Harley-Davidson is presenting sponsor of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends recognition for Mert Lawwill
October 31, 2012
PICKERINGTON, Ohio --
Harley-Davidson, whose motorcycles helped write the history of American
dirt-track racing, will be the presenting sponsor of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Fame's Legends recognition for Mert Lawwill. Lawwill, a 1998 inductee, will be
honored at the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Nov. 16, at
the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.
Each year during the induction ceremony for the new class of the AMA Motorcycle
Hall of Fame, existing members of the Hall of Fame are recognized as Legends.
The 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are Lawwill, the 1969 AMA Grand
National Champion, and 1998 inductee Malcolm Smith, a pioneer in off-road
motorcycling. Both Lawwill and Smith starred in the timeless motorcycling
documentary "On Any Sunday." The pair will be introduced on stage by
the director of that movie -- and a Hall of Famer himself -- Bruce Brown.
"The iconic images of motorcycling seen in 'On Any Sunday' were
instrumental in bringing generations of new riders into the sport and continue
to resonate with riders today," said Scott Miller, Harley-Davidson
Vice-President of Parts, Accessories and Customization and an AMA board member.
"Mert Lawwill is truly one of the great legends of Harley-Davidson and AMA
racing, and we could not be more proud to support this event that recognizes
the immense impact that he and Malcolm Smith have had on the history of
motorcycle racing through their achievements on and off the track."
In addition, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by
KTM, will officially welcome the class of 2012: the late Rod Bush, KTM North America
president and industry visionary; world championship roadracing tuner Nobby
Clark; off-road racing champion Ty Davis; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy
Ellis; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; world-class bike restorer Brian
Slark; and the late iconic race starter Al Wilcox.
"Harley-Davidson is synonymous with Grand National Championship racing,
and having the Motor Company be a part of this amazing event where we will
honor one of the sport's most cherished champions, is a true pleasure," said
Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation,
which oversees the Hall of Fame. "Mert Lawwill is an inspiration, and
we're looking forward to recognizing him, Malcolm and the new class of the Hall
of Fame this Nov. 16."
The 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, is
part of AMA Legends Weekend. The event also includes one of the country's
leading motorcycle shows and the finale of one of the most thrilling
AMA-sanctioned national racing series. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Red Rock will
host the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours
d'Elegance, featuring many of the country's most impressive original and
restored classic motorcycles. That evening, at the nearby Orleans Arena, fans
can catch the last round of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross National
Tickets for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by
KTM, and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours
d'Elegance are available online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5r7zy8ea4316694&llr=vw9ldxbab
or by calling (800) 342-5464.
The induction ceremony and bike show will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock
Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of
entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility's expansive
ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends Weekend. Room
reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866)
767-7773 and referencing group code RCIAME or AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST. Online
room reservations are available at www.redrocklasvegas.com.
For tickets to the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Series
at the Orleans Arena, see www.endurocross.com.