2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame Inductees

Jun 28, 2016 View Comments by

Sturgis Motorcycle MuseumThis year’s inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame range from pioneers and innovators to customizers and dealers. The museum was chartered in 2001 to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. This year’s inductees will be honored during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 10, 2016.

“[The Hall of Fame] honors the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to improving, promoting, and advancing motorcycling,” said Tigra Tsujikawa, Marketing and Development Director for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. While the museum certainly pays tribute to the heritage of the rally, the Hall of Fame transcends the Black Hills of South Dakota, she added.

2016 Inductees

Bert Baker
V-twin motorcycle drivetrain innovator and businessman, Bert Baker is committed to using materials, labor, creativity, know-how, and grit in his work.

Jerry Covington
Whether it’s on TV or the cover of international biker magazines, it is hard to miss custom builder Jerry Covington. What does get overlooked is Covington’s behind the scenes commitment to the motorcycle community, and his donation of time and resources to those less fortunate through his various charity projects.

John Penton
One of the most influential figures in off-road motorcycling, John Penton developed a legendary brand of motorcycles that bore his name (better known as KTM today). He also founded Hi-Point, an accessory and distribution company that had 50 percent of aftermarket sales in the U.S. and set the mold for modern distribution powerhouses like Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, and WPS.

Gary Spellman
Using motorcycle as means to further charitable causes, philanthropist Gary Spellman has been quite effective in utilizing motorcycles to raise money for charities benefitting first responders and their surviving families. He has also brought major business owners into the family of motorcyclists, as well as created the Peace, Love and Happiness Charity Ride with fellow Hall-of-Famer John Paul Dejoria.

Buddy Stubbs
Buddy Stubbs was raised in his father’s Harley dealership in Decatur, IL, and has spent his entire life in and around dealerships, including opening two of his own in the greater Phoenix area. This marks his 50th year as a dealer, ambassador, and enthusiast.

If you’re attending this year’s rally and would like to help honor the inductees, check out the 2016 Induction Breakfast on August 10, 2016, at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, SD. Tickets are available for a $35 donation and can be purchased online at www.sturgismuseum.com/shop/hall-fame-breakfast.


Text and image: Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

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