Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
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Wayne Wiebler

Wayne Wiebler has lived an extraordinary life. From an early age, he was interested in motorcycles and in 1951, at the age of 14, he went to work for the local Harley-Davidson dealership he now owns. Also interested in racing, Wayne was a mere 16 when he entered his first motorcycle race. It was a learning experience and learn he did!

During the 1959 racing season, Wiebler won 19 races, including the National Amateur title of the American Motorcycle Association. It was - and is - the only time a Peorian has ever won an individual motorcycle racing title. Besides his 19 victories, he placed 2nd ten times and 3rd three times to amass an incredible 131 national points. He also won the June TT race at the Peoria Motorcycle Club's 1/2 mile track.

When Wayne retired from racing, he became Race Director for the Peoria Club and held that title for ten years. He now sponsors racing teams and organizes motorcycle events for such charities as `Ride for the Cure," "St Jude Ride for Pride," "Toys for Tots Poker Run" and "MDA Ride to Camp." While exact dollar amounts raised are not known, estimates put the figure at well over one million dollars.