The Legends & Heroes of Motocross Tour is recognizing racer-turned-dealer Bill Vickery at the Supercross in Broncos Stadium At Mile High this weekend.
Bill owns Vickery Motorsports, a Kawasaki USA, Polaris Industries, Ski-Doo, Yamaha Motor USA dealership in Denver, Colorado. But his contribution to the sport of motorcycling doesn't end there. Born in Denver in 1943, Bill grew up reading about Pikes Peak, Bonneville and Daytona. By the age of 12, he was hooked on motorcycling and got his first motorcycle.
His start in racing was in 1966 on a turbine powered motorcycle that he built. Drag racing lead to local dirt track racing and by 1969 he began roadracing a Yamaha TD2. But Bonneville was calling, and Bill answered the call setting a land speed record of 191.203 mph on his 750cc in 1975. That record still stands today!
Success and travel followed, with the growth of motorcycle racing in the ‘70s, Bill and his family competed in dirt track and flat track racing throughout Colorado and Kansas often winning along the way. Bill was the 1971 SRAC Scrambles Pro-State Champion in 1971, the Pike Peak winner in 1971 and 1974 and the WERA Midwest Roadracing Championship in 1976.
Bill and his wife Shari jumped at the opportunity to buy out an existing dealership in 1972 and Vickery Motosports was born. His support of local racers and events is unprecedented. Over the years Vickery-supported racers have won more than 100 Colorado State #1 plates in all forms of racing. Motocross, Roadracing, Flat Track, ATV Racing, and more Bill and Vickery Motorsports support it all.
His dealership is staffed with powersports enthusiast and racers — more than 90% of the staff actively enjoying the powersports lifestyle.
In 2019, the Vickery Family was presented with the J.C. Agajanian Award by the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame. This award is given in recognition of contributions to Colorado motorsports by a group or organization. Bill also sits on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.