The 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Nominating Ballot is the culmination of a comprehensive review of the procedures and makeup of the Hall of Fame nominating processes and committees. The revisions are designed to institutionalize the integrity of the nominating process, from application through induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Potential AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers are considered in eight categories, each focusing on a specific area: Ambassadors & Industry, Design & Engineering, Dirt Track, Leadership & Motorcycle Rights, Motocross & Supercross, Off-Road, Roadracing and Specialty Competition.
With the ballot now set, the official voting begins. Votes for the Hall of Fame class of 2013 will be cast by: all living Hall of Fame members; members of the AMA and AMHF Boards of Directors; and members of and advisors to the Category Committees. The current total number of eligible voters is more than 250.
Voting will open June 18 and will close on July 7. Ballots were mailed Monday to voters. The members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced shortly after the conclusion of voting in early July.
The class of 2013 will be officially inducted on Friday, Oct. 18, during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend in a star-studded gala at Las Vegas’ Green Valley Resort & Casino, with tickets available to the general public. Also featured at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are two “Hall of Fame Legends” – existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are highlighted.
The 2013 Legends are: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time World Motocross Champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America and founded the Thor brand.