Motorsports artist David Burk is hard at work on his latest creation, a painting of Malcolm Smith that will be used to create super high quality giclee prints of the original work that will be autographed by Malcolm and auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Malcolm Smith AMA Hall of Fame Museum Exhibit Preview which will be held on June 7, 2007 at Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside, Ca.
Inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998, Smith was one of the most multi-faceted competitors ever to take to the dirt. He wowed fans for over three decades with numerous trips to the victory podium.
His racing career included six Baja 1000 victories, four Baja 500 wins, eight gold medals at the International Six Day Trials (ISDT) and a collection of four-wheel victories. However, it was his co-starring role in the 1971 motorcycle movie epic "On Any Sunday" that garnered him the most recognition.
Produced by Bruce Brown and Steve McQueen, the movie helped launch America’s love affair with dirt biking – and introduced Malcolm Smith to scores of new fans. Ever active and passionate about motorcycling, Smith today continues his work as an industry ambassador and successful multi-line motorcycle dealer.
He also donates his time to give back to the country where he left such an impression as a racer: Smith’s annual charity ride across the Baja Peninsula, Six Days of Baja, has grown to include 75 riders and to date has contributed more than $350,000 to orphanages in Mexico.
“Malcolm!” is the fourth in a series of Legends exhibits at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Curated by long-time friend and colleague Tom White of White Brothers Performance, the exhibit will feature machines and memorabilia from Smith’s own collection. Significant motorcycles will include Smith’s first race bike, a 1950 Matchless, and the Husqvarna 400 Cross he rode in "On Any Sunday."Additional bikes include Smith’s first-ever motorcycle, a Lambretta 125DL, and the 1967 Husqvarna ISDE 250 he rode to his first ISDT gold medal. Ephemera such as trophies from Smith’s Baja 1000 victories, ISDT gear, personal photographs and previously unseen video will illustrate his legendary career.
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Executive Director Mark Mederski says Smith’s career, and his continued contributions to the motorcycling industry, make him a natural choice for the Museum’s Hall of Legends.
“Malcolm Smith has won legions of fans over the years. Through racing, business, and charitable work he has raised the stature of the motorcycling industry as a whole and we are proud to feature his story in the Hall of Legends,” said Mederski.
Smith, accompanied by family and friends, will cut the ribbon at the exhibit’s dedication, providing a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to visit the Museum and witness motorcycling history
For more information on the Museum Exhibit, please contact Mark Mederski at (614) 856-2222.
For information on the Preview, please contact Tom White at (714) 921-9137 or Larry Langley at 559 877-4514.