Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame

The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame honors the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to improving, promoting, and advancing our great sport and lifestyle.

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The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the sacrifices individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists through their efforts in the political arena and in grassroots motorcyclist rights organizations. It is the goal of the museum to help recognize these exceptional and deserving people.

Call For Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame class of inductees are now open and must be submitted by Tuesday, January 10, 2017. There are no restrictions on who may submit nominations.

All nomination files are reviewed by the Hall of Fame committee that is made up of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s board of directors, its Executive Director and staff directors.

The criteria for the Hall of Fame is to honor those individuals, organizations and businesses who have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycle community, lifestyle and industry.

The Freedom Fighter award recognizes those individuals who have made sacrifices to protect the rights of those who ride. These men and women serve diligently, humbly and quietly so that we may enjoy the liberties that many of us take for granted.

Nomination forms must be accompanied by credentials explaining why an individual should be considered for induction. Please keep in mind that while their achievements may be outstanding, not everyone knows it. A comprehensive overview of their accomplishments is necessary to make an informed and educated decision. Biographical information, newspaper articles, historical documents, etc. may be submitted.

How To Submit a Nomination

Nominations must be received by the Museum no later than Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

  1. Fill out the appropriate Nomination Form.

    Download the Hall of Fame Nomination Form Download the Freedom Fighters Nomination Form
  2. Submit by Mail.

    Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
    ATTN: Nominations
    999 Main Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785


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Induction Breakfast

The 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Breakfast will be August 10, 2016.
It will take place at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Come help us honor the Hall of Fame Class of 2016!

Breakfast tickets are available for a $35.00 donation. A table for eight, reserved: $300.00.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees

Gary Wetzel - Freedom Fighter Inductee

2016 Freedom Fighter Award winner. In keeping with the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum's mission to Honor the Ride, a special "Freedom Fighter" award recognizing an individual who has fought to protect the rights of motorcyclists was instituted. For 2016, the Freedom Fighter is Gary Wetzel, a Vietnam Veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who has been active for decades in raising awareness of not only Veteran's issues, but also protecting riders rights.

Bert Baker

V-Twin motorcycle drivetrain innovator, businessman and patriot, Bert Baker is committed to using materials, labor, creativity, know how and grit born of America.

Jerry Covington

Whether it is on TV or the cover of virtually every biker magazine in the world, it is hard to miss custom builder Jerry Covington. What does get overlooked is Covington's behind the scenes commitment to the motorcycle community, his selfless donation of time and resources to those less fortunate through has various charity projects.

John Penton

One of the most influential figures in off-road motorcycling in the world, John Penton developed a legendary brand of motorcycles that bore his name (better known as KTM today). He also founded Hi-Point, an accessory and distribution company that had 50% of aftermarket sales in the U.S. and set the mold for modern distribution powerhouses like Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky and WPS.

Gary Spellman

Using motorcycle as means to further charitable causes, philanthropist Gary Spellman has been quite effective in utilizing motorcycles to raise money for charities benefiting first responders and their surviving families. He has also brought major business owners into the family of motorcyclists as well as creating the Peace, Love and Happiness Charity Ride with fellow Hall Of Famer John Paul Dejoria

Buddy Stubbs

Talk about being born into the business, Buddy Stubbs was raised in his father's Harley dealership in Decatur, Illinois and has spent his entire life in and around dealerships, including opening two of his own in the greater Phoenix area. This year marks his 50th year as a dealer and more significantly an ambassador to the motorcycle lifestyle.