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Charlie St. Clair receives Silver Spoke Award for improving the image of Motorcycling.

Article by Jennifer Anderson – info@laconiaMCWeek.com

Charlie St. Clair, executive director for Laconia Motorcycle Week, has been awarded the 2018 Silver Spoke Award for Government in recognition for the good work he has done to improve the image of motorcycling. The award was presented on May 12, 2018 at the 33rd Annual NCOM Convention and Awards Banquet in Mobile, Alabama. NCOM (National Coalition of Motorcyclists) is a national motorcyclist’s rights organization and was created to promote a positive image, serve as a legislative voice, educate and unite the motorcycling community. Says Richard M. Lester, NCOM Founder, “we have found that communication between motorcyclists is not only valuable, but necessary to achieve our mutual goals.” The convention, which draws more than a thousand motorcyclists from throughout the United States and around the world, offers workshops and seminars on timely issues such as the intelligent transportation system and how it effects motorcycles, running for public office, learning the legislative process, motorcycle safety and awareness, fighting anti-motorcycle discrimination, veteran affairs, motivating the grass roots and more.12121

Laconia Motorcycle Week is the world’s oldest motorcycle rally. In his capacity as Executive Director, Charlie has worked for the nonprofit for three decades and has committed himself to educating visitors and residents of the lakes region about the community of motorcycling. Says Charlie after hearing of his Silver Spoke Award nomination, “I’m proud to have served this great community of riders and the relationships we’ve built over the years. There’s a reason why Laconia Motorcycle Week has a legacy spanning 95 years, and I dedicate this award to all the people that have made this rally such a success through its camaraderie and love of riding.”

Laconia Motorcycle Week® gives great appreciation to all of our sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsors: Progressive, AMSOIL, American Iron Outfitters and AARP as well as the State of New Hampshire for their large financial support of our rally each year.

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!

 

Buffalo Chip Hot Leathers’ “Win a Trip to the Buffalo Chip Contest” for Sturgis 2017

Buffalo Chip Hot Leathers’ “Win a Trip to the Buffalo Chip Contest” for Sturgis 2017 Now Open to Enter 

Lots of Sponsors, Lots of Prizes for Epic Contest from Hot Leathers and the Buffalo Chip

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Manchester, CT (March 16, 2017) – Hot Leathers, the industry leader in motorcycle apparel and accessories and the world-famous Buffalo Chip have teamed up with some big names in the motorcycling world for their Win a Trip to the Buffalo Chip Contest. One lucky contestant will win 10 nights of camping and concerts at the world-famous Buffalo Chip during the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.

“Someone’s going to get the trip of a lifetime,” says Andy George, Hot Leathers executive vice president. “Some of the best people in the motorcycling world have joined us in putting together a premium prize package.”

Anyone—so long as they’re 21 years old and have a valid e-mail address—can enter to win at hotleathers.com/contest. The prize package for Hot Leathers’ Win a Trip to the Buffalo Chip Contest includes:

 10 nights of camping and concerts for two at the world-famous Buffalo Chip during the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August 2017

A one-of-a-kind Hot Leathers USA Made Leather Buffalo Chip jacket

A one-year subscription to Cycle Source Magazine (plus the opportunity to document your trip and publish it in Cycle Source!)

A $500 travel voucher from the Laconia Roadhouse

AND a custom painted-and-signed gas tank from Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation

For the chance to win the trip of a motorcycling lifetime, just go to www.hotleathers.com/contest and enter now!

About Hot Leathers

Hot Leathers has been serving the motorcycle community for more than 30 years and is the leading motorcycle apparel and merchandiser in the country. Want to stay updated on all the Hot Leathers events and specials? Want to follow the Hot Leathers trailers around the country and get first glimpses at Officially Licensed Merchandise? Then be sure to “Like” Hot Leathers on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hotleathers. You can also follow them on Instagram: https://instagram.com/hotleathers.

Laconia Roadhouse the Premier Entertainment Venue For Laconia Motorcycle Week®

New Faro Italian Grille and Entertainment Lineup for Laconia Roadhouse

Laconia, New Hampshire (May 5, 2015) – The Laconia Roadhouse has announced the entertainment schedule for Laconia Motorcycle Week® as well as the opening of the new Faro Italian Grille, with a new menu, to replace the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound. As in years past, there will be no shortage of entertainment all day every day for the duration of the rally at the Laconia Roadhouse.

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The main stage, featuring the best production quality during Laconia Motorcycle Week®, will host live music from major regional acts every day starting at 1 p.m. and go until the beer runs out. In addition, the Bud Tent will have live music daily, from 3-6 p.m., where you can enjoy some of the area’s favorite bands in the shade of the largest beer tent in town.

The majority of Laconia riders know that at 4 p.m. every day they need to head to the Laconia Roadhouse main stage to see the world-famous wet T-shirt contest. It is sure to provide some adult entertainment after a long day of riding through the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

New this year, the Flaunt Girls–billed as “part burlesque, part cirque and all tease”–will take the stage every night at 8:00 p.m. and dazzle the crowd with a fun-filled 45-minute routine that includes aerials and dance numbers guaranteed to get every biker fired up.  You can be sure that everyone will be talking about the Flaunt Girls as they perform exclusively at the Laconia Roadhouse during Laconia Motorcycle Week® 2015.

The Laconia Roadhouse complex has always enjoyed a reputation for great ambience and even better meals. Building on the reputation of excellence earned with the Lobster Pound and Laconia Roadhouse, Owner-Operators Richard and Mike Ray have now created a preeminent Italian dining experience.

Faro Italian Grille features family recipes and the freshest local ingredients, a wide variety of menu items to accommodate all tastes and dietary restrictions, and large seating and bar areas that allow for the servicing of bigger parties. And a meal at Faro Italian Grille serves as the perfect warm-up to the recreation and enjoyment waiting at the Laconia Roadhouse.
About Laconia Roadhouse and Faro Italian Grille
The Laconia Roadhouse and Faro Italian Grille serve as the entertainment and food and beverage focal points for Laconia Motorcycle Week®. Owned and operated by Richard and Mike Ray, this tandem has provided patrons of Laconia Motorcycle Week® with the best in live entertainment and fine dining for 30 years. Visit both enterprises online at www.laconiaroadhouse.com and www.faroitaliangrille.com, and be sure to like them on Facebook.

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