Hall of Famer Vicki “Spitfire” Sanfelipo And Trigger, her 1993 Harley Softail
Accident Scene Management founder, Vicki “Spitfire” Sanfelipo, was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame in August of 2020. Known as “Spitfire” by her friends, Vicki certainly lives up to that moniker. Ever since starting to ride motorcycles in the late 1980s, she’s been a bundle of energy. The single parent raised three young daughters and became a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, finally settling in the surgery department.
In 1987 Vicki bought her first motorcycle and then in 1995, she joined the Governor’s Motorcycle tours as the only female Road Captain and ride nurse. Shortly after, she attended a workshop presented by “Slider Gilmore” entitled Two Wheel Trauma. Gilmore, an EMT in Iowa, lectured on how to treat injured motorcyclists before professional help arrived.
Energized by Gilmore’s presentation, and with his blessing, Vicki authored a program she named Accident Scene Management (ASM), and along with three fellow nurses from Wausau Hospital, began teaching a “hands-on” class to riders in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation learned of her efforts and supported her in presenting more classes for anyone interested.
Her devotion to education and saving lives led Vicki to leave her nursing career and devote her time as a volunteer director, educator and instructor trainer for ASM. Today, with instructors in states across the U.S. and in other countries, thousands of students have been trained in roadside assistance at motorcycle crashes.
Vicki’s every day ride is “Trigger”, her customized 1993 Harley that started life as a Fatboy. The only original parts left are the frame, transmission and rear wheel. The motor is an S&S 100ci 4×4 with a 585 cam and S&S shorty “E” carb as well as a Crane single fire ignition.
Other details include Indian Larry rotors and GMA brakes up front, a Springer front end and LED headlight, Chubby beach bars and a custom seat by Leather and Lead. The pipes are White Brother Porker upsweeps and Trigger’s Taildragger rear fender includes a Tombstone taillight and a full “real” horse tail.
The custom paint is by TS Customs and the graphic on the gas tanks says it all. Ride forever, Spitfire!
—Chopper Daddy Dave Nichols