March is Women’s History Month and we can’t think of a better woman to start off the the celebration of courageous motorcycle women than:
The Queen of the Motordrome
Samantha Morgan known also as Sam Morgan Storm was mentored by one of the original and most accomplished Drome riders ever, none other then the great Sonny Pelaquin. She was a runaway at age 11 and lived in several foster homes until she first met Sonny at the Dade County Youth Fair. After seeing him in his Wall Of Death Show she asked if girls could do this? At age 15, pretending she was 18, she became one of Sony Pelaquin’s crew members, then Sonny became her mentor teaching her the most dangerous tricks, like riding side saddle (upward split). She was defying death to make a living and was the unchallenged Motordrome Queen, the only remaining woman trick rider out of a handful of daredevils still riding the 90-degree walls, was crushed many times by her Indian 101 and even burned doing the double firewall stunt but never stopped doing what she loved. She was addicted the taste of G force mixed with adrenaline and was quoted saying, “When I am on the Wall I feel free and it’s the only time when all my pains and the pains of this world go away”. She was inducted in 2006 in the Sturgis Hall Of Fame, set speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and went on to become a mentor to many other Wall of Death riders.
Sadly Sam passed away in 2008 due to complications from the numerous back injuries and broken bones she had sustained in her long illustrious career but her legacy and never ending smile still lives on. She was a pioneer and will forever remain a role model for all motorcycling women.