A record crowd gathered at the Daytona 200 Monument to celebrate the life of the “King of Customs” and other dearly departed members of the motorcycling community as Arlen Ness took his rightful place among Daytona legends. The outdoor pavilion behind the Daytona Beach Hilton was filled with yellow as Ness’ fellow Hamsters, the fun-loving club of bike builders Arlen helped form, showed up in force in support of their friend. Arlen’s wife Bev, son Cory, and grandsons Zach and Max Ness also attended the unveiling of the granite plaque made in Arlen’s honor.

It was a perfect day in Daytona to honor the dearly departed at the Daytona 200 Monument as granite plaques of Arlen Ness and others were unveiled. 

Hamster Grady Pfeiffer choked back tears as he spoke about his long-time friend.

“I’m not very good at this. I want to thank the Memorial 200 for what they’ve done, they’ve worked real well with us. This picture, the picture that we have up here of Arlen, was actually selected by his wife, the matriarch of the family, Bev Ness. He is greatly missed by all of us. I would like to have the Ness family come up, starting with Bev. C’mon guys, Cory. This is the crew. What do you think? And we’re all brothers and sisters.”

The 2020 Daytona 200 Monument ceremony also saw the unveiling of plaques for Dick and Bev Klamfoth, the duo responsible for the erecting of the monument, along with Charlotte Kainz, David Lynn Jones, Rodney “Hot Rod” Farris, Dick Dickenson, the Brogna Brothers, Bob “Pop” Sweeten, and TOBC Racing.

Whether wounds were fresh or 20 years old, emotions were still strong as softly spoken words honored the departed. The eulogy on Farris’ plaque best summed up the prevailing attitude of those in attendance - “Gone But Not Forgotten.”