70TH ANNUAL TRAILBLAZERS BANQUET SET FOR APRIL 5, 2014
King Kenny will be in the house! The Trailblazers Board of Directors are happy to announce that Kenny Roberts will be the 2014 recipient of the Trailblazers’ Dick Hammer Award. Roberts got his professional racing career kicked off as a regular at the weekly Ascot dirt track races in 1969 when he was a Novice. His great battles there with rival Gary Scott are still well remembered. Kenny went on to record 3 World Roadracing Championships, 2 AMA Grand National Championships and 3 Daytona 200 wins, among his many racing accomplishments.
Roberts will formally receive his award at the 70th annual Trailblazers banquet, to be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Carson Center in Carson, CA. The Trailblazers Board of Directors is going all out to make sure this year’s event is something special. As we always do, we will be honoring many notable motorcyclists at the banquet. In addition to King Kenny, we have a great group of both living and posthumous Hall of Fame awards to present. The Class of 2014 inductees includes Sid Carlson, Bill Cody, Dusty Coppage, Tom Horton, Jim O’Neal, Mary McGee and Ron Wood. Additionally our posthumous inductees include Howard Barnes, Charlie Barnett, Don Basile, Dick Dorresteyn, Terry Dorsch, Ernie Pico and Carol Sims.
A few months back, there was a great local motorcycling event produced by Trailblazers members Mark and Randy Zimmerman. The 2nd annual Hopetown Reunion celebrated the 1967 race held on the Corriganville movie lot that really got America interested in motocross. This year, the Zimmermans invited the men who got it all started here in the United States: Torsten Hallman, Joel Robert, Roger DeCoster and Brad Lackey, plus Malcolm Smith, Dan Gurney, J.N. Roberts and many more. At our banquet in April, the Trailblazers will be toasting Mark and Randy for their contributions to motorcycling.
Banquet tickets go on sale here online on January 1st and you will be able to order single tickets, or a table of ten. We are holding our price at $70 per ticket and that includes a one-year membership. If you can’t attend the banquet, but want to remain as a member and receive our e-newsletter updates, a one-year membership costs just $10.00.
Lastly, the annual Tom Cates Memorial Bike Show will be held in the courtyard of the Carson Center the afternoon of the banquet. Interesting and historic motorcycles, photo boards, and memorabilia are always welcome, especially anything relating to this year’s honorees.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we look forward to seeing you at the banquet.
Published Thursday, Oct 10 2013
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70th Annual Trailblazers Banquet
April 5, 2014
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