Dan Rouit Memorial
The Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum
Story by Karen Gould
Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography and Peter Starr
CLOVIS, CA, DEC. 4, 2016
The Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum in Clovis, California, hosted a crowd that spilled out into the street. They had all come to honor Danny Rouit.
Danny passed away on November 16, 2016.
Confined to a wheelchair after an accident while hiking with Steve Burkett and friends when was young, Danny found a way to stay involved. He had a deep passion for motorcycle racing that led him to create the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum. The museum houses motorcycle-racing history, both flat track and speedway, with a collection of bikes, pictures, and paraphernalia going back many years. Visited by thousands of people over the years, the museum is well known by racing enthusiasts all over the country.
Rod Lake shared heartfelt stories of his endless adventures with Danny, of how they met and the path they took as their friendship flourished. Hundreds of Danny’s longtime friends and his loyal and loving wife, Kathy, looked on while Rod shared some of the stories of Danny’s life. Rod shared how thrilled Danny was on the best day of his life – the day he and Kathy got married. Through the years, Kathy was a true champion in Danny’s life, walking with him by his side.
Danny enjoyed a deep connection with God and was an active member in his neighborhood church. Jerry Carlson and some of his other friends from church shared stories, a poem and a song that illustrated Danny’s faith and the passion that strengthened him each day.
While it is sad that the racing community has lost one of its stars, Danny now rests in peace, racing with his buddies on that big track above.
The museum will remain open through the May 21, 2017, as an open house with the support of Rod Lake and Digger Helm. In the meantime, folks can continue to visit the museum by appointment, calling Kathy to prearrange their visits.
The Dan Rouit Flat Track museum is located at 309 West Rialto Avenue in Clovis, California. For more information, please call 559/291-2242.
Rest in peace, Danny Rouit. You will be missed by many.