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Wiltz Wagner, namesake of the Wagner Cup

The Wagner Cup in 1987Wiltz WagnerThe Wagner Cup has been part of all world championship motorcycle trials events held in North America since 1975. The winner is determined by the lowest score over the combined two days of competition.

The cup is named for Wiltz Wagner, a founding member of the North American Trials Council (NATC). Wiltz is widely considered to be “the father of American motorcycle trials.”

See this extensive background article on Wiltz when he was inducted into the NATC Hall of Fame in 2005. He’s also featured on the Rocky Mountain Trials Association history page.

The Wagner Cup, which features four bighorn sheep, is kept permanently at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) headquarters in Ohio. The name of every North American world-round winner since 1975 is engraved on the cup.

Mrs. Roger Ansell, Wilt Wagner, Martin Belair, Mr. Roger Ansell Takahisa Fujinami, winner of the 2008 Wagner Cup
Above left photo: Wiltz Wagner, second from left in the blue shirt, out on the loop at the 2008 USGP with Martin Belair (red shirt), AMA’s Roger Ansell (far right), and Roger’s wife (far left).

Above right: Takahisa Fujinami, winner of the 2008 Wagner Cup

Steve Ahlers and Wiltz Wagner Wiltz Wagner with daughter Belen
I took these photos of Wiltz at the 2004 USGP in Duluth, MN.

Left: with event organizer Steve Ahlers. Right: with his daughter Belen.

Wiltz’s was also a physician and professor. He was the Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia at Indiana University from 1995-2005.


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