WRN congratulates several inspirational women who recently received awards for their contributions to the motorcycle industry.
Sturgis Women's Day Award Winners
The second annual Women of the Motorcycle Industry Awards sponsored by the folks who put on Women's Day at the Top 50 Rally Park in Sturgis were presented at the recent Sturgis Rally. Many inaugural award recipients were on hand to pass the awards to their successors.
In 2007 the "Industry Leader" award went to Lisa Baker of Baker Drivetrain. This year the award was passed on to Kathy Covington of Covington Cycles.
The Sandy Leone award is given in remembrance of a woman who gave her heart and soul to the motorcycle industry. The 2007 recipient, Cindy Erato of Biker Incite, presented the award to this year's winner, Marilyn Stemp, former publisher of IronWorks magazine.
Marilyn Stemp poses with her award.
The 2007 "Fearless Leader and One Cool Chick" award was passed on from Laura Klock to Jody Perewitz for her innovative work with Perewitz Design.
Laura Klock (right) presents the "Fearless Leader and One Cool Chick" award to Jody Perewitz.
Jody Perewitz center, with her mom, Susan, and famous bike builder dad, Dave.
This year a new award called the"Positive Image Award" was presented by IronWorks magazine. This award was created to honor a man or woman in the industry who impacts women riders favorably. Leslie Prevish of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. was the recipient for her role promoting women riders as Harley Davidson’s Women's Outreach Manager.
Year 2007 winners Cindy Erato and Laura Klock pose with 2008 winner Leslie Prevish, center.
Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inductees Recognized
On August 6, two women were part of the 2008 list of inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Becky Brown and Cristine Sommer-Simmons. These ladies have dedicated a large part of their lives to the industry.
Nearly 30 years ago, Becky Brown founded Women In The Wind (W.I.T.W.), the International women's motorcycle organization. W.I.T.W. not only united women riders, but promoted a comfortable way for more women to get into riding. She is seen here accepting her award. Seated is Christine Paige Diers, Sturgis Museum executive director.
Shown here accepting her award, Cristine Sommer Simmons is a long-time motorcycle journalist who has written for a wide variety of motorcycling publications, co-founded Harley Women Magazine, and helped co-found the second chapter of Women In The Wind. Cristine is also the author of a children's book, Patrick Wants to Ride, and is currently working on a screenplay for an independent film about women motorcyclists.
Cristine Sommer Simmons and Becky Brown pose together after receiving their honors.
For more information about the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame visit SturgisMuseum.com.
Jasmine Bluecreek Clark Receives 2007 Motorcycle Safety Foundation Award
Each year, based on nominations submitted by the training community, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) recognizes individuals, groups, businesses, military services, and state programs for outstanding contributions to motorcycle safety in the United States.
Nominees are carefully reviewed and judged within their respective categories by a panel of motorcycle safety professionals, and for 2007, Jasmine Bluecreek Clark was selected as "Outstanding Motorcycle Safety Support" by the judges.
Jasmine Bluecreek Clark received her second Motorcycle Safety Foundation Award.
Jasmine Bluecreek Clark's award-winning accomplishments include adapting the Basic Rider Course and Experienced Rider Course to be more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing riders and developing creative teaching techniques for her students. Jasmine also received the MSF Award in 2005 for Outstanding Rider Coach, Colorado. Way to go to all these women!