Paying tribute to those who have contributed to the history of motorcycles or helped make our riding world what it is, the American Motorcyclist Association honors two-wheeled legends into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame every October. This year, motorcycling enthusiast and pioneer Gloria Struck and dirt-track racer Ronnie Jones will be among the honorees.
“It’s my pleasure to announce the first two members of the Class of 2016,” said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA board of directors and chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board. “Gloria Struck has inspired generations of women to take up motorcycling for both sport and pleasure, and she remains a vibrant reminder of the emotional connection we can have with two wheels. Ronnie Jones fielded one of the most successful privateer professional dirt-track careers in history, and his accomplishments rank among his era’s most impressive.”
The 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held during the American International Motorcycle Expo, which runs October 13th – 16th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
The Class of 2016 includes three competition category inductees, three non-competition category inductees and two inductees from the well-qualified category. The well-qualified category was created to recognize candidates whose accomplishments have taken place outside the public eye but have played a significant role in motorcycling.
Struck and Jones, both from the well-qualified category, are the first two inductees announced for 2016.
Most likely wearing a t-shirt that reads ‘What do you mean there are no women riders?’, Gloria Tramontin Struck was born in 1925 in an apartment attached to her family’s motorcycle shop in Clifton, N.J., she is considered the reigning matriarch of the women’s riding community. A member of the Motor Maids since 1946, she embodies the mission of the organization by riding her Harley-Davidson to events such as Sturgis and Daytona from her New Jersey home.
In her lifetime, Struck has ridden in all 48 continental states several times over as well as in Europe. In the 1950s, she earned continental notoriety by completing a high-profile adventure ride in Canada from Toronto to Montreal.
Looking to the other inductee, riding as a privateer, Ronnie Jones collected 10 AMA Grand National Championship wins and 32 podium finishes from 1980 through 1995. He finished in the top 10 of the series in 11 consecutive seasons and scored Grand National points in 21 consecutive seasons. Jones also scored wins in three of the four dirt-track disciplines of short track, TT and Half-mile, and just missed scoring a Mile victory several times, finishing in the runner-up position five times.
Although Jones retired from full-time competition after the 1999 season, he continued to race select events through 2014. During his most recent campaign, he set a record by scoring AMA Grand National Championship points 35 years after his rookie Expert season.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public and, for the third consecutive year, takes place in conjunction with AIMExpo.
AIMExpo brings together consumers, dealers, manufacturers, and the world press in one location for global product launches, demo rides, motorcycling seminars, and much more. A good idea of what the AIMExpo is like can be seen in the original Clutch and Chrome video below.
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