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Sons of Speed

12More than a dozen vintage-powered race bikes re-created the board track races of the early 20th Century at the second Sons of Speed race on October 21. The event took place at New Smyrna Speedway during the Daytona Beach, Florida’s Biketoberfest.

This fresh yet nostalgic race event, instigated by Billy Lane of Choppers Inc., first ran in March of this year during Daytona Bike Week on New Smyrna’s banked half-mile asphalt track. That time, Brittney Olson took first, followed by Matt Harris in second and Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe in third. Olsen sat out this round while her bike was being repaired but acted as Grand Marshal for this day.

Many of the same racers came out to compete, some on the same machines they campaigned in March and others on “new” bikes that recently rolled out of Lane’s shop—one, in fact, just hours before race day! The powerplants vary in make but they’re all original equipment from the early days of motorcycling that sat languishing for decades. Lane’s purpose built frames, front ends and sheetmetal created homes for these motors to finally fire up once and get back on the track. The concept harkens back to one of motorcycling’s heydays and it’s exhilarating to watch.

Even the practice runs were exciting. Moonshiner Josh Owens and Matt Walksler ran neck in neck early on, with Owens fearlessly on the throttle. But that rivalry resolved when Owens’s bike wouldn’t start for the final. Walksler and Ebay Jake duked it out, too, crossing the finish line head to head in one heat. Buzz Kanter, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe and Billy rocked steady to make their qualifiers; Toce and Roxy ran consistently, too. Though mechanical gremlins bit Xavier Muriel, Rick Petko, Freddy and Brook they all exhibited moxie and looked incredible. These stripped down, pre-1925 machines with no clutches or brakes had to be bump-started and appeared to hang on the banking by magic.

Even with camaraderie high and competitive angst low, someone’s going to win, right? Ultimately Ebay Jake, who’d run strong all day, placed first on a 1919 Harley J Model racer owned by Curtis Wear. In second place—again—was the Matt Harris of 40 Cal Customs, still nursing his broken leg but not holding back a bit on the track. Matt Walksler of Period Modified came in third and was all smiles about it.
Ebay Jake also gave the crowd a stunt show before the main event, mixing it up with Bubba Blackwell who popped some wheelies, too, while taking a break from his emcee duties. Bubba stepped in to fill-in for the recently deceased Barry Boone who was originally set to announce the races. Bubba respectfully led the crowd in a moment of silence to remember Barry.

There were dozens of side stories, the racers took time to meet with spectators, and pit crews exhibited a ton of dedicated effort. But instead of us relating more here, just take this advice: next time Sons of Speed racing happens, go. You won’t regret it.

Rhett Rotten exhibits proper Wall of Death style for Doug Wothk.
Rhett Rotten exhibits proper Wall of Death style for Doug Wothk.

 

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A few serious moments at the racer’s meeting.
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Josh Owens was nervous as the crew worked on his bike. Nice leathers, though!
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Billy runs a heat in period gear.
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Lining up for the Main.
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In the winner’s circle with Billy Lane, Matt Harris (2nd), Matt Walksler (3rd) and Ebay Jake 1st).

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Leah Visits the Evel Knievel Museum

1On her way toward Oklahoma to visit friends and leave her beloved Scout for the winter, Leah Misch stopped in to see the new Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka Kansas. Housed in a new facility adjacent to historic Harley-Davidson, the museum opened this past June and garnered visitors from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries in just three months.

 

Visitors see Evel’s motorcycles, leathers and helmets along with dozens of personal effects including his casts and gold checkbook. Plus:

  • Fully-restored Mack Truck Rig “Big Red” – cab, dressing room and trailer
  • Snake River Experience Room featuring the actual X-2 Sky Cycle
  • “Plan A Jump” interactive wall
  • Broken Bones interactive touch screens including Evel’s actual X-rays
  • Virtual Reality Jump Experience
  • “Big Red” Gallery with restoration film, crew recollections
  • 1970’s-era movie theatre with marquee, seating and décor
  • Film and crash videos of many famous jumps
  • The kid’s room, the garage, the family room
  • Children’s letters to Evel from decades ago
  • Many never-before-seen personal items and images7

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It’s the one and only exhibition showcasing the world’s largest collection of authentic artifacts that belonged to the most legendary, death-defying daredevil of all time! The Museum’s extensive and complete displays reflect the impact of a man who did the unthinkable and, some said, the impossible. They were tumultuous times in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. America needed a hero – and Evel Knievel gave us one!

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http://evelknievelmuseum.com/

ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS TO AUCTION CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE

ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS TO AUCTION CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE IN SUPPORT OF HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

GUERNSEY’S TO CONDUCT HOUSTON EVENT OCTOBER 12

Orange County Choppers, the most famous maker of extraordinary, one of a kind motorcycles – “choppers”  has just revealed a spectacular Texas Strong bike that will be sold at auction on October 12 in Houston. NYC-based Guernsey’s will be conducting the event with auction proceeds going to support the Peace of Mind Foundation and those whose mental health has been severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The 6 pm auction will be held live at Gallery Furniture, 6006 North Fwy. Bidders unable to attend can participate on LiveAuctioneers.com.12

 

Under the guidance of Paul Teutul, Sr., the exploits of OCC became a sensation for nearly a decade, effectively creating the world of reality television. Week after week, the shop produced one outrageous themed creation after another, pushing the boundaries of motorcycle design. This latest gesture reflects the giving nature OCC has always exhibited as their choppers frequently have been used to support worthy charitable causes. 14

Sporting the “Texas Strong” banner, this long, lean custom chopper features powerful red, white and blue regalia. The 124”, twin cam, six speed bike has a tricked-out rear fender, syringe exhaust, unique gas tank and many other one-off features.15

Gallery Furniture – the setting for the event – and the McIngvale family have been pillars of community support during the difficult times following Harvey. Indeed, Gallery opened its doors to provide food and shelter to those in greatest need during the darkest days. Now, one lucky successful bidder will revel in owning as extraordinary a motorcycle as this one, taking comfort in knowing that the event’s proceeds will be going towards continuing support of those who need the help most.16

Years ago, Guernsey’s worked with OCC to support the Fallen Heroes Fund, and is delighted to be assisting Orange County Choppers, Gallery Furniture and the Peace of Mind Foundation in this much needed effort. The Rosen Group will be assisting on this compelling project by helping to spread the word to a global audience. Bidders needing additional information should contact the auction house at 212-794-2280.18

 

American Flat Track mourns the loss of Barry Boone

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3DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 11, 2017) – The American Flat Track community is deeply saddened by the passing of Barry Boone, legendary race announcer, longtime motorcyclist and motorcycle racing enthusiast.4

A third-generation motorcyclist, Boone was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, a city with deep roots in racing. His passion for the sport was unmatched, and his long and successful career made him a legendary figure throughout the motorcycle community.

Week in and week out, Boone breathed life into the sport as the lead announcer for countless motorcycle races around the country and through his popular radio show Talking Motorcycles. His enthusiasm for the sport and motorcycling in general was infectious. He will be missed dearly.

“Barry was a true friend, both on and off the track,” said Scottie Deubler, who served as Boone’s co-anchor at more than 100 American Flat Track events over the last decade. “On the stage, he did such a wonderful job of making people feel comfortable even though they were in front of thousands of fans. Behind the scenes, he enjoyed life so much and was always so much fun to work with. We’re going to miss him.”

Boone was 62. He is survived by the love of his life Colette, sister Sharon Rone, brother-in-law Jack Rone and a close-knit family that adored him. His immediate family would like to personally thank all of Barry’s Motorcycle Family for all their love and support.

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover

Allstate Motorcycle Insurance Announces 2017 Winner!

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(Manheim, PA) August 30, 2017 – Garage-Girls and Allstate MotorcycleInsurance are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Patricia Thurston!  Patricia was selected among over 61 entries to this years contest.16

Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was July 7th, 2017. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover.   Patricia will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket AND Gloves by Indian Motorcycle, A Valerie bag by Motochic, A carb rebuild kit and more from S&S Cycle, A Navbag, tacker sign and apparel from Klock Werks, A momentum Vagabond bag by Kuryakyn, exhaust heat wrap by DEI, a batwing fairing and windshield from Memphis Shades, and MUCH MORE!!
To say Patricia was stunned would absolutely be an understatement, “I didn’t see my email till 4 days after the announcement, and I am humbled and so honored. Crying like sissy girl in fact, I so needed this.  You have no idea how this will help my dream of getting my motorcycle back on the road.”  -Patricia Thurston.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover and the girls are already hard at work planning the big celebration!  Stay tuned for more info to come.
“There is nothing better in this world than being able to help out a fellow rider, we love to support bigger organizations, but getting to experience the impact on a personal level, that is priceless.  Of course our sponsors are the ones we need to thank, they make this happen with their genuine hearts and compassion.  Thank you to Allstate Motorcycle they are truly doing all they can to #keepridersriding” –Sara Liberte, owner of Garage-Girls.

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visitwww.Garage-Girls.com
If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte atsara@saraliberte.com

About Garage-Girls 
Garage-Girls.com is the exciting established website developed to meet the growing needs of women who are seeking information about motorcycles/automotive and the culture. Our intent is to provide safe, accurate and fun information. The Focus of Garage Girls is to encourage women to maintain a balance between their love of motorcycles, cars, and anything in the garage with a healthy body and lifestyle.

About the Ultimate Biker Makeover
The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is a well-established contest entering it’s 9th year offering an opportunity to a well deserving winner the chance to get “Hooked UP” from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover. Submissions are narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and the opportunity to take home all the prizes!
About Allstate Motorcycle Insurance
For 50 years, Allstate Agents have delivered motorcycle protection with a purpose: to keep riders riding. Allstate is proud to be a long-time advocate and resource for the riding community. With features like the Rider Protection Package®, New Motorcycle Replacement and Genuine Parts Guarantee, we have your back – and with discounts that can help you save up to 50%, you can save your money for gas, more epic rides or more gear. You can feel confident that Allstate Agents know the special needs of riders and can help you customize a policy to meet the unique needs of you and your bike.

For More Information please Contact Sara Liberte at Sara@saraliberte.com 

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