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AS DAYTONA APPROACHES, I ASK THE QUESTION ONCE ASKED BEFORE

Pictures & Post by Jack McIntyre

One of my greatest “biker” memories was loading my first Harley-Davidson Fatboy onto my Dodge Ram a few decades ago, and doing the over night run from Philly to Daytona Beach for my first Biketoberfest. I had no idea what to expect, but when turning of 95 South onto Rt. 1 towards Ormand Beach, my eyes popped open the size of golf balls. Bikers everywhere, and I mean on bar fronts at every corner, parking lots, roads, beach… everywhere. I knew then that I was in my happy place. Since those days, I have watched the industry flourish, fall apart, pull it’s self back together, and keep trying up till today. I went from being just a visitor to very involved in the media side of motorcycling for the total love of it.THU_6347Truth is, my generation is getting older, not too old yet, but getting there. Of all of the things I have done in my life, biker rallies top the list by far. I go to as many as I can, and won’t stop until my body says to. My concern is, are the upcoming corporate professionals with the major motorcycle and component companies going to step up and keep up their roles? Are the up and coming media and event organizers going to keep alive these HUGE gatherings? I can only hope so and I would lend my experiences to anyone that would ask.

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Hollywood and Motorcycle Celebrities Helped Raise Charity Funds at Buffalo Chip®’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride®

20Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and motorcycling’s top industry leaders joined in the 2017 Legends Ride and Lunch to raise nearly $40,000 for charity.   BC-11684Photos courtesy Sturgis Buffalo Chip

 Sturgis, SD (December 11, 2017) – Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars joined with the Buffalo Chip and Legends Riders at 2017’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride presented by GEICO Motorcycle and together raised $32,150. The donation was split between two Black Hills charities, South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Those who attended the exclusive Legends Lunch that preceded the ride raised an additional $6,625 for two veterans support organizations, the Black Hills-based Sgt. Colton Derr Foundation and famed stunt rider Carey Hart’s charity of Continue reading Hollywood and Motorcycle Celebrities Helped Raise Charity Funds at Buffalo Chip®’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride®

Progressive Laconia Motorcycle Week®: A Long History

June 10th-18th, 2017 – New Hampshire – home to America’s Original Riding Rally®
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Jennifer Anderson – info@laconiaMCWeek.com

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May 2, 2017 – Laconia, NH –  This June, Laconia Motorcycle Week returns to New Hampshire for its 94th year, leaving some wondering how this popular, time-honored event first came to be.  Don’t try doing the math – because there’s a bit more to it than just counting back 94 years… The rally actually started in 1916, organized by local motorcycle dealers in central and southern New England, with a couple hundred motorcyclists traveling north for a get together (dubbed a “gypsy tour”) at Weirs Beach.  The tour was first sanctioned by the Federation of American Mo-torcyclists in 1917 and when the FAM disbanded in 1919, the Motorcycle and Allied Trades As-sociation (M&ATA) took over the sanction until 1924, when the American Motorcycle Associa-tion (AMA) was formed.  Back then, the weekend event centered around races and hill climbs.  The number of participants grew each year as did the event’s duration.  Over time, the rally blos-somed into a week-long event, eventually suffering in attendance and popularity after getting wrapped up in the upheavals of the 60’s.  The rally reverted to a 3-day weekend and would re-main so until 1991, when organizers revived the week-long event after seeing the success of Sturgis’ 50th Anniversary Rally in 1990.  Laconia Motorcycle Week reclaimed the support of local businesses and the AMA as a week-long rally and the oldest gypsy tour in the country.WelcomeBikers

Today, Laconia Motorcycle Week® is a much-expanded version of the early “gypsy tour” years offering attendees lots of fun, food, music and, of course, a forum to share in their passion (big or small) for riding.  Over 230,000 riders are expected to descend on the Lakes Region for the Ral-ly, holding the honor of the oldest of the three national rallies with Daytona and Sturgis being Laconia’s sister rallies.  Sure, the rev of motorcycles and sight of leather (lots of it) may be overwhelming, but don’t be fooled.  Behind those leather jackets are just regular people; a multi-generational group of enthusiasts, from all walks of life, who all just happen to share in the ex-hilaration and liberation that riding brings.slide01

“It’s a rite of passage,” says organizer Jennifer Anderson, “Many of us grew up hearing about “Laconia” and couldn’t wait to experience what all the buzz was about.  It’s easy to assume that the Rally is just a big party enjoyed by those on two-wheels, but it is so much more than that.  This is the one week of the year when riders get to hang out with thousands of other people, from all around the U.S. and world, who enjoy the very same thing they like – getting out and riding.  The Rally offers us all a chance of camaraderie while still having fun, packing on the miles, and even raising money for much deserved local charities”Laconia2

And its boundaries have expanded, too.  You’ll notice an uptick in motorcycle traffic throughout the state (not just limited to Laconia, Weirs Beach, or Loudon).  Motorcycle enthusiasts come to the state to enjoy the scenic riding as far east as the seacoast and as far north as the picturesque Kancamagus Highway, proving half the fun is getting here.
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So be a part of the continuing history.  Plan a ride to New Hampshire for this year’s Motorcycle Week (June 10 – June 18).  Whether it’s your first or 94th visit, you’ll find the passion for riding, around which this event was founded, has never changed.

Laconia Motorcycle Week® gives great appreciation to all of our sponsors, especially our Pre-senting Sponsors: Progressive, AMSOIL, and Hot Leathers as well as the State of New Hamp-shire for their large financial support of our rally each year.  For more information on visiting the State of NH, check out www.visitnh.gov.

Ride Safe and Keep Away from the Centerline!

 

Inaugural Sons of Speed Race, Boardtracking is back!

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Photos by Jack McIntryre and Leah Misch

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History of the Race
The Inaugural Sons of Speed race held Saturday, March 18 at New Smyrna Speedway was an epic mark in history for Daytona Bike Week. That was when Billy Lane brought back board track racing; a style of racing in which daring souls laid everything—even their lives—on the line.

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Imagine the pure adrenaline of racers in the early 1900’s riding motorized cycles needing a push start to begin the downward descent on an angled wooden race track. If this isn’t thrilling enough many bikes of this time leaked fluid on the track while riding on thin slick tires. Oh, and if that didn’t seem daring enough; don’t forget these motorcycles did not have brakes!

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In 1912, Eddie Hasha crashed while board track racing, killing himself and 5 others, while injuring 10 spectators. This gave the board tracks the nickname ‘The Murder Drome.

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Prep for the Race
In preparation for Daytona’s Sons of Speed race builders worked tirelessly to have the pre-1925 motorcycles running. A practice ride left many racers making final adjustments to their motorcycle into the early morning hours of race day.

Billy works tirelessly to get motorcycles ready for race day
Billy works tirelessly to get motorcycles ready for race day

Along with the excitement of bringing back the ‘Murder Drome’, safety needed to be addressed. A well thought out safety plan was reviewed with drivers before the race. A red towel tied to a flag pole was used as a makeshift Red Flag to warn racers of hazards on the track. Xavier Muriel, who is not just the drummer for rock band Buck Cherry but also a motorcycle enthusiast said, “I’m not here to push the limits on winning, I still need two hands to drum afterwards.” No injuries occurred on the asphalt track on race day.

The Race Highlights
Brotherly love graced the track when Billy Lane, the master mind of the Sons of Speed, raced alongside his brother Warren Lane.

Brothers Billy and Warren firing up their pre-1925 motorcycles
Brothers Billy and Warren firing up their pre-1925 motorcycles

Billy commented with a beaming smile, saying the best part of the long-anticipated race was, “RIDING!”
Racers reached speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour on their bikes. “Moonshiner” Josh Owens gained great speed during the practice round and scampered to a stop. The crowd roared as he safely stood on both feet.
One nail-biting heat saw Buzz Kanter passing Billy Lane to take the lead in a neck-in-neck competition that ended with grins of excitement. 12 “Being out there is a whole new level of racing,” he said.
In a post-race interview, Xavier Muriel who was initially hesitant of going full throttle stated, “Now I need to go home and sell 10 drum sets so I can pay for the work Billy needs to do to my next bike I’m going to race!”
How did the race end? Shelly Rossmeyer finished third on a 1915 Harley. Matt Harris finished 2nd on a 1924 Harley. And Brittany Olsen of 20th Century Racing took home the champion title—as the Daughter of Speed—on a 1923 Harley. Spectator John Marcella commented, “My vote was on Brittany the whole time; she has nerves of steel!”
Stay tuned for more excitement being brought back with board track racing from Iron Trader News! Enjoy the images below from Race Day!
Leah Misch

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DAYTONA BIKEWEEK, SON’S OF SPEED RACING, AND MORE

ABW3_0849Hello All, Jack McIntyre here. It’s Sunday, last day of Bikeweek in Daytona. I’m headed back to snowy Philly this morning so once home, I’ll really start to add coverage from Daytona on the website. If you are into the old board track racing, I have some great imagery for you all to roam through. Plus, Main Street is still the party and the numbers of visitors, in my view, has gone back to the days of old. The crowds in town were off the hook huge.

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Anyway, lots of coverage to come so stay tuned!