Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame - Inductees to The Class of 2007

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Back row (Left to right): Mary Jo Mahoney, daughter of Inductee the late Charlie Mahoney; Peter Salter, President of Inductee Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group; Inductee Yvon Duhamel; Bev Robinson, wife of Inductee the late Jim Robinson; Inductee Helmut Clasen.

Front row Left to right: Inductee Michelle (Mike) Duff; Inductee Bob Williams; Billy Mathews Jr., son of Inductee the late Billy Mathews. Absent from photo: Inductee Marc St-Laurent, Trois Rivieres, QC, and Inductee the late J.B. (Bernie) Nicholson.

J.B. “Bernie” Nicholson – Class of 2007

Prairie motorcycle legend Bernie Nicholson, of Nicholson Bros. Motorcycles, was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Oct. 27. Together with nine other individuals and one organization, Nicholson was posthumously inducted into the fledgling Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame (CMHF) at a ceremony and banquet in Toronto. This is the second year (2007) for inductions, and Nicholson joins the likes of Trev Deeley, the man behind Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and Calgary's own Walt Healy (supershowevents.com/museum/index.html). In … [Read more...]

Bob Williams – Class of 2007

Windsor, Ontario. Bob Williams is a “dreamer extraordinaire” with a life-long passion for speed on two wheels. At 14 Bob acquired a 125 cc BSA Bantam for $50, its frame and wheels rescued from a chicken coop, engine in a bushel basket, all resplendent in feathers and related chicken crud! Following a basement restoration job, the ambitious neophyte rider set off on his initial test ride…facing the stairway! Bumps and bruises testified to a less than successful first flight. Undeterred, he was hooked for life! At tech school, Bob made a … [Read more...]

Marc St Laurent – Class of 2007

May 26, 1940- December 13, 2008 |  Montreal, Quebec Marc St-Laurent  is a man noted by his peers for his "enormous, decisive and exceptional contribution to motorcycling".  During a tumultuous period in the history of the Fédération motocycliste du Québec, his outstanding leadership helped to make the FMQ the respected organization it is today. Born in 1940 in Montreal, he was the eldest of six children. The many hardships he experienced while growing up gave him a strength that would serve him well in the future. During his youth, Marc … [Read more...]

Jim Robinson – Class of 2007

Born in Wheatley Ontario; 1933 -2003 Jim Robinson epitomized that group of motorcycle dealer principals from across the country who, in their own way, played such a vital role in fostering the growth of motorcycling in Canada. Jim's story encompasses five decades of motorcycling activity and represents important chapters in our rich heritage. Born on the family farm in 1933 in Wheatley, Ontario, Jim developed a passion for motorcycles at an early age. At 14 he brought home his first motorcycle, a 1942 Indian army model, as a basket case … [Read more...]

William “Billy” Mathews – Class of 2007

Born in Hafford, Saskatchewan May 28, 1912 - July 11, 1980 Each year, the biggest road race by far on the annual AMA racing schedule is the Daytona 200. Winning at Daytona, to use current vernacular, is huge! The event is so important that manufacturers spare no expense to capture it. Top-calibre riders come from all across North America and around the world in the hopes of adding a win at the Daytona 200 Miler to their racing resumés. If you weren’t already a super star going into the race, winning it would instantly make you one! From any … [Read more...]

Charles “Iron Chief” Mahoney – Class of 2007

1920-2004 Campbellford, Ontario. Although perhaps from different perspectives, New Zealander Bert Munro, of “The World's Fastest Indian” fame, and the late Charlie Mahoney of Campbellford, Ontario, have a lot in common. They are both renowned world-wide for their association with Indian motorcycles. Both are looked upon with the utmost respect and both enjoy justly deserved, iconic stature in the world of motorcycles. Each year, for the past 24 years, on the July 1st weekend, the small community of Trent Hills – Campbellford has played … [Read more...]

Yvon Duhamel – Class of 2007

Born October 17, 1939 in Montreal, Quebec. In nominating Yvon, first-year Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and close friend Raymond Gref said, “I am submitting Yvon Duhamel's name because his contribution to the motorcycling world is outstanding”. Ray's words are well chosen and reflect an opinion widely shared. John Cooper also nailed it in his Cycle Canada article on Yvon stating, “He proved from the beginning that he could excel at whatever he wished.” Most know of some of Yvon's amazing successes, but few know the full story. The next … [Read more...]

(Mike) Michelle Duff – Class of 2007

Born December 13, 1939 Toronto, Ontario. Mike (now Michelle) Duff is a renowned road racer who has won respect and admiration not only in Canada and the USA, but around the world for accomplishments on the world stage of motorcycle racing. In fact, Michelle has spent the best part of this summer flying back and forth, five times in all, to the U.K. and Europe as a celebrity guest rider. She was invited by the Yamaha factory and by Ferry Brouwer, managing director of Arai Helmets Europe, to take part in a series of grand prix rider reunions … [Read more...]

Helmut Clasen – Class of 2007

Born September 3, 1935 Cologne, Germany To recount the complete Helmut Clasen motorcycling career story we could spend the entire evening relating it, and still not do it full justice! The same may be said of all Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees, but this is particularly so when you are honouring a man whose career spans five decades and is still ongoing! Helmut Clasen's two-wheel racing career began in his native Germany in 1948, at 13 years of age. It was not, however, on motorcycles but on bicycles--a road race, which he won! … [Read more...]

Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) – Class of 2007

"€œPreserve the history and heritage of the motorcycle and motorcycling in Canada" these words are drawn directly from the mission statement of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame/Museum. By any measure, for the last 40 years, the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) has done precisely that and considerably more! In reality, their activities have preceded our mission statement by some 38 years. In celebration of their 40th anniversary this year, the CVMG organized a cross-Canada vintage relay run. Current president Peter Salter and fellow … [Read more...]