Motorcycle racing pioneer Mary McGee to be honored as special guest at AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that noted motorcycle racer Mary McGee will be the special guest at the 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference in Carson City, Nev., July 26-29.

McGee, who lives near Carson City, will address the conference participants during the Saturday Night Celebration at Mills Park.

"Meeting Mary was an unforgettable experience," said AMA Marketing Manager Tigra Tsujikawa. "Among other things, she is a pioneering woman who started roadracing a Honda CB92 in the United States in 1960. And in 1975, she rode her 250 Husqvarna solo in the Baja 500, zipping by 17 two-man teams. Mary McGee is an inspiration for any woman who rides, and we are honored to have her join us for the conference."

Prior to entering the world of motorcycling, McGee enjoyed auto racing, driving cars that included Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar. She bought her first motorcycle, a 1956 Triumph Tiger Cub, in 1957. Her next bike was a Honda C110 that she used to commute to her job as a parts manager for a foreign auto shop. In 1960, she started motorcycle roadracing, often switching back and forth between the auto and roadracing circuits. It wasn't until legendary actor and racer Steve McQueen told McGee she needed to "get off that road bike and get out to the desert," that she discovered her love of desert racing.

Now 75, McGee has not hung up her riding boots. She still races -- and wins -- in vintage competition. And, although she learned how to ride on her own, she has a different recommendation for today's riders.

"Take a motorcycle safety training course and wear all the right gear," she said.

For women who want to race, she has this advice: "If a woman is thinking about racing in any form, [she should] just do it! Get out and do it, you'll find out it's a lot of fun. The people are wonderful, it doesn't matter how fast you go, and it will add to your life."

The 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference is the "must-do" summer event for women who ride. The four-day conference will feature a number of motorcycling seminars, the marketplace and Moto Action Center, the Friday Night Cookout and Saturday Night Celebration Party, and a Women's Health Fair where women can get a variety of health screenings such as mammograms and cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Registrants also receive a conference t-shirt and gift bag.

The fee for AMA members to attend is $175 (through July 10), and registration for non-AMA members is $235. Attendees can register at:

Not an AMA member? At just $49 a year, the $60 savings off non-member conference registration pays for itself. AMA members receive 12 issues of American Motorcyclist magazine, get numerous money-saving member benefits on products and services, are eligible to participate in AMA-sanctioned events, and protect motorcycling by supporting the organization that fights for the right to ride and race. Plus, AMA Roadside Assistance is available at no additional charge to members who choose to autorenew.

Full conference details, as well as information about how to become an AMA member, are available at Watch for updates on the conference Facebook page at