Thank You! To the TrailBlazers for the honor of being inducted to your Hall of Fame during your 75th Anniversary.

Congratulations TrailBlazers on this important milestone!

To the many great individuals, groups and organizations who have provided me with so many incredible opportunities and support throughout my career. I have been truly blessed for the many friendships, chances to work with such talented individuals, and to enjoy so many experiences around the world.

I have so many people to thank for their advice and support that it wouldn’t be fair to the audience or individuals to try to do it during the ceremony.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for the opportunities, guidance, support and friendship over the last 50 years.

Mark Blackwell


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On the occasion of being inducted into the TrailBlazers Hall of Fame during their 75th Anniversary, it feels like a perfect time to reflect on my past 50 years and say thank you to the many people who have helped me along the way:

The Early Years

  • Wilke Adolphson
  • Stan, Andy & Team at American Jawa
  • Bell Helmets​​​​​​​
  • Tom & Mary Ann Berkley​​​​​
  • Everett Brasher
  • Champion Spark Plugs
  • Eddie Crowell & Team – Crowell’s Cycle
  • Roger DeCoster
  • Mr. Edison Dye ​​​​​​
  • Don Emler​​​​​​​
  • Bengt Farnstrom
  • Brian Farnsworth​​​​​​
  • The Grossi Family
  • Torsten Hallman​​​​​​
  • Mr. Bror Jauren
  • Brad & Lori Lackey
  • Lars Larson
  • ​​​​Gunnar Lindstrom
  • Larry Maiers, ​​​​​Hi-Point Racing
  • Whitey Martino​​​​​​
  • Dick Miller​​​​​​​
  • John Moore & Moore’s Cycle​​​​​
  • Mr. John Penton & Family
  • Ralf & Scuderia
  • Larry Soppe & Valerian’s ​​​​​
  • ​​​​​​Rolf Tibblin
  • Elon Windisch

Transitioning From Racer:

  • Pat Alexander
  • AC Bakken
  • Scott & Kathy Boyer​​​​​​
  • Gary Bryson​​​​​​​
  • Dick Burleson​​
  • Joe Colombero
  • Sven Erik Eklund
  • ​​​​​​Bob Elliot
  • Bob & Jeff Fox​​​​​​​
  • Goodyear Tire​​​​​​​
  • Aki Goto
  • John & Rita Gregory​​​​​​
  • Larry Grismer & Carlsbad Raceway
  • Bo Johansson
  • Leif Johansson
  • Bill Knigge​​​​​​​
  • Tosh Koyama
  • PG Larsson
  • Jimmy ‘Mac’ McIlvain​​​​​​
  • T. Miyashita
  • Bob Popiel​​​​​​
  • Scott USA
  • Hideaki Sezaki​​​
  • Tadaomi Shigenoya
  • ​​​​​​​Mr. Yokouchi
  • National University
  • Pepperdine University

Public Corporate Life:

  • Greg Brew
  • Tim Buche
  • John Corness
  • Mike Dapper
  • Gary Gray
  • Ed Heffernan
  • Allan Hurd
  • Mike Malone
  • MIC Board & Leadership Teams
  • Bennett Morgan
  • Arlen & Cory Ness & Family
  • Greg Palen
  • Robert Pandya
  • Bob Pecks
  • Polaris Industries HR, Industrial Design, Engineering, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Teams
  • Steve Smith
  • Derek Scott
  • Michael Song
  • Stacey Stewart
  • Tom Tiller
  • Hall Wendel
  • Jeff Wolf
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

Post Corporate Life:

  • Jon Erik Burleson
  • Dan Feller & The Plaudit Design Team
  • John Hinz
  • KISKA
  • KTM & Husqvarna Motorcycles
  • Gerald Kiska
  • Steve Masterson
  • The USMCA Team & Certified Coaches
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg Executive Scholars Program

Throughout This Journey

  • Jack & Shirley Blackwell
    (in body & Spirit) Thanks For Your Support & Encouragement, And Believing In What Motorcycling Could Mean To My Life
  • Patti & Brett Blackwell
    Thanks For Putting Up With Me (It’s not easy, I know…)
  • Greg & Amy Blackwell
  • Lori & Bill Hartfield & Family
  • Bill & Nancy Sims
  • Ken & Laurie Boyko