Significant Mileposts for the Sturgis Rally
* Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchases Indian Motorcycle franchise in Sturgis
* The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club was formed.
* The first Black Hills Motor Classic was held in Sturgis on August 14th. A race of 9 participants and a small audience began the tradition we know as The Sturgis Rally.
1942 and 1943
* Rally did not take place due to WW II gas rationing.
* Sturgis Main Street is first blocked off for an awards ceremony.
* Jackpine Gypsies introduce the Hill Climb and Motocross races.
* Classic expands to a 3-day event.
* One block of Main Street is closed for motorcycle parking only during the Classic.
* The Classic expands to a 5-day event
* Estimated Attendance for the 25th Rally: 2,500
* The first vendor sets up in the Sturgis Auditorium.
* The Classic becomes a 7-day event.
* The City of Sturgis begins licensing vendors (9 vendors licensed).
* Estimated Attendance for the 41st Classic: 30,000
* City Park is closed to camping due to fire outbreaks. 1988
* 117 vendors licensed in the City of Sturgis.
* “Pappy” Hoel passes away at the age of 85.
* Estimated Attendance for the 50th Classic: 400,000
* Number of Vendors: 243
* Four blocks of Main Street closed for motorcycle parking only.
* The Black Hills Motor Classic renamed the Sturgis Rally and Races.
* Estimated Attendance for the 59th Rally: 325,000
* Estimated Attendance for the 60th Rally: 625,000
* Number of vendors: 943
* The official name of event changed to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
* Estimated Attendance for the 63rd Rally: 450,000
* Number of vendors: 848
* 65th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a major event in the Black Hills today.