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Jerry Abboud presented with AMA Lifetime Achievement Award

September 17, 2012

AMA Board Chairman Stan Simpson shakes hands with Jerry Abboud.

AMA Board Chairman Stan Simpson (left) presented Jerry Abboud the AMA’s prestigious Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at the Colorado 600 off-road ride in August.

Also at the Colorado 600, Wayne Allard, a former U.S. senator and representative from Colorado who now serves as AMA vice president for government relations, briefed riders on issues.

Abboud is a lawyer and resident of the Denver suburb of Thornton, Colo. He serves as executive director of the Powersports Dealers Association of Colorado, which was formed more than 40 years ago to protect the interests of motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, personal watercraft and snowmobile dealers in the government arena. Abboud has dedicated decades to promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.

The AMA Dud Perkins Award has been presented 48 times since its establishment in 1971. It’s named after it’s first recipient, a San Francisco motorcycle dealer who embodied tireless and generous support of motorcycling.

A top-notch racer from the 1910s to the 1930s, Perkins opened a Harley-Davidson dealership in San Francisco in 1914 that would become one of the nation's oldest dealerships. Perkins found ways to keep his business alive through two world wars and a Depression and pass on the business to his son and, later, his grandsons.

Perkins was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.

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