Ride in Peace: Margaret Wilson, Motor Maid

Publish Date: 
Jul 28, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Services are being held July 28 for Margaret Wilson, who died July 23 after a short illness. Wilson, who retained a seat on the American Motorcyclist Association Heritage Foundation board with her husband, Mike, was 98.

"Margaret Wilson was not just a role model for women motorcyclists, but all motorcyclists, setting an immeasurable example of dedication, grace, humility and generosity," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "On behalf of AMA staff, our members and the boards of directors of the AMA and American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, I express our deepest condolences to her family and friends, and particularly her husband, Mike Wilson, who along with Margaret has provided unequaled support to the Hall of Fame, where their contributions and accomplishments will live on in perpetuity."

Wilson was among the first of a generation of female motorcyclists in post-World War II America who took up the sport and began changing the image of motorcycling as the exclusive domain of men. Her many accomplishments include becoming a Golden Life Member of the Motor Maids, being voted America's Most Popular and Typical Girl Rider for 1958, and logging more than 500,000 miles riding throughout the United States and Canada.

Along with Mike, Margaret ran Wilson's Motorcycle Sales of Cedar Rapids, and the couple was instrumental in helping establish the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. She was a 2004 inductee into the AMA Hall of Fame, as well as a 2011 inductee into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame with her husband. Wilson was the 2003 recipient of the AMA's Bessie Springfield Award, given to someone who works to introduce motorcycling to new or underserved markets, and she and Mike received the Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMA in February.

Services will be at 1 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.