Hall of Fame Inductee - 2004
Dal Smilie has over 35 years as a motorcycle rights activist for both on and off-road issues and has served 25 years on the AMA Board of Directors, credited with being the youngest ever elected and longest to serve. Dal made the motion to start the AMA Hall of Fame Museum and was the Chairman of its Board for many years. He has volunteered as an AMA Field Rep for 26 years and sold over 12,000 memberships.
He was born in 1948 and started riding small bikes during the early 1960’s mini cycle craze and Japanese invasion. Dal raced MX and went on to vintage MX with the American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association. He won four national titles after the age of 50. To date Dal has ridden street bikes for over 500,000 miles winning BMWMOA’s annual mileage contest twice. He has also served two terms on its board of directors including one as its Treasurer.
He lobbied Montana’s rider funded motorcycle safety training program and has been appointed by four Montana Governors to the Montana Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee, serving as its Chair. Due to much hard work Dal was honored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in 1995 with its top annual “Award of Excellence."
Always a forward thinker, Dal is a Charter Member of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and ABATE of Montana, as well as a member of Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association.
Currently Dal works as the Chief Legal Counsel for a major state agency and runs the Montana Consumer Protection Office. He is a proud Vietnam veteran and Eagle Scout.