Hall of Fame Inductee - 2003
Reg Kittrelle is a motorcycle publishing pioneer. He founded Thunder Press, the largest Harley-Davidson and American motorcycle newspaper of its kind in 1992. Starting out as a small regional paper in California, Thunder Press has grown to three editions covering the entire United States. American motorcycling events around the country rely on Thunder Press for coverage as well as inclusion in the famous Thunder Press Calendar of Events which boast the largest and most comprehensive listing anywhere in the country. Motorcycle product manufacturers have worked closely with Thunder Press, relying on them to get the word out on new products.
Reg founded Thunder Press on the idea that people make the story. Reg and his writers always include names and pictures in their stories, never forgetting to complete the tale with mention of event organizers and workers.
Reg is also the founder of Battle2win Magazine, a quarterly publication devoted to Buell motorcycle owners.
A long time motorcycle enthusiast, with eclectic tastes (owning such models as Harley, Buell, Suzuki, Aprilia, Hodaka and Bultaco) and recent club racer, Kittrelle created and developed several closed-course motorcycle skills events including the hugely popular BattleTrax. Currently there are 35 to 40 events held each year around the country. Reg enjoys giving people opportunities to succeed, whether through their involvement in his publications, racing or a motorcycle project which he has spearheaded.