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From the “hold-my-beer-and-watch-this” department comes the Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle, an over-the-top concept vehicle powered by a 500-horsepower, 8.3-liter V-10 engine from a Dodge Viper stuffed into a custom “motorcycle” frame. We showed you a picture of the Tomahawk on Page 1 of the Jan. 20, 2003, issue of Powersports Business magazine.
Chrysler Chief Operating Officer Wolfgang Bernhard, who rode the Tomahawk on stage during a media preview at the Detroit North American International Auto Show, said, “This is for people who are passionate about engines. A motorcycle is the most beautiful way to showcase an engine.”
The 1,500-pound Tomahawk can reach 60 miles an hour in about 2.5 seconds, and has a top speed of around 300 to 400 mph, depending on which claim you read.
Bernhard said four wheels, which technically don’t make it a motorcycle, were necessary to handle the power from the engine. Each wheel has independent suspension, and the pairs are separated by a few inches.
Dodge corporate executives said they were seriously considering building a few hundred at a price of at least $250,000 each, and a decision on whether to build the Tomahawk could be made in several months.
EuroMoto is a European aftermarket trade show for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, with a potential audience of 22,000 dealers and buyers. It is not open to consumers. EuroMoto will be held from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, 2003, in Cologne, Germany. It will include the entire motorcycle, scooter and ATV aftermarket industry. For further information , visit www.euromoto.org or contact Wessel Spanjer, show organizer, at Brediusweg 8, NL-1401 AE Bussum, Netherlads; 3135-694-0035 or email: email@example.com.
Dick Hammer, former Grand National racer and Motorcycle Hall of Fame member, died Jan. 16, 2003, at his home in San Clemente, Calif. He succumbed following a 15-year fight against cancer.
Hammer was one of the top AMA Grand National competitors in the 1960s in TT racing. He also won the Daytona International Lightweight race riding Harley-Davidsons, and the first Lightweight event at Daytona in 1963. In 1972, he quit pro racing to become a contractor. Hammer was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.
Savage Joins Whitehorse Press
Jack Savage has joined Whitehorse Press as publisher, to head the development and distribution of books, videos, and other informational products for motorcycling enthusiasts. The appointment was effective Jan. 7, 2003. Savage replaces Dan Kennedy as head of publishing operations for the company. Kennedy will remain as president, and will continue to oversee the administrative activities at Whitehorse.
Hall of Fame Announces Inductees
The National Motorcycle Museum, a non-profit organization in Iowa, has named four members of its Hall of Fame. A voting committee consisting of motorcycling enthusiasts from across the country cast their votes for one person in each of four categories: leadership, promotion, competition, and industry.
The 2003 Inductees, by category, are:
Leadership: Allen LaFortune and Branscombe Richmond
Promotion: Cristine Sommer-Simmons
Competition: Max Bubeck , Jay Springsteen
Industry: Douglas Bingham, Dave Perewitz
Some former inductees include: Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Pappy Hoel, Arlen Ness, Willie Davidson, Donnie Smith, William S. Harley, Senator Dave Zien and Peter Fonda.
The museum will conduct the induction ceremony at a 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Ceremony Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the Indigo Lakes Golf Club, Daytona Beach, Fla. Advance reservaions may be made by calling the National Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame at 319/462-3925, or tickets may be ordered online.
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