The newest addition to those being inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is nine-time AMA Off-Road Champion Scott Summers. The Kentucky native lays claim to five Grand National Cross Country titles as well as four AMA Harescrambles National Championships. Additionally, Summers earned three gold medals while representing the United States at the International Six Days Enduro.
"Scott Summers not only won off-road championships in some of the most challenging tight woods terrain, but he did so his way — competing on a motorcycle that most others appreciated for its proficiency in wide-open desert racing," said Ken Ford, of the Hall of Fame executive committee.
"Scott won and thrived,” added Ford, “becoming one of the most prolific off-road champions in AMA-sanctioned national championship competition, and in the process helped introduce a new level of professionalism to off-road racing in America."
Summers captured his off-road championships in series that were held in the tight, rocky woods of the eastern United States. But he accomplished this on a large-displacement, four-stroke Honda designed for high-speed, wide-open terrain, such as desert competition. As a result, Summers became known for his racing versatility and skill.
"I'm humbled and honored, but to be honest, I feel like any success I achieved was a result of a group effort," Summers said. "I was surrounded by some visionary people who contributed to my racing — my dad, Wade, was instrumental in persuading me that four-strokes could be competitive and my friend, Fred Bramblett, was my mechanic, my business manager, my agent and my publicist.
“I was blessed in that I don't know if any off-road racer ever had the support that I had,” Summers continued. “I don't feel like I'm responsible for all the accolades that I received while competing, and I'm happy to share the limelight with all those who drove my success."
Summers was elected to the Off-Road Competition category and joins the three already announced inductees: motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers, racer and motorcycling advocate Tom White; and museum and racetrack founder George Barber. They will all be inducted at the 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Friday, Oct. 17, in Orlando, Fla.Tags: AMA Harescrambles National Championships, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Fred Bramblett, George Barber, Grand National Cross Country, Honda, Ken Ford, Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Motorsports, Pierre Karsmakers, Scott Summers, Tom White