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ANNIE BROKAW


Hall of Fame Inductee – 2004

J.C. “Pappy” Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award

 

It is quite likely that Annie Brokaw, J.C. “Pappy” Hoel Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has participated in more forms of motorcycling than any other woman in America.  Her life as an active motorcyclist started in her dad¹s motorcycle shop in Florida in 1947.  East coast road tours, an enduro, a trials, and a few drag races, added sport to her daily motorcycle rides to school.  Gaining a Triumph Mechanic Certificate rounded things out.


In 1955, at age 19, she married Bill, who had also grown up in a motorcycle shop.  Within two years they would be the owners of the family business in California.  Annie spent much of her time touring, competing in arena motorcycle ice hockey, desert riding, trials and various club competitions, but mostly working hard at the business, which moved to Colorado Springs in 1965.


Colorado was where Annie really blossomed as a motorcyclist.  Two daughters, Kerrie and Kelly, were often found perched in front of their parents on trail rides.  Annie loved road riding but competition was calling to her and she was ready. Trials led the way where she advanced to semi-expert.  She filled the winter months ice racing, winning a national women’s championship on bare tires, but was a real trophy contender against the guys on screw tires, riding her Champion framed flat tracker.  That bike took her to win a state championship on the dirt track and a state expert ranking.  By then Annie was in her 40’s and competing against people half her age.  She next tackled road racing on her 500 cc Yamaha.  Soon, top placings against the guys were frequent, but it all ended with a crash.


So in her mid forties she parked her steel shoe and road race leathers settling for ice racing, trials, road tours on her Ducati, and lots of trail riding.  Then Dual-Sport riding became a passion, taking her to the Artic Circle and Copper Canyon in Mexico.  In her 61st year Annie shocked Bill by announcing that she wanted to race Pikes Peak.  Her KTM was ready and practice brought her speed back.  For the next two years Annie would charge up the mountain as the oldest competitor (car or bike), besting a few others and earning the respect of a new, younger group of competitors.  She remains the only woman to race a motorcycle in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.


By 2004, Annie’s love was dual sport riding and she boasted, “Unfamiliar dirt roads are explored nearly every ride.  As a 68-year-old lady it¹s rewarding to still be able to tackle really rough trail rides.  The future looks good!” 


Annie died in December of 2007 at the age of 71.

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