Hall of Fame Inductee - 2011
Michael Prugh was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming, the son of a librarian and an aircraft mechanic. Much of Michael’s appreciation for clean lines and for attention to detail may have come from both of his parents. As a young boy, Michael developed a real interest in art and the mechanics of building dioramas and scale models.
After graduating from college in Denver, Michael worked in the automotive road race industry – a career he loved. Still, he needed a new challenge which turned out to be the design of a new motorcycle chassis. The softail chassis that he designed started a craze for the long and low style and became known world-wide as the Lowlife Chassis. The very first bike Michael built on the Lowlife chassis was featured on American Thunder. Not long after that the Hardlife was born.
In 2006, Michael struck out on his own and opened Prugh Design where he has continued to design and build custom motorcycles. In 2010, a new challenge was offered when the Buffalo Chip asked Michael to join forces with Western Dakota Technical Institute students to build a bike that would be auctioned as part of the annual Legends Ride. Michael taught the students and worked side-by-side with them to begin a ground-up build in January that was completed in time for May’s graduation. Michael teamed up with the Buffalo Chip and the WDT students for the second time IN 2011 for another charity build.
Michael’s keen sense of artistry and multiple engineering degrees enable him to start with the conceptual design and follow it all the way through to the final stages of production and assembly – skills that have served him well and will continue to do so into the future.