Wed, Jan 4 2012 4:00 am |
Since 1985, the ABA (American Bicycle Association) has inducted industry icons and pioneers, legendary racers, a handful of freestylers, and other important figures throughout BMX’s history into their Hall of Fame.
A few years ago the collection of memorabilia and inductee plaques were moved from the ABA’s headquarters to Southern California. The National BMX Hall of Fame is now located at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The actual Hall of Fame isn’t much more than one room and a hallway, but it is packed with tons of important and really cool pieces of BMX history—definitely an old-school collector’s type of place. With a huge selection of vintage and new-school items, the HOF houses everything from jerseys and helmets, to magazines, ‘zines, patches, and stickers, as well as complete bikes, frames, parts, illustrations, and much more. Check out this gallery to see what’s inside, and if you’re ever near Chula Vista, take a trip over to see it for yourself. The next BMX Hall of Fame ceremony inductions will take place the weekend of June 15-17, 2012, coinciding with the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Scroll down past the gallery to see a list of all of the Hall of Fame inductees by year.
All photos by Keith Mulligan
“Each year, the American Bicycle Association inducts two legendary BMX racers, one legendary Freestyle rider, along with one influential Industry person into the National BMX Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted from the public, the final list of nominees is determined by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and the BMX Hall of Fame inductees, industry, media and a select few history experts cast their votes on the ballot to determine each year’s class.” —ABA
From 1985 to the present, here are the legends who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame:
Gary Ellis Sr.
Rich Long & Gary Turner
Gary Ellis Jr.
Bob & Kay Wright
Jon & Chuck Raudman
R.L. Osborn & Mike Buff
Craig “gOrk” Barrette
National BMX Hall of Fame:
U.S. Olympic Training Center Chula Vista
2800 Olympic Parkway
Chula Vista, CA 91915-6000
Phone: (619) 656-1500
Fax: (619) 482-6200
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