestowed on someone because of past deeds. The museum does not have the manpower or time to investigate candidates from across the country so it relies on nominations from motorcycle community leaders or activists to make honest nominations. That has degraded at times into popularity contests, so I see the attachment of achievements and a vetting process as a good thing. That’s the way any recognition should be determined; reviewing facts and documents and then a voting process to select the most worthy, not the most popular. Thank you Sturgis Museum for continuing and improving Bob’s vision.

    Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo
    Sturgis Freedom Fighter Hall of Fame, 2002

  9. 9 mark Feb 3rd, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Keith “Bandit” Ball
    Ray C. Wheeler

    My two cents—

  10. 10 Gearhead Feb 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Hmmmmm. Friends helping friends is politics….

  11. 11 Mike Greenwald Feb 3rd, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    The biggest problem that I see within the Hall of Fame process is the urgency coupled with the lack of a sufficient review board.

    I believe that the deserving are being diminished by those that have been installed that are mercenary activists rather freedom fighters.

    Possibly, a solution to this would be a longer time for vetting or elimination of the annual breakfast and induction to an every other year event.

    Quit insulting the deserving with inclusion of others to fill out the roster. Investigate the background of accomplishments and results directly caused by the nominee.

    I have met the famers and the fakers and want this recognition to mean something more than what it is diminishing to.

  12. 12 Ryan Feb 3rd, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    The famers and the fakers. Good one Mike Greenwald. The industry is full of people stroking the ego of each other for magazine coverage and honors. It’s all BS. But they are getting old and will go very soon.

  13. 13 G. Alexander Feb 3rd, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I know nothing about how all this work, but I am curious. Who are those approving hall of fame members and what are their credentials?

  14. 14 Mike Greenwald Feb 3rd, 2011 at 3:25 pm


    Don’t send the dead flowers in the morning. Some of these feisty folk will be with us for a long time if the government doesn’t kill us all with the sheer ponderous weight of all the regulations and taxation they choose to yoke us with.

  15. 15 Christine Paige Diers Feb 8th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I’m truly sorry to hear that some of the posters to this blog think the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame is a “popularity contest” of any sort, and I hope that those who are in the trenches fighting the good fight will realize the importance of looking to their left and to their right and helping the museum recognize those people who are right there fighting for the rights of every motorcyclist – not because they expect anything, but because they know it’s good work that needs to be done.

    That having been said, the board of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame makes the selection of Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame based on nominations because we are well aware the we can not possibly know every person who is out there working for motorcycle rights without all of you helping us know about them. I hope those of you who see the important work being done will bring it to our attention through the nomination process. While it might not be a perfect process, we are even more likely to miss great deserving people without the nomination process than we are with the nomination process.

    Some of the truly great freedom fighters out there have never had a light shined on what they do for all of us, and would never “ask their friends” to nominate them. That’s why WE ask their friends to help us find them.

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