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Jesse James Trades Two Wheels for Four to Race TORC in Sturgis 

Jesse James will be on hand to kick off TORC: The Off Road Championship truck racing at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip – not just at the site but on the track!
On Aug. 5-6 at The Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, S.D., James will trade two wheels for four and compete in the nation’s premiere off-road truck racing series, TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL.
James has competed in both desert and short-course off-road racing and says he likes TORC’s approach to the Sturgis Rally.
“I feel like I have a pretty good pulse on that place (Sturgis) and no one’s ever done anything like what TORC is doing,” he said. “Everybody else is like ‘How are we going to make money off the bikers? How are we going to take their money? But TORC is coming in with ‘How are we going to entertain these dudes?’ Short-course off-road racing is full-out entertainment. You get a lot for your money. I think it’s going to go over well. I’m excited about it.
“For the last decade,” he continued, “I’ve been driving trophy trucks, but driving a PRO 2WD in the TORC Series is an all-out battle. We’re bumpin’ and bangin’, tearing doors off and hoods off from contact. These trucks jump 200 feet in the air at speeds over 100MPH. It’ll be some of the best racing these people have ever seen.”
James will race a 900 horsepower PRO 2WD race truck prepared by Troy Retclaff at his Green Bay, Wis., shop. A former bike builder himself, Retclaff is looking forward to working with James at Sturgis.
“I used to build custom motorcycles and have been a big fan of his,” Retclaff said. “I know there’s going to be a lot going on because of who he is, but I’m comfortable with that. I’m simply focused on providing a competitive truck that he can win with.”
Kurt Greaves, brother of PRO 4WD TORC Champion Johnny Greaves, will act as crew chief.
James will face off against CJ Greaves, Chad Hord, Jarit Johnson, Arie Luyendyk Jr., and a very competitive PRO 2WD TORC field at the inaugural ‘Battle At The Chip.’ CJ, the current PRO 2 points leader, is ready to see what James brings to the track.
“I’m looking forward to it for sure,” Greaves said. “He has driven a lot of stuff in his life so it will be awesome to see what he’s made of in a TORC truck.”
TORC President BJ Birtwell said James’ involvement in the inaugural race at The Chip is a positive start for what will be a permanent off-road racing facility there.

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Indian Motorcycle to Rev Things Up at 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally With All-New Model Year 2015 Lineup

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Experience the Industry’s Hottest New Bikes in a Week Packed With Demo Rides, Product Demonstrations, Apparel Sales, Live Music, and More

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – Jun 24, 2014) – Indian Motorcycle(R), America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its plans and itinerary for the 74(th) annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which formally runs August 4-10 in Sturgis, South Dakota. As the company celebrates the one year anniversary of its re-introduction into the motorcycle industry with the launch of the 2014 Indian Chief, this year’s unveiling of model year 2015 promises to be another memorable moment in Indian Motorcycle history. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Sturgis event page for updates.

Indian Motorcycle Display, 3rd & Lazelle St., August 2 – August 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Motorcycling fans are invited to stop by and explore the Indian Motorcycle display in Downtown Sturgis to check out the entire lineup of 2015 models. The Indian Motorcycle exhibit will offer hands-on product demonstrations, apparel sales, accessory displays, and much more. The display will also feature the American Motor Drome Company with live “Wall of Death” shows where daredevils risk life and limb to thrill and entertain Sturgis attendees. Shows performed daily on the hour; starting on Sunday, August 3 at 11 a.m. with the last show at 5 p.m. Tickets are complementary, courtesy of Indian Motorcycle. Riders can also enter for a chance to win a 2015 Indian motorcycle.

Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience, I-90 @ Exit 30, August 2 – August 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Sturgis Rally attendees can be among the first to ride the all-new 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup at the Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience on I-90 at Exit 30. Rides will be led daily with the first ride leaving at 9:15 a.m., last ride at 4:30 p.m. Riders must be 18 years of age and must provide proof of endorsement along with a helmet and appropriate riding attire. For full details visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Indian Motorcycle @ the Crossroads at Sturgis Buffalo Chip, August 2 – August 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Riders can also explore the new Indian Motorcycle display at the Crossroads to learn about the model year 2015 lineup, the brand’s heritage and sign up to win a 2015 Indian motorcycle. Admission to the Crossroads is free.

Indian Motorcycle Night @ the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sunday, August 3, 8:30 p.m.

Indian Motorcycle will host a party on Sunday, August 3 at Sturgis’ famous Buffalo Chip, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling(TM). In addition to southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performing live on the Chip’s main stage, Indian Motorcycle will take the stage to celebrate and showcase its all-new 2015 Indian motorcycles. All are invited; check the Indian Motorcycle website for special details for Indian Motorcycle owners. For details and ticket information, visit www.buffalochip.com or www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Indian Motorcycle Owner Activities

Owners of new and heritage Indian motorcycles will receive VIP treatment throughout the rally week starting with the Indian Motorcycle Owner Event on Sunday, August 3. Owners are encouraged to stop at the newly opened Indian Motorcycle Sturgis dealership from noon-2 p.m. for a complimentary lunch, followed by the opportunity to participate in any of a number of exciting planned rides. All owners are also invited to take part in Indian Motorcycle Night at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip for dinner and an evening of live music and enjoyment. Throughout the weeklong rally, Indian Motorcycle owners can present their key to receive a special complementary gift at the Lazelle St. display, sign up for the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group, and much more. Owners should watch their email for further details.

Indian's big reveal at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, last year during the Sturgis Rally.
Indian’s big reveal at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, last year during the Sturgis Rally.

Legends Roll In to Ride for Charity

Sturgis, SD (June 17, 2014) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s signature Legends Ride® is poised to host a record number of riders and raise more charitable funds than ever before on Monday, Aug. 4. The annual event draws in some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with hundreds of riders from around the globe; and the 2014 roster of celebrity guests is shaping up to be one of the most spectacular to date. The Buffalo Chip organized the Legends Ride in 2008 to bring riders together to raise funds for local charities including Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. In its six consecutive successful years, the ride has raised more than $325,000 for worthy Black Hills charities.

legends2“The Legends Ride is an opportunity to meet the Rally’s biggest celebrities,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip CEO. “It gives riders the chance to give back to Black Hills charities, ride with the stars through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, bid on a magnificent custom bike and enjoy world-class entertainment.”

Riders gather on Deadwood’s Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 4 to check in, meet the celebrities and check out the bikes. The 2014 Buffalo Chip Student Build Challenge™ bike will be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride in front of Deadwood’s Historic Franklin Hotel. The motorcycle is a fully customized 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by Sturgis Brown High School students under the instruction of industry veterans. Students worked side-by-side with the experts and learned state-of-art techniques while creating this beautiful, custom, 155 H.P. bagger. They entered the bike into the renowned Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul, MN, where it took first place in the High School Build Open Class. It also won first place in the Full Custom Bagger Division at the Black Hills Motorcycle Show.

Celebrities so far confirmed for the 2014 Legends Ride include:

  • Frank Fritz, star of History Channel’s “American Pickers”
  • R. Lee Ermey, film star and Golden Globe Award Nominee
  • Kristy Swanson, actress
  • Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises
  • Lloyd Eisler, Olympic bronze medalist and the 1993 World Champion skater
  • Joe Sylvester, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro Light Racer
  • Mark Kvamme, TORC (The Off Road Championship) Pro 4 Racer
  • Honky Tonk Man, professional WWE wrestling icon

The ride departs from Deadwood’s Main Street at 2:30 p.m. and leads participants through the most scenic areas of the fabled Black Hills. The ride culminates at the Buffalo Chip with a private catered reception and pre-concert party. A $150 donation is required from all riders, 100 percent of which benefit the two charities. Sponsors graciously provide riders general admission to Monday’s concerts by Zac Brown Band, John Mayall and The 4onthefloor, in addition to a Legends Ride souvenir gift pack and miles of the Rally’s best memories.

The Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride has been featured on CMT, the National Geographic Channel, the Tonight Show, FX Network, Funny or Die and the Travel Channel as well as countless print, online and newspaper articles.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 605-347-9000 or visit LegendsRide.com.

Industry-leading corporations through the United States provide support for the Ride that Rocks! ™ Their support allows for 100% of the riders contributions to be donated directly to the Black Hills Special Olympics and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.  Special thanks to presenting sponsors Adventure Power, AMSOIL, Budweiser, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Deadwood Chamber, Epiphone Guitars, GEICO Motorcycle, Hot Leathers, Kinetik Audio, Pepsi, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Silverado Franklin Hotel & Casino and Victory Motorcycles for supporting the 2014 Legends Ride!

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. The Chip’s nine days of concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry’s hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The famed creek-fed, 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining family-owned, independent music festivals in the world. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

About the Legends Ride

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride is dedicated to bringing rally goers together to raise significant funds for local charities including the Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.  Having raised over $325,000 for charity since its inception in 2008, the Legends Ride has played host to some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with riders from all corners of the world.

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Queensrÿche to Unleash at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Sturgis, SD (June 10, 2014) – Progressive heavy metal band Queensrÿche will take to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® main stage armed with its arsenal of hit songs including “Silent Lucidity,” “I Don’t Believe in Love,” “Jet City Woman” and “Revolution Calling” Saturday, Aug. 2. The three decades worth of hits they’ll be performing at the world-famous motorcycle and music festival have helped the band to move over 30 million albums and sell out shows all over the world, Queensrÿche’s Buffalo Chip performance will take place prior to that of British, post-punk hard rockers, The Cult, on day two of the nine-day music festival,

queen“Queensrÿche and The Cult are a great combination of bands to help kick off the first weekend of the festival,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Guests who have just arrived will be riding high in anticipation of the good times ahead, and these two bands’ explosive energy will keep them there.”

The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ officially kicks off its early bird party on July 28 and its annual Friday Fest bash on Friday, Aug. 1. In addition to top-name, nightly concerts, guests are invited to drool over top custom bikes a number of unique bike shows, fly over the amphitheater on the zip line, roll a strike at midget bowling, enter one of many off-the-wall contests and experience the multitude of other daily activities happening exclusively at the Buffalo Chip.

 

The concert line-up to date includes:

Friday, Aug. 1 – Loverboy and Friday Fest with six bands, dance troupes and free beer

Saturday, Aug 2 – The Cult and Queensrÿche

Sunday, Aug. 3 – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Collective Soul

Monday, Aug. 4 – Zac Brown Band and John Mayall

Tuesday, Aug. 5 – Mötley Crüe – The Final Tour with Alice Cooper, and Sweet Cyanide

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – ZZ Top and Florida Georgia Line

Thursday, Aug. 7 – Train and Pop Evil

Friday, Aug. 8 –Cheap Trick and The Pretty Reckless

Saturday, Aug. 9 – To be announced soon

 

Passes for the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ may be reserved online at www.BuffaloChip.com or by calling 605-347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. The Chip’s nine days of concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry’s hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The famed creek-fed, 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining family-owned, independent music festivals in the world. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

AMSOIL Renews Title Sponsorship for WMDRA Sturgis Nationals

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AMSOIL Renews Title Sponsorship for WMDRA Sturgis Nationals
AMSOIL INC. of Superior, Wisconsin, has renewed their Title Sponsor agreement with the Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) for the 2014 AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with AMSOIL for our 3rd Annual Sturgis Nationals, and excited to continue the drag racing tradition at the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” says WMDRA President Sandra Alberti.
AMSOIL is the Official Oil of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Daytona Bike Week, Biketoberfest, Laconia and the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally in Galveston, Texas. AMSOIL manufacturers advanced synthetic motorcycle oils for Harley-Davidson and V-Twin engines, as well as the whole range of metric bikes on the market. AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil helps bikes achieve optimal performance for hot-running engines, transmissions and primary chain cases.
amsiol2“Drag racing is a great tradition at the Sturgis Rally,” said AMSOIL Director of Dealer Sales Rob Stenberg, “and we’re glad to be able to support the WMDRA for the third straight year and again help ensure that there is drag racing during the Sturgis Rally. The AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals provides rally attendees with a great event.” Stenberg added, “Stop by the AMSOIL booth on Main Street on Monday, August 4th, to see nitro bike burnouts and talk to the racers!”
According to City of Sturgis Rally & Events Director Brenda Vasknetz, “Racing is the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally! We are so excited that AMSOIL and the WMDRA are continuing to bring such an entertaining event to Sturgis Dragway in 2014. You don’t want to miss it!”
Main Street Burnouts will take place at the AMSOIL campus on the 900 block of Main Street in downtown Sturgis on Monday, August 4. Racing is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5 and 6 at Sturgis Dragway, located at 20523 Hwy 79, just off Hwy 34 between the Full Throttle Saloon and Buffalo Chip Campground. A full schedule of activities will be posted soon.
About WMDRA
The Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) was formed in 2011 to promote the sport of all-make (American and Metric) motorcycle drag racing in the Western United States. For more information about the WMDRA please call (208) 850-5795 or visit www.westernmotodrags.com.
About AMSOIL
AMSOIL has been the recognized leader in synthetic lubrication since 1972. For more information about AMSOIL synthetic motor oils contact your nearest AMSOIL distributor, or call AMSOIL at (715) 392-7101 or 1-800-777-8491. AMSOIL INC., AMSOIL Building, Superior, WI 54880, or www.amsoil.com.

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