Riding into History™ Motorcycle Concours
Featuring for 2015 “Britannia Rules” Motorcycles
Friday, May 22-Saturday, May 23, 2015
World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida
I-95, Exit 323
Dave Despain, Grand Marshal
Riding Into history was very excited to have Dave Despain as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 year! Dave was very funny and anyone who wanted to meet and speak with him had that opportunity. Riding Into History was very honored to have such wonderful GM this year. Thank you Dave!
Dave Despain is the most well-known television personality in the motorcycle world. He is considered the voice of motorcycle racing. Dave has done almost everything in motorcycling from being AMA Public Relations Director, racer, motorcycle shop worker, journalist, promoter, AMA Pro Racing board member and founder of the Dirt Track Hall of Fame.
Dave’s first television gig was with ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Dave then got involved with the Motor Racing Network announcing the turns for NASCAR. After 10 years announcing for the AMA, he moved to Atlanta to star on Motorweek Illustrated on TBS. They were the first national weekly coverage of motorcycle racing on television. Dave’s passion made motorcycle racing a major motor sport right along side stock cars, Indy cars and all the rest.
In 1990, Dave was offered a contract with ESPN to become its primary motorcycle announcer. He negotiated that the network air a package of AMA Grand National dirt track races as part of the deal. This was a major accomplishment! During this time Dave also served on the AMA Pro Racing board, which helped make decisions that would guide racing into a new era of popularity.
In 1995, after announcing on ESPN for NASCAR, Despain was offered a chance to go back to motorcycle reporting with Speedvision Network. He hosted weekly motorcycle programs “Bike Week, “Motorcyclist”, and “Wind Tunnel”.
Dave promoted and inaugurated the Dirt Track Hall of Fame Race in 1998 with a $100,000 purse in Springfield, IL. In 1999, Dave Despain was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He lives with his wife Wendy and their dogs, cats and various other animals in Athens, Georgia.
Look for an upcoming announcement on Riding Into History’s 2015 Grand Marshal!
Riding into History™ – Who Are We?
Riding into History™ (RIH) is a world class Vintage Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance. Since its inception, Riding Into History has been held at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida. It has received widespread coverage and articles have been written about it all over the world. It was also nationally featured on the Speed Channel.This competition attracts between 300 and 400 antique and vintage motorcycles each year. Collectors from all over America bring their motorcycles to the show, and they are displayed around the lake which forms the centerpiece of the World Golf Village. There are numerous exhibitors at the Concours, as well as representatives from several motorcycle clubs. RIH is a 501(c)3 organization that has contributed over $340,000 to charities. Our chosen charity for 2014 is The K9s for Warriors. RIH was able to contribute 40K to K9s for Warriors. The Weaver Foundation has pledged to match our 40K donation! There is no paid staff, and all duties are performed by volunteers.
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Riding into History – Chairman
Marina Alley is serving her final year as Chairman of Riding Into History, with the 16th annual event scheduled for May 22-23, 2015 at the World Golf Village. Chris Alley is our Vice Chair for 2015. The K9s for Warriors will be the beneficiary of the event.