Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to honor the iconic ambassadors, influential heroes and people who put their interest above and beyond for the motorcycle community. These people have touched Las Vegas in a unique way. Our aim is to celebrate, illuminate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.
Over a quarter century ago, biker and writer Terry Roorda turned motojournalism on its head, bringing a new level of self-effacing humor, irreverence, and incisive, combative reporting to the American motorcycle genre that proved perfect for the times. As the Editor of the upstart, game-changing publication, “Independent Biker”, in San Francisco, he exerted an influence over American motorcycle publishing that persists to this day.
His monthly feature, “The Cycle Lords of the High Truth” pushed the boundaries of what motojournalism could aspire to and ultimately become, and within a few short years became known throughout the Bay Area as the “Biker’s Bible.”
It was with the birth of Las Vegas Bikefest in 2001 that Terry discovered his new pet project. Seeing both the daunting challenges as well as the virtually limitless potential of a major biker event conducted entirely within the heart of a major metropolitan area, Terry eagerly signed on as one of the original members of the Las Vegas Bikefest, a role he continued to fulfill for the next 15 years. During that time he chronicled the event in words and photos, and watched like a proud uncle as Bikefest became an alpha-star in the firmament of biker happenings across the country and beyond.
Of Terry’s many achievements in the motorcycle industry and across the vast and diverse American biker culture, he considers his efforts to promote and perfect Bikefest, and with it the revival of the old Fremont District of Las Vegas, to be his proudest contribution.
Marilyn Stemp and her husband, Dennis Stemp, started IronWorks Magazine in 1989. IronWorks began as an extension of their hobbies and quickly took over their lives. At its best, IronWorks was collaborative and inclusive, a trusted source that entertained and informed on a framework of fairness and integrity.
When Dennis passed away in 2000, Marilyn took the helm at IronWorks. After almost 25 years, IronWorks ceased publication in 2014 but Marilyn remains proud of the team, including her son, Vincent, who was on staff then.
In 2014 Marilyn reinvented herself to stay in the industry she loved. She established Iron Trader News online to continue IronWorks’ mission. She authored the Harley-Davidson sanctioned Harley-Davidson CVO for Motorbooks International/Quatro Publishing, and edited Gloria, A Lifetime Motorcyclist by Gloria Tramontin Struck for Wolfgang Publishing. She also edits the Kiwi Indian E-News, and handles consulting projects for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip including the Biker Belles Ride, Wild Gypsy Tour, and Motorcycles As Art Exhibition, curated by Michael Lichter. 2018 was her fifth year editing the Sturgis Rider Daily at the Chip.