A shortlist of 48 motorcycling icons has been drawn up in consultation with experts from the National Motor Museum Trust Advisory Council and a number of motorcycling focus groups. It includes riders from all eras and genres of motorcycling from early Isle of Man TT winners such as Stanley Woods, to modern world champions Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi and celebrity riders Steve McQueen and Charley Boorman.
Now you have an opportunity to vote for your top three from the shortlist of riders www.motorcyclingicons.co.uk/contenders/ past and present, and have your say in identifying the most influential motorcyclists of all time.
The poll will be open until midnight on the 22nd April 2014, with everyone taking part entered into a draw to win fantastic prizes including a top prize of a three day premium reserved family ticket to this year’s British MotoGP at Silverstone.
The top 20 icons, as voted by you, will be announced at the Motorcycling Icons Wall unveiling, at the official opening of The Motorcycle Story display on the 14th May.
Who are your top three motorcycling icons? Have we missed someone from the contender list? Tell us on www.motorcyclingicons.co.uk/have-we-missed-someone-from-the-contender-list/.
If you are attending the MCN London Motorcycle Show at Excel from the 14th-16th February, visit us on the Mike Hailwood Tribute stand to vote and talk about your choices.
The Motorcycle Story opening on the 14th May immerses the visitor in a journey through motorcycling history with machines displayed in their historical and cultural context, tying technological developments to changing trends in fashion, style and sport. Supporting artefacts include clothing worn and trophies won by sporting greats in displays which cover varied racing disciplines, road safety and British ‘Mods’ and ‘Rockers’ youth culture of the 50s and 60s.