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Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2018

August 11, 2018

DEADWOOD — Five new members and a group were inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the annual induction breakfast Wednesday morning.

Two special awards were also given.

Jeff Decker, sculptor and historian; Armondo “Mondo” Porras, custom bike builder; Marilyn Stemp, publisher and journalist; and Valerie Thompson; “America’s Queen of Speed” joined the ranks of the Rally elite as the class of 2018.

Jack Hoel, the son of J.C. “Pappy” Hoel was inducted as well. Hoel became a legend in his own right as a bike racer and manufacturer credited with creating the Yamaha DT1.

“It’s a real honor,” Hoel said. “Motorcycles have just been really good to me. It’s just been a great honor.”

Hamsters USA was also inducted as a group into the Hall of Fame. The Hamsters are the only the fifth motorcycle group to be inducted, joining the Motor Maids, Jackpine Gypsies, Christian Motorcycle Association, and the American Motorcycle Association.

“On behalf of the Hamsters, I want to thank the Hall of Fame and everybody involved on making this happen,” said Grady Pfeiffer, accepting the award.

Kirk “Hardtail” Willard was honored as the recipient of this years’ Freedom Fighter Award for his outspoken championing of motorcycle rights and awareness across the country.

Fred Fox was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the event for his more than 50 years of hard work building his business, Parts Unlimited, into one of America’s premier motorcycle and snowmobile parts distributors.

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