In the early 1970s, Vaillancourt began developing off-road motorcycle shocks that featured a revolutionary multi-stage damping system. Motocross and desert racers began using his shocks with great results, and soon racers in all disciplines of motorcycling started adopting them. Works Performance now makes custom shocks for dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, street bikes and cruisers. The company also has expanded into other areas and builds suspension for airplane, photographic and military applications, among others.Vaillancourt started in motorcycling at a young age, working at a local motorcycle shop in Quebec after school."In the winter, the shop effectively was shut down, so we spent a lot of time rebuilding the trade-ins, and that’s how I got involved in working on motorcycles," Vaillancourt said. "After immigrating to the U.S. in 1960, I worked as a motorcycle mechanic and as a foreman on a printing press. Then, in the early 1970s, I got involved in modifying existing shock absorbers. That’s how it all started… It’s been a long ride. I’ve been very fortunate to have some good experiences in the sport and meet some very terrific guys who I count as friends these days. I’m really honored that somebody would recognize what I’ve done in this industry."The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2009 Induction Ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will take the festive occasion to a new level. Impressive even by Las Vegas standards, with an 84-foot guitar marking the entrance and all the glitz and memorabilia that fans have come to expect at Hard Rock Café locations around the world, it has been recently renovated with new rooms, a new convention space and a new concert venue. Information about buying tickets will be announced shortly on the Museum website at www.MotorcycleMuseum.org.Located on the park-like campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum honors individuals who have made lasting contributions to protecting and promoting the motorcycle lifestyle. Its members include those who have excelled in racing, road- and off-road riding, pushed the envelope in motorcycle design, engineering and safety, and championed the rights of riders in both the halls of government and the court of public opinion.The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Committee includes 11 members in addition to the chairman. There are 10 committees, each representing a different aspect of motorcycling. Five represent various racing disciplines, and five represent non-racing interests.