Riding into History™ Motorcycle Concours
Celebrating: The Great American Motorcycle.
Saturday, May 11, 2019, Gates open at 10am
World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida
I-95, Exit 323
Riding into History 2019
The Riding into History team is gearing up for our 20th annual Riding into History! The date is changed to May 11 this year, with our Grand Marshal Tour and Dinner being held on May 10, so save the date! Check our calendar to see where we will be, follow us on Facebook and join our newsletter to get the latest breaking news for Riding into History 2019!
Riding Into History 2018 Grand Marshals
In the long, distinguished history of flat track there is one motorcycle that exemplifies the sport, has dominated for decades, and resonates with fans, the Harley-Davidson XR750.
We are very pleased to announce that the two legendary American racers most connected with the great XR750 have agreed to serve as Grand Marshals for the 2018 Riding Into History Concours d’Elegance.
Scott Parker began racing flat track in 1973, he turned pro in 1979 and by 1981 he was riding for the Harley Davidson factory team. Among his 94 national wins, fifty-five were on the big mile tracks that define the sport. His last race before he retired was his beloved Springfield Mile in Illinois, ending his career with another win. Scott won the prestigious AMA Athlete of the Year three times during his 22-year racing career. He was inducted in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003. Scott says his greatest reward of his racing career was the people he met through his years in the sport.
Born within walking distance of the Harley factory, Bill began working as a mechanic in the race shop in 1966. In 1972 he and a small group of Harley employees designed and built the first of the official XR750s. In the mid-80’s when Harley’s financial woes forced them to abandon their race program, Werner worked at home redesigning the XR and assembling the bike that was unbeatable in Scott Parker’s hands. Shortly thereafter, H-D brought the program back in house using Bill’s revised design. For over three decades, through good times and thin, Werner remained as the heart and soul of the XR750 program. In all his bikes accounted for over 150 wins and 13 national championships, while he was selected as AMA Mechanic of the Year 13 times. In 2000 Bill Werner was elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and just last year was named a Legend of the AMA. As a footnote, upon retiring from H-D in 2004, needing a hobby, he started a race team, now known as Bill Werner Racing and developed the hitherto unremarkable Kawasaki 650 twin into a bike that successfully challenged the XR’s domination of the fast mile tracks.
In the long, distinguished history of flat track there is one motorcycle that exemplifies the sport, has dominated for decades, and resonates with fans, the Harley-Davidson XR750. And no other men are more closely connected to the fabled XR than Bill Werner and Scott Parker.