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Breakfast with Champions at Daytona Bike Week

by Richard Backus

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Controlled slide - Jay Springsteen on the track 

If you’re heading to Daytona Beach for the annual extravaganza that is Daytona Bike Week, February 27 – March 8, make plans to attend the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum’s annual “Friendraising” Breakfast on Friday morning, March 6, where you’ll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the likes of three-time AMA Grand National Champion Jay Springsteen, nine-time AMA Grand National Champion Scott Parker, and legendary Harley-Davidson tuner Bill Werner, whose tuning skills took Springsteen, Parker and Gary Scott to a combined 13 National Grand Championships.

The Museum breakfast, a Daytona Bike Week tradition, allows attendees to mix and mingle with motorcycling's biggest names, as well as receive rare inside look at their lives and careers. The event is open the public and tickets are $49 per person. All proceeds support the non-profit Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and its mission of telling the exciting stories and preserving the history of American motorcycling.

The talents and accomplishments of ParkerSpringsteen, and Werner have led each to be inducted into the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Parker, inducted in 2003, is considered one of the great motorcycle racers in the history of AMA racing. During his career, Parker was a nine-time AMA Grand National Champion and set an all-time record with his 94 Grand National Championship race wins, including 55 AMA National Mile wins and 35 AMA Half-Mile wins. Parker is also a three-time winner of the AMA Pro Athlete of the Year award. Like Parker, Springsteen is considered one of the best in AMA racing history. Inducted into the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003, Springsteen is a three-time AMA Grand National Champion with over 40 National Championship flat track race wins.

Scott Parker 

At the 2009 Museum breakfast, Parker and Springsteen will look back at their astonishing careers through a discussion led by Bill Werner. Werner, one of the most successful tuners in AMA Grand National racing history, was inducted into the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. He offers a unique perspective on the careers of Parker and Springsteen, as he turned the wrenches for both.

To join Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen, and Bill Werner at the 21st Annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum "Friendraising" Breakfast, immediate reservations are recommended. The breakfast will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Friday, March 6, 2009. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. Parker, Werner, and Springsteen will host an autograph session following the conclusion of the breakfast. Admission is $49 per person. Sponsorships are also available, and all proceeds benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. To make reservations or learn about event sponsorship opportunities, contact the Museum at (614) 856-2222.

Wild 1963 Hungarian-built Pannonia will be offered at the
J. Wood/Bator International Daytona auction.

And don't forget to take in the J. Wood/Bator International 22nd Annual Daytona Classic Motorcycle Auction, which never fails to draw an interesting crowd of classic bikes and classic bike fans, and stands as the unofficial bellwether for the classic bike auction scene, buyers and sellers alike eagerly watching the sale for clues to the coming year's market. – Richard Backus