Induction into the Hall of Fame
John and Rita Gregory Inducted: 2010
Founded JT Racing USA. Supported many of the greatest MXers of all-time.
"They changed how motocross riding gear was manufactured and marketed," Glover said. "They brought style to the sport and sponsored powerhouse riders. They were the industry leaders, and set the benchmark for other apparel companies. JT is the company that others judged themselves against.
"The Gregorys brought in the first vented clothing. Their ideas were innovative," Glover continued. "For me, on a personal level, I wore a set of pink gear. There was the DayGlo that David Bailey wore, the ALS helmet. They designed the V1000 and V2000 chest protectors, nylon pants and synthetic gloves—they were innovative. They had a lot of cool stuff."
John and Rita Gregory said they are thrilled to be named to the Hall of Fame. "I had a lot fun doing that," John said. "I met a lot of nice people, saw a lot of nice places, and I had a great crew. It wasn't just Rita and me. It was a bunch of other incredible people, too."
Said Rita: "I must say that I am very honored to be included in this as a woman in the industry, and I would very much like to thank all of those who felt me worthy of this nomination."
John fondly recalls working with the riders to sell JT Racing products."We probably owe nearly all of our success to our riders," John said. "I have to give them a lot of the credit. I told (then-Yamaha factory rider) Hannah I had a big overstock problem with yellow and blue pants. Yamaha colors were yellow, black and white. He wore the yellow and blue pants at a Supercross on a Saturday night. By Wednesday we didn't have any in stock."COMMENT