AHRMA Honors

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association celebrates not only the machines of the past but also the men who made history on them. At least 17 of these individuals will be honored as part of AHRMA's Daytona Bike Week activities this year. The following is a list of the motorcycling greats who will be attending the "Great Men" autograph session and parade at Daytona International Speedway on March 4 and 5 during AHRMA Classics Days.

Carroll Resweber - AHRMA's 2002 Daytona Grand Marshal was the first man to earn four AMA Grand National Championships in a row (1958, '59. '60 and '61). The Harley-Davidson rider was poised to win a fifth-consecutive title when a serious racing injury ended his career. Resweber won 19 nationals on dirt and pavement between 1957 and 1962 and competed in the Daytona 200 six times.

Names of attending honorees follow...

Everett Brashear - a top dirt tracker of his time, Brashear was the winner of Springfield, Sacramento and many more major races from 1946 to 1964.

Tommy Byers - two-time Southwestern champion and Texas state champion. Chet Dykgraaf - AMA's first national champion ('46).

Paul Goldsmith - AMA national champion; USAC stock car champion; the only man to win Daytona both on a motorcycle ('53) and in a car ('58).

Bobby Hilll - two-time AMA champ; winner of Daytona, Springfield, Indy, Syracuse, Dodge City; part of the notorious Indian "Wrecking Crew."

Dick Klamfoth - first three-time Daytona 200 winner ('49, '51, '52); two-time Laconia winner.

Al Knapp - raced professionally from 1947 to '62; oldest active AHRMA racer, multi-time champion, won Class C Handshift championship in 2000 at age of 77.

Brad Lackey - 1982 World 500cc Motocross Champion; '72 AMA 500cc National Champion; frequent competitor in AHRMA motocross events.

Joe Leonard - three-time AMA Grand National Champion (1954, '56, '57); two-time Daytona 200 winner ('57, '58); two-time USAC Indy car champion.

Dick Mann - AMA GNC in '63 and '71; Daytona winner in '70 and '71; first rider to win all five AMA racing categories - roadrace, TT, short track, half-mile and mile.

Bart Markel - won 28 AMA nationals; three-time GNC ('62, '64, '65).

Gary Nixon - two-time AMA GNC ('67, '68); top international roadracer.

John Penton - off-road racing legend; founder of the Penton motorcycle brand (1968-75).

Jim Pomeroy - first American to win a World Motocross Grand Prix and first rider ever to win his GP debut (both 1973 in Spain); first rider to win an AMA indoor Supercross (Houston, 1974).

Jeff Smith - twice World 500cc MX Champion ('64, '65); many-times ISDT gold medal winner; British motocross and trials champion; frequent AHRMA competitor.

Bill Tuman - Indian Wrecking Crew; AMA '53 national champ; nine-time Daytona racer.

Many of these men also will take part in an afternoon autograph and photo session on Sunday, March 3, at the American Motorcycle Institute (3042 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach). The event is free and open to the public.

AHRMA's Bike Week activities include a pair of roadraces, a Vintage and Post-Vintage motocross, three dirt tracks, observed trials and concours d' elegance, all between March 1 and March 8. For more information, go to www.ahrma.org/previews/bike_week.htm or call 615-851-3674.

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