By Will Burgess
Pickerington, Ohio — This year’s class of American Motorcycling Association Hall of Fame inductees include several men and women who have both championed and pioneered the sport of motorcycling, and will even include one legendary Country Music Hall of Famer!
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio was until recently closed and has reopened once again for tours.
The award ceremony will be held within the Museum reception space this October.
Some of the inductees for 2021 include:
- Kenny Tolbert, the second-most successful tuner in AMA Grand National history, behind legendary tuner and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Bill Werner. Tolbert-tuned motorcycles have claimed eleven AMA Grand National Championship, 117 AMA Grand National wins, six AMA 600cc Championships and 31 AMA 600cc wins, since 1988.
- Nancy Davidson, wife of Willie G. Davidson, was one of the most recognized women who had a positive impact on the motorcycle community. She contributed to charity rides and support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the Harley-Davidson Dealer network. As a strong advocate for the AMA, she espoused the freedom and adventure of the motorcycle lifestyle and influenced ridership across the globe. This induction is awarded posthumously as Mrs. Davidson passed away in July 2021.
- Tommy Hays, he most successful Class C dirt tracker prior to World War II, and arguably the most successful racer from the pre-Grand National Championship era (1933-1953) who is not yet inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Even though he died at an AMA National in 1941, Hays’ seven AMA National TT wins are still the fourth most ever in AMA history.
- Loretta Lynn, country music icon and superstar Loretta Lynn has continuously hosted the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., known as Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. For the past 39 years, she has welcomed the AMA’s youngest and brightest amateur athletes for the weeklong annual national motocross championship – an event known all over the globe as the “world’s greatest motocross vacation.”
Biographies courtesy of the AMA.
To view all the inductees and their biographies, visit the AMA Hall of Fame website: https://americanmotorcyclist.com/ama-motorcycle-hall-of-fame-announces-class-2021
Cover: the AMA Hall of Fame Gallery in Pickerington, Ohio | credit: Joy Burgess
Will Burgess is a journalist with Adrenaline Powersports Mag
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