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By the way in which, that is the second 12 months in a row that we’ll not see #54 on the AMA circuit. Final 12 months the quantity went to the veteran Martin Davalos, who retired previous to the beginning of the season.

We’re unhappy to verify studies of the passing of AMA Bike Corridor of Famer Fred Fox, a powersports business icon, this previous Sunday in Orange County, California. Fox was the person behind the Wisconsin-based LeMans Company, Components Limitless, Drag Specialties, Components Europe, and extra. Fox was additionally a longtime sponsor of numerous motorbike racing opponents, occasions, and sequence, in just about each self-discipline of motorcycling, together with Monster Vitality AMA Supercross, AMA Professional Motocross, the AMA Grand Nationwide Cross Nation Sequence.

In response to business historian Don Emde: “Fred Fox was a pioneer of the trendy period of aftermarket product distribution and promotion. He was the one worker when he began his Components Limitless distributing enterprise at his home in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1967. Within the years to come back, the enterprise grew quick, and he integrated as LeMans Company, which continues to at the present time as the biggest privately owned motorbike distributing firm on this planet.”

As Fox’s distribution enterprise grew, he expanded into different areas round america and Canada and added many manufacturers. Some turned suppliers for Components Limitless and in addition Drag Specialties, which he acquired in 1988. Different manufacturers and firms have been purchased outright, together with THOR MX and Moose Racing. Fox invested closely in promotion of Components Limitless’s “We Help the Sport” marketing campaign, which has been energetic for the reason that Nineteen Nineties. He additionally served on the Board of Administrators of Bike Trade Council from 1994 to 2007.

“A multi-year private challenge culminated in 2009 when LeMans opened the Components Europe warehouse in Trier, Germany,” added Emde. “An all-new warehouse was constructed there with state-of-the-art order filling know-how that leads to vendor order achievement velocity by no means seen earlier than within the motorbike business. Along with the Components Europe warehouse, LeMans Company at the moment has warehouses in Sparks, Nevada; Ballston Spa, New York; Flat Rock, North Carolina; Grapevine, Texas; and Janesville, Wisconsin, plus Calgary and London, Ontario, in Canada. Alongside the way in which, Fred has been acknowledged for his contributions to each the snowmobile and motorbike sports activities and industries. In 2010, Fred was inducted into the Snowmobile Corridor of Fame. In 2002, he was inducted into the Sturgis Bike Corridor of Fame, in addition to the AMA Bike Corridor of Fame in 2011. He was additionally the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award on the 2007 V-Twin Expo and a Sturgis Bike Corridor of Fame’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.”

Fred Fox retired from full-time actions at LeMans Company in 2021. He’s survived by his spouse, Paula; sons Steven, Brian, and Craig; daughters Teri and Lori; a number of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and his former spouse, Gloria. He was preceded in demise by his brothers Bob and Stanley, sister Jeana, and his son Jeffrey.

Godspeed, Fred Fox. And thanks.