AMA Hall of Fame Finally Responds to Nobby Clark Fiasco

by Richard Backus

After days of being pummeled over its handling of the nomination and subsequent de-nomination of Nobby Clark from induction into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, officials with the AMA and Hall of Fame have finally issued a lengthy explanation of their actions. Whether this quells pent up frustration with the organization is anybody’s guess, but at least they finally put a foot forward to quiet what rapidly became one of most embarrassing chapters in the organization’s history. The AMA’s response appears below. A PDF of the release is available at the AMA site by clicking here. – Richard Backus


Hall of Fame Debacle with Nobby Clark Nomination Continues

by Richard Backus

The mess created by the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame over its nomination and subsequent about-face concerning the induction of Nobby Clark in the Hall of Fame keeps growing. Noted motojournalist and Hall of Famer Dave Despain has returned his HoF medal in protest, as has Hall of Famer legend Dick Mann. Hall of Fame committee member Charles Falco sent us the following email expressing his concern over the affair and his interpretation of matters. Charles Falco’s email follows:


Motorcycle Hall of Fame Needs to Explain Decision to Remove Nobby Clark

by Richard Backus

More than a few people have been watching the unfolding drama as the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced the impending induction into the Hall of Fame of Derek “Nobby” Clark, race mechanic to stars like Mike Hailwood, Jim Redman and Giacomo Agostini, then inexplicably reversed course weeks later, announcing Clark’s removal from consideration. Among the strong voices demanding an explanation are former AMA president Ed Youngblood and Hall of Fame committee member Charles Falco.


1920s Rush Motorcycle

By the Motorcycle Classics staff

A 1920s Rush motorcycle on display with other classic bikes at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.


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Cars, Bikes and Steve McQueen Movies

By Matt Stone

Steve McQueen’s talent at the wheel of an automobile or aboard a motorcycle expanded his acting career and, eventually, gave him the power to influence movie scripts.


1934 Gnome et Rhône Model M-1

By the Motorcycle Classics staff

A 1934 Gnome et Rhône Model M-1 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.


Historic Racer: Riding Sammy Miller’s 1934 Husqvarna 500 GP Racer

By Alan Cathcart

Alan Cathcart rides Sammy Miller’s iconic Husqvarna 500 V-twin racer


1925 Böhmerland

By the Motorcycle Classics staff

A 1925 Czech Böhmerland at the Barber vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.



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