The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum will honor Willie G. Davidson with its Lifetime Achievement Award and Buffalo Chip’s Rod Woodruff with its J.C. “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award during this year’s rally. The museum also will induct Colleen Barnett-Taylor and Mike Taylor, Cory Ness, Mark Shadley, Jim Thiessen, Terry Vance and Woodruff into the 2017 Hall of Fame. The award ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 9 at The Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, SD.
Willie G. Davidson. Considered the patriarch of motorcycling, and as current Chief Styling Officer Emeritus and Brand Ambassador for The Motor Co., Davidson’s artistic vision and passion for riding have shaped Harley-Davidson’s brand identity for more than 50 years, the museum noted in its announcement.
Colleen Barnett-Taylor started her career at Barnett Clutches & Cables while working for her parents, Charlie and Afton Barnett. She “has been a driving force and integral part of the company,” the museum said. Husband Mike Taylor joined Barnett in 1968. Together, they have operated Barnett since 1975 and owned the company since 1993.
Cory Ness is the chief designer behind Arlen Ness Enterprises and runs the day-to-day business of the company. “At only 10 years old, he disassembled his bicycle, painted it, chromed its parts and entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show,” the museum stated. “The first motorcycle he turned his talents to was a wrecked CB350. After building it back up, Cory sold it before even getting a chance to ride it. He was 14.”
Mark Shadley and Shadley Bros. Motorcycles have been shaping the perception of custom motorcycles since the early 1970s, the museum said. “The quality, detail and innovation of his custom-built bikes have made him well-recognized by both the motorcycle industry and his peers.”
Jim Thiessen, founder of JIMS, has generated trust with riders, record-breakers, racers and certified Harley-Davidson mechanics around the world who use JIMS products on a daily basis, the museum noted. “Today, JIMS is one of the industry’s leading producers of performance parts, accessories, tools, transmissions and high-performance engines, all aimed at enhancing the Harley rider’s experience.”
Terry Vance, 14-time NHRA national champion, created a company (with co-founder Byron Hines) that would be “a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket,” the museum said, “and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance.”
Rod Woodruff, since 1981, has been directing the action the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground, treating millions of rally-goers to rock concerts, camping and entertainment. “Rod Woodruff is the man who brought Rock ‘n’ Roll to the Black Hills, and now hosts a 10-day concert series” during the rally on his 600 acres in rural Meade County. In addition to his induction into the Hall of Fame, he receives the Pappy Hoel Award, a designation reserved for individuals who have played a special role in the founding, maintaining and/or promoting of the museum and Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the Aug. 9 event are available for $45 (tables of eight for $350) by calling the museum at 605-347-2001 or by purchasing them online at the museum website.