Industry Legend Mark Blackwell to Host Induction Ceremonies At Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame’s annual Breakfast

MarkBlackwellIt’s one of the premiere events of the 2014 Rally on Wednesday, August 6, at 9.00 a.m at The Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood. This promises to be a great event, honoring six new inductees to the Hall of Fame and one new Freedom Fighter. The Museum is also pleased to announce that industry legend Mark Blackwell will be serving as the emcee for the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction breakfast. Breakfast tickets are available for a $35 donation, tables of eight for $300. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001, or online at Sturgis Museum Hall Of Fame Breakfast.

A well-known figure in the American motorcycle industry, Blackwell won the AMA 500cc Motocross Championship in 1971 and the 1972 Daytona Supercross. After an injury forced his retirement from racing, Blackwell did product development work for Goodyear Tires, Scott Goggles and Fox Racing in addition to becoming a senior executive with Suzuki and Husqvarna. He also was VP for snowmobile manufacturer Arctic Cat, and helped them enter the ATV market. Blackwell became General Manager of Victory Motorcycles, and was later promoted to Vice President Victory Motorcycles & International Operations, and most recently served as Vice President of Special Projects for Polaris Industries. Mark formally retired from Polaris earlier this year.

Sturgismuseumlogo“We’re honored to have Mark serve as our emcee for this year,” said Christine Paige Diers, Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. “From V-Twins to dirt bikes and everything in between, Mark has helped shape the face of motorcycling in America for the past four decades.” In addition to being the first AMA 500cc Motocross champion, Blackwell more recently helped put American-made Victory Motorcycles on the map. “He has done more to forward the cause of motorcycling in this country than many realize and he is a great addition to the breakfast.”

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of motorcycling; 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.

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1 Response to “Industry Legend Mark Blackwell to Host Induction Ceremonies At Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame’s annual Breakfast”


  1. 1 Paul Aiken Jul 30th, 2014 at 5:14 am

    One of the nicest guys in the industry!

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