Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Honors Dealer, Racer Wiebler


Wayne Wiebler has loved motorcycles all of his life. He’s lived the dream of turning his hobby into not one, but two careers.

And March 14, the owner of Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson will be inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.

“I basically started riding motorcycles when I was 12 or 13 years old,” Wieber, who began working at Walters Brothers at age 14, told the Peoria Journal-Star. He was a champion amateur racer in the 1950s and 60s.

When then-dealership owner Bruce Walters fell ill in 1963, he asked Wieber to quit racing and get ready to run the dealership. He did, and ultimately bought it in 1979.

Out of the race game for nearly 50 years, Wiebler took over as race director of the Peoria Motorcycle Club from 1981-83.

He’s also remained active in community and charity events.

Posted by Holly Wagner