Two pint-sized powerhouse female riders were inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s Hall of Fame at the museum’s annual induction ceremony and breakfast. The event was held Aug. 10 during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Gloria Tramontin Struck and Margaret Wilson—both members of the Motor Maids, the oldest women’s motorcycling group in the United States—were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their long-standing and prominent relationship with the motorcycle industry.
Gloria has owned 14 motorcycles during the past 65 years and currently rides a 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, which she rode from New Jersey to Sturgis for the rally, averaging 600 miles a day. She was born into a motorcycling family, with her mom and dad owning a motorcycle shop in Clifton, N.J. That shop, now run by her nephew, just celebrated its 95th anniversary. Gloria has logged more than 500,000 miles and has ridden through all 48 continental states many times over.
Gloria joined the Motor Maids in 1946 and is one of the longest active members in the group’s 71-year history. She has a daughter and a son who ride and has been inspiring other women to ride through the many interviews she’s done about her love of motorcycling.
Margaret and Mike Wilson have been active in motorcycling since they opened a Harley-Davidson dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1950, which they ran for 25 years. Mike then continued a dirt-track racing career he’d started years before at age 19. Meanwhile, Margaret was also making a name for herself in the motorcycle industry, joining the Motor Maids in 1951 and promoting the sport wherever she went. One of her proudest moments was in 1958, when all the clubs in the AMA voted her “America’s Most Popular” and “Typical Girl Rider.” Over the years, the Wilsons have sponsored race teams and supported several national and local motorcycle associations. Today, both serve on the board of directors for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, and are among the museum’s principal benefactors.
One sidenote: WRN Editor Genevieve Schmitt was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame in 2001 for her journalism work promoting women riders. To learn more about the Hall of Fame, visit SturgisMuseum.com/Hall-of-Fame.
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Loved the article. Great deserving folks.
Having the chance to meet and get to know Gloria and her daughter, Lori, as well as Margaret and Mike Wilson through Motor Maids has been a great honor. I was very pleased when I heard they were getting inducted into the HOF…an honor well deserved. These folks are always one of the treats to making it to the MM convention each year. What great examples of riding and the sweet fellowship that comes with it.
When I was a Motor Maid I actually had the pleasure of meeting both these remarkable women. Their knowledge is astonishing.
While at the AMA Women in Motorcycling Conference in Keystone, CO, I met a large group of Motor Maids. Quickly, everyone pointed to Gloria as a person of stature within the group. I found out that she rode to Keystone, as is a requirement for all Motor Maids when attending national convention. Actually, there were two Gloria’s who rode from opposite coasts to “meet in the middle” at Keystone. What a vital lifeforce and role model for women in motorcycling. Great choice for the Hall of Fame!
My husband and I do most of our riding together and we are impressed with the bond and love between Margaret and Mike Wilson. We found that 35,000 miles a year out on the road, in some little town, a funky cafe, a desolate desert or playing in the curves in the mountains, works out any kink that might be between us.And Gloria is our hero! She shovels out her driveway in NJ, tapes some cut-in-half milk jugs on her handlebars and rides down to Daytona in the cold weather. Great article! I could go on and on…
I and my husband met Gloria and her daughter, Lori, at the AMA Vintage Days a few years back. Gloria is really a sweetheart and a lot of fun. When she found out I worked for the state police she told me one of her goals is to kiss a trooper from all 50 states. I hope she meets her goal without a ticket. My husband thought she was the greatest; he really enjoyed talking to her about her motorcycle adventures. The Motor Maids couldn’t have better ambassadors than Gloria and Lori. Congratulations to Gloria and Lori. Glad to see you’re still keeping up with mom.