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Babe DeMay Babe DeMay


Cyriel "Babe" DeMay, who earned his nickname playing sandlot baseball, was born near Moline, Illinois, in 1938. He began racing professionally aboard Indians in 1952, then rode a factory-sponsored BSA from 1956 through 1959. In 1960 he joined the Harley-Davidson factory team. His sole national victory was at Lincoln, Illinois, in 1966. A tool and die maker by trade, DeMay worked for both International Harvester and John Deere. After retiring from racing, he began to build engines for the Harley-Davidson racing department. Some of the riders who raced his equipment included Garth Brow, Dave Sehl, Mark Brelsford, Cal Rayborn, Corky Keener and Rex Beauchamp. Today DeMay owns and manages his own dirt track racing team. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001.