PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association announces that Husqvarna Motorcycles, which had previously dedicated its support as a sponsor for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct. 18, has increased its commitment to become the AMA Legends Weekend presenting sponsor.
The AMA Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna, includes both the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception. The two-day celebration takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at the Green Valley Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
"In a year when Husqvarna celebrates an amazing milestone with 110 years of motorcycling history, we're pleased to help showcase that heritage alongside the impressive accomplishments of the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2013," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. "It's fitting, too, since Husqvarna has strong ties to two existing Hall of Famers who will be honored as Hall of Fame Legends this year: Torsten Hallman and Mark Blackwell."
Hallman and Blackwell are known for their motocross achievements while riding for Husqvarna, and both played a significant role in introducing the sport of motocross to America in the 1960s.
"Every one of us at Husqvarna Motorcycles is fortunate for the opportunity to pay tribute to Torsten Hallman and Mark Blackwell," said Husqvarna's Andy Jefferson. "The impact of their contributions remains significant, and their achievements within the motorcycle industry are legendary. We are really looking forward to honoring them both at this year's ceremony."
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will officially honor the incoming class of 2013: AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael; AMA and desert racing champion Danny Hamel; racer, promoter and motorcycle industry icon Norm McDonald; AMA roadracing champion Randy Renfrow; and motorcycling fundraisers and Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.
Also part of the weekend's activities is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday, October 19, where the class of 2013, the 2013 Hall of Fame Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling's heroes.
Tickets for the event are available at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation.