The announcements of motorcycle racing legends to be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame for 2014 just keep coming. The latest is celebrated motorcycle tuner, engine builder, team owner and performance products company founder Rob Muzzy, who was elected to the Road Race category.
Although Muzzy got his start in drag racing and dirt track back in the 1950s, his talents didn’t really come to light until the 1980s when he was building and tuning engines for the Kawasaki and Honda race teams. During Muzzy’s tenure, Kawasaki captured AMA Superbike championships in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
"Rob Muzzy's successes stretch across seven decades, from his 1950s drag racing ventures to his current performance-products business and team ownership," said Ken Ford, of the Hall of Fame executive committee.
"Throughout his career,” Ford continued, “Rob's determination, skills and strategies have proved effective, placing him and his race teams at the top of the motorcycle racing community."
In 1984, Muzzy took on crew chief duties for Honda and went on to win the AMA Grand National Motocross Championship. Over the next few years, Muzzy-tuned machines won the 125cc AMA National Motocross Championship, the prestigious Daytona 200 and the AMA Superbike Championship.
In the late 1980s, Muzzy founded Muzzy Performance Products and began producing engines and exhaust systems for racers. The company is still operating today in Bend, Ore., and Team Muzzy is still racing. When told of his induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Muzzy said he was pleased.
"I was really glad to get the call," Muzzy said. "I know I was nominated three or for years ago, but didn't get in. So I was pretty glad that I got the votes this time around."
Muzzy is the sixth member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2014 to be announced. He joins previously announced inductees: motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers; Tom White, acclaimed racer and founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties; George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park; national off-road racing champion Scott Summers; and AMA motocross champion Mike LaRocco.
Their induction ceremony will be held Oct. 17, in Orlando, Fla., as part of the AMA National Convention being held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) Oct. 16-19.