MXA VIDEO: MARK BLACKWELL RECEIVES EDISON DYE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
MXA VIDEO: MARK BLACKWELL EDISON DYE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Every year for the past 24 years, the Edison Dye Lifetime achievement award has been presented to a deserving person whose accomplishments have made a difference to the sport of motocross. The ceremony is held in the Glen Helen Museum during halftime at the Dubya USA World Vet Motocross Championships. This year, the 25th recipient will be Mark Blackwell, the first-ever AMA National Motocross Champion, Grand Prix racer, 1972 Daytona winner, Suzuki team manager, vice president of Husqvarna and AMA Hall of Famer.
In addition to his impressive motocross credentials, Mark was a pioneer in the advent of motocross schools, team management and racers rising to the highest positions in the motorsports industry with management position at Suzuki, Husqvarna, Arctic Cat, Polaris and Victory Motorcycles. Mark continued to race in selected events in the USA through 1975, He also taught at the Suzuki School of Motocross at Carlsbad Raceway, and did product development for a number of companies including Fox, Scott goggles, Goodyear tires and Scott boots.
After racing, Mark transitioned into the business world while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. Ever since then, he has continued to build his career and reputation helping organizations like KTM, Husqvarna, and Polaris achieve success. Congratulations, Mark, for being the newest member of the Glen Helen Walk of Fame, and recipient of the 2021 Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award!