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Victory has always been about supporting veterans, now veterans are acknowledging that by supporting Victory!
IAVA Honors Polaris Chairman & CEO Scott Wine for Ongoing Support of Newest Generation of Military Veterans
Receives 2015 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award at Gala in NYC
MEDINA, Minn. (Nov. 18, 2015) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) presented Polaris Chairman and CEO Scott Wine, a U.S. Navy veteran, with the 2015 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award in recognition of Victory Motorcycles’ contributions as a strategic partner to IAVA. Wine, a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, received the award at the ninth annual IAVA Heroes Gala held Nov. 12 in New York City.
Victory Motorcycles, a division of Polaris, is in its second year as a strategic partner to IAVA, and has provided financial contributions and helped raise awareness for IAVA by providing the organization with exhibit space at major motorcycle events such as Daytona Bike Week, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and motorcycle shows from coast to coast.
IAVA honored Wine for Victory’s significant support, and for his role in the expansion of Polaris Defense, a division that provides products including deployable advanced ground off-road vehicles used worldwide by U.S. military personnel.
IAVA also honored U.S. Army veteran Daniel Rodriquez at the Heroes Gala, presenting him with the 2015 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award.
“IAVA is extremely excited to honor Scott Wine and Daniel Rodriguez for their incredible contributions to the veterans community,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “Each fall we look forward to the Heroes Gala, where we celebrate our new greatest generation of veterans and those who have shown the utmost support for them. Scott Wine is a dynamic business leader who has also dedicated himself to working to...
Milan Italy and Long Beach CA November 18, 2015: Victory Motorcycles today revealed the production version of the engine that powered Project 156 up Pikes Peak this summer, and will power an upcoming 1200cc class motorcycle.
The engine was designed to deliver the strongest power and performance in its class, and was shown off in a concept motorcycle built by European builder Urs Erbacher. Erbacher is well-known in the European custom motorcycle scene taking several top awards and gaining international attention.
Erbacher’s concept – dubbed the “Victory Ignition Concept” was custom built around the first preproduction engine off of the line in Osceola Wisconsin. The concept features an aggressive stance and frames the engine with a cast aluminum chassis, performance suspension and brakes with an aggressive Project 156-inspired paint scheme. “I’m proud not only of this build, but what it represents for the future of the Victory Motorcycles brand,” says the Swiss builder. “Getting full reigns to wrap the new engine in an interesting bike is a real highlight in my career, and from what I can see any production bike utilizing this powertrain will be a fantastic ride.”
“Project 156 is a purpose built racer that took our engine design to one of the most challenging races on the planet – it was a proving ground like no other that set the bar very high for our team,” says Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois. “This engine platform, which uses designs from other Polaris products having sold over 200,000 engines, will deliver on the promise of modern American muscle that is in the DNA of every current and future product we sell. Victory will continue to aggressively plot a new course for itself and where an American motorcycle brand can go.”
“Victory Motorcycle – from day one – has been a brand designed to deliver outstanding in-class performance,...
All too often we forget about the sacrifices that are made for us here in this great country of ours. I know I do. Our Armed Forces endure things that I have nightmares about and still put on a brave face for their friends and families. This is something that I don't know if I could do.
On this day, a day that is reserved exclusively to honor those men and women that have fought for the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis, Victory Motorcycles partnered with the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Associassions (IAVA) to help some veterans make a lasting impact on the 96th Annual Veterans Day parade in New York City.
There were more than 20,0000 participants in this year's parade. Many of which are current and former soldiers from the various branches of the armed forces. The veterans associated with the IAVA had the opportunity to ride alongside their fellow veterans on Victory motorcycles as they marched up Fifth Ave.
Victory had photographers on hand to capture the amazing sight. My words are generally not enough to properly express how grand moments like this are. As they say, "A picture is worth a 1,000 words." I will simply post the photo essay of the day's events and tip my hat to those that fight to keep me free.