This year the Motorcycle Hall of Fame honored Cook Neilson for being the only man to ever win a Daytona Superbike race on a Ducati. Cook and Phil Schilling pulled this feat off as privateers, making the accomplishment all the more incredible. Here are the photos from the induction ceremony and the bike show held on the museum grounds. The Hall of Fame Museum show is an invitation only show, now in it's 5th year and is probably the toughest motorcycle show in the US at this time because it attracts the winners of virtually all the other notable shows and attracts a real balance of all makes, models and conditions. I spent the best part of the day looking at these pedigreed motorcycles of every kind imaginable through a camera lens and hope you enjoy the results.
Vicki, at work. Well, if you could call looking at these beautiful motorcycles work!
Welcome to the Hall of Fame Museum Concours d'Elegance
The first thing you see when you arrive at the show is the line of original, unrestored entries, one was over 100 years old and still wore the original paint. These motorcycles are critical for restoration documentation and I wish more bike shows would honor them.
The winding brick driveway of the AMA museum was a treasure trove of motorcycles (and scooters) of virtually every type.
This BMW sidecar rig was a best in class winner.
That's Doug Chandler (Hall of Fame Class of 2006) looking over Chris Carr's Bonnevile ride. It recently set a speed record at just over 350 mph. Burt Monroe's family was at the event as well (The World's Fastest Indian's owner was being inducted as well). You have to wonder what they thought of it.
Chris "I went 350 and you didn't" Carr. :-)
This bike was recently restored for it's owner by Rich Lambrechts. Cook Neilson said when he saw it " Tell me why I shouldn't belive this isn't a brand new bike?"
That's the Daytona winning team of Cook Neilson and Phil Schilling. I'm not sure if Phil is better know for his work at Cycle or his legondary tuning ability but his name is spoken with the sort of respect we all hope for and only a few achieve.