The Class of 2005 includes some of todays’ best-known racing champions and industry leaders, as well as memorable individuals who played a major role in creating and building the nation’s rich motorcycling heritage. Induction into the exclusive Motorcycle Hall of Fame ensures that inductees’ achievements, as well as the colorful stories surrounding them, are preserved for the enjoyment and education of future generations of riders, enthusiasts and all who appreciate American history.The weekend honoring the Class of 2005 begins with a Friday, October 7 evening reception at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Festivities continue on Saturday, October 8 with the 4th annual by-invitation-only Concours d’Elegance featuring over 100 rare vintage motorcycles. The Hall of Fame weekend concludes with the induction dinner and ceremonies Saturday evening. Attendance to all events is open to the public with reservations required for the Museum reception and the induction.”Each year we’re proud to honor the memorable individuals who helped create such a vibrant and continuously expanding community of American motorcycle enthusiasts,” said Mark Mendell, chairman of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. “Last year’s induction ceremony attendance broke all records. We hope that an even greater number of industry members and riding enthusiasts will help us honor the Class of 2005 this October.”The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2005 includes:
Ralph BerndtDominant Harley-Davidson tuner from 1957 to 1967. Won four consecutive #1 plates with Carroll Resweber and George Roeder. 8-Mile, 14-Half-Mile, 2-short-track and 4-road-race wins. Worked for over 30 years at Harley-Davidson Motor Company in both the racing and experimental division. Helped develop the modern frame Harley Lowboy.Jerry BranchMaster tuner of Harley-Davidson motors for AMA Grand National Dirt Track racing as well as stock based engines for the street. Owner of Branch Flowmetrics. Known worldwide for his pioneering work on the flow bench with Harley-Davidson heads. Noted author of many books on Harley-Davidson engine optimization.Tom CatesGeneral Manager for K&N Engineering. Sales rep for Honda motorcycles in early 1960s. West Coast BSA Distribution Manager in mid-1960s, followed by BSA National Sales Manager. Served on the Board of Directors of both the Motorcycle Industry Council and the Trailblazers. Established several long distance records at Daytona in 1969.Tom ChristensonLast successful campaigner of Norton drag bikes in the U.S. National record holder in the 1970′s. Builder of the 1620cc “Hog Slayer,” the motorcycle that represents the bridge between drag racing’s early amateur days and today’s professional sport. The “Hog Slayer” was retired to the National Motorcycle Museum in England.Doug HenryAMA Motocross and Supercross Champion: 1993 125cc East Supercross; 1993 & 1994 125cc Motocross; 1998 250cc Motocross. 1998 AMA Athlete of the Year. Member of the United States 1998 Motocross des Nations team.Bill JohnsonFirst U.S. importer and distributor of Triumph and Ariel motorcycles. Owner of Johnson Motors Inc. (JoMo). Sponsored and promoted TT and flat-track racing with such legendary racers as Joe Leonard and Skip Van Leeuwen. Pioneer in the establishment and growth of British motorcycle sales in the U.S.Nick NicholsonCompetitor and sponsor of Catalina Grand Prix, desert races, trials competition, scrambles, flat track and road racing. Multi-winner of Catalina Grand Prix and 1954 winner of the 100-mile Daytona Beach race. One of the first Americans to compete in the British Scrambles. In 1959 Nicholson Motors, Inc. became the American distributor of Greeves Motorcycles.Scott RussellAMA Superbike Champion 1992, AMA Superstock Champion 1990-1992. World Superbike Champion 1993. Superbike Rookie of the Year 1988. Athlete of the Year 1992. Won 1994 Suzuka Eight Hour. First five-time winner of the Daytona 200, earning him the nickname “Mr. Daytona.”Gavin TrippeLegendary promoter of virtually every type of racing, including Trans AMA series, US Grand Prix Motocross, Superbikers, Trans Atlantic Match Races, Ascot 1/2 mile dirt track. Brought the 500cc U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross to America. Invented, promoted, and trademarked the “Superbikers,” the foundation for today’s “Super Motard” competition. One of the promoters of the original ABC Wide World of Sports Superbikers from 1979 -1985About The Motorcycle Hall of FameEach year, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering.The Class of 2005 will be inducted on Saturday, October 8, during ceremonies at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio. Supported by families, industry peers, friends, past Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees and media, the induction is an emotional celebration that brings together some of the most recognizable names in the world of motorcycling. The Hall of Fame Weekend will also feature the Museum’s 4th annual Concours d’Elegance, which drew over 100 juried entries in 2004—including many of the machines that Motorcycle Hall of Fame members became forever linked with.The 2005 inductees will join the legendary men and women already immortalized in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Each Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee is recognized with a plaque, and related motorcycles, photos and memorabilia which become part of the Museum’s exhibitions.Any motorcycling enthusiast may submit a person to be considered for induction into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame; complete biographical information should accompany the submission. Inductees are chosen by nine committees consisting of Hall-of-Fame members and independent experts in various disciplines. For a nomination form and instruction, visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.