THE STURGIS MOTORCYCLE Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the Hall of Fame inductees for 2008. They are:
Charlie St. Clair (Schultz), J.C. "Pappy" Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award—Charlie has been the executive director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week in New Hampshire for the last 16 years. During that time, he has worked to build and sustain working relationships between the big three national rallies—Sturgis, Laconia and Daytona. He is a long-time rider, participant in the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and advocate for the collective rights of motorcyclists everywhere. Because of his continued efforts to build relationships with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Charlie has been awarded the J.C. "Pappy" Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award.
Kenny Price, Founder's Award—Kenny Price started out at age 13 wanting to tweak a little more power from his 1956 Vespa. From those humble beginnings, Kenny has continued to introduce new and innovative products to support the motorcycle industry, at the same time growing his business, Samson Motorcycle Products, Inc. Kenny is a long-time enthusiastic supporter of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and currently has 13 classic and rare collectible motorcycles on display in the museum—earning him the 2008 Founder's Award.
Becky Brown—Nearly 30 years ago, Becky Brown founded Women In The Wind (W.I.T.W.), the International women's motorcycle organization. The organization not only united women riders, but promoted a comfortable way for more women to get into riding. Brown has been portrayed in the film documentary She Lives to Ride by film maker Alice Stone.
Malcolm Smith—Malcolm is a pioneer of off-road motorcycling who gained fame for his accomplishments in the Baja 1000, and for his gold-medal winning rides in the International Six Day Enduro Competitions. Malcolm is also the star of the influential 1970s motorcycle movie On Any Sunday. The movie helped launch an explosion in the popularity of off-road motorcycling in America.
Cristine Sommer-Simmons—Cristine is a long-time motorcycle journalist who has written for a wide variety of motorcycling publications, co-founded Harley Women Magazine, and helped co-found the second chapter of Women in the Wind. Cristine is also a published author of a children's book Patrick Wants to Ride and is working on a screenplay for an independent film about women motorcyclists.
Smiling Johnny Spiegelhoff—One of the original racers in the very first Black Hills Motor Classic in 1938, Spiegelhoff is credited by many as an important force in getting that first rally off to the right start. It was at Johnny's insistence that the first race organizers sought and secured AMA sanctioning. Johnny then helped reorganize the racing program for the Sunday races that first year—adding races and events that more than doubled the excitement and racing program time for that Sunday.
The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Holiday Inn in Spearfish, SD.
Breakfast tickets are available for a $25 donation, tables of eight for $250. Tickets can be purchased through the Museum online or by calling (605) 347-2001.