After an incredibly successful career where he focused on putting everyone else’s success in front of his own, renowned Pro Stock Motorcycle legend George Bryce returned to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School to fulfill a bucket list item he had waited on for 20 years.
In motorcycle drag racing, the Bryce name is legendary. Together with his high school sweetheart and best friend in life, wife Jackie Byrce, the power couple from Georgia shook things up in a big way while positively impacting the lives of countless other racers – and Hawley’s School was instrumental for a big portion of that.
During the 1970s, George started racing in the sportsman ranks and won practically every event he entered. After racking up around one hundred victories, George met and teamed up with the late John Myers. By then, he and Jackie had already started their famous race shop and retail parts supplier, Star Racing, and Myers came on as the team’s flagship driver for eight years; later, Angelle Sampey became George’s next star prodigy.
“I handed over my helmet and leathers and liked paying it forward so other people could experience it,” says George, whose business had reached a remarkable status as a Fortune 200 company. “It was our dream come true to open a business together and to go racing professionally.”
Through their generosity of wanting to see others achieve their dreams, George’s talents as a tuner, and the couple’s skilled leadership as team owners, the Bryces enabled their team members to attain impressive achievements. Myers accumulated three NHRA world championship titles along with 33 national NHRA event wins on Star Racing’s bike, while Sampey earned 40-plus national wins and championships in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle three years in a row and is still going strong on the NHRA competition circuit, albeit she’s recently been wheeling a Top Alcohol Dragster.
Ironically, George Bryce met Sampey while he was working with Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School as an instructor. When Hawley founded his School in 1985, George – a multi-time motorcycle champion – attended as a student to drive a Funny Car. “Frank said we needed to add a class for bikes. It took him five years of convincing me we could create a curriculum that would be both successful and safe, but I finally agreed,” recalls George, who built the bikes for the program through Star Racing.
In 1993, George Bryce joined the School as the head instructor for the…