2016 Sturgis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies

Philanthropists DeJoria & Spellman to Host Sturgis Hall of Fame Induction CeremoniesThe Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be hosted by two well-known philanthropists. John Paul DeJoria take the stage with the support of his lifelong friend, as well as Peace*Love*Happiness Ride co-founder, Gary Spellman to the Class of 2016. The 2016 Hall of Fame induction is set to take place on August 10 at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota.

“John Paul DeJoria is not only a brother motorcyclist to the core, he is a true inspiration to all of us,” says Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame Executive Director Myrick Robbins.

“We are honored to have him as this year’s emcee, but don’t forget he is already a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s extended family.” DeJoria was inducted into the SMM Hall of Fame back in 2004!

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If the name John Paul DeJoria seems familiar, that’s because he’s the founder of John Paul Mitchell Hair Systems. DeJoria is a bit of a living legend, in that he embodies the American “rags-to-riches,” story. After living a transient lifestyle, he eventually made his way through the ranks to become a leader in his history. But while many successful entrepreneurs would be happy to stop there, DeJoria has not. He has used his success for the betterment of society and dedicated much of his efforts to philanthropic causes, not to mention working as an ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Project.

Gary Spellman and John Paul DeJoria crossed paths about 30 years ago. And like many who ride, the only thing they needed to spark up a conversation was the shared passion of motorcycling.

Together, the two formed the Peace*Love*Happiness charity ride in Austin, Texas in 2003. With the help of Spellman, the two have used the ride to help support a wide variety of charitable causes. Though the ride was originally put together to support local law enforcement, the scope of Peace*Love*Happiness quickly grew to help charities of all forms. In 2015, the Peace*Love*Happiness charity ride took place on three occasions, benefitting Infinite Heroes, Meeting The Need as all as Austin’s law enforcement community.

“Although Gary is firm in his belief that a person shouldn’t be recognized simply for doing the right thing, we beg to differ,” says Robbins. “Gary’s great works definitely deserve the recognition and a place in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s Hall of Fame.” In addition to Spellman, four other equally deserving inductees are included in the Class of 2016.

Sturgis Hall of Fame – Class Of 2016

Bert Baker – V-Twin motorcycle drivetrain innovator, businessman and patriot, Bert Baker is committed to using materials, labor, creativity, know-how and grit born of America.

Jerry Covington – Whether it is on TV or the cover of virtually every biker magazine in the world, it is hard to miss custom builder Jerry Covington. What does get overlooked is Covington’s behind the scenes commitment to the motorcycle community, his selfless donation of time and resources to those less fortunate through has various charity projects.

John Penton – One of the most influential figures in off-road motorcycling in the world, John Penton developed a legendary brand of motorcycles that bore his name (better known as KTM today). He also founded Hi-Point, an accessory and distribution company that had 50% of aftermarket sales in the U.S. and set the mold for modern distribution powerhouses.

Gary Spellman – Using motorcycle as a means to further charitable causes, philanthropist Gary Spellman has been quite effective in utilizing motorcycles to raise money for charities benefiting first responders and their surviving families. He has also brought major business owners into the family of motorcyclists as well as creating the Peace*Love*Happiness Charity Ride with fellow Hall Of Famer John Paul DeJoria.

Buddy Stubbs – Talk about being born into the business, Buddy Stubbs was raised in his father’s Harley dealership in Decatur, Illinois and has spent his entire life in and around dealerships, including opening two of his own in the greater Phoenix area. This year marks his 50th year as a dealer and more significantly an ambassador to the motorcycle lifestyle.

“It is fitting for our 15th Anniversary that we have both John Paul Dejoria and Gary Spellman highlighting the Class of 2016 ceremonies. Their philanthropic works, inspiration and core belief in the positive powers of motorcycle are the pillars that the Museum was founded,” says Robbins. “Honor the Ride. Build the Legacy… Join us for the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast on August 10, 2016 at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota.”

Breakfast tickets require a $35 donation or you can pick up a table of eight for $300. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001 or via Sturgis Museum.