Motocross racing promoter Stu Peters has been selected to the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame class.
The founder of Continental Motosport Club, Peters began promoting motocross racing in 1968 at tracks in southern California. Today, CMC is one of the largest motocross organizations in the U.S. with such series as the Golden State Nationals, the Copperstate series and the Pac-West Nationals.
“We brought the word ‘motocross’ to the West Coast in the late ’60s,” Peters says. “Then, everything was called ‘rough scrambles’ or ‘scrambles.’ I wrote a press release that I sent to the L.A. Times back in January ’68. A guy named Shav Glick called me up and wanted to know where this word ‘motocross’ came from. I told him I brought it back from Europe.”
A former professional racer in Europe, Peters was approached by the AMA to promote two rounds in the 1970 Trans-AMA series, the first national championship series in the U.S. to be sanctioned by the AMA and recognized by the FIM.
“What makes a successful race is taking care of the racers, at any level,” Peters says. “Good rules, a fair race, a good track and decent prizes. Even when local pros, like Jeff Ward, started following the national series, they would still race the Golden State races, even if that meant taking a red-eye back from a Supercross to make it to a Sunday morning CMC race. For me, those are the highlights, being able to put on great races for so many years and providing a stepping stone for so many great racers.”
Peters will be inducted to the Hall in a ceremony Nov. 19 in Las Vegas. He joins
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