Legends Highlight 2023 Celebration

Jan 31 2023

Two-Wheel Racing Legends and Icons Highlight Las Vegas’ Huge 2023 “Hot Shoe” Hall of Fame Motorcycle Celebration Last Saturday

Lackey, Roberts, Kidd, Shobert, Sigalos, Rundle, Campbell, Brabec & Hengeveld Lead the reminiscing with great stories with Larry Huffman & Jerry Bernardo 

LAS VEGAS, NV. (Jan. 30, 2023) – Many of the greatest motorcycle racers and icons, led by the likes of Brad Lackey, Kenny Roberts, Bubba Shobert, Mike Kidd and Johnny Campbell, converged at the famed Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience last Saturday (Jan. 28) for the annual "Hot Shoe" Hall of Fame Motorcycle Industry Celebration at the Las Vegas' Notoriety Theatre.

A huge crowd of two-wheel stars and motorcycle enthusiasts made for a tremendous evening of "bench racing" and on-stage interviews with many of the world's finest competitors. Hosts Larry Huffman and Jerry Bernardo quizzed the superstars about their on-track experiences as well off-track antics which made for plenty of laughter and memories.

Attendees from around the world saw motorcycle racers, sponsors and fans come to honor many of the stars from the 1960s to 2000s as well as converse with hundreds of "Hot Shoes" Hall of Fame honorees. The "Hot Shoe" Hall of Fame Museum is located at the Gene Woods' Racing Experience karting track at Fremont Street in Las Vegas. Some 375 motorcycle greats have been named to the "Hot Shoe" Hall of Fame since the Museum was established in 2020.

"Wow, it was another big crowd for our annual 'Hot Shoe' Celebration, and I think everyone had a great time," said Woods, the founder and curator of the "Hot Shoe" Hall of Fame Museum.

"It is so much fun to get all of the legends together to tell their stories. Our Board of Directors and staff want to thank everyone for their attendance of our annual event with renewing past relationships and telling stories. The question-and-answer session hosted by Larry Huffman and Jerry Bernardo was a big hit as usual and just hearing Brad Lackey, Kenny Roberts, Bill Rundle and others talk about their careers adds so much to the night. We hope everyone had another great night with old friends."

Nearly 80 new "Hot Shoe" Hall of Fame honorees were added to the Museum this year including nine-time AMA Grand National champion Scott Parker, four-time World Speedway Champion Greg Hancock, former AMA champions Shobert and Kidd, Speedway stars Dennis Sigalos, Steve Bast and Brad Oxley and desert legends Johnny Campbell, Ricky Brabec and Steve Hengeveld.

Interviews highlighted the ceremonies with motorcycle experiences from Lackey, Roberts, Shobert, Kidd, Sigalos, Oxley, British star Bert Harkins, Campbell, Brabec, Hengeveld, Seth Enslow and famed Evel and Robbie Knievel mechanic Bill Rundle. Brabec's Dakar-winning Honda and Kidd's factory Honda flat tracker were among the bikes on display on stage with the racers.

"It was so much fun to listen to their past stories again," said Huffman. "Many of the racers I haven't interviewed in decades, and it was great to catch up with them. Thanks to Gene and the 'Hot Shoe' Hall of Fame staff for having me back at this terrific event."

"We must give Gene and the "Hot Shoe" group plenty of kudos for another sensational event," said Bernardo, the long-time ESPN X Games host. "It was exciting to have the desert and freestyle racers honored this year and very fun to chat with Ricky, Steve, Johnny and Seth for the crowd."

Lackey was honored as the fourth "Hot Shoe" Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award winner this year and Brad also donated his racing "Hot Shoe" to the museum as many didn't know he raced in Northern California short track and scrambles events before moving to a legendary motocross career. Brad joins Judy Maely (2020), Roberts (2021) and Huffman (2022) as winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The "Hot Shoe" is the symbol that recognizes the cream of the crop of motorcycle racing stars who used a very specialized tool, the steel shoe, to assist them in navigating the dirt track corners at very high rates of speed. Steel shoe equipped riders quickly became known as "Hot Shoes" in local and national events and markets where they competed.

For those accepted into the Hall of Fame, the honorees' "Hot Shoe" is mounted on a Hall of Fame plaque. Recipients also receive their own version 8x10 plaque. Potential "Hot Shoe" Hall of Fame candidates can apply on the website.

Contact: Tom Blattler, TB Communications,, 317.525.5692 

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