The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a
motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota each first
full week of August. It was founded on August 14, 1938 by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club who still own and operate the
tracks, hillclimb, and field areas that the rally is concentrated
around. The first rally lasted two days and was focused on racing
The founder is generally considered to be Clarence "Pappy" Hoel who
is still honored in various ways by the crowd at Sturgis.
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