Motorcycling legend’s legacy: The Pioneer Motorcyle’s legacy in the black hills
Motorcyling legend and pioneer Robert “Big Bob” Williams was one of the most influential motorcycle racers of the 20th century.
He helped start the Motorcycle Racing Association of America and helped found the Motorcyledic Association of the United States.
Williams died on Sunday in his home state of South Carolina, at the age of 94.
He was a founding member of the National Association of Motorcylers and a member of The Pioneer Memorial Church in Moultrie, South Carolina.
He founded the Pioneer Motorcycle Club and served on the boards of the Motorcyclist and the Motorbike & Motorcycle Association of South Florida.
He and his wife, Marjorie, had four sons and three daughters, and their grandchildren.
The church honors him by erecting a monument to him in the parking lot of the church, which is in the same building as the Pioneer Library, the state Capitol and the historic Black Hills Motel in Mott Haven, south of Charleston.
The park also holds a memorial to Williams in the center of the parking area.
There is also a memorial on the front lawn to Williams’ widow, Marlene Williams.
Moultrie Mayor Richard D. Allen said the church was a wonderful tribute to the history of motorcycling.
Williams was born in a working-class family in the town of Moultry, near Charleston.
He had an early interest in motorcycles, and when he was about 8 years old, he joined a motorcycle club at 11.
He joined the National Motorcycle Assn.
at 14, and went on to work for the group, which later became the National American Motorcycle Alliance.
Williams made his first major step in the sport in 1936 with the launch of the first motorcyle in South Carolina in Moulton, South Dakota.
He would go on to win five titles in the 1920s, winning five races.
Williams and his brother Robert were also members of the Black Hills Motorcycle Racers, which were formed in 1931.
They later merged with the Motor Cycle Association of Mississippi, and Robert would eventually win three races.
After retiring from racing in the mid-1970s, he returned to Moultries, which was a pioneer in motorcyling, starting up a series of private clubs for riders, and founded a motorcycle company called the Moultreys.
He continued his racing career, winning two more titles in 1981 and 1983.
He died in 1997.
The monument is located in the park near where Williams’ car was found.
A group of people are pictured on the side of the memorial park after it was built to honor Williams on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Motte, South Caroochee County.
The memorial is located near where he was found, near where his car was discovered, according to South Carochee Mayor Richard Allen.AP Photo/David Goldman, FileThe park and other parts of the Mott Hollow Road area near the intersection of Black Hills Road and Moultree Road are part of a National Park Service national historic district.
The area includes parts of Mott, Moultrees and Black Hills, and is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the city of Charleston, South Carolinians.
The Mott Hill Trail is a two-lane, one-way trail that is popular with hikers and cyclists and includes a bridge over the Black Hill River and a parking lot.
Moulton residents and other visitors who want to view the monument should consider using the South Carochuck Creek Trail.
The Black Hills Highway, a four-lane highway that links the Moults, was built in the 1930s, and it connects to the Motte Motorcycle Center and to the Black Falls Motorcycle Park.