On the Pegs - November 2021 Volume 6 Issue 11 - November - Page 28

Nancy Davidson , wife of AMA Hall of Fame Legend Bill “ Willie G .” Davidson , was one of the most impactful female icons in the American motorcycling community . She contributed to charity rides and supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the Harley- Davidson Dealer network and held the No . 2 membership card in the Harley Owners Group . A lifelong advocate for the AMA , she espoused the freedom and adventure of the motorcycle lifestyle , influencing ridership across the globe .
In the motorcycle community , few families elicit such admiration as those who carry the Davidson name . Besides the duties and responsibilities that come from the Harley-Davidson ’ s namesake , they serve as the enduring spirit of American manufacturing , its motorcycling traditions , and are elevated into our cultural ethos as celebrities . And none represented that so aptly as Nancy Davidson .
Although AMA Hall of Fame Legend Willie G . Davidson was unable to attend his late wife ’ s induction , the Davidson family created a beautiful video to be shared with the audience .
“ Well , this is your day Nancy ,” Willie G . Davidson said , “ we are very , very proud of you … This is kinda a special way to celebrate our lives . We rode together ; Nancy was a great partner . We crisscrossed the country , and it ’ s a tribute to a great lady . For that we are thankful and we are proud to be represented in the AMA Hall of Fame .”
Gary Denton was the dominant ATV racer the ’ 80s and ’ 90s , winning eight AMA ATV Grand National Championship titles from 1987 through 1994 . Before racing ATVs , Denton started his motorcycle racing career at age 14 and went pro at age 16 , getting his first major title at the CMC Night Nationals in the 125cc class in 1976 . From late 1978 to 1982 , he raced professionally , with a best finish of fourth in the 125 National class and scoring 13 top- 10 finishes .
After racing locally for a couple years , he had the opportunity to begin racing ATVs in 1985 , getting a factory ride with Suzuki in 1987 to race in the AMA ATV Grand National Championship . From that point on he dominated the ATV series , winning the championship eight years in a row and setting the standard for excellence in the division .