AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and motorcycling legend Malcolm Smith turns 81 years of age

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Malcolm’s is a throwback, a window on our own youth and of our own discovery of this insanely fun and constantly fascinating world of motorcycles. Malcolm does that to us because he’s more than just a motorcycle racer and a heckuva nice guy. He’s motorcycling’s own time-machine m

Malcolm Smith
Malcolm Smith

March 9, 2022

By Mitch Boehm

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and motorcycling legend Malcolm Smith turns 81 years of age today, and as we all smile and nod our heads and think back to ‘Ol’ Malcolm’ in Bruce Brown’s classic On Any Sunday documentary, we don’t think of an old man in his 80s struggling with Parkinson’s, or someone suffering with the effects of three handfuls of severe and debilitating injuries over the years.

Nope, we think of the one and only Malcolm Smith standing around after that amazing Elsinore Grand Prix win, with dirt and bugs and that big ol’ grin plastered on his face as he talks with fans and friends and his buddy Steve “Harvey Mushman” McQueen. Or of Malcolm spinning donuts in slow-motion on the beach in the movie’s final scenes.

For many of us, Malcolm’s visage is a throwback, a two-wheeled port-key, a window on our own youth and of our own discovery of this insanely fun and constantly fascinating world of motorcycles. Malcolm does that to us because he’s more than just a motorcycle racer and a heckuva nice guy. He’s motorcycling’s own time-machine man.

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