Bob Illingworth

April 1, 2009

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Bob Illingworth died last week at home in his bed after fighting cancer for almost four years.

Bob Illingworth was a bikers’ rights advocate for more than 30 years, a faithful friend to sick and needy children and a long time member of the Hamsters Motorcycle Club.

The Hamsters started as a satire of other motorcycle clubs in the 1970s. Current members include Peter Fonda, Arlen Ness, Dave Perowitz and Bruce Rossmeyer. To qualify for membership in the Hamsters you have to own an American motorcycle that is not stock and you have to ride it to Sturgis. Members of the club are known to be prosperous and charitable.

Made A Difference

Illingworth founded the Minnesota Motorcycle Riders Association and he was one of the founders of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.

Last year in Sturgis he was awarded the Chrome Heart Award by Children’s Care Hospital Rapid City, South Dakota. Illingworth raised more than $600,000 for kids with disabilities.

His brother Hamster Rick Fairless of Strokers in Dallas said, “Bob was a huge force in the motorcycle industry and he was always trying to make things better for motorcycle riders around the country. Bob was a good friend of mine and he hugged me every time I saw him. I’ll miss those hugs.”

Bob Illingworth was 68. He is survived by hundreds of friends and his wife Colleen.

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