On the same day that Dave Despain announced that he was resigning from the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in the wake of the Nobby Clark scandal, two-time AMA Grand National Champion Dick Mann has done likewise.
In a letter sent to the AMA Hall of Fame and to Ed Youngblood’s website motohistory.net, Mann cited the treatment of Clark as his reason for resigning.
Mann’s letter is as follows:
Enclosed is the medal I received when I was inducted in the AMA Hall Of Fame in 1998. This is in response to the mismanagement of the HOF Directors of the induction/non-induction of Nobby Clark.
I was one of the original committee members involved in organizing the current Hall of Fame. Lately, I have watched this organization slide into mediocrity, apparently from the lack of leadership and knowledge of the history of our sport.
Due to Nobby Clark’s contributions to the sport of motorcycles, it is my opinion there is no one more deserving of being inducted in the HOF. Since that is not going to happen, I no longer want to be considered a part of the Hall of Fame.