Sadie Grimm – Hall of Fame for 2017

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Historical Members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2017. Sadie Grimm will be honoured at the 12th annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 4th, 2017 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel.

Sadie GrimmGrimm’s 1914 winning of the Manitoba Motorcycle Club’s Gold Medal is the first documented case of a motorcycling prize being awarded to a woman in a major competition open to men.

Although a popular destination by train, there were few roads accessible for the nearly 100 kilometer ride from  Winnipeg to Winnipeg Beach. Travel was through eight inch deep gravel stones, bog and pot holes. After alternately riding paths and mudholes, Miss Grimm decided to try the railroad track. She found this very bumpy but much preferable to the continual mudholes interspersed with stumps and roots. After four hours of solid plugging, Miss Grimm registered at the Empress Hotel and was told she was the first one to make it this season.

What made this achievement remarkable is that nineteen year old Sadie, succeeded where many male riders before her, had failed.

Sadie’s success made her a spokesperson for the participation of women in motorcycling promoting the activity as beneficial to both their health and independence. Her promotion of motorcycling for women preceded the right to vote and places her in an unique position in the history of motorcycling in Canada.

Tickets for the Twelfth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.

Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a non-profit association with charitable status.  It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors representing every region of the country. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. 

 

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, the Roll of Honour and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.