Hall of Fame Inductee - 2011
Del Hofer was born and raised in rural eastern South Dakota and started riding on his brother’s Harley. He managed to save enough money by the age of 16 to buy his very own 1947 Knucklehead in 1951. Following WWII, Del worked on the railroad at night and at the local Harley dealership during the day. With the help of a loan from the Railroad Credit Union, Del purchased that Huron, South Dakota Harley Dealership in 1961. Ten years later, Del relocated to Fargo, North Dakota where his offerings were only Harley-Davidson motorcycles, golf carts and snowmobiles. Since opening, Del’s dealership has expanded to 35 full-time associates.
Del has been active in the American Motorcyclist Association as a district congressman and a referee. He’s raced in amateur AMA in all different styles and was even “Mr. Motorcyclist South Dakota” one year. He has sponsored nationally numbered expert flat track racers and expert Hillclimbers through the years -- one of whom has held the a Sturgis Hillclimb record for over 35 years.
Del has been very involved in the Harley Owners Group both locally and beyond. He’s been a leader in HOG’s Primary Officer Training, speaking at training events around the world spreading the word of his joy of motorcycle and the great event in Sturgis, SD every August. He’s developed HOG sister chapter relationships with chapters in Wellington, New Zealand and Stuart, Florida. Members from these sister chapters ride with the Fargo chapter each year when they make their annual ride to the Beartooth Pass in Montana. Members of the Fargo chapter have also visited New Zealand. Del is the longest serving member of the Dealer Advisory Council for Harley-Davidson.