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    Motorcycle Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2007


    PICKERINGTON, OHIO - Twelve new members have been selected for induction
    into The Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Each new inductee has furthered American
    motorcycling through a lifetime of achievement. Induction ceremonies for the
    Class of 2007 are scheduled for the evening of Saturday, October 6, 2007, in
    Columbus, Ohio.

    Through induction into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, these champion racers
    and influential industry leaders are ensured that their stories and
    accomplishments will be preserved for the enjoyment and education of
    motorcycle enthusiasts for generations to come.

    Each inductee will be honored with the distinguished gold Motorcycle Hall of
    Fame medal, and have his name permanently featured in the Museum's Hall of
    Fame gallery.

    The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2007 includes:

    Rex Beauchamp - As one of the original "Michigan Mafia" flat track racers,
    Rex Beauchamp was a crowd favorite on his factory sponsored Harley-Davidson.
    Beauchamp was the winner of four Grand National races between 1973 and 1976.
    During all three years, he also finished in the top ten in the AMA National
    Standings. Beauchamp may be best known for his race with Kenny Roberts at
    the Colorado Springs Mile in the early 1970s. The wheel-to-wheel action
    photograph of Beauchamp and Roberts taken during the duel has become an
    iconic image of flat track racing.

    Bob Greene - Nicknamed "The Old Greenhorner," Bob Greene gained national
    recognition as the editor of Cycle magazine. After his tenure at Cycle,
    Greene went on to publish numerous books on motorcycling. Throughout his
    life, Greene also regularly competed in desert racing events, speed trials,
    and scrambles. From the 1940s through the late 1960s, Greene was the chief
    organizer of the prestigious Greenhorn Enduro.

    Pat Hennen - Always a competitor, Pat Hennen was the first American to win a
    500cc World Grand Prix race. His victory at the 1976 Finland GP paved the
    way for a flood of American riders who would come to dominate the sport.
    Hennen began his career in 1972 as an AMA dirt track and road racing
    competitor. His career was ended prematurely by a crash at the Isle of Man
    TT in 1978, while he was battling Kenny Roberts for the Grand Prix title.
    Hennen's winning career continues to inspire Grand Prix racers.

    Professor Hugh H. "Harry" Hurt - Award-winning author Professor Harry Hurt
    set the benchmark for motorcycle safety research in 1981 with a study titled
    "Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures"
    that became widely known as the "Hurt Report." In addition to that
    groundbreaking study, he is the author of dozens of publications in the
    fields of motorcycle handling, safety, crash analysis, and helmet
    performance. Currently, Professor Hurt is president of the Head Protection
    Research Laboratory of Southern California and Professor Emeritus, Safety
    Science, USC.

    Mike Kiedrowski - During his seven-year career as a motocross racer, Mike
    Kiedrowski won championships as easily as he did fans. Between 1988 and
    1995, he was a four-time AMA National Champion. Kiedrowski's career included
    nine top-five season finishes in motocross and six top-five season finishes
    in Supercross. Kiedrowski was also a member of three victorious U.S.
    Motocross des Nations teams.

    Sammy Miller - As a trials competitor, motorcycle designer, and motorcycling
    historian, Sammy Miller has won international renown. During his career,
    Miller rode his way to nine gold medals in the International Six Days
    Trials. He also designed trials motorcycles, including the Ariel GOV 132 and
    Bultaco Sherpa, which influenced the Trials movement across America in the
    1960s. As founder of The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in Southern England,
    Miller continues to promote and preserve the history of motorcycle
    competition worldwide.

    Trampas Parker - As versatile as he was consistent, KTM factory racer
    Trampas Parker made history as a two-time World Motocross Champion. He was
    an unknown American rider living in Italy when he burst onto the world
    motocross scene by winning the 125cc championship in 1989. Two years later,
    he repeated the feat for a 250cc championship. Now residing back in the
    United States, Parker enjoys participating occasionally in Supermoto racing.

    Derek and Don Rickman - Brothers Derek and Don Rickman found success ran in
    their blood as motocross racers in 1960s England. After tasting victory on
    the track, the Rickmans began designing and building their own motorcycle
    frames. Soon their distinctive designs allowed them to expand their business
    to include street machines and fairing production.

    Orie Steele, Sr. - In the early twentieth century, hill climb racing was an
    immensely popular sport dominated by Orie Steele, Sr. In 1926 alone, Steele
    competed in 49 events and won 33 firsts. A National Hill Climb Champion and
    an Indian factory rider in the 1920s, Steele's legendary skill thrilled
    crowds across the country.

    Billy Uhl - Racing alongside his father at the International Six Day Trials
    in 1969, Billy Uhl won his first of seven ISDT gold medals. Uhl competed for
    the U.S. in the famed trials between 1969 and 1979. Today, Uhl is a senior
    instructor at the Billy Uhl Riding School where he uses his trials
    experience to educate riders of all skill levels. When he is not
    instructing, Uhl designs and maintains trails for the State of Idaho Parks
    and Recreation Department.

    Ed Waldheim - A tireless advocate for off-road motorcyclists, Ed Waldheim
    also won more than thirty trophies during his racing career. Waldheim is the
    founder and President of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association. He has
    won numerous awards for his advocacy on behalf of all off-road enthusiasts,
    including the prestigious AMA Motorcycling Advocate Award, and continues to
    advance their cause with the government and in the media.

    Induction Weekend to Feature 6th Annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours

    The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction is an emotional celebration that
    brings together some of the most recognizable people and machines from the
    world of motorcycling. Besides induction ceremonies, the Hall of Fame
    Weekend will also feature the Museum's 6th annual Concours d'Elegance, which
    drew over 100 juried entries in 2006 - including many bikes ridden, raced,
    designed or built by current Motorcycle Hall of Fame members. The weekend
    kicks off with "An Evening of Stars and Legends," a reception honoring the
    Class of 2007, set for the evening of Friday, October 5, at the Museum. All
    activities are open to the public. For more information, call the
    Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum at 1-614-856-2222, or visit
    www.motorcyclemuseum.org

    About the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
    Each 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. Any motorcycling enthusiast may submit a person to be
    considered for induction into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. For details on
    the nomination process, visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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    mrblanche
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    Re: Motorcycle Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2007

    The one big flaw of the Hurt Report was that it was entirely from statistics in Los Angeles.

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