STURGIS -- The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees.
The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.10 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Tickets cost $35 or $300 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased through the Museum at 605-347-2001 or on line at www.sturgismuseum.com/cart/
This year's inductees are:
Don Emde was born to a motorcycling family in 1951, and spent much of his youth either working in the family's dealership or tearing up the tracks of Southern California as an amateur scrambler, dirt tracker and road racer. He turned pro in 1969, and set numerous records with his Daytona 200 win in 1972. Emde and his father became the first father-son pair to win the Daytona 200. Emde currently publishes Drag Specialties Magazine, Parts Magazine and Parts Europe Magazine.
Del Hofer has been a Harley-Davidson dealer for 50 years, first in Huron, then in Fargo, N.D. Hofer is active in the American Motorcyclists Association and is the longest serving member of the Harley-Davidson Dealer Advisory Board. A long-time AMA amateur racer, Hofer's passion for motorcycling is evident to anyone who meets him. He encourages men and women alike to take safety courses, get active in riding and enjoy it in a safe and fun way.
Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel is probably one of the best-known motorcycle riders in history, Evel Knievel liked to live on the edge. From riding his bicycle at an early age to pole vaulting when he was in the army to playing semi-pro hockey, Knievel tried it all. In the early 1960s, he joined the motorcross circuit with moderate success until a broken collar bone forced him to take a job as an insurance salesman. He moved to Washington where he started his first daredevil show. He attempted 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps, many successfully. In 1974, Knievel unsuccessfully attempted a jump across the Snake River on a steam-powered rocket - the Skycycle X-2. Knievel died of pulmonary disease in 2007 at the age of 69.
Michael Prugh is well recognized as a motorcycle designer and manufacturer, but it's his work educating others that has taken him beyond being just a builder. Prugh has been involved in many builds for charity and as a competitor. He took second place two years in a row in the AMD's World Championship of Custom Bike Building and has been featured in numerous publications featuring various builds. In 2010, Prugh led a team of students from Western Dakota Technical Institute to build "Method" a true "one off" bike that was auctioned at the annual Legends Ride. This year, Prugh is again teaming up with WDTI, Black Hills Harley-Davidson and the Buffalo Chip to build a bike for the Legends Ride.
Gloria Tramontin Struck has owned 14 motorcycles in her lifetime and has traveled to every state in the continental U.S. and throughout Canada. At the age of 76, she took two trips to Europe, traveling more than 6,500 miles in eight countries. Struck joined the Motor Maids in 1946 and is the longest member still riding. She continually encourages women to ride and to be involved.
Mike and Margaret Wilson have contributed individually to the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling. Mike Wilson was an expert dirt-track and TT racer and served in World War II. After returning from the war, Mike bought a 45-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a birthday surprise for Margaret. Mike and Margaret were business partners in a Harley-Davidson and Honda dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for more than 25 years. Both Mike and Margaret have been avid riders and have spent countless hours encouraging others to ride, too. Known to an entire generation of women raiders, Margaret has been in the Motor Maids for 60 years. Mike and Margaret both serve on the Board of Directors of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.