She is 86, has done 69 years of riding in the US and abroad. She doesn’t know the word trailer, still shovel the snow front of her New Jersey house in winter to be able to ride to Daytona Bike Week. She is our female hero, an inspiration for all bikers on and off her bike and a remarkable lady inside. She started riding at age 16, and since then she has always been and is still is a long distance rider who set all standards not only for women riders but for all bikers. She is a member of the Sturgis Hall Of Fame, one of the first in 1946 to have joined “Motor Maids“, the first and oldest continuously operated women’s motorcycling organization, and never stopped paving the way for so many ladies who are all her best friend. When she goes to a biker event, she still rides 600 miles a day on her 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic…
Gloria Tramontin Struck is David Uhl’s newest Woman of Harley, and who is deserving it more? “I would be extremely lucky to ever have the chance to encounter another subject like Gloria. I consider her a national treasure. I may be jaded by an enhanced passion for history but to actually get the chance to spend time with someone who remembers many of the people in my vintage paintings is a HUGE deal for me. For example she was friends with Gene Baron (the Baron’s Apprentice) and Babe Tancrede (Babe) and several others. She is such classy lady, and hope everyone in the industry gets the opportunity to meet her” said David.
She is a solo bike rider, always has been, and when she will no more physically be able to ride her own bike, she will not climb on a sidecar or trike. She will quit riding. But now is not the time. In March, she will get herself a checkup, then will shovel again her driveway, then brave the cold riding down to Daytona with her daughter. And when she will pass your trailer, because age didn’t slow her down, yes she will think you are a wimp… David Uhl tells me that plans are being made right now for a special event during Daytona Bike Week where you will be able to meet with Gloria, admire her painting (the two gentlemen in the background are Ben Campanelli and Ed Kretz, Jr. who both raced in Daytona and were acquaintances of Gloria) and buy one of Uhl’s popular paintings, including “Ruby”, “Ruth”, “Rose”, “Evelyn” and “Stella”.
Gloria Print specifics (available only on canvas, all signed and numbered with Certificate of Authenticity): Image size appx 24” x 32”, edition of 150 plus 25 Artist Proofs and 25 Hors d’commerce – framed price $1,895. Image size appx 30” x 40”, edition of 20 plus 5 Artist Proofs – framed price $3,850. Image size appx 36” x 48”, edition of 10 plus 2 Artist Proofs – framed price $4,850. Matching numbers for those collecting the “Women of Harley-Davidson” series will be available. Please contact Greg Rhodes, National Sales Manager at 303-913-4840 to reserve your print or if you need additional information. Uhl Studios