Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum
Story and Photos by Dennis Suter
CLOVIS, CA, MAY 15, 2011
Even with the threat of rain, the 20th annual Open House at the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum saw its largest turnout ever. Fortunately, the showers held off until about 2:15 p.m., and the crowd had plenty of warning, so by then the pop-ups were down and the show bikes loaded for their ride home.
One of the highlights of the event was the news from Trailblazers president Keith Mashburn that Rouit was invited to next year’s Trailblazers Banquet in April, to be inducted into the Trailblazers’ Hall of Fame. It was a very emotional moment for Dan, hearing that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame that includes so many of his boyhood heroes.
Filmmaker and author Peter Starr presented Dan and Kathy Rouit with a copy of his new book Taking It To The Limit. Starr himself was also inducted into the Trailblazers’ Hall of Fame this year.
The outside display of bikes was down this year, but that was to be expected, as the forecast for rain was well known. Tom Hensley brought the Munro Special – “The World’s Fastest Indian” – again this year, and Glen Pierce displayed “The Harley Eater,” a twin-carbed, 1928 Indian Scout, which Sammy Pierce raced.
The large crowd of motorcycle enthusiasts in attendance enjoyed some good food, camaraderie, and the special items on display inside the world’s only exclusively flat-track and speedway racers’ museum.
For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.vft.org/rouit.html