Congratulations on 70 years Mike & Margaret!

With all the uncertainty and change in our world, it’s nice to see something constant. If you know Mike and Margaret Wilson, motorcycling friends from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, you know there are many ways they have never changed, been constantly at each other’s sides, and constantly and tirelessly helping motorcycling.

As Harley-Davidson and later Honda dealers, they too kept the world around them on two wheels. And they helped great racers like Leo Payne succeed in racing. Mike is also part of the antique aviation world. He has given tirelessly to historic projects like the resurrection of Glacier Girl, a World War II aircraft buried under the ice at the South Pole.

Margaret, a lifelong Motor Maid continues to attend the club’s national events and until very recently rode her motorcycle to them. A great listener and judge of character, she is most certainly Mike’s better half.

This couple has greatly helped motorcycle museums and halls of fame continue their work to honor motorcyclings’ past and its great history. They have served on boards, worked events, counseled leaders and given of their resources to make sure the history of motorcycling is preserved.

So this week we honor Margaret and Mike Wilson, married for 70 years, exceptional in so many ways, including in their constant love for each other, and motorcycling.

4 replies
  1. Ken Conraqd
    Ken Conraqd says:

    We sort of run in the same trails. I have a 36 Indian Sort Scout and am EAA5889 and at one time had a PT23. Have built a Skyhopper with a 125 Lyc ground power that John Wall helped rebuild. Also built a Cassutt and a pietenpol. I grew up near Clarence Iowa but now live near the Wapsi by Long Grove with a strip on my farm. I had a chance to ride in John Richardson’s PT a long time ago. Boy 70 years is a long time Congrulations

  2. Glenn Rumburg
    Glenn Rumburg says:

    When the AMA Museum used to have a bike show at the fall open house, I had my freshly restored Sunrise Orange 1974 CB550 in the show. Mike and Margaret stopped to chat for a minute and she commented that that was one of her favorite Hondas. Several years later, I saw them at the Museum again and Margaret said “Do you still have that pretty 550?” I could not believe she remembered!! Every bike lovers dream grandparents. Happy 70th and hope you have many more..

  3. Robert "Bob" Kimm 138-k
    Robert "Bob" Kimm 138-k says:

    I have been friends with Mike and Margaret since 1951. and remember Mike making that cut-down 125 mini-bike. I worked in their shop a short time in 1952, and they sponsored me and my 48 WR in my short-lived dirt-track career in 1953. I purchased my first new motorcycle, a 1954 74 from them in September, 1953. Then Uncle Sam took me away from Iowa,
    They are great people and a credit to the sport of motorcycling. When I first started my 60 years of riding, my Mother always said she was comfortable with me hanging out at Wilson’s motorcycle Shop. Mike taught me to tour by letting me go along with him to Dodge City, Ks in 1952 and to Laconia, NH. in 1953.
    I credit my long years of riding, and my attitude towards how a motorcycle should be ridden, and how I should conduct myself while riding, to being associated all these years with Mike and Margaret.
    Thank you, my Friends. Bob Kimm

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