Motocross pioneers join Motorcycle Hall of Fame
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce two more members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2009: Geoff and Bob Fox, pioneers in motocross technology and apparel. Geoff and Bob Fox will be among the motorcycling heroes honored at the 2009 induction ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this Dec. 5.
"Geoff and Bob Fox’s brands are among the few in motorsports that have transcended their status as simply retail products and established themselves as part of motorcycling’s culture," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "Now, as members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, their accomplishments will become part of our shared heritage, as well."
Geoff and Bob Fox are responsible for two of the most recognizable brands in off-road motorcycle racing. Geoff Fox, with Moto-X Fox Inc., gave the world the Fox head logo, and launched one of the most ubiquitous brands found at motocross starting gates around the country. Bob Fox, with Fox Factory Inc., made his mark producing state-of-the-art suspension components for off-road motorcycles, and is now a leading provider of mountain-bike suspension.
Said Tom White, member of the Board of Directors of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, chairman of the Motocross/Supercross Committee and owner of The Early Years of Motocross Museum: "Bob and Geoff Fox’s state-of-the-art products and designs have continued to lead, not only the motorcycle market, but the entire action and motorsports industries, for the last 30 years. Action-sports enthusiasts around the world wear the Fox-head branded logo, and the Fox-tail branded suspension is popular in every motorsport, not to mention the world-class industry leader in mountain-biking. The list of racers and athletes who have been associated with the Fox brands includes the true greats of their disciplines."
"It is a high honor to know that in December my brother, Bob, and I will be inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame," said Geoff Fox. "Neither of us ever expected we would deserve this recognition. As for myself, I believe that although my wife, Josie, and I established the firm foundation of business success, it has been the second generation, led by our kids, which has constructed the imposing edifice that is so visible around the world today."
Bob Fox added: "The Motorcycle Hall of Fame is truly the Who’s Who of Motorcycling past and present, and I am positively thrilled about being nominated to join that very special group. Over the last 35-plus years, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with, racing with — and just plain getting to know — so many really terrific individuals in motorcycling. I look forward to further broadening and deepening those relationships as a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame."
Geoff and Bob Fox are the fourth and fifth members announced for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2009. The others already announced are off-road racer Randy Hawkins, suspension pioneer Gilles Vaillancourt and off-highway rights activist Mona Ehnes.
The Foxes and the other members of the class of 2009 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame this Dec. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. 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, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been recently renovated with new rooms, a new convention space and a new concert venue. Ticket information will be announced shortly on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 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.