Rally pioneer honored in Sturgis

STURGIS S.D. (KOTA TV) - At 19 Neil Hultman joined the famous Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, he rode his Indian Chief bike everywhere -- leading tours through the black hills and promoting the Sturgis hill climb and half-mile race Events that would one day become cornerstones to the rally we know today.

"Much bigger than anything I've ever thought about- I didn't realize it would ever come to this. I really appreciate it. It's a fun thing that I'll never forget," says Neil Hultman the honoree.

The city of Sturgis wants to make sure no one forgets Hultman and the part he played in creating the rally we know today.

"Every year I try to honor Neil just by what he's done. Just by being a part of Sturgis over the years- let alone the Sturgis motorcycle rally. This is special to give him the day and to bring these people together," says Mark Carstensen the mayor of Sturgis.

Hultman still has a passion for motorcycles -- and black hills rides.

"Bikers are human beings and they enjoy life outside and you won't find a better place to ride a motorcycle than in the black hills of South Dakota," says Hultman.