PICKERINGTON, Ohio - the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board of directors has decided to conduct a supplemental vote on the inclusion of Derek "Nobby" Clark in the 2012 Hall of Fame class.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced in mid-June that it would induct Clark into the 2012 class; however, a subsequent announcement issued the first week of July said that Clark would not receive the honor. This prompted an outcry from many in the industry, including Hall of Fame members Dick Mann and Dave Despain, who reportedly returned their Hall of Fame medals in protest.
The AMHF on July 12 issued the results of an internal investigation that said Clark's name should not have been on the official ballot in the first place. The report placed blame on procedural error and alleged failure of two committee chairman to correct it during the balloting process. Clark, however, received the third-highest number of votes.
AMHF chairman Jeffrey V. Heininger told the board that an executive committee would convene a review panel to evaluate the structure of the HOF selection committees, along with procedures to ensure adherence to the induction process.
"We believe Mr. Clark is worthy of induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," Heininger said. "It's important to stress that the balloting errors were not of Mr. Clark's making, and the entire board offers its sincere apologies to Mr. Clark."
The supplemental vote will not affect other 2012 HOF inductees, the organization stated.
"The only people who can elevate Mr. Clark to the Hall of Fame are the voting members, which include the living Hall of Famers," Heininger said. "A clear vote in light of all that has happened allows Mr. Clark to enter the Hall with the honor he deserves. We expect to start contacting voting members for balloting early next week."
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