Don Emde, Del Hofer among honorees at Sturgis Hall of Fame ceremony

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This might be one of the few times you see Don Emde and Evel Knievel mentioned in the same sentence, as both were honored today as inductees in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame during ceremonies held in Rapid City, S.D.

The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees also include Del Hofer, Michael Prugh, Gloria Tramontin Struck, and Mike and Margaret Wilson.

Although many know of Don Emde's accomplishments, it's worth mentioning them again, courtesy of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. "Don Emde comes by his passion for motorcycling naturally," according to the Hall of Fame organizers. He was born to a motorcycling family in 1951, and spent much of his youth either working in the family's dealership or tearing up the tracks of Southern California as an amateur scrambler, dirt tracker and road racer. He turned pro in 1969, and set numerous records with his Daytona 200 win in 1972. Emde and his father became the first (and so far only) father son pair to win the Daytona 200. After his racing career, Don went on to become a successful publisher and author."

Del Hofer, a Harley-Davidson dealer for 50 years in North and South Dakota, remains active in the AMA and is the longest-serving member of the Harley-Davidson Dealer Advisory Board.

Motorcycle designer and builder Michael Prugh was honored not only for his professional achievements but for his charity work. "In 2010, Prugh led a team of students from Western Dakota Tech to build Method, a true one-off bike that was auctioned at the annual Legends Ride. This year, Prugh is again teaming up with Western Dakota Tech, Black Hills Harley-Davidson and the Buffalo Chip to build a bike for the Legends Ride," according to the museum.

Motor Maid Gloria Tramontin Struck is being honored as a pace-setter for women riders everywhere. "She's owned 14 motorcycles in her lifetime, has traveled every state in the continental U.S. as well as Canada. At the age of 76, she took two trips to Europe, traveling a total of over 6,500 miles in 8 countries. Gloria has been a Motor Maid for 65 years, having joined in 1946 and is the longest member still riding," according to the museum.

Former dirt-track and TT racer Mike Wilson owned, with his wife, Margaret, Harley-Davidson and Honda dealerships in Iowa for more than two decades. "Both Mike and Margaret have been avid riders and have spent countless hours encouraging others to ride, too. Known to an entire generation of women raiders, Margaret is a golden life member of the Motor Maids celebrating 60 years this year. Mike and Margaret both serve on the Board of Directors of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and continue to work to preserve the heritage of motorcycling through their involvement," according to the museum.

Knievel inducted posthumously (he died in 2007). He is honored for his daredevil work and for being "one of the best-known motorcycle riders in history."

For more on this years and past year honorees, in addition to information on and how to support the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, visit www.sturgismuseum.com.

Posted by Mary Slepicka