Apr 11, 2013
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by John Ulrich
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Brooks Gremmels. Courtesy CMRA.
CMRA Hall of Fame member, past CMRA President and former CMRA racer Brooks Gremmels has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to CMRA Board of Directors member Norm McDonald.
“Brooks wanted CMRA members to know that he’s been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” McDonald said in a phone call to Roadracingworld.com. “Brooks need our prayers and thoughts. He’s going to see a specialist this week.”
Gremmels, age 69, has been a big supporter of CMRA and of CMRA racers for more than a decade.
According to his official CMRA biography, “Brooks grew up in Tyler, Texas and has been involved in a wide variety of businesses, including concert promotion, beer distribution, real estate syndication and oil and gas production. Brooks started racing with the CMRA in 1999, winning several sprint championships. He served for five years on the CMRA Board of Directors starting in 2000, bringing a wealth of wisdom and experience to the organization and creating new processes and procedures to bring CMRA into the 21st century. In addition, as co-owner of Shogun Motorsports, Brooks has contributed over $100,000 in purses and prizes to the CMRA, has provided more than $1 million in sponsorship support to CMRA and other riders in the U.S., has been the top contributor to the Roadracing World Action Fund and has been a major contributor to Jason Pridmore’s STAR Motorcycle School.”
Gremmels and his wife Rese established the Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, to rebuild the town of Ben Wheeler, Texas into a tourist attraction and destination. An ice cream parlor he owns in the town features CMRA memorabilia.
The foundation's website can be found at: