Hall of Fame Highlight Class of 2019 // Freedom Fighter: Vince Consiglio

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame would like to congratulate this year's outstanding new group of inductees, and to Freedom Fighter, Vince Consiglio. For the full story, join us at the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 // 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

 
Jill Parham
 

Vince Consiglio

A true Detroit product, Vince Consiglio worked his way through college working at the big three at the time: Chrysler, GM, and Ford. However, when Consiglio's factory jobs laid him off he took his first cross-country motorcycle ride from Detroit to Las Vegas; traveling Route 66 with just $20 in gas and the freedom of the road. Riding free in California, not in Michigan, threw Vince in court in 1974. This experience, and his love of riding motorcycles, drove Vince to ABATE of Michigan in 1975. After several years of battling legislation, a number of ABATE Directors became the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) instructors in 1979 with the goal of establishing motorcycle education programs. Vince's MSF programs helped lead to legislative success in motorcycle education. Today, the Detroit-Metro Regional Program is run through Schoolcraft College and is celebrating 100,000 students being trained from 1981-2019. 

Vince holds firm that helmets do not prevent accidents. Rider education, tougher licensing, and motorcycle awareness are the keys to reducing motorcycle fatalities in Michigan. 

Lindsy Buser