Riding into History™ Motorcycle Concours
Featuring for 2018 “A Fast Blast from the Past” Celebrating Competition Motorcycles
Saturday, May 19, 2018
World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida
I-95, Exit 323
We are a “Rain or Shine” event. To all of you concerned about the rain, remember this is Florida –
“If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes and it will change.”
Riding Into History 2018 Grand Marshals
We are very pleased to announce our Grand Marshals for the May 19, 2018 Riding Into History Concours d’Elegance, legendary American racer Scott Parker, and brilliant tuner/builder Bill Werner. Scott Parker is the all-time leader in championships and wins in AMA Grand National history. Bill Werner is the most successful tuner/builder in AMA Grand National Championship history.
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 Werner began working as a mechanic in the race shop in 1966. Three years later, working on his own time, he constructed what became the prototype for the immortal XR750. Bill is literally the father of the XR750. For the next three decades, through good times and thin, Werner remained as the heart and soul of the H-D racing program. In all, his bikes accounted for 130 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, Werner developed the hitherto unremarkable Kawasaki 650 twin into a bike that successfully challenged the XR’s domination of the fast mile tracks. His team Monster Energy Kawasaki Werner Springsteen Racing is still competing.
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.