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HONOR THE RIDER

Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Rod "Woody" Woodruff, Jim Thiessen, Mike Taylor, Colleen Barnett-Taylor, Willie G. Davidson, Terry Vance, Cory Ness, Mark Shadley

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The 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

 

  • Colleen Barnett-Taylor and Mike Taylor
  • Cory Ness
  • Mark Shadley
  • Jim Thiessen
  • Terry Vance
  • Rod Woodruff
  • Willie G. Davidson
  • Michael Farabaugh

Colleen Barnett-Taylor and Mike Taylor

Colleen Barnett-Taylor started her motorsports career at Barnett Clutches & Cables while still in her childhood working for her parents (and original 1948 founders), Charlie and Afton Barnett. Since the beginning Colleen has been a driving force and integral part of the company. Mike Taylor, already a long-time motorcycle rider/enthusiast, joined the firm in 1968 which cemented a great partnership after he and Colleen were married. Together they have operated Barnett since 1975 and owned the company since 1993.

Cory Ness

think for a second that Cory Ness rode his famous father’s coattails into the Sturgis Hall Of Fame. At only 10 years old, he disassembled his bicycle, painted it, chromed its parts and entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show. The first motorcycle he turned his talents to was a wrecked CB350. After building it back up, Cory sold it before even getting a chance to ride it. He was 14! Today Cory is the chief designer behind Arlen Ness Enterprises where he runs the day-to-day business. In between designing new parts and accessories, he still finds time to wrench on custom bikes periodically.

Mark Shadley

Since the early 1970s Mark Shadley and Shadley Bros. Motorcycles have been shaping the perception of what a custom motorcycle is. The quality, detail and innovation of his custom built bikes have made him well recognized by both the motorcycle industry and his peers. His enthusiasm and involvement in the custom motorcycle industry has been a lifelong passion.

Jim Thiesse

For 50 years, machinist and go-fast guy Jim Thiessen has generated trust with riders, record breakers, racers and certified Harley mechanics around the world whom use JIMS® products on a daily basis. Today JIMS® is one of the industry's leading producers of performance parts, accessories, tools, transmissions and high-performance engines — all aimed at enhancing the Harley rider’s experience.

Terry Vance

#35 on the NHRA's 50 greatest drag racers of all-time, 14-time national champ Terry Vance never lets off the gas! Terry and his tuner Byron Hines shared a passion for the quarter mile from the early days, but they also shared a vision of creating a company that would be a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket, and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance.Terry Vance is an American former professional motorcycle drag racer, racing team owner and manufacturer of high performance parts for motorcycles.

Rod Woodruff- JC Pappy Hoel Outstanding Achievement

Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more. Rod Woodruff is the man who brought Rock & Roll to the Black Hills and now hosts a 10-day Concert Series each August during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Buffalo Chip provides a music festival, various other forms of entertainment, and full service tent, RV and cabin camping on almost 600 acres in rural Meade County.

Willie G Davidson- Lifetime Achievement Award

Willie G. is not just a brand ambassador for Harley-Davidson, he is an ambassador for biker culture worldwide. The Museum's goal is to "Honor the Rider" and Willie G. is the embodiment of motorcycle riding. Already a pre-2001 member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame, Willie G. was joined by his lovely wife Nancy in the Class of 2010. Just like Sturgis Rally founders Pearl and Pappy Hoel, Willie G. and Nancy have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycle community.

In Memoriam and Michael Farabaugh, Ultimate Freedom Fighter

Michael Farabaugh (May 7, 1948 – March 21, 2017) is the ultimate Freedom Fighter, originally awarded in 2004. He co-founded ABATE of Indiana, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and launched the annual Meeting Of The Minds conference. As the long-time Executive Director of ABATE, “Balls” was respected for his honesty and integrity by the biker community - as a 30-year member of the American Motorcycle Association's Board of Directors, Mr. Farabaugh was able to bring the OEMs and the politicians to the table.