Breakfast with Joe Leonard in Daytona
22 December 2000
Breakfast with Joe Leonard in Daytona PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Any breakfast in Daytona during Bike Week is good, but a Bike Week breakfast with two-time Daytona 200 winner Joe Leonard will always be better?and that's the idea behind the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast, set for the morning of Saturday, March 10, 2001 in DeLand. A fund-raiser for the museum, the $15 breakfast is open to the public and features a talk by Leonard, the first champion of the AMA Grand National Series who has won 27 Nationals in the disciplines of TT, mile, half-mile and road racing. He won the Laconia Classic three times, the Peoria TT a remarkable seven times and is a three-time Grand National Champion. The Daytona Breakfast is an excellent opportunity to hear Leonard discuss his racing days as the hard-charging rider who burned up the tracks on his Harley-Davidson when he won eight nationals in one season. Leonard, who will be available to sign autographs at the breakfast, was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998. He lives in San Jose, Calif. In addition to his fame on two wheels, Leonard was also a United States Auto Club national title-holder in 1971 and 1972. He may be best remembered for almost winning the 1968 Indianapolis 500 in a turbine-powered car, which broke with only nine laps remaining. The breakfast will be held at 8 a.m., March 10 at the Holiday Inn in DeLand, conveniently close to the Jerry Wood Daytona Antique & Classic Motorcycle Auction and Bike Show. Other highlights of the breakfast include an update from Mark Mederski, Executive Director of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, including details about upcoming exhibits, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in July and a special announcement about the 2001 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Daytona Breakfast is a fundraiser for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Seats for the presentation are $15 per person. For an additional donation of $25 or more, you will be listed as an Associate Sponsor in the "Friend Raising Breakfast" program and recognized during the event. Attendance at the breakfast is not necessary to be listed as an Associate Sponsor. The Museum is also seeking breakfast sponsors. Event sponsorships are available for a donation of $500 or more. This level of sponsorship provides individuals, businesses and clubs the opportunity to make a donation to the Museum and receive special recognition for it at the Daytona Breakfast, one of the premier heritage events of Bike Week. All donations to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum are tax-deductible and will be used to support the mission of the Museum to preserve the history and heritage of motorcycling. For reservations, to find out how to become a sponsor or for more information, contact the museum at (614) 856-2222, ext. 1234.