Click Baldwin’s Death Affects Many

By: On: July 31st, 20080 Comments »Updated: October 14, 2012

Long-time Carolina Harley-Davidson and Buell dealership owner, Click Baldwin, passed away on July 29, 2008 after emergency surgery following a motorcycle accident on US highway 12 in Lolo, Montana.  He was riding on his way with friends to the 68th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota.  Lolo, Montana is 700 miles away from Sturgis, South Dakota.

He was friends with and respected by a huge number of people, both in and outside of the motorcycle world.  Click was active in helping many charities, such as the Victory Junction Gang Camp.  Kyle Petty had commented in newspaper and television interviews that Click Baldwin was a very close friend of his and that he played a big role in the annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride since the first one 14 years ago.  He also rode in every Kyle Petty Charity Ride since the beginning.  In addition, Kyle mentioned that his loss has hit him and several others quite hard emotionally since he was such a special friend and person.

Mr. Baldwin had appeared on Speed TV, The Learning Channel and Discovery television shows featuring motorcycle information.  He had also appeared in music videos with Bocephus and Gretchen Wilson.

He had touched so many people’s life in a positive way that a special memorial service was held on Wednesday August 6 at 1pm at Calvary Church located on Highway 51 near Rea Road in Charlotte, NC.  Mr. Kenny Crosswhite will officiate. This, by the way, is the same church that hosted memorial services for the great NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 2001. Hundreds of motorcycles filled the streets and highways around the church in Charlotte for the memorial service.

The accident was reported by KPAX in Missoula, Montana to have happened as a car in front of him had slowed on a highway to turn left; however, Mr. Baldwin attempted to pass and struck the side of the car .  It was not clear whether the car had used it’s turn signal or not.  The Montana Highway Patrol reported that he was not wearing a helmet at the time.

14 of his fellow members from the Hamsters Motorcycle Club were traveling with him at the time.  The Hamsters Motorcycle Club is a bit of a legend at Sturgis and in the world of customized motorcycles.  They have a good amount of mystique, and are known for riding their customized American motorcycles to Sturgis each year and parading through town.

As a memorial, the Baldwin family is creating “Bricks for Click”, where friends can purchase bricks with a message on it to be used to build the memorial at his motorcycle dealership located in Gastonia, North Carolina.  Also, donations can always be made in honor of Click to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.  He is survived by his wife Diane, his daughter Chelsea, his mother Lynn Baldwin, and his brother Cricket Baldwin.  Funeral arrangements were with Carothers Funeral Home in Gastonia, NC.

Click Baldwin’s motorcycle dealership, Carolina Harley-Davidson and Buell, has recently been ranked as one of the top 25 highest ranking dealerships in the world, which is quite an accomplishment.

NOTE: As a follow-up to this July ’08 article, a tribute to Click Baldwin will take place on October 12, 2008 in the “Ride to Victory VI” from Gastonia, NC to Randleman, NC. All proceeds go to the Victory Gang Camp. Visit www.kylepettycharirtyride.com for more info.

About John Clay

John Clay is the author of MotorcycleInfo.Org. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding his Moto Guzzi in charity rides and serves as a volunteer motorcycle marshal for an annual bicycle charity event in the Carolinas.

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