Hall of Fame Inductee - 2014
Keith Terry, was born and raised in California. His passion was riding motorcycles, and working on Hot Rod cars, but his number one love was playing sports. In 1967, just out of high school, Keith signed a contract as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox Organization. For the next five years he played on many minor league teams working his way up to the major leagues. In 1972, Keith’s baseball career was cut short when he sustained a shoulder injury.
At that point, Keith entered into his second career, building on one of his other passions, automobiles. He started his first company Terry Distributors, specializing in automotive remanufacturing of import carburetors.
In 1986 Keith sold his company to Fiat USA and stayed on as president and as a member of the board of directors for Magneti Marelli for the next five years. When his contract was up he started a consulting company until his non-compete clause was over. In that time he built his first custom motorcycle with his older brother Kent. He hasn’t stop building since.
Inspired by his passion for motorcycles and the motorcycle industry in 1996 he started his present company Terry Components, which specializes in after-market High Torque starter motors, Super flexible battery cables and a “Closed Loop” Fuel management system. In 2004, he moved the company to Spearfish, SD. He has since started another venture, BAGGSTER LLC with a partner. They manufacture Urethane Conversion kits for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
In 2012 Keith was asked by Rod Woodruff of the Buffalo Chip Campground to lead the “Legend Ride Student Build Challenge” where a custom motorcycle is built at Sturgis Brown High School and auctioned off each year in Deadwood during the Sturgis Rally. He has led that program every year, and says he will continue as long as they will have him.
Keith and his wife Fran have three children, four grandchildren and are proud to be working and living in the Black Hills of South Dakota.