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HARRY “JR” KELLEY
Hall of Fame Inductee - Pre 2001 (1994)


Harry’s earliest memories are going to the dirt track in the 20’s with his father, an Indian Motorcycle Factory racer, with a motorcycle tied to each running board. 


After serving with the Marine Corps during WWII, which resulted in Harry getting shot in a bloody battle that took the lives of 400 of his comrades, he was discharged and began his own company, KK Motorcycle Supply in 1959.  From 1946 to 1953 he raced the dirt tracks in Ohio, going on to race scramble events locally until he was 49. KK became very successful allowing Harry the time to become involved in other things.  He started the Oldtime Newsies Motorcycle Races in Dayton and a local TV how called Motorcycling with KK which ran 1/2 hour each week for 7 years. His co-host on the show was also the host for the annual Jerry Lewis telethon so he began putting on a Sunday road ride after the race with all proceeds going to Muscular Dystrophy.  


In the 70s and 80s Harry co-promoted the opening dirt track races in Springfield, Ohio. He also started the Harry Kelley, Sr., award given to the first racer to win 3 dirt track events promoted by the Dayton Motorcycle Club. He helped sponsor racers like Gary Nixon, Gary Scott, and Steve Morehead.   He went on to promote a national road race in Indianapolis and a mile dirt track national in Chicago, loosing a bundle on both.  


He was president of the AMA in 1971, 1972 and 1973 and an MIC board member in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

 

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