Hall of Fame Inductee
Born September 30, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio, Dick spent his life dedicated to the sport and business of motorcycles. He has always been a credit to the sport and is well known and respected among his peers for his winning efforts in competition and his later accomplishment in the retail business. Dick made the rare transition from racer to the dealer. Dick is mostly remembered for his first National Number 2 as displayed on his Norton. He also rode for BSA, Royal Enfield and Indian during his competitive years. Indicative of his talent, determination and loyalty, he did more than anyone else to make Norton a force to be reckoned with on American tracks. As a three time winner at Daytona (49, 51, 52) he showed his worth. And it wasn't because he was in slow company. Hall of Famers like Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman fought him all the way to the checkered flag. In addition to his Daytona wins, he also won - Laconia 1949, 1951, 1952; Heidelberg 1958, 1959; Richmond 1951, 1954; Shreveport 1951; Ohio State Champ Five times; and was voted Most Popular Rider in 1962. These were National and Regional Championships and don't count the wins at places like Sturgis and other racetracks. Dick earned respect on the racetrack as a rider, a mechanic and a sportsman, and showed the depth of his ability when he became the largest U.S. motorcycle dealer for Honda in 1964 and 1965.
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