Hall of Fame Inductee - 2015
Everett Brashear was born on January 17, 1927 in Beaumont, Texas. He got into motorcycling in the late-1940s after completing his service in the military. His first motorcycle was an Indian Scout that he used just for getting around and in an occasional street race here and there.
In 1948, he started competing in organized races in the Bayou area of Southeast Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. Success came fast as Everett made his way up the ladder in the professional classes. He was ranked #1 in 1949 in the Novice division, then #1 again in 1950 in the Amateur division.
By 1951 Brashear had earned the necessary points to be issued a license as an AMA Pro Expert rider. That qualified him to begin racing in the National Championship races. He didn’t have any major success that year as he learned the ropes of racing motorcycles at the top level of the sport.
Things finally started to come together for Brashear as the 1952 season rolled on. That summer he became a newsmaker at the Sturgis Rally when he scored his first-ever career AMA National win. That race was the first ever held at Sturgis as an AMA National Championship race. To add to the significance, he was riding one of the all-new Harley-Davidson KR model race bikes and gave it its first victory.
In his career, Brashear won 15 AMA National Championship races, including some of the biggest Flat Track races at Springfield, IL; Langhorne, PA, Columbus, OH and others. He retired from full-time professional competition in the early 1960s.
After he hung up his steel shoe, Everett got into the motorcycle industry where he worked for numerous companies for the 47 years. He started as a sales rep selling Triumph motorcycles, but later worked for Yamaha, Kawasaki and Husqvarna, as well as some motorcycle aftermarket companies. He has previously been inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame and the Trailblazers Hall of Fame.