Thursday, February 5th 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Melbourne J. “Mike” Wilson, considered by many as the godfather of the American Motorcyclist Association. He was 94.

Wilson, a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is considered a titan in the motorcycle scene in America. Together with his wife, Margaret Wilson, herself a member of the AMA Hall of Fame, Wilson became a pioneer of sorts in the motorcycle business, having competed in a number of races in his time, including winning the 1956 Iowa TT State Championship. While his motor racing career isn’t as illustrious as some believe, Wilson’s contributions to the business extend far past the race track. He was also an astute businessman, opening Wilson’s Motorcycle Sales, a Harley and Honda dealership, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was also a devoted sponsor of young racers, steering the careers of fellow Hall of Famers John Tibben and Leo Payne.

It’s not a stretch to say that neither would’ve reached the levels of success they had without the help of Melbourne Wilson.

In the twilight of his life, he and his wife began focusing their efforts on preserving the history and heritage of motorcycling in the US. More than any other person, the Wilsons are largely created with the creation and promotion of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

“As American motorcycling’s first couple and two of the sport’s greatest benefactors, Mike and Margaret Wilson were without peer,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said in a statement.

“Mike, along with Margaret, not only lived life on two wheels to the fullest, but he gave back to the sport in many ways, which included their lasting contributions to the Hall of Fame, where their story will live on in perpetuity.”

Rest in peace, Melbourne “Mike” Wilson.

AMA Hall of Famer Melbourne "Mike" J. WIlson Passes Away originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 5 February 2015 18:00 EST.

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