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Hall of Fame




The Sturgis Hall of Fame recognizes individuals or groups who have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycling community, lifestyle and innovation.

J C “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who have played a special role in the founding, maintaining and/or promoting of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Lifetime Achievement Award honors those who have greatly contributed to the world of motorcycling and have been recognized by many of the leading motorcycle related organizations, their peers and the general riding community. 

Founders Award is a special designation that is reserved for individuals who have played a special role in the founding, maintaining and/or promoting of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

Freedom Fighter Award 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 grass roots motorcyclists rights organizations. Click "Freedom Fighters" button for a complete list of Freedom Fighters. 


**The Hall of Fame awards are not designated every year.

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Class of 2003

Gary Bang, Max Bubeck, Gottlieb Daimler, Reg Kittrelle, Jon Kosmoski, Dick O’Leary, Rep. Sherman Packard, Adeline & Augusta Van Buren,Don Vodden.

Freedom Fighter: Rick Gray, Fred Hill, Buck Kittredge, John Paliwoda, Todd Vandermyde.

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: American Motorcyclist Association

Class of 2004

John Paul DeJoria, Earley Family, Harry’s Motors, Jerry Hatfield, David Mann. Bruce Rossmeyer, Perry Sands, Dal Smilie, Bill Waltermire.

Freedom Fighter: Mark Buckner, Michael Farabaugh, Ian Mutch, Donald “Pappy” Pittsley

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Annie Brokaw

Class of 2005

Keith “Bandit” Ball, Soichiro Honda, Michael Lichter, Jim & Phyllis McClure, Scott Parker, Walker Family.

Freedom Fighter: John “Rogue” Herlihy, Simon Milward

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Motor Maids, Inc.

Class of 2006

Marge Hummel, John Parham, Paul “Sonny” Pelaquin, John Reed, Sam “Morgan” Storm.

Freedom Fighter: Elizabeth “Boots” Buchholz, Rich “Neb” Nebelsick,

Dave “Deacon” Phillips

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Jay Springsteen

Class of 2007

Chris Carr, Kaptain Robbie Knievel, Linda Peavy, Oliver Shokouh.

Founder’s Award: Bob Illingworth

Freedom Fighter: Gary Sellers

JC Pappy Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Al Nelson

Class of 2008

Becky Brown, Malcolm Smith, Cristine Sommer-Simmons, Johnny Spiegelhoff.

Founder’s Award: Kenny Price

Freedom Fighter: Fredric Harrell, Paul K. Vestal

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Charlie St. Clair

Class of 2009

James Clark, Cookie Crum, Lou Kimzey, John Lehman, Dale Walksler.

Freedom Fighter: Jay Jackson


JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Jack Kirchgesler

Class of 2010

Nancy Davidson, Betsy Lister, Ron McKinley, Stan Simpson, Mike “Kiwi” Tomas.

Founder’s Award: Roger Schieman

Freedom Fighter: Sonny Bridges

Class of 2012

Dave Barr, Buzz Kanter, Brian Klock, Laura Klock, Ed Kretz, Jr., Ron Stratman.

Freedom Fighter: Rodney Roberts

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Steve Piehl

Class of 2013

Russ Brown, Rick Fairless, Marjoe Gortner, Lonnie Isam, Sr.

Freedom Fighter: “Still” Ray Fitzgerald

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Bill Gikling


Class of 2014

Clyde Fessler, Jesse Jurrens, Jay Lightnin’, Keith Terry, Bonnie Truett, Paul Yaffe.

Freedom Fighter: Deb “Tiger” Chandler

Class of 2015

Everett Brashear, Chris McIntyre, John Shope, Sugar Bear, Don Tilley, Eddie Trotta.

Freedom Fighter: Richard Lester

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Jim Bush


Class of 2016

Bert Baker, Jerry Covington, John Penton, Gary Spellman, Buddy Stubbs.

Freedom Fighter: Gary Wetzel

Lifetime Achievement: Arlen Ness

Class of 2017

Colleen Barnett-Taylor, Cory Ness, Mark Shadley, Mike Taylor, Jim Thiessen, Terry Vance.

Freedom Fighter Tribute: Michael Farabaugh

JC “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement: Rod “Woody” Woodruff

Lifetime Achievement: Willie G. Davidson

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