Hall of Fame Inductee - Pre 2001 (1994)
From teenager to well into his eighties, Dudley “Dud” Perkins, Sr. lived for the sport of motorcycling. His passion for motorcycles, specifically Harley-Davidson motorcycles, allowed him to entertain a variety of careers: board track racer, hill climber, lifetime AMA member (card #12), race team sponsor, co-founder of the San Francisco Motorcycle Club and founder of a dealership that still bears his name, and is now in the third generation of family ownership. His son, Dud Jr., with his two sons, James and Tom, always said that Senior started the dealership to support his racing habit. And what a habit it was.
Starting his career as a board track racer until his soon to be wife said that it was too dangerous, he switched to the harmless sport of hill climbing. Harmless that is, if you were lucky enough to make it to the top. For ten years running Dud reigned as the West Coast hill climb champion.
Throughout the sixties and seventies he sponsored many flattrackers, including Grand National champions Mert Lawill and Mark Brelsford. All the while he managed to run his dealership and helped it to prosper as one of the nation's finest Harley shops. His legend lives on at 66 Page Street in San Francisco where his dealership still thrives.