Daytona Beach, FL (May 20, 2015) - This weekend, Riding Into History, the Vintage Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance, takes place at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. If you are a true motorcycle enthusiast, this is the show you want to attend. Tonight on Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone, we will have the Grand Marshal, David Aldana, and the man who has forgotten more about motorcycles than most will ever know, Brian Slark.
David Aldana, 1999 Hall of Fame inductee, became famous early in his career for his "all or nothing" mentality as a professional motorcycle racer. He was a rookie expert in AMA Grand National competition in 1970. He went on to place 3rd in the Championship winning three Grand Nationals along the way. In total, David won 4 Grand Nationals in his flat track career. He competed in nearly every form of motorcycle racing including motocross and road racing. During his road racing career he was a factory rider for Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda. In 1981 he teamed up with Mike Baldwin to win the SUZUKA 8 Hour Endurance Race in front of tens of thousands of fans. Suzuka was at that time, one of the most prestigious road races in the world and the one race everyone wanted to win. Known for his black leathers with the white skeleton outline on the front, Aldana was and continues to be a fan favorite worldwide.
Brian Slark, 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, is one of the people who deserves credit for the creation of motocross in America. He was once the importer of the Rickman Metisse. Brian assisted Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Mungenast in the creation of a vintage motorcycle museum in St. Louis. He then helped create the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama. Today Barber is considered the premier vintage motorcycle museum in the world and Brian oversees the restoration work in their shop as Technical Director. If you have a Clymer Service Manual published from 1971 through 1984, the tear-down work was likely performed by Brian Slark.