Famed off-road racer and industry icon Jack Penton has been elected chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation (AMHF) Board of Directors, which raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.
Tom White, founder of White Brothers and the Early Years of Motocross Museum in Villa Park, Calif., was elected vice chairman; and Jeff Heininger, founder of automotive travel product company Heininger Automotive, was elected secretary/treasurer, an office the directors also voted to combine at the July 26 meeting.
Penton's term extends through February 2011. White and Heininger's terms expire in February 2012. AMHF Board officers are elected annually.
Penton says his immediate focus is the 2009 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The 2009 class of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame includes motorcycle apparel pioneer Robert Bate, off-highway rights activist Mona Ehnes, industry entrepreneurs and technological trailblazers Geoff and Bob Fox, off-road racer Randy Hawkins, longtime motorcycle safety proponent David Hough, noted race team manager Gary Mathers, successful dirt-track racer and tuner Chuck Palmgren, and suspension pioneer Gilles Vaillancourt.
The 2009 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony follows the Dec. 4 AMA Racing Champions Banquet, also scheduled for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where AMA Racing's amateur champions will be honored for their 2009 accomplishments.
Tickets to either the Induction Ceremony or the Champions Banquet are $49 per person, or $89 per person for both events. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on this link.