DEQADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA TV) -- The new class of inductees in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum's Hall of Fame was enshrined Wednesday including one new member who grew up from the cradle with motorcycles -- and with the rally.
New hall of famer Jack Hoel is the son of Pappy and Pearl Hoel who founded the rally. Jack says he remembers many days spent in his father's Indian Motorcycle shop in Sturgis and was something of a rally mascot back in the day.
His mother made him a Jackpine Gypsy outfit to wear during the early rallies. The gypsies are Pappy Hoel's motorcycle club and a founding presence at the rally. Jack says he's seen some big changes over the years.
"I've seen a lot of rallies," said Hoel moments before his induction ceremony at the Lodge in Deadwood. "I've seen it when it was really small. I can remember back in the early days, one of the early ones, we counted 300 motorcycles lined up behind the highway patrol headed for Mt. Rushmore. We thought that was amazing. 300 motorcycles together. Now there's that many around every bar, you know?"
Also inducted this year were the Hampsters, a custom bike club that has raised more than $3 millionfor Lifescape Children's services in Rapid City over the last 13 years.