Rick Sieman’s column photo in the first issue of Dirt Bike Magazine.


Calling all Dirt Bike Magazine fans and the entire OHV community to vote for former Dirt Bike Mag Editor Rick Sieman to be inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame for 2023. Sieman is nominated for the Non-Competition influence sub-category Leadership and Rights for his taking on and defeating the Federal Government – twice – over the Barstow-to-Vegas Desert Classic in particular and OHV rights to recreate in and enjoy California’s and Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Sieman and his attorney Louis McKey, the Phantom Duck of the Desert, beat the Bureau of Land Management in Federal court and got back the B2V race in the early 1980s, a major victory!

Dennis West cartoon of DBM’s Tom Webb, Mr. Know-It-All, Paul Clipper and Sieman.

The original Dirt Bike influencer, Sieman changed countless lives forever and for the better with his humorous writing and fights for our rights. Tim “Lumpy” Tolleson is one such Dirt Bike Magazine fan, from the very first issue, June 1971, and he moved to California in September 1985 to work for Hi-Torque due to Sieman’s influence. The Gonzo Journalist and his lawyer were instrumental in keeping the Mojave Desert open to OHV recreation, both as OG rebels and as mentors to generations of OHV enthusiasts and activists.

Today’s up-and-coming racers can thank Sieman and McKey for keeping the desert open to OHVs.

Also nominated for the 2023 Hall of Fame class are Rita Coombs (Ambassadors & Industry), matriarch of Racer Productions and the Grand National Cross-Country Series, and Travis Pastrana (Ambassador & Industry), famed freestyle MX icon and inventor of Nitro Circus and Nitrocross (formerly Nitro Rallycross). Since only two Non-Comp nominees will be inducted, Sieman faces big names in our sport, and we urge all eligible voters to vote for Rick Sieman before midnight on June 18th! And to nominate Sieman next year if he doesn’t make it in 2023. Lumpy will even part with his prized first issue of DBM that’s autographed by Sieman, should Sieman be inducted on September 15th. Contact Lumpy at [email protected]. We also urge inducting Ryan Dungey, Barry Hawk, and Grant Langston.

AMA Hall of Fame inductee Dave Coombs could be joined by wife Rita in September.

Here’s the email the AMA sent out on May 10th, The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the list of nominees for the Class of 2023, and that voting is now open.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame selection committees have put forward 16 nominees

from eight areas of influence: Ambassadors & Industry, Design & Engineering, Dirt Track, Leadership & Rights, Motocross & Supercross, Off-Road, Road Racing and Specialty Competition.

Nominees include:


  • Jim Belland (Dirt Track)
  • Ryan Dungey (Motocross & Supercross)
  • Eraldo Ferracci (Road Racing)
  • Barry Hawk (Off Road)
  • Grant Langston (Motocross & Supercross)
  • Brent Thompson (Dirt Track)
  • Ryan Young (Specialty Competition)


  • Rita Coombs (Ambassadors & Industry)
  • Robert Coy (Ambassadors & Industry)
  • Michael Czysz (Design & Engineering)
  • Travis Pastrana (Ambassadors & Industry)
  • Rodney Roberts (Leadership & Rights)
  • Paul Schlegel (Ambassadors & Industry)
  • Rick Sieman (Leadership & Rights)
  • Buddy Stubbs (Ambassadors & Industry)
  • Barry Willey (Design & Engineering)

“The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame nominees for 2023 include a diverse and accomplished group of men and women who’ve demonstrated exceptional achievements in competition, advocacy and promotion of the sport of motorcycling,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “They have contributed significantly to the advancement of motorcycling in various areas, from excelling in dirt track, motocross and road racing competition, to advocating for motorcyclists’ rights, to creating enduring events that have helped grow motorcycling, to creating innovative motorcycle designs. We’re honored to recognize this year’s nominees and eagerly anticipate announcing the Class of 2023 soon.”

OHV recreation in California’s Mojave Desert generates million$ for the BLM, CA State Parks, and the state economy. Thanks, Rick Sieman!


Voting for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2023 is now open. Eligible voters include previous Hall of Fame inductees, members of the AMA and AMHF Boards of Directors, and members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Category Selection Committees. AMA Life Members with at least 25 years of consecutive membership are also eligible to vote but should update their contact information to receive the latest updates and announcements pertaining to the voting process.

Voting ends Sunday, June 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Voting results will be announced soon after voting closes, and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sept. 15, in Pickerington, Ohio.

To vote on this year’s nominees, visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com/hall-of-fame-class-of-2023

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