On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 33

On The Pegs Enduro Great Bill Baird Passes AMA Hall of Famer Bill Baird passed away early Wednesday, July 12, as a result of injuries he sustained from a previous fall. He was 88. Mr. Baird was the leading AMA National Enduro Rider from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s and won seven consecutive national enduro championships during that time. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. In addition to being a top competitor, Mr. Baird was also a key figure in the AMA, serving on the Board of Trustees for 21 years and being one of the driv- ing forces behind the formation of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum through his activities for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. Mr. Baird also was an avid mo- torcycle collector. Several of his machines have been displayed at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Mr. Baird’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame profile may be viewed at www.motorcyclemu- seum.org. Vol. 2 Issue 8 - August 2017 P 33 WILLIAMS RETIRES After 20 years on the national circuit, multi-time Women’s North American Champion Christy Williams is retiring from national competition. “I love riding the nationals,” said Williams. “What a great group of people. It’s amazing. We have so much fun. I’ve got- ten to see so much stuff across the whole entire country. I’ve seen a lot of farmer’s fields, as well. So, there’s that. It’s been great. It’s so much opportunity. I’ve gotten to go overseas and do TDN’s and stuff like that. There’s no other way that I could have done any of it, so it’s just been amazing for me. “But it’s a really long time away from home in western Canada. It’s very expensive. I love all the people and I still love trials. I’m not going to stop riding trials, but riding the nation- als is just such a huge commitment. I think that the girls are getting ready to make another big jump that I’m not really prepared to make. I don’t want to move into expert. ES was a big enough jump for me.” Williams is currently working to bring back the FIM North America series, which was once called NAMU. Williams also teaches teach off-road riding lessons. I teach trials lessons and I teach some big bike lessons and stuff like that.