Markham ON – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame has announced the second member of the induction class of 2012. Duc Dufour will be honoured at the Seventh Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 3, 2012 at the Delta Centre-Ville in Montreal, Quebec.
Best known for the creation of the Low Boy in the mid-80’s, Duc Dufour – who passed away in 2011 – is being recognized for his contribution and influence within the world of motorcycling. “Duc was a great innovator,competitor, organizer, adventurer and a roving ambassador, and his motorcycling creations clearly influenced the North American marketplace” notes Hall of Fame Chair Kellee Irwin. “Duc was well loved and respected, he was a walking motorcycling encyclopedia, and his discipline, professionalism and passion for motorcycles and motorcycling will long be remembered by his friends and colleagues.”
Early in his motorcycling career, Duc competed in a wide range of regional competitions – motocross; enduro; trial and hill climb. He started to work for Gref Moteur Sports in the early 70s eventually becoming General Manager of Ray Gref’s new Harley-Davidson outlet in Montreal. During this period, Duc started to realize many of his motorcycling visions and creations, most notably the legendary Low Boy. Duc was also well known to the public – he was host of the annual Harley Show in Montreal and was a frequent radio and television guest and commentator. Duc loved the open air and adventure travel, and frequently made his way across North America on his favourite rides. The other motorcycling legends and champions to be officially inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame at this year’s Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony will be announced over the next few weeks. This accomplished group of men and women have achieved excellence in one or more competitive disciplines or made a significant contribution to the well-being, advancement or general positive image of motorcycling in Canada.
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reunion is the annual signature event of the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation (CIMHMF), a non-profit association with charitable status. It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors located from coast to coast and sponsored by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC). Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the CIMHMF preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, almost 100 distinguished motorcyclists have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.