Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees

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  1. Steve McQueen

    Steve McQueen


    Terence Steven "Steve" McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American actor. Called "The King of Cool", his "anti-hero" persona, developed at the height of the Vietnam War-era counterculture, made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Blob, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although he did not act in films again for four years. McQueen was combative with directors and producers, but his popularity placed him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries.

  2. Jay Leno

    Jay Leno


    James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno (/ˈlɛn/; born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor, and television host. He was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. ET, also on NBC.

  3. Evel Knievel

    Evel Knievel


    Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel (/ˈvəl kɨˈnvəl/; October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American daredevil, painter, entertainer, and international icon. He attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and, in 1974, a canyon jump across Snake River Canyon (which failed) in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. During his career he suffered more than 433 bone fractures, thereby earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime". Knievel died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, aged 69. In his obituary in the British newspaper The Times, Knievel was described as one of the greatest American icons of the 1970s. Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

  4. Peter Fonda

    Peter Fonda


    Peter Henry Fonda (born February 23, 1940) is an American actor. He is the son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda (by first wife Susan Brewer, stepdaughter of Noah Dietrich). Fonda is an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s.

  5. Bruce Penhall

    Bruce Penhall


    Bruce Lee Penhall (born May 10, 1957 in Balboa, California, U.S.) is a retired American motorcycle speedway racer who also starred in television and in film. He was the World Speedway Champion in 1981 and 1982 and rode for the successful Cradley Heath Heathens speedway team in the United Kingdom. He retired from speedway racing the night he won his second World Championship in 1982 in front of his home crowd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

  6. Branscombe Richmond

    Branscombe Richmond


    Branscombe Richmond (born August 8, 1955) is an American character actor and stuntman. He is sometimes credited in films as Richmond Branscombe, Ranscombe Richmon, Ranhome Quickman or Branscom Richmond.

  7. Jeremy McGrath

    Jeremy McGrath


    Jeremy McGrath (born November 19, 1971 in San Francisco, California) is one of the most popular American Motocross/Supercross champions in the history of the sport. He was most active in the 1990s earning the title the "King of Supercross." His tricks during jumps on the supercross track, the most famous of which he called the "Nac Nac", helped spawn the sport of freestyle motocross. McGrath was AMA Pro Athlete of the Year Award in 1996. Still competitive in Motorcycle racing, he has tried his hand in many types of motorcycle competition. Lately he has expanded into off-road trucks in the Pro 2WD division of the LOORS Series and occasionally tries his hand at stock car racing. McGrath lives in Southern California with his wife Kim and daughters Rhowan and Bergen. McGrath has the privilege of being the first rookie ever to win the AMA 250cc Supercross Championship, in 1993.

  8. Giacomo Agostini

    Giacomo Agostini


    Giacomo Agostini (born 16 June 1942) is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Nicknamed Ago, with an absolute record of 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships titles, he is considered to be perhaps the greatest motorcycle racer of all time. Of these, 68 wins and 8 titles came in the 500cc class, the rest in the 350cc class.

  9. Carey Loftin

    Carey Loftin


    Carey Loftin (January 31, 1914 – March 4, 1997) (also credited as Cary Loftin, Carry Loftin, Carey Lofton, and William Carey Loftin) was an American stuntman, stunt coordinator and actor. He is often considered to be Hollywood's greatest stunt driver, and his talents were used in dozens of films.

  10. Kevin Schwantz

    Kevin Schwantz


    Kevin Schwantz (born (1964-06-19)June 19, 1964 in Houston, Texas) is an American former World Champion motorcycle road racer who competed during the 1980s and early 1990s.

  11. Arthur Davidson (Harley-Davidson founder)

    Arthur Davidson (Harley-Davidson founder)


    Arthur Davidson, Sr. (11 February 1881 – December 30, 1950) was one of the four original founders of Harley-Davidson.

  12. Wayne Rainey

    Wayne Rainey


    Wayne Wesley Rainey (born October 23, 1960) is an American former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he won the 500cc World Championship three times and the Daytona 200 once. He was characterized by his smooth, calculating riding style.

  13. Cordy Milne

    Cordy Milne


    Cordy Milne (April 14, 1914 – 15 October 1978) was an American international motorcycle speedway rider who finished third in the 1937 Speedway World Championship final, behind his brother Jack and second placed Wilbur Lamoreaux. All three riders came from Pasadena, California.

  14. Joe Weatherly

    Joe Weatherly


    Joseph Herbert "Joe" Weatherly (May 29, 1922 – January 19, 1964) was an American stock car racer. Weatherly was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009 after winning NASCAR's Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) championships in 1962 and 1963, three AMA Grand National Championships, and two NASCAR Modified championships.

  15. Eddie Lawson

    Eddie Lawson


    Eddie Lawson (born (1958-03-11)March 11, 1958 in Upland, California) is a former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion. His penchant for not crashing and consistently finishing in the points earned him the nickname "Steady Eddie".

  16. Sylvester H. Roper

    Sylvester H. Roper


    Sylvester H. Roper (Francestown, New Hampshire 24 November 1823 – 1 June 1896 Cambridge, Massachusetts) was an inventor from Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, and a pioneering builder of early automobiles and motorcycles. In 1863 he built a steam carriage, one of the earliest automobiles. The Roper steam velocipede of 1867–1869 may have been the first motorcycle, for which he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002. He is also the inventor of the shotgun choke and a revolver repeating shotgun.

  17. Jeff Ward (motocross)

    Jeff Ward (motocross)


    Jeff Ward (born June 22, 1961) is a Scottish racing driver.

  18. Mike Hailwood

    Mike Hailwood


    Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, MBE, GM (2 April 1940 – 23 March 1981) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time.

  19. Freddie Spencer

    Freddie Spencer


    Frederick "Freddie" Burdette Spencer (born December 20, 1961), known by the nickname Fast Freddie, is an American former World Champion motorcycle racer. Spencer is regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers of the early 1980s.

  20. Kenny Roberts

    Kenny Roberts


    Kenneth Leroy Roberts (born (1951-12-31)December 31, 1951 in Modesto, California) is an American former professional motorcycle racer and racing team owner. In 1978, he became the first American to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship. He was also a two-time winner of the A.M.A. Grand National Championship. Roberts is one of only four riders in American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) racing history to win the AMA Grand Slam, representing Grand National wins at a mile, half-mile, short-track, TT Steeplechase and road race events.

  21. Kel Carruthers

    Kel Carruthers


    Kelvin "Kel" Carruthers (born 3 January 1938) is an Australian former world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He went on to become a successful race team manager, particularly in the US and Europe with Kenny Roberts.

  22. Bud Ekins

    Bud Ekins


    Bud Ekins (May 11, 1930 – October 6, 2007) was a stuntman, most famous for his stunt work in The Great Escape and Bullitt.

  23. Malcolm Forbes

    Malcolm Forbes


    Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of capitalism and free market trade, and for an extravagant lifestyle, spending on parties, travel, and his collection of homes, yachts, aircraft, art, motorcycles, and Fabergé eggs.

  24. Soichiro Honda

    Soichiro Honda


    Soichiro Honda (本田 宗一郎 Honda Sōichirō, November 17, 1906 – August 5, 1991) was a Japanese engineer and industrialist. In 1948, he established Honda and oversaw its expansion from a wooden shack manufacturing bicycle motors to a multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer.

  25. Burt Munro

    Burt Munro


    Herbert James "Burt" Munro (Bert in his youth; 25 March 1899 – 6 January 1978) was a New Zealand motorcycle racer, famous for setting an under-1,000 cc world record, at Bonneville, 26 August 1967. This record still stands today. Munro was 68 and was riding a 47-year-old machine when he set his last record.

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