October 29, 2018
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the fifth member of the Class of 2018. Dave Rhodes will be honoured at the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 17th at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby.
Dave got the bike-bug early, just 15 years old and had become a keen trials enthusiast and accomplished rider. In Calgary, he discovered a different situation: Walt Healy Motorcycles and the Calgary Motorcycle Club. Healys had long been an Indian icon and the Calgary Motorcycle Club dabbled in road rides, hill climbs and scrambles.
The DT1 changed dirt bike world, Walt Healy became a prolific Yamaha dealer and Dave Rhodes was to take the Calgary Motorcycle Club in a new direction. Trials was now the real game and year-round events appeared on the calendar. Not only did Dave organize and lay out events, he was a keen competitor topping the Expert Class often.
Dave became sales rep for Yamaha across Western Canada. This coincided with intro of the Yamaha TY250 Trials. Dave got the first one out of the crate and became the first to loop a new TY over backwards. Yamaha corporate executives were highly impressed with Dave Rhodes writing $100,000 plus orders on napkins in the back corner of Cafés.
Dave left Airdrie, Alberta in 1981 for the sunny Okanogan and Vernon, BC. Dave left Yamaha in 1984. He partnered a retail dealership first in Vernon and then In Kelowna – OUTLaw Accessories.
The Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Board and all the Directors, are pleased and honoured to include Dave Rhodes in the Class of 2018.
For information about past inductees, event sponsorship, Roll of Honour, tax-deductible donations as well as Tickets for the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion, visit the web site at – www.canmoto.ca,
Bar and Hedy Hodgson established Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada.