|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1935|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 2007|
AMA Grand National Flat Track Motorcycle Champion (three times). Born Bartlett David 'Black Bart' Markel in Flint, Michigan, he served in the US Marine Corps, was twice Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, and won twenty eight AMA Grand National wins. Markel began flattrack racing in the mid-Sixties on a Jawa then a BSA B33 but by 1958 had joined the expert ranks. By 1959 he regularly finished in the top ten places and when he finished the year in seventh place, he earned a factory ride with Harley-Davidson. His first national win came in August 1960 at the Peoria TT. He was an aggressive rider and wasn't averse to nudging a rider who was in his way, thereby earning him the nickname 'Black Bart'. In 1962 he won six races and his first national championship. He would win two more National Championships over the next nine years. Never very successful on road circuits, he claimed he was too hard on the machines. By 1972 his career had tapered off and he finished his last race in 12th place at Atlanta GA. He was one of the all-time greats of the sport. In 1998 he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He died at his home in Flint MI.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Specifically: Cremation took place at Swartz Funeral Home, Flint MI
Created by: Paul Narramore
Record added: Jun 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19998377
Added: Sep. 6, 2015
Few did it as well as you! Few ever will! Flat track miler, forever. Godspeed!|
Added: Jun. 23, 2009