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We’d like to start off this wonderful month of April with a big THANK YOU to all of you readers who grab a magazine each month & turn your friends on to us by passing along a copy. And to those who have a home subscription or read us online at our website each month…. you all are what keeps us going month after month, putting together Thunder Roads & for that we truly thank you. Just as without the support of our advertisers every month, if we didn’t have you all with us, we would definitely not exist. We would like for you to be involved as much as possible by sharing your stories, or pictures for our Hot Shots, Hot Plates, Biker Pals etc… Email us anytime and as often as you’d like. We want to share the fun times & adventures that are happening out on the road with everyone who reads the magazine but we need you to send them in. Many thanks to those who have shared with us…please keep the pics coming!!!...we love it! Rides, Rides & more Rides!!! Have you checked our events calendar? Wow….& they just keep coming! The magazine comes out only once a month but our online calendar is updated daily so be sure to check it before you make your plans. There is enough to do out there to last the rest of the year so take your pick…from Delaware to South Carolina & everywhere in between…this is the best time to start planning some road trips. You know, life is so precious & a lot of us take so many things for granted. I’ll admit that I’m very guilty of that myself. From my family to my friends…sometimes I’m so busy that I sort of take it for granted that they will always be here or I’ll always be here to enjoy them. There are no guarantees that we will be around tomorrow. Do you send flowers when someone passes away? Do you take a road trip or fly across country to attend a relative’s funeral, someone who you have not seen for years? Why don’t we do these things when people are alive? Why not send flowers just for the heck of it or just to say “I’m thinking of you”. Why not take a flight or a drive to see family or even friends that you haven’t seen in “forever”. It’s crazy isn’t it? If you were told that you only had 6 months to live (or even shorter), what would you do & how would you treat people? Would you be extra kind & try to do more to help? Why would we wait until we have a deadline stamped on us to change our ways of how we do things in our everyday life? I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. Spend time with people while they’re here & you’re here…don’t wait until someone passes to gather together. Spend money with loved ones now instead of stashing it for when you go. You really can’t take it with you. That song, “The Cat’s in the Cradle” sends a very powerful message & is all so true. We’re so busy trying to make a living, run here & there, keep up with work, school, kids, bills etc…we don’t stop & take time to thoroughly enjoy things anymore …it’s all rush, rush. For those of you who are just as guilty as I am, how about joining me in trying to slow down a bit, enjoy life & those you love…as the old expression goes “Take time to stop & smell the roses”. What a lovely scent it is indeed Have a fantastic month folks & get out & ride as often as you can. Here’s to Peace, Love & Happiness in all your days – Cheers! See you next month! Stay safe on your roads
Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 NCOM News Bytes..........................................22 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 On Eagle’s Wings.............................................25 The Joker’s Wild..............................................26 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 Advertisers Index..........................................36
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ONGOING EVENTS BIKER CHURCH SERVICES Biker Church Service Mechanicsville, MD Rushing Wind Ministry, 29025 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, MD 20659, Gordon Bacon, Preacher, 240-577-0605, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday service 10am -10:30am gathering and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Wednesday Bible study 7pm-8:30. Friday night bike night 6:30pm-10pm. Services are held every Sunday; Bible Study held every Wednesday; Bike Night ever Friday Night. Liberty Biker Church & Blessing of the Bikes Isle of Wight County, VA Our focus is sharing the Word of God with the motorcycle community, without all the preconceived ideas that you have to dress a certain way or look like everyone else. For anyone who thinks you have to fit in or be like everyone else, guess what: People can be different. And so is Liberty Biker Church. Hang-around (social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee. Worship service: 11 a.m. with Christian rock band Stronghold providing the church music. Our address is 17011 Courthouse Hwy, Isle of Wight County, VA, contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612 –We hold services every Sunday & we hold a Blessing of the Bikes the 1st Sunday of each month. Tidewater Motorcycles Chili Dog Social EVERY TUESDAY Free Chili Dog’s every Tuesday at Tidewater Motorcycles. 4324 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434. visit www.tidewatermotorcycles.net for more info.
SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that you’ve chosen for yours.
accessories, chrome, steel and everything in between! Pickup parts for your hot rod, rat rod, bobber, café racer, chopper or drag bike. This isn’t just for Harley’s folks! Early Bird Registration $15 per 10x10 space. Waiting until the day of the swap it’s $20 per 10x10 space. This is a drizzle or shine event, remember to bring your pop-up tent. As always, it’s FREE to come and shop plus lots of FREE parking. Sorry, no crafts, jewelry, peek-a-boo dolls, etc.. Call us or stop by the shop to reserve your space today. 410.633.3113. Payments accepted: Visa/MC, Discover AmEx, Cash, Paypal, Personal checks accepted until 03.15.12. email@example.com. www.kundratickustoms.com. Location: Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles 6310 Holabird Avenue Baltimore MD 21224 Apr 21st Spring Open House – Hughesville, MD Free food, Vendors, Car & Bike Show by Boston Nichols, Fashion show and so much more! 10:00am-4:00pm You don’t want to miss it! All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Leonardtown, Rd, Hughesville, MD 20637, (888) 833-2REV Apr 21st – 29th 10th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week™ - Harbinger, NC For a complete schedule of events, visit our website at www.outerbanksbikeweek.com For Vendor or Sponsorship packages contact Shamra at (252)338-8866 or contact us via email at: events@ outerbankshd.com. 9 Days of Non-Stop Entertainment & Riding. Win a $1000.00 Shopping Spree. 100 Miles of Scenic Barrier Islands. Live Bands & Bikini Contests. Bike Shows & Poker Runs. Guided Tours. Tattoo Contest & Beer Belly Contest H-D 2012 Factory DEMO Rides. Historic Lighthouses. Wright Brothers Memorial. Pirate lore and history. Location: Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, Harbinger, North Carolina Apr 25th – 28th Outer Banks Bike Rally 2012 for Toby’s Dream Foundation – Manns Harbor, NC Four day event to make dreams come true for kids with life threatening conditions for Toby’s Dream. Wall of Death daily, bike contests and games, corn hole, raffles, food, drink, dunk tank, eating contests, poker runs Wed. and Thurs. 11:30 AM, live music all day Friday and Sat. featuring Eliminator, a ZZ Top tribute band, The Walker Brothers, DERAIL, Scott Franson, bikini contest 1 PM Saturday, vendors, raffles and a whole lot more. Come on out and enjoy the fun at the beautiful Vertigo Tattoo property. Event is free except Friday and Saturday, $5 donation per bike. Vertigo Tattoo. 7594 Shipyard Road, Manns Harbor, NC 27953 Apr 26th Women’s Garage Party – Seaford, DE A women-only event introducing ladies to the exiting world of Harley-Davidson of Seaford. 6pm to 8pm. There will be demonstrations, games, informational group meetings and you can even RIDE a Harley-Davidson. Leave the men home, and come have some fun. Bring someone who may be thinking about riding. E-mail to RSVP your spot - we need to know how much wine to get ;-) www. hdofseaford.com April 28th Officer Down Poker Run – Haymarket, VA The inaugural Officer Down Memorial Poker Run will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Haymarket, VA. Join us as we ride to honor and remember the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers nationwide. Participants will enjoy a great ride followed by live music and great food, as well as motorcycle demonstrations by law enforcement. Preregister online by April 14th and receive a free t-shirt. 8am to 2pm. For more information, visit the ride’s website, http://www.officerdownpokerrun. com. Ride Start and End Location: Lion & Bull Restaurant - Bar & Grill. Apr 28th Hillsville VABA Swap Meet – Hillsville, VA The Hillsville VABA Swap Meet will be on April 28th, 2012 at the VFW Fairgrounds in Hillsville, VA. Vendors for Motorcycles, Cars, Hot Rods and Classic Car parts will be available. General admission is only $5.00. Active military is free. Inside and outside vendor spots are available at a very reasonable cost. Gates open at 10:00 on Saturday. The band Cottonmouth Xpress will play from 4:00 till 8:00. Route 58 in Hillsville, VA (I-77 exit 14). Sponsored by The Virginia Bikers Association. Profits go to selected charities. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.vabikers.org May 4th – 6th Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally - Maggie Valley, NC Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during our three-day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed. Gates open at 11am-11pm on Fri., 9am11pm on Sat. & 9am - 4pm on Sun. Call 828-246-2101 or visit www.HandlebarCorral.com May 4th – 6th Beach Bash Motorcycle Weekend -Virginia Beach, VA Beach Bash Weekend at the Holiday Trav-L-Park Campground in Virginia Beach, VA. Bring your motorcycles and golf carts to enjoy an awesome weekend of camping and partying! Friday 7pm11pm River Boyz Band, Food & Beverages, Saturday 2pm-5pm Blue Lords Band, 7pm-11pm EverAfter Band. All day events on Saturday include Motorcycle & Golf Cart Show (trophies), Motorcycle Contests (prizes), Burnout Pit, Food, Beverages & much more! All activities will benefit the Vetshouse, Inc. For information and reservations: Holiday Trav-L-Park Campground, 1075 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451, 800-548-0223 / 757-425-0249, Contact: June LeBeau, June@campingvb.com / web site - www.campingvb.com, No Trouble, No Attitudes May 5th C.O.P.S. Relay for Life Team Poker Run for American Cancer Society-Appomattox, VA C.O.P.S. (Commonwealth Officers Promoting Survival) Relay for Life Team is sponsoring a Poker Run to benefit the American Cancer Society in Memory of Lisa Roakes (Retired First Sergeant). Starting at the Appomattox County Rescue Squad Building in Appomattox and traveling country scenic routes. Registration is 9:00 AM to11:00 AM. Last bike out by 11:15 AM. Cost of $20.00 per bike and riders additional $10.00. 2 extra cards available for $5 each. 50/50 drawing and Door Prizes. Meal provided at end of ride. Any questions or for more information, please call 434-352-3409
Apr 7th You Sell Used Bike Sale – Seaford, DE Bring your motorcycle to our lot and sell it. One day only, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No parts. No grills. No trailers. No other dealers. No selling your kids. Bikes Only. And if you need financing our F&I people can write loads for people buying YOUR bike. Harley-Davidson of Seaford, DE, 22586 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973, (302) 629-6161, www.hdofseaford.com Apr 12th – 15th Barry’s Outer Banks Bike Rally – Grandy, NC Held @ Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant * Lodge * Sport Center, 169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy, NC 27939. ALL AT ONE LOCATION --ON THE WATER. Free Admission – LIVE On Site Extreme Seal Exercise! Vendors * Food * Beverages * Bands * Contests * Tattoo Artists * Biker vs Food Contest * Camping * Motor Home Spaces * Great Live Music Featuring GATORHEAD! Also performing is Strange Brew Band & Barefoot & Crazy Band. Official Bike Week T’S only $15.95. *RIDE-EAT-SLEEP-REPEAT AT BARRY’S* www.obxbikerally.net, www.barrysbikerally.com, www. outerbanksbikeshow.com, www.northcarolinabikeweek.com Apr 14th 36th Anniversary Celebration – Seaford, DE Harley-Davidson of Seaford turns 36, and we’re celebrating. We’ll have cake, of course, but also live music, a tattoo contest, demo rides of 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, demonstrations and more fun than you can shake a stick at. 9am to 5pm. www.hdofseaford.com Apr 14th & 15th Virginia Bike Fest – Petersburg, VA Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group presents the Virginia Bike Fest - Bike Race & Show. Hosted by The Red Knights Motorcycle Club. Skydive into the Bike Fest! Fly Your Leathers Proud-Register to Win at VirginiaMotorsports.com. Sat Apr 14th – The BIG Show: “Throttle Grippin Speed” - Nitro Harleys * Bike Drags * Heads Up Door Cars. “Midway Action” - Bike Burnout Pit * Nitro Saloon * Free Pig Pickin (while the Hog lasts) * Lots of Vendors! “Wide Open On Stage” - Four Live Bands * Swimsuit Contest * Hot Mama Contest * Big Daddy Contest. Sun Apr 15th – Recovery Day: Open Drag for Cars & Bikes * Bike Fun Runs. Virginia Motorsports Park, 8018 Boydton Plank Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803. (804) 862-3174. www.VirginiaMotorsports.com Apr 15th Delmarva HOG Poker Run – Seaford, DE Delmarva HOG’s annual poker run, set for April 15, at Harley-Davidson of Seaford, De. Registration 10 a.m. to noon, last bike in at 2:30, awards at 3 p.m. $10 donation per hand also gets you a free hot dog and a free soda. Top prize $500 (based on 500 entries). Legendary HOG-A-Muffin’s available at check in. Open to all motorcycles, no alcohol please. www.delmarvahog.com Apr 15th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email email@example.com. Rain date Apr 22nd Apr 15th Kundratic Motorcycles Spring Swap Meet Baltimore MD BUY, SELL or SWAP! The Annual Spring Swap Meet has been set for Sunday April 15th 2012. Traditional old school swap meet with motorcycle & hot rod parts only. Tons of vendors will be buying, selling and swapping used parts, vintage parts, new parts, hard to find parts, fenders, tanks, frames,
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May 5th Southside Harley-Davidson’s Annual Bike Show, Bikini Pageant, Bike Wash & Cookout Virginia Beach. We want to see your hand / home built customs! Trophies & Gift Cards awarded. Bike Show registration 9am to 11am. $5 donation to the American Cancer Society. CLASSES: Stock, Mild Custom, Custom, Categories: Touring, Softail, Dyna/FXR, Sportster, EVO & Earlier, Sport Bike. For more info on this event contact Southside Harley-Davidson (757) 499-8964 or visit www.southside-hd.com . May 5th Hog Bash 2012 – Accomac, VA Onancock Elks Lodge #1766 presents Hog Bash 2012 Bike and Cash Raffle. Saturday May 5th, Noon till 4pm,$40 per person. Only 1250 tickets will be sold. 2012 Harley-Davidson Switchback. $250 Cash Drawing every 15 minutes. Food ALL YOU CAN EAT. Beverages. Live music. T-shirts. Held rain or shine.22454 Front Street, Accomack, VA 23301. For more information Call 757-787-7750 or 757-710-1694 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 5th 6th Annual Salty Dawg Poker Run for the Fisher House – Hampton & Virginia Beach, VA Salty Dawgs Riding Club 6th Annual Poker Run. Supporting: The Fisher House. The fisher house supports America’s military in their time of need, they provide “a home away from home” that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time--during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury, for more information see: WWW.FISHERHOUSE.ORG. Registration from 9-11 am. 1st Bike out at 9:30am Last Bike Out 11am. Last bike in 3:00 PM. STARTING POINTS: Peninsula: Nascar, 1996 Power Plant Parkway Hampton Va.; Southside: Grumpy’s 995 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Ending spot is NASCAR Featuring Door Prizes, Auction, 50/50 Drawing, Cornhole Tournament, Bike and Car Show. Extra Door Prize ticket for donation of paper products TP, Paper Towels, Paper plates, Etc. for The Fisher House. $10.00 per Rider and $5.00 per Passenger Cars welcome! Breakfast Buffet available at both starting points. Live entertainment at conclusion of ride. For information call Run Coordinator, James (Big joker) Bigham 757-621-2325 or Bob (Dutchie) Lyytinen 757-362-7164. May 6th Poker Run - benefiting MOW – Amherst, VA Second Annual poker run begins and ends at Mountain View Market 1900 Lowesville Rd., Amherst, VA (community of Lowesville). Registration begins at 11AM. The fee is $20, and additional play cards are $10. 70 mile ride includes stops at Devil Backbone and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Prizes drawn at 5PM: best 5 card wins 2 VT tickets and meal for 2, best 7 card draw wins MC Jacket and meal for 2, worst hand wins $50. Food and live music at the end included. For more information visit www.blueledge.org or call 434-946-4864. Benefits Blue Ledge Meals on Wheels. Location: Lowesville, VA May 11th Real Bikers Read – Hampton, VA Join Smith Elementary as they host their 2nd “Real Bikers Read” celebration of the joy of reading and riding. Share in promoting the importance of reading to the Smith family children and teachers and have the opportunity to showcase your bike ! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Mr. Shackleford, Parent Involvement Facilitator, at 757-850-7340 or email@example.com 10AM-12:30PM. Capt. John Smith Elementary, 379 Woodland Rd., Hampton, VA 23669. May 19th HRHOG LOH Yard Sale – Yorktown, VA The Hampton Roads Harley Owners Group, Ladies of Harley will host a yard sale on May 19th, 2012 in the parking lot at Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson at 6450 Geo Wash Mem Hwy. Yard sale will open at 8:30 AM and operate until 2:00 PM. We have two trailers of fine items to sell and you can visit your dealership at the same time! Contact Katina Stockbridge @ 757-871-7599 with any questions. All proceeds to benefit U.S. Marine Corps, Toys for Tots! May 20th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain date May 27th May 26th Official Reunion Spot for Rolling Thunder XXV – Ft Washington, MD Make sure to join us for free food, live band, vendors and so much more! You can purchase your Official Rolling Thunder XXV t-shirts, pins and patches! Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC. www.hdwash.com May 26th Motorcycle Cruise In – Seaford, DE The last Friday of the month, motorcycle cruise-in at Harley-Davidson of Seaford with live music by Anything Goes Band, food from K&R Concessions and adult beverages for sale that benefit the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. From 6 to 9 p.m., all motorcycles welcome and even those on four wheels as well. www.hdofseaford.com May 27th American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride – Ft Washington, MD Join us for free coffee, donuts and opening ceremony before the ride with the largest contingency of bikes leaves the dealership, heading to the Pentagon Parking lot. Dealership opens at 7:30 am, ride leaves at 9 am. Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC. www.hdwash.com
SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that you’ve chosen for yours.
June 2nd Back of the Dragon Day – Tazwell, VA Back of the Dragon Day, “The Awakening” will take place in Tazewell and Marion VA. on their main street at the same time on 2 June 2012. Open to the public at 9:00am. Live music, bike show and car show with motorcycle and sport car company displays, with vendors. Each town will have their unique sponsors and vendors. There will be pllenty of food and beverages from local restaurants and food vendors. It’s all about the ride, and we have 32 miles of the most challenging black top you will ride. Come and earn your Dragon Master Patch! Make Back of the Dragon your destination on June 2nd. Contact: Tazewell VA. 276-988-2501 email@example.com Marion VA. 276-783-4190 kheath@ smyth.net Larry Davidson 276-988-5726 firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Main St. Tazewell VA. 24651 & Marion VA. 24354 Jun 2nd Ride for the Children and Kidz 2 Kamp (K2K) - Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach, VA. Ride for the Children and Kidz 2 Kamp (K2K) is the annual fund raiser held by the Beacons of Tidewater CMA Chapter in Virginia Beach, VA. We have two charities that we support with this event. The first is EDMARC Hospice for Children which supports children and families of children with life threatening illnesses. The second is Camp Hope Haven which allows underprivileged children to attend summer camps. This ride starts at Roger Brown’s at 316 High Street, Portsmouth VA with registration starting at 9 AM and ends at Camp Hope Haven, 3000 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach VA. Registration is $15.00 for the rider and $5.00 for the passenger and this is the only event in the Tidewater area that includes a free breakfast and a free lunch. We are always looking for sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Vincent, 810-5865. For more information on the event please contact Mickey, 636-1926. Registration - Roger Brown’s, 316 High St, Portsmouth June 3rd Richmond Ride for Kids – Mechanicsville, VA Richmond Times Dispatch, Times Dispatch Blvd.(off rt 301) Mechanicsville, VA.23116. A police escorted loop ride through Hanover and King William Counties. This is a fund raiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Rain or shine event. Coffee and donuts and light lunch provided. Come out, bring your friends, bring your money, meet our “stars”, kids who have survived a brain tumor (cancer) or are currently undergoing treatment. Listen to their stories and be a part of our effort to raise money to find a cure for this deadly disease. Learn more @ www.rideforkids.org or www.pbtfus.org. or 800-253-6530 Local contact Mark Johnson: email@example.com Richmond Times Dispatch Building, Times Dispatch Blvd. Mechanicsville,VA 23116 Jun 7th, 8th & 9th 17th Annual South Central Bike Fair – Chase City, VA 3rd Annual Working Man’s Biker Build Off – Participants TBA. Friday Jun 8th: Gates open at 2pm - Hot Rod Bike Cruz-In w/Live Music & Vendors. Saturday Jun 9th: Bike Fair, Rodeo & Poker Run. 25 Class Bike Show * Burnout Pit * Rodeo * 50/50 * Contests * Poker Run * Vendors * Tattoos * LIVE MUSIC. $5 donation for Poker Run. $5 donation for Bike Show. $15 Weekend General Admission or $10 per day. Coolers welcome * Camping * BYOB. Food & drinks available. www.southcentralbikefair.com. Find us on FaceBook – SouthCentralBikeFair. Both events held @ Chase City VFD Training Grounds, 534 Jonbil Rd, Chase City, VA 23924. For more info call (434) 372-0092. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Benefitting the Chase City Volunteer Fire Dept. www.southcentralbikefair.com June 10th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email email@example.com. Rain date June 17th Jun 16th 20th Annual Big Damn Bike Show – Orange, VA Free bike show, live music, vendors, food, entertainment and more! No admission charge, children activities. Free. Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson 385 Waugh Blvd Orange, VA 22960. Time: 9:00am-5:00pm Jun 16th Katelynn Stinnett Memorial Ride – Fredericksburg, VA Join fellow bikers as we raise monies for awareness and prevention of child abuse issues. All monies raised will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. Onsite Registration: 8:00am-9:00am; Kickstands up at 9:30am. Your donation gets you a great ride, food, fun, and raffles. Donations: $30 Rider / $20 Passenger. Pre-Register online by June 4th and receive a free ride t-shirt. For more information, visit the official ride website: http://www.KatelynnStinnettMemorialRideVirginia. com.Start Location: Big Daddy Leather, 1900 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540)-899-0048 Jun 21st – 23rd Virginia State H.O.G. Rally – Williamsburg, VA The 22nd Annual Virginia State H.O.G. Rally returns to Williamsburg, VA. www.vastatehogrally.com Jun 23rd US Military Vets M/C Dice Run – Virginia Beach, VA The US Military Vets M/C http://usmvmcvabch.org/ is hosting a dice run that is starting and ending at Clutch Bar & Grill at 1485 Gen. Booth Blvd VA Beach, VA on 23 JUN 12. Registration is from 0900-1100 (9am-11am) with the first bike out at 0930. Last bike in no later than 1500 (3PM) as that’s when the festivities begin. Registration is a requested $10 donation for riders and $5 for passengers. This event is to benefit the Virginia Beach VetsHouse. http://www.vetshouseinc.org/. It’s a place for homeless vets to get themselves back on their feet. There will be door prizes, prizes for highest and lowest rollers, and live music from the renowned Pawn Shop Lifters! The ride itself is about 65 miles and is estimated at two hours. It’ll take you through back roads, highway, some city streets, and along the oceanfront, but you’re open to take the route of your choosing. Come
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out and support this noble cause. FMI, contact Ragman at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who are not familiar with a Dice run, It’s just like a Poker run in theory. Instead of pulling cards, you will roll five dice at each stop. The highest and lowest accumulative rolls win! $100 for high roller and $50 for low roller. (no purchase necessary, void where prohibited) June 28th – Jul 1st Virginia Moto Guzzi Rally – Buena Vista, VA 41st MGNOC National / 30th Annual Virginia MOTO GUZZI Rally – Buena Vista, VA Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista. Registration fee before June 14th: Adults, $50, children 13 years and younger, $25; After June 14 and at the gate, Adults $60, children 13 years and younger $35. More information email: vaguzzirally>at>aol.com. Mail checks to: Virginia Guzzi Rally, 1565 Montpelier Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Rally fee includes: 3 nights camping; Continental Breakfast Sunday; Premium Rally Coffee daily; Rally gift; Awards. First 500 get Dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Early Bird dinner available Wednesday night by donation. Pancake Breakfast will be available for purchase Friday and Saturday – limit 200. There will be two guided rides, one dual sport on Friday and one asphalt surfing on Saturday, both are lunch rides. Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive, Buena Vista, Virginia 24416 Jun 29th Motorcycle Cruise In – Seaford, DE The last Friday of the month, motorcycle cruise-in at Harley-Davidson of Seaford, De., with live music by Crossing Delmar, food from K&R Concessions and adult beverages for sale that benefit the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. From 6 to 9 p.m., all motorcycles welcome and even those on four wheels as well. www.hdofseaford.com Jul 13th – 15th Thunder on the Mountain VII - Hillsville, VA This is the seventh year for this great family oriented event. Vendors, Bands, Bike Show, Bike Rodeo, Tricycle Race, Poker Run and much more. Lake Ridge RV Resort, Hillsville, VA. Presented by The Virginia Bikers Association. All profits go to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Lake Ridge RV Resort, 8736 Double Cabin Road, Hillsville, VA 24343, Phone #276-766-3703 July 15th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email email@example.com. Rain date July 22nd Jul 20th – 22nd Carlisle Bike Fest – Carlisle, PA Adult Admission: Th.- Sun. $8. Child Admission: 8 and under – FREE. Gate Times: Fri. 9am-6pm / Sat 8am-6pm /Sun. 9am-3pm. For updates visit www.carlisleevents.com Aug 8th – 12th East Coast Motorcycle Rally – Little Orleans, Western MD This is the event that’s taking the country by storm! Formerly known as “The East Coast Sturgis Motorcycle Rally”. All the reasons are right. Mountains, Open Country, Good People, Clean Air and the Freedom of the road! The “EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY” Apple Mountain, Little Orleans, Western Maryland is the hot spot for motorcyclists to get together for good times, good food, and great entertainment. And the one and only “ Motorcycle Demolition Derby “ event!! Now rivaling “ Bike Week “, “Myrtle Beach “ and many other events. Let the Party Begin! For years Motorcyclist have been having to travel half way across the Country to Rally with new folks and hook up with old friends. Now meet em’ on Apple Mountain at the EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY ! Come, Camp, Party! Save BIG –Reserve Your Advance Tickets NOW! www. eastcoastmotorcyclerally.com Aug 12th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain date August 19th Aug 25th Davey’s Ride 6 – Dale City, VA Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Davey’s Ride” - Aug 25th 2012. We are honored to have chosen an amazing organization called “Hope for the Warriors” to sponsor this year. Please check out their webpage:http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/ This ride is a day of honor & respect for all of our Men & Women who serve Our Country everyday - those here & abroad / those who have sacrificed everything & whom we have lost. It’s a day of remembrance & a day to say “Thank You”. Registration will start @ 9am / small ceremony @ 10:30 am & kickstands up @ 11:00 am. $20.00 donation per bike. 100% proceeds towards “Hope for the Warriors”. This year’s ride is being sponsored by “The CVAMC”, “Lords of Loyalty”, “Post 28 Legion Riders”, “VFW Post 1503” & “The Dale City Moose” to name a few. Route is still being created. Location: VFW Post 1503 14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, VA Sept 16, 2012 Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Palmyra, VA Ride to Remember Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia on Sunday, September 16, 2012 to begin and end at Cuppa Joe Coffeehouse on Rte. 15, just south of Palmyra, Virginia. $20 per driver, $10 per passenger and $10.00 for extra poker hand. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Last bike out at 10:30 a.m. Prize for best poker hand, door prize and 50/50 drawing. Contacts: Barry Boothe, Ph. (434)842-6392, email: email@example.com or Alex and Sue VonDerBecke, Ph. (434)842-2200, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sept 16th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email email@example.com. Rain date September 23rd
SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that you’ve chosen for yours.
Sept 22nd Riding for a Cause – Crozier, VA Poker Run to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia at the Academy for Staff Development. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. - last bike out at 10:00 a.m. $20 per person and you get a poker hand, a door prize ticket and a lunch. Additional poker hands $5. Additional door prize ticket $1. All bike welcome! Academy for Staff Development, 1900 River Road West, Crozier, VA 23039. Sept 27th – 30th Outer Banks Bike Fest For a complete schedule of events, visit our website at www.outerbanksbikefest.com. For Vendor or Sponsorship packages contact Shamra at (252)338-8866 or contact us via email at: events@outerbankshd. com. 100 Miles of Scenic Barrier Islands. Live Bands & Bikini Contests. Bike Shows & Poker Runs. Guided Tours. Tattoo Contest & Beer Belly Contest. Historic Lighthouses. Wright Brothers Memorial. Pirate lore and history. Location: Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, Harbinger, North Carolina Oct 6th 3rd Annual Lupus Poker Run – Fredericksburg, VA All welcome!! $10 per person, sign in starts at 10am. All proceeds go to the Lupus Research Institute, best hand wins--door prizes too! Come join us for good times and great friends! Location: Renegade Classics, 316 White Oak rd, Fredericksburg Va 22405 Oct 7th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain date October 14th Nov 4th 14th Annual Toys for Tots Poker Run – Newport News/Yorktown, VA Sunday, November 4, 2012, is the date for our 14th Annual Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson Toys for Tots Poker Run. Registration will be at the K-Mart at 401 Oriana Rd. in Newport News and will begin at 8:30AM. Cost is $10 per Poker Hand, plus a new, unwrapped toy. First bike out is 9:30AM and the last bike out is 11:30AM. Ride will end at Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson at 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy. There will food, (as long as it lasts) entertainment and prizes for best and worst hand. If you ride with your bike decorated for Christmas, you may enter the “Best Christmas Theme” bike show and win a prize. Sponsored by Hampton Roads Harley Owners Group, Ladies of Harley to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Contact Katina Stockbridge (757) 871-7599 with any questions.
GOOD FOR YOU
When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend
Many people feel certain that there’s going to be bad news along with the good news when they learn that the tomato is a SuperFood. Of course, they like tomatoes, they think, but in many locations tomatoes are only tasty for a couple of months each year. Well, there’s good news and more good news about tomatoes. Not only do they pack a nutritional wallop, but you can enjoy their benefits all year long. That’s because their power is available in processed tomatoes. The spaghetti sauce and taco sauce that you love, along with that slice of pizza and even, yes, ketchup and barbeque sauce, all have the power of tomatoes. So, no matter where you live, it’s easy to get more tomatoes into your diet and begin to enjoy their considerable benefits. The tomato—a critical ingredient in some of our favorite foods, including pizza and lasagna—has had a checkered past. Once scorned as a sinister and poisonous food (one Latin name, lycopersicon or “wolf peach,” refers to the belief that tomatoes were like a wolf—dangerous). It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that tomatoes became popular. Originally grown and enjoyed by the Aztecs in Mexico, tomatoes were imported to Europe by Spanish missionaries. Viewed as a dangerous food by all but the Italians and Spanish, it took years for tomatoes to lose their unsavory reputation. There was some basis for the original skepticism that clung to tomatoes: their leaves do contain toxic alkaloids. Embraced by Americans by the end of the nineteenth century, tomatoes have gone on to become one of our most popular vegetables and now are recognized as one of our favorite SuperFoods. It should be noted that tomatoes are not really vegetables. Botanically classified as a fruit, they are the seed-bearing portions of a flowering plant. However, in 1893, a case came before the Supreme Court of the United States relating to shipping tariffs on tomatoes. Should farmers pay fruit or vegetable rates on them? The Court came down on the side of vegetables, and so vegetables they became.
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Proud To Be AN AMERICAN
PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS a new documentary film
Patriot Guard Riders takes us on a solemn journey astride thundering motorcycles to the sometimes silent, sometimes turbulent funerals of young soldiers killed in action. The film follows the men and women of the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcyclists originally formed to protect grieving families from members of the Westboro Baptist Church who gather at military funerals to harass families for allowing their sons and daughters to serve. Outraged by the hate emanating from this fringe group and sympathetic to the families at the most tragic time of their lives, the motorcyclists escort fallen soldiers from the airfield to the burial grounds, where they form a protective shield around the bereaved families. Amazingly, this small volunteer group of motorcyclists has grown to 200,000 in just five years. Patriot Guard Riders tells the story of this growing movement: who it attracts, how it interacts with the military, and how the families feel being supported by such a non-traditional alliance of patriots. The film underscores a tragic truth: Soldiers are dying and families are suffering. At the same time, it reveals an unlikely but powerful bond between the riders and the grieving families. Their poignant and heart-felt stories chronicle the emergence of a new kind of patriotism in America. As one Patriot Guard Rider says: “You don’t have to be religious or be an atheist to be in the PGR. You can be a hawk or a dove. You don’t have to be a vet. Heck, you don’t even have to ride a motorcycle.” Patriot Riders is a film about fellowship, about community, about veterans, about the effects of war on the home front, about riding, about what it means to be an American.
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Special Extra Earnings For Military Service
Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security. Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit. Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training. If your active military service occurred From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits. From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record. After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service. How You Get Credit For Special Extra Earnings The information that follows applies only to active duty military service earnings from 1957 through 2001. Here’s how the special extra earnings are credited on your record: Service in 1957 Through 1977 You are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay. Service in 1978 through 2001 For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, and didn’t complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings. Check with Social Security for details. Note: Change in special military service credits. In January 2002, Public Law 107-117, the Defense Appropriations Act, stopped the special extra earnings that have been credited to military service personnel. Military service in calendar year 2002 and future years no longer qualifies for these special extra earnings credits.
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TIMONIUM BIKE SHOW HAS ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!!
TIMONIUM, MD. – The 10TH Annual Timonium Motorcycle Show proved once again why it’s considered, by most true motorcycle enthusiasts, to be the number one bike show on the east coast. Over 42,500 motorcycle fanatics passed through the turnstiles, during the three day event and were treated to celebrity builders, TV and film stars, Playboy Cover models, a stage packed with hourly, high energy entertainment and the largest sea of paint, chrome, steel and leather ever assembled in the region. Master bike builder Ron Finch headlined The Builder’s Row feature area which was surrounded by the area’s top builders and their hottest new creations like: Mark Brown Studios, Dave from Brunson’s Custom Designs, John from Longo Customs, Roy from C & C Cycle, Ron from Cycle Finish, Frank from Death Row Motorcycles, Jerry from Custom Cycle Showcase, Curt from Kustom Paint and Airbrush, Tim from Eastern Performance Cycles, Jeff from I.C.E. (Independent Cycle East), Curtis from Full Circle Custom Shop, Chris from Iron Works Custom Cycles, Brian from Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles, Mike from The Seat Doctor, Kevin from Loaded Gun Customs, Rich from Lowside, Larry from McCullough Custom Cycles, Cale from MCS Customs (Mutters), Scott from S.B. Customs, Sory from Davis & Davis Custom Engraving, Krys from MSP (Motorsports Performance), Barry from Pro Art, Alex from RAM Cycles, Mike from Severe Cycles, Brenden from Synful Cycle, Casey from Classic Powder Coating, Kevin from KRB Graphics, Oliver from Shop Gentei, Bill from Connolly’s Customs, Steve & Dennis from T.T. Cycles and two Orange County Chopper builds…the Feather Free Zone bike and the U.S. Biker Law 9/11 Memorial Bike. Over 275 motorcycles entered the 2012 Custom and Antique Bike Competition from all over the eastern United States. “The reason we continue to attract so many awesome bike entries is the quality and experience of our judges, the amount of time we take to inspect each bike and the fairness and honesty during the entire 26 hour judging procedure,” said Show Competition Coordinator, Lisa Shackelford. The top winners of this year’s Custom and Antique Bike Competition were: Judge’s Choice Best of Show – Denny Ritchie, 2010 Roadkill Chopper People’s Choice Best of Show – Rick Levitan, 2002 HD Dyna Wide Glide – Beatles Themed Bike Best Display of Show – Curtis Wolfe, 1966 HD Sportster Best Handcrafted Parts – Troy Helmick, 1974 Honda CL 360 Best Paint of Show – Kevin Webb, 2007 Harley Davidson Nightrain Best Antique of Show – 3rd Annual Beatris Landis Memorial Award - Brian Kehoe, 1939 Indian Jr. Scout Publisher’s Choice Award – John Nicklin, 1976 Honda Radical Trike “Action on the ‘Live’ stage was non-stop this year”, said Show Manager, Rich Kohles. We hosted the International Bikini Team Regional Finals where the winner was sent to the Bahamas, all expenses paid to compete in the World Finals. From Valentine’s Day Lingerie Fashion Shows to Tattoo Contests to Crazy Biker Games…there was never a dull moment! New this year…Lowside Magazine’s Hands-On Expo featuring seminars, workshops and tool technique demonstrations for the fast growing Garage-Built Vintage Motorcycle culture featured on Discovery’s new ‘Velocity’ channel…covering café racers, choppers, drag bikes, bobbers, rat bikes and more. There was also a huge ‘Super SWAPMEET’ with used bikes, parts, motorcycle clothing and artwork. All this took place in a 40,000 sq. ft. addition to the show. “Every vendor that we spoke to said their sales were great and customers were appreciative of the new show addition”, said Rich. The record crowd could also check out everything new the 2012 motorcycle manufacturing industry had to offer from the United States, Europe and Asia. The newest models from the following top bike manufacturers were on display: Harley Davidson, Ducati, Indian, Victory, Honda, Suzuki, BMW, Yamaha, Can-Am, Motus, Kawasaki, Polaris, Hyosung, Lehman, Triumph, Leola Motor Trike, Ural, Bajaj, Spider Motortrike, Roadsmith and Hannigan Trikes. Last but not least there were hundreds of vendors selling every possible motorcycle accessory and riding gear for the on and off road racing, cruising, touring, and extreme riding enthusiast. Next year’s show is set for February 8th, 9th and 10th, 2013. For more information, show photos and a list of the first place class winners, check out cycleshow.net.
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As you know we intend to introduce a bill next year to amend Section 46.2-910 of the Code of Virginia to allow adults to make their own choice with regard to wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. At last count 30 other states allow adults to make their own choice in that area (actually two have no law whatsoever). We have not had a helmet bill for several years. This has been done purposely and at the insistence of our friends at the General Assembly. Those same friends are now suggesting that the time is right to bring one back. I agree with them. There are several factors that give us confidence that we have a real shot this year. One is that we have a Governor who would sign a bill if it got to his desk. He was a strong supporter when he was in the House of Delegates. We also have a House of Delegates that is much more favorable to the bill. In fact I feel comfortable saying that we could get a helmet reform bill through the house by a good margin. Finally we have a Senate that while still questionable is set up as good as it has ever been for passage of such a bill. All of that being said it will take a massive amount of work. Likewise it is going to take money. This is a bill that we are going to need help on if we hope to have success. Yesterday Jim Cannon and I met with Chip Dicks and Martin Johnson with FutureLaw. FutureLaw is a full time lobbying firm. Chip was a member of the House of Delegates. Both he and Martin have extensive relationships with all 140 members of the General Assembly as well as the Governor’s office. In the spirit of full disclosure Martin is my Brother-in-law. He has been very helpful in giving advice over the past few years. We met for about an hour and a half and discussed hiring them to assist us in our efforts. We are tentatively looking at beginning our lobbying efforts in June so that we are prepared and have a good idea of who we can count on and who we can’t come the beginning of the 2013 session. We are estimating that VCOM will need about $50,000 to work this issue properly. It could take more. There will be many political events to attend, and professional lobbyists with the influence that Chip and Martin have are expensive. I am proud of the reputation that VCOM has built at the General Assembly. Many legislators look to us for opinions on matters involving motorcycling. I am also not ashamed to say that for an undertaking of this magnitude we need help. I believe that Chip and Martin give us the best chance at success. At this past Lobby Day we discussed this matter amongst the numerous clubs, organizations and individual motorTHUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 14
cyclists in attendance. It was agreed that a call would go out to raise money for VCOM. I am now asking that we begin that effort. Tom and I have pledged to match funds received up to $25,000. We need everyone to contribute time money and effort if we are going to do this. We know motorcyclists can raise money. We do it all the time for charities. We now need to do it for ourselves. I would ask that donations be made out to the following: Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists PO Box 4851 Richmond, VA 23220 Make sure that you include the contact information of the contributor. Also make sure that you indicate that the money is for helmet reform. VCOM has contributors who do not believe in helmet reform and out of respect we will not use their contributions in this effort. I want to point out that his is an investment without a guarantee. We may all put our time effort and money into this and still come up short on votes. That is a chance that we are willing to take. After seeing how motorcyclists have come together for the past few years there is not a group of people I would rather engage in this fight with than you. So there it is. This is the call to arms to those who believe that the individual is better suited to make decisions in this area than the government. As we move forward we do need to keep in mind that many of our fellow riders do not share that view. I would ask that we treat our members who do not share our view with respect. We have fought and won many fights together and I look forward to doing so in the future. That being said I want it to be a future where I make my own choice in how I ride into those fights. I look forward to working with each of you over the next year in trying to secure that right. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com
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The People Of Walmart
Don’t pick the flowers!
WWIB: Dudes In Denim: It’s time for the game you love, I love, and the children love Who Wears it Better: Denim Dan Edition! Okay my people, who do you think sports the best Canadian Tuxedo? Obviously neither of them wanted to make this a 3 piece suit and put on a shirt, but for my money nothing beats a camo hat accessory!
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How sad is it that a divorced former bodybuilder/actor/governor who banged his maid and wasn’t even born in the United States (and thus ineligible to run) is still the best Republican presidential candidate? Now, for the love of God, GET TO THE CHOPPER!
I’m Super! You know what folks, instead of starting your week out with something gross, we figured we would switch it up for ya and wish you all a fantabulous week courtesy of our favorite cross-dresser!
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Check out more of these “Special Shoppers” at www.peopleofwalmart.com
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FEDERAL HIGHWAY BILL PROGRESSES The U.S. Senate has approved its version of a federal highway appropriations measure (S.1813, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” or MAP-21) by a vote of 74-22 on March 14, and the $109 billion highway bill includes motorcycle safety funding for states and would bar federal funds from being used to conduct motorcycleonly checkpoints. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for further action, where a similar measure is also being considered (H.R. 7, the “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012”). Both bills contain motorcycle safety program funding and both would prohibit motorcycle-exclusive roadblocks, and neither version has any anti-motorcycle provisions, but it’s unclear if the House will take up the Senate bill or advance their own legislation. MORE STATES MOVE TO BAN MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS While Congress continues to consider passing a prohibition on motorcycle-only roadside “safety checkpoints” by halting federal funding, several states are moving forward with their own laws to ban the practice. New Hampshire and North Carolina have both passed such legislation, and Virginia has become the latest state to pass a bill to bar law enforcement agencies from setting up safety checks that only stop motorcycles for inspection. Following a motorcycle-only checkpoint set up during last year’s Rolling Thunder POW/MIA rally en route to Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day weekend, Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) introduced H.B.187, which passed and was signed into law on Feb. 28 by Governor Bob McDonnell. Most recently, New Jersey introduced companion bills in the Senate (S-1685) and the Assembly (A-508) to prohibit police from establishing checkpoints limited to certain types of vehicles and would require that all checkpoints include all types of vehicles. Calling motorcycle-only checkpoints discriminatory and unconstitutional, ABATE of California is likewise pushing a bill (AB-1047) that would ban state and federal funding of biker barricades. According to ABATE Lobbyist Jim Lombardo, “We passed out of the Assembly and are awaiting a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee, probably next month, and then on to Governor Brown.” Meanwhile on the legal front, New York A.I.M. (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) Attorney Mitch Proner told the Associated Press that he is preparing to appeal a federal court decision upholding the constitutionality of motorcycle roadblocks in N.Y., and the issue may eventually be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. motivated by doing the right thing,” Miklosi said. “They’re being discriminated against.” Bikers say they’re unfairly refused service at hotels, restaurants and stores because of how they dress, and Miklosi’s bill (HB-1128) would have banned businesses from discriminating against motorcyclists based on their style of dress. But his bid to add “unconventional attire” to the state law that bars discrimination in public accommodations and put biker attire alongside such protected classes as race, gender and religious affiliation, fell short in the GOP-controlled House State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee which is known for rejecting Democratic proposals. GREEN MOUNTAIN SENATORS LEARN GANG DESIGNATION INCLUDES VETS Members of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club may be surprised to find themselves on a list of “security threat groups” recently offered by the Department of Corrections to the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee in Montpelier, VT. According to information offered to the committee, a definition from the Department of Justice says a gang designation is appropriate for a group three or more people with a common identifying sign, symbol or name who, individually or collectively, engage in criminal activity which creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Senator Alice Nitka (D-Windsor) wasn’t so sure that the aging vets of the motorcycle club back in Windsor are a menace to society and warrant being “lumped in” with street gangs like “the Bloods and the Crips,” reported vtdigger.org. If all it takes for a “gang” to make the list is for a few members of a group to commit a crime, Senator Jeanette White (D-Windham) asked, “…will the Boys and Girls Club be next?”
MINNESOTA ROAD GUARDING BILLS ADVANCE Two companion bills to allow trained and certified motorcyclists to road guard during motorcycle runs (SF1719 and HF2008) were approved by the Minnesota Senate and House Transportation Committees, respectively. Mack Backlund, State Coordinator for ABATE of Minnesota, testified in favor before both committees and answered questions from the committee members. While there were questions and concerns brought up during discussion, in the end both bills passed by unanimous voice vote with no amendments. The legislation creates a motorcycle road guard certificate under which a person can stop and hold traffic during a motorcycle group ride: “Permits holders of a motorcycle road guard certificate who are acting as a flagger for a motorcycle ride to stop and hold traffic, and BIKER ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILL HEARD IN COLORADO override traffic control devices to direct motorcycle operaColorado legislation to ban discrimination against people tors or other vehicles. Requires drivers to remain stopped wearing motorcyclist gear failed to pass its first committee until directed to proceed.” “This language has a long way to hearing, but the bill’s sponsor told the AP that he was glad go in the process before becoming law, but passage in the he proposed the bill because it raised awareness. He said Senate and House Transportation Committees is a great bikers are unfairly judged to be criminals. State Rep. Joe start,” said Backlund. Miklosi (D-Denver) says he didn’t propose the measure to get attention but to help constituents who belong to motorYOU CAN HELP MOTORCYCLE SAFETY STUDY cycle clubs and say they are being singled out unfairly. “I’m Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is working in
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conjunction with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to conduct a long term, comprehensive Naturalistic Motorcyclist Study of everyday riding in a wide variety of environments and conditions -- and they need participants. If selected, you will answer questions about your age, training and riding experience to determine where you fit in the study. To gather information, several small cameras, radar, GPS and a recording unit will be attached to your motorcycle for one year. Once the equipment is attached, your job is to ignore it and ride like you normally would. The data is encrypted as it is collected and kept confidential. They have selected a number of motorcycles representing a cross section of riders and types of riding: beginners, sport bikes, cruisers and touring, and designed their equipment and mounting system to work with several specific models, and participants must live in or near the targeted study areas that cover different terrain and traffic patterns; Blacksburg, Virginia, Orlando, Florida and Irvine, California. For more details, contact VTTI at www.motorcycle.vtti.vt.edu. soon you’ll actually feel the throbbing. At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Artificial Muscle Inc. demonstrated how it can make mobile devices shake and rattle with great realism, employing a technology that uses plastics that function like muscles, allowing you to feel the rumble of a Harley or the reverberation of a shotgun blast. The company showed off an iPhone it had modified by placing one of its Vivitouch “motors” inside that shook a modified Xbox controller to allow the user to feel what it’s like to hold a beating heart. In another instance, it let the user experience the signature rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle starting up.
CHOPPERS FACE EURO-SION OF RIGHTS They’re long and lean, and Europe is looking to ban them. Custom motorcycles are coming under fire across the pond, according to Motorcycles.about.com. Along with proposals to limit motorcycle emissions, force anti-lock brake systems on all bikes, and prohibit engine tuning for increased power; European Parliament is considering a ban on extended FEDS PROPOSE DISTRACTED DRIVING GUIDELINES forks. The issue will be voted on in April and the limits on FOR AUTOMAKERS U.S. Department of Transportation modifications could take effect by 2014; ABS rulings and chief Ray LaHood has announced a new set of proposed stricter emissions could be enforced by 2016. “The prodistracted driving guidelines for automakers that would limit posed EU Regulation on Type Approval and Market Surveilthe use of in-car tech solutions that are “not directly relevant lance of two and three-wheeled vehicles passed its first to safely operating the vehicle, or cause undue distracreading, Committee stage, on 5th December even though tion by engaging the driver’s eyes or hands for more than an impact assessment on many elements of the proposal a very limited duration while driving.” From cell phones to was ongoing,” writes MAG-UK (Motorcycle Action Group), GPS screens, distracted driving is an ever-present road “and the Delegated Acts appear to have moved well outside hazard in today’s techo-centric world, especially for vulnerthe scope of the Commission’s original proposal.” able travelers like motorcyclists, but soon video games and Facebook friends could be within arm’s reach as drivers 2012 NCOM CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS hurtle down the highway in the next generation of cars from The 27th annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Detroit. Coming dashboard devices would deliver a whole Day weekend, May 10-13, 2012 at the J W Marriot located new level of eye candy and brain entrapment, as more than at 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. This annual 90% of cars debuting in the next five years are expected to gathering will draw bikers’ rights activists from across the be equipped with Internet-connected screens and other cut- country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, so reserve ting-edge wonders. Automakers are responding to surveys your room now for the special NCOM rate of $99.00 by callthat show 75% of young adults want touch-screen technoling (800) 266-9432 or (317) 860-5800. Registration fees for ogy in their cars. But, not if the National Highway Traffic the NCOM Convention are $80 including the Silver Spoke Safety Administration can hit the “Hold” button. The agenAwards Banquet on Saturday night, or $45 for the Convency’s proposed guidelines -- which do not carry the weight tion only. All motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to of law -- call for automobile manufacturers to make some attend. Meetings, seminars and group discussions will focus dashboard electronic devices automatically shut down once on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our a car starts moving, unless they’re for passengers and can- right to ride and Freedom of the Road. To pre-register, call not be seen by the driver. The guidelines cite six activities the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or that should not occur while driving: text messaging, Internet visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com. The National Coalition of Motorbrowsing, using social media, entering addresses in naviga- cyclists is requesting that MRO’s, motorcycle clubs, and ridtion systems, dialing phones and reading display screens ing associations submit the names of those members and with more than 30 characters of text. Studies show that supporters who have died since May 2011, so that we may drivers double the risk of a crash if they take their eyes off honor their memories during the traditional “Ringing of the the road for more than two seconds, yet 41 states still allow Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies. using a cellphone hand-set while driving and fifteen allow Dedications can be e-mailed to NCOMBish@aol.com. texting behind the wheel. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The ultimate result of shielding men WEIRD NEWS: FEELING THE WIND IN YOUR EAR from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.” Today’s phones can deliver the sound of a heartbeat, but ~ Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
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If you’d like to join The Club House, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@ Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@eqt.com ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-219-6366 or TimDalman@comcast.net ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of every month at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge (5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188) NOT at Beachcombers in Yorktown. ABATE Iron Horse Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.) meets 7pm every 1st Tuesday at Big Licks 4001 Murray Pl. Lynchburg , Va. 24501 Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Stan at 434-525-1074 or email@example.com ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276-565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-389-8293 or HawgSke@msn.com ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM every 1st Sunday at Mugzy's Grill, 1312 E. Pembroke Ave, Hampton, VA. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-870-1517 or John at firstname.lastname@example.org. AMBASSADORS FOR JESUS CHRIST MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY (Virginia Chapter) Do you have a love for the lost and a passion for motorcycles? Then the Ambassadors for JESUS CHRIST may be for you. We meet the 4th Saturday of each month (except Nov and Dec) at the Major Hillard Library 824 Old George Washington Hwy N Chesapeake Va at 10am-12pm. For more information contact: Sean “Bronx” 757-338-1974, or Eric “Holyman” 757-237-6018, or www. ambassadorsecmm.org Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday each month, depart from Hardee’s, 6075 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. Check our website for ride times and more information: http:// cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or email@example.com Brothers In Arms MC The Brothers In Arms MC was formed to support the members of our armed forces, past and present, create a camaraderie between like-minded men and women from those services, share in our love of motorcycling and support veteran charities and causes. The Yorktown Chapter usually meets on the third Sunday of the month at various locations in the Yorktown area. The Brothers In Arms MC is a neutral, non-territorial club. For more information about the club and contact links, visit the chapter web site at www.biamc-yorktown.com. Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www.nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, firstname.lastname@example.org Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at email@example.com or go the www.star440.org Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Our membership is comprised of Full Members (those with verified combat service) and Supporter Members ( those who have non-combat military service, and have a sincere dedication to helping veterans ). Many members continue to serve in our Armed Forces, with several serving in combat areas now. Virginia Chapter 27-1, Hampton Roads, Va. and Virginia Chapter 27-2, Quanitco, Va., Both chapters meet monthly. For informataion to join contact Ed “Amerbadas” Lonecke Jr., Commander Southern Virginia 27-1, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Graig “Spanky” Benson, Commander Northern Virginia 27-2, at email@example.com Our Virginia website can be accessed through our National Website: http://combatvet.org/ Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: email@example.com Road Wench East Coast Women’s Motorcycle Club in Northern Virginia Website: http://roadwenchmc.com/ Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000803818092 TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December). Beginning January 20th, 2011, meetings will be held at Mary Jaynes Lazy Horse, 565 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA23322. The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry® made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. We hold bible study every Monday evening. For more information call TJ (757) 819-3362, Thing (757) 621-4891 or Grape Ape (757) 831-1294. or visit our website at www.sonsofgodmc.org The Widows Sons is an International Masonic Motorcycle Association comprised of Master Masons. The purpose of the Widows Sons is to aid and assist widows and orphans of Master Masons. If you are a Master Mason who rides a 500cc or larger motorcycle and have a desire to help us serve our purpose please contact us about membership. We meet the third Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. at 82 Gatsby Lane Topping Va. 23169. Contact Steve at 804-776-7290. Or email us at stephen.hicks45@ gmail.com. V-Twin Cruisers Motorcycle Club - Tidewater Chapter We are a family oriented, non-territorial motorcycle club that loves to ride. Our club supports our first responders and the military, welcoming all bikes and all riders. There are no mandatory rides, meetings, or prospecting. We are looking for new members to expand our family. If you are interested in riding and charity work, we might be the club for you. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com VA Sons Of Liberty Riders American Patriots Defending the Constitution www.sonsoflibertyriders.com Veterans First, Inc. Chapter 1 Richmond, VA- Non-profit org. whose mission is to assist our homeless veterans back into the mainstream of daily living. Meetings are held every 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00 pm, Lakeside Moose Lodge, 1207 Hilliard Road, Richmond, VA 804 -321-2905 www. veteransfirstinc.org Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFR-R.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and individual rights. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website:vfr-race.com Warriors of Christ Motorcycle Ministry. 4218 Old Hundred Rd. Chester, VA. 23831. Pastor Ron Walton – Phone (804) 335-5025. Meets every Sunday @6pm and Tuesday @7pm. Visit us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/warriors of christ
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Thunder In The Smokies Rally
Thunder In The Smokies Rally HOG Bash 2012 SSHD Bike Show Bikini Pageant Bike Show
Thunder In The Smokies Rally
Armed Forces Day
Dirt Drags @ Slades Park
Rolling Thunder Renunion HD Washington DC
American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride
Greetings in the Name of our Father, Spring is upon us and everything is so absolutely beautiful! The Easter Season is here and everything is coming alive with color and renewal! I love the spring, but my sinuses don’t. I want to let you all know that the annual bike rally for our church, Cruisin’ for Jesus #4, will be held on May 5 at the Dinwiddie Moose Lodge. This year’s recipient is M25, a ministry founded by Rev Gary Burd that focuses on ministering to the homeless, the Veterans and the bikers. Pastor Kevin McBride, of Crossroads Church and Hard Core Motorcycle Ministry, is the chair person for this area. For more info, please shoot me an email at email@example.com. And I hope to see you there! I want to talk about our hearts. The heart is no bigger than your fist, but its one of the most important organs in the body. It’s job is to pump and filter blood through out the whole body, 24/7. It has absolutely nothing to do with our emotions. So, I wonder where the term “Broken Heart” comes from? We need to try to keep our hearts as healthy as we possibly can, so they won’t break! We should eat the right foods, get exercise, don’t smoke and don’t take drugs. But what about all the times our hearts are mentioned in the Bible? God talks like our hearts are the center of our emotions. He tells us to have a pure heart, and He ain’t talking about fat content, either! He compares our heart with our emotions, and especially to “love”. Now how can we control what is in our heart? In the “worldly” thoughts, by watching our intake of food, etc. But we can also allow impurities and worldly things come into our hearts. God wants our hearts to be as close to the heart of His Son, Jesus, as we can get it. There are so many things that He wants our hearts to feel towards each other and towards Him. We don’t only love Him with our minds, and souls but with our whole heart! Do you have anything that might need to come out of your heart? Are you harboring unforgiveness in there? How about hate? What about the weight of sins of your past? When you ask God to forgive you and give your life to Him, your slate is wiped clean! Sometimes we can’t even imagine Him forgiving us for things that we did in our past...but He does! So examine your hearts this day, and see what might need to come out of there. Create in me a clean heart...Oh, Lord! And renew a right spirit within me! Until next time, this is Pastor T saying “God bless ya and keep it ‘tween the lines”!
Pastor Tammy Hayes preaches at New Creation in Christ Ministries in Dinwiddie, Virginia, a member of IPHC. She received a full ordination in non-denomination and is currently working on her ordination in Pentecostal Holiness. You can obtain information about the church on the website www.newcreationinchristministries.us
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A Pastor’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the Pastor’s family expanded; so would his paycheck. After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the Pastor’s expanding family and salary. A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the Pastor’s additional children were costing the church, and how much more it could potentially cost. After listening to them for about an hour, the Pastor rose from his chair and spoke, “Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us.” Silence fell over the congregation. In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice, “Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers.” A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her regular bouffant (totally 70’s) hair style for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:” Rome ? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to Rome . So, how are you getting there?” “We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a special rate!” “Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser; that’s an “iffy” airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ancient and slow, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”. “We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome‘s Tiber River called Teste.” “Don’t go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s going to be something special and exclusive, but in all actuality, it’s a dump.” “We’re also going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.” “That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant. “Boy, good luck on this lousy sounding trip of yours. You’re going to need it.” A month later, the woman again came in for a hair appointment. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome, in a very sarcastic manner. “It was magical,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to First Class. The food and wine were 4-star quality and I had a handsome 27-year-old Steward who waited on me hand and foot….literally, he gave me a foot massage. And the hotel was exquisite! They’d just finished a $5 million renovation project, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their Owner’s personal suite at no extra charge!” “Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know as a fact you didn’t get to see the Pope.” “Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and
explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, in person, and if we’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet us both. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me..” “Oh, really! And just what exactly did the Pope say to you?” He said: “My goodness woman, who screwed up your hair so badly?” In a Kentucky church one Sunday morning, a preacher said, “Anyone with ‘special needs’ who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front by the altar.” With that, Bubba got in line. “Bubba, what do you want me to pray about for you?”, asked the Preacher. “Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing.” The Preacher put his hand on Bubba’s head and the entire congregation joined in prayer. After a few minutes, the Preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked, “Bubba, how is your hearing now?” Bubba answered, “I don’t rightly know. The hearing aint till Thursday.” For several years, a man was having an affair with a gorgeous, young Italian woman. To avoid a costly divorce and protect his business reputation, they agreed she would move to Italy. To keep it discrete, he told her to simply mail him a postcard, and write ‘Spaghetti’ on the back. He would then arrange for the child support payments to begin and he would visit as often as possible. About 8 months later, he came home to his confused wife. ‘Honey, ‘she said, ‘You received very strange postcard today.’ He took the postcard and as he read, his wife watched him turn white as a ghost and faint. The card read: ‘Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti. Three, with meatballs, two without. Send extra sauce!!!!! An older guy with a pot-belly was working out in the gym when he spotted this sweet young, well-built woman. He immediately asked a trainer that was near-by, “What machine should I use to impress that “sweet thang” over there?” The trainer looked him up and down, and dryly replied, “The ATM machine in the lobby.” A waitress is explaining to a New York guest in a small Tennessee diner that the special of the day is calf tongue in beautiful moonshine sauce. The guest shakes his head and says, “I don’t want anything that comes from an animal’s mouth; just give me some eggs.”
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White Trash Repairs is your one stop shop for some good ole, git r’ done ingenuity. See more of these ingenious ideas at www.whitetrashrepairs.com
Mail Change: Wonder if they charge extra for the weight of the change taped to the envelope? I’m guessing the postman wasn’t thrilled and the 5 cents wasn’t enough.
LET’S RIDE... FOR CHRIST’’S SAKE
WorShip rally: Sundays @10:30 am
viRginia beaCh : Sundays @ 9:30 am
Jar Light: The only way to make this more redneck is to toss some fireflies into the jar for a light.
1080 Aragona Blvd., Va Beach, VA 23455
Pizza Reheat: Hummm I must admit I haven’t tried this (yet) but this might not be a bad idea to re-heat pizza. So WIN or FAIL?
Gate Door: Well so much for privacy if the door you are using as a gate has a window in it. I hope it swings in because with all of those weeds you won’t be swinging it out.
Credit or Debt? What too lazy to reach out the door? Someone needs to paddle these girls for being lazy.
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Tattoo Of The Month
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In Memory of
As told by his son Buzzy J.D. was born in Hanover County Virginia from a family of 8, 4 girls & 4 boys. He married his wife Joyce July 3, 1963 and they settled down and made a home in Lakeside. They had a beautiful family - their children Buzzy, Tommy & Melinda and grandchildren Joey, Davey & Cody. J.D. worked with Sheet Metal and was a self taught Motorcycle Mechanic. He bought his 1st motorcycle in Daytona Beach in 1965 & carried it home in the trunk of his 1964 Ford Galaxy 500. He built his 1st chopper in the late 60’s. He was a member of Weekend Angels which was a riding family of men & women.. In early 70’s he car raced in Saluda Raceway. Bad weather never stopped him from bike trips. In 30 years he only missed 1 Daytona Bike Week. He attended several other Bike Weeks & Rallys such as Myrtle Beach, Rally in the Valley but Maggie Valley became his favorite. His riding trips included Florida, Maine, Indiana, Ohio & Wisconsin. From 1980-83 he was part owner of Custom Cycles Motorcycle Shop. In 1993 he rode to Milwaukee, WI for the 90th anniversary of Harley-Davidson. J.D. turned his life over to the Lord after the death of his daughter Melinda in November 1997. His faith grew stronger after the death of his son Tommy in 2006. He then became a Deacon of Bonnie Brae Church of Christ. He always took time out for others in by taking food and visiting nursing home residents. J.D. became a mentor for the children in his neighborhood and would often visit schools and take lunch to the children. He always strived to fulfill everyone’s needs and never expected anything in return. He never met a stranger. People were drawn to him and he befriended all that came in contact with him. After J.D. was saved, he never turned his back on unsaved friends, no matter who they were, old or young. He never meant to be the center of attention but he would light up lives by his great stories and wonderful sense of humor. To J.D., his riches were his loving family and many, many friends. The fear of losing his only surviving son, Buzzy was overcome by the joy of being able to ride motorcycles together, side by side. Statement from “Wild Bill” Day This is really hard for me to put into words…there’s so many things to say about a close friend. He was such a good man. I knew JD since the 1960’s. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He never refused to help anyone that needed or asked for his help. He stuck by his friends and loved ones through thick and thin. He will be remembered and missed by bikers that knew him and anyone that that he ever met over the years.
There is a Tribute Run planned in memory of JD scheduled for April 28th, 2012. No details were available at the time just before printing this article. Please check the Events page of the Thunder Roads Virginia website www.thunderroads-virginia.com for ride details when they are posted.
In Memory of Judson Dwaine Luck – fondly known as “J.D.” April 26th, 1944 – January 19th, 2012
J.D. And Joyce
J.D. And His Son Buzzy
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MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
It’s important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Motorcycle Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Whether it’s a bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business that welcomes our biking community through their doors, you can count on our family of friends to always welcome you in. ALL of our regular advertisers can be found, in bold, throughout this listing. All of our friends listed are “Motorcycle Friendly” & most of them ride too, so they know exactly what you want & need. The staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates of all of our advertiser’s continuous support each month - they are the sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know of a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Motorcycle Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations
Thunder Roads Is Brought To You Each Month By The Following Motorcycle Friendly Businesses Hampton Roads ABW Designs * LEGAL SERVICES Harley-Davidson* Andrew Walker 6450 George Washington 340 East Broadway Ave Memorial Hwy Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C.* Hopewell, VA 23860 Yorktown, VA 295 Bendix Rd., Suite 210 (804) 452-0088 (757) 872-7223 email@example.com Virginia Beach, VA 23452 www.hrhd.com www.abwdesigns.us (757) 627.8900
Adams Automotive Service & Repair 8435 Hopkins Rd Richmond, VA 23237 (804) 271-2279 Big Daddyz Cycles * 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 (In Gloucester County) (4 miles over the Coleman) 804-642-3436 ‘fax# 804-642-1461 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bigdaddyzcycles.com Dennis’ Truck & Trailer Repair, Inc. * 2 Locations 309 Maury Richmond, VA 23224 Phone: (804) 230-7905 Fax: (804) 232-1302 & 9111 S.Courthouse Road Providence Forge VA 23140 (804) 966-2232 Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com
Gary’s Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644
Mincz Tire Service 2 locations 1724 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 353-1618 & 10921 Trade Road Richmond, VA 23236 (804) 794-5224 Oceana Cycles 609 Jack Rabbit Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 437-0014 www.oceanacycles.com
Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: email@example.com Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 www.patriothd.com Scooters* 6906-B School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-321-0037
DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE Delaware Harley-Davidson of Seaford* 22586 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, Del. 19973 302-629-6161 www.hdofseaford.com also on Facebook Maryland All American Harley-Davidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com Virginia
Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group* The Firm That Rides Dedicated to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists 1-800-321-8968 www.motorcyclelawgroup.com Office Locations: Virginia - Richmond, Newport News, Roanoke South Carolina - Cayce, Surfside Beach
BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS
Virginia Big Daddy Leather* 1900 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540) 899-0048 www.bigdaddyleather.com
Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com
Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson* 385 Waugh Blvd Orange, VA 22960 800-88-WAUGH http://www.waughhd.com
Biker’s Depot* 612 Nevan Rd Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 962-0159 www.thebikersdepot.com Cavelli’s Inc* 3514 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-2016
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446
Absolut Cycle Worx * 5016 Midlothian Tpke Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 497-7000
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Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson * 140 Independence Drive Winchester, VA 22602 (800) 777-4275 or (540) 667-5655 www.hdwinchester.com
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MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
Harley-Haven* 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 www.tidewatermotorcycles.net WTF Leather Crafter * Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 612 Nevan Rd, Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 439-2813 INSURANCE GEICO Powersports* Motorcycle, ATV, RV, Watercraft 1-800-44-CYCLE (442-9253) www.geico.com
Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com
FUN PLACES TO STAY North Carolina
TOWING Peaco Towing Inc.* 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001 BIKER CHURCHES Liberty Biker Church 17011 Courthouse Hwy Isle of Wight County, VA Services every Sunday: hang around @10am; service @ 11am Blessing of the Bikes – 1st Sunday of each month Rushing Wind Ministry 29025 Three Notch Rd. Mechanicsville, MD 20659 Gordon Bacon, Preacher (240) 577-0605 firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday service 10am-10:30am. Gathering and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Wednesday Bible study 7pm-8:30 & Friday night bike night 6:30pm-10pm
Grumpy’s Bar & Grill*
995 Kempsville Rd. Virginia beach, VA 23464 (757) 474-0880 www.grumpysbarandgrillvb. com Visit us on Facebook/ Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.Barrysbikerally.com
Comfort Inn Oceanfront South 8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road Nags Head, NC (800) 334-3302
HOOTERS Richmond – West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING
M & M Insurance Agency, Inc Reuben Mayfield Jr. Keith Gilliard 3631 Mechanicsville Tpke Richmond, VA 23223 (804) 321-0737 – phone or (804) 321-0784 fax
BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina
Market Café 10950 Nuckols Rd Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 934-0144 Facebook: Marketcafeinnsbrook
Steel Horse Bar and Grill * 1920 W. Hundred Rd. (1/2 mile east of I-95 on Rt. 10) Chester, VA 23836 (804) 706-6600 www.steelhorseva.com
Kampers Lodge 3465 US Highway 301 North Wilson, NC 27893 (252) 237-0905 www.kamperslodge.com
Virginia Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 www.outlandersrivercamp.net PERSONAL SERVICES Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 20820 Carson Rd Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003
MOTORCYCLE RACES & EVENTS
Freedom Biker Church of Virginia Beach
Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com
Virginia Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 www.clutchbarandgrill.com email: email@example.com
Slades Park Dirt Drag Racing 1111 Mount Ray Drive Surry, Virginia 23883 Contact Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or fax (804) 737-0616
POWDER COATING J & J Powder Coating* 2424 Castleton Commerce Way, Suite 1101 Virginia Beach, VA. 23456 (757) 406-2922
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Never much for watching talent show competitions, I didn’t pay a lot of attention last fall as our kids began watching the NBC offering America’s Got Talent. Show judge Howie Mandell has been over-exposed, Sharon Osbourne shouldn’t be exposed at all, and Piers Morgan is among the most unlikeable imports to ever infiltrate a show about America. It wasn’t, to put it in terms Mr. Morgan would appreciate (and please forgive me for using this line) My Cup of Tea. Then, something about the show caught my eye. This guy from West Virginia by the name of Landau Eugene Murphy, Junior started crooning like a Rat-Packer, and I was hooked! I hadn’t heard a voice like that since I was a little boy, and my mom’s hi-fi came alive with Sinatra, Bennett, Martin, Davis, and the rest. Wow! As I processed what I had just seen from Mr. Murphy, the show awakened my inner biker. Here are these two young guys from Wisconsin jumping around on stage aboard strange little motorcycles that don’t have seats. They climbed these bikes over rubber barrels, jumped straight up the walls, and bounced around the stage on the rear wheel like some kind of motorized pogo stick. The Smage (pronounced smah-gee) Brothers were showing the world what they could do on a motorcycle in a very confined space, and it was amazing.
The judges and viewers of the show sent Phil and Pat Smage, along with Landau Eugene Murphy, Junior, higher and higher in the competition. Both made it into the top ten finalists, and Murphy would do West Virginia proud by bringing home the one-million dollar win. “We were cheering for him, we were pulling for him. We voted for him!” Phil Smage tells Thunder Roads West Virginia. “The right person won. We knew it coming in. A singer does tend to win that show, not weird-looking bikes doing weirder-looking stuff. We were pretty realistic about where we stood. So we were supporting him and really pulling for him, and yeah, he did it.” The Smage’s did it, too. They didn’t win the show, but they brought an aspect of motorcycling few people in the United States knew about to the public’s attention in a big way. The Smage’s performance is based on a competition known as Motorcycle Trials. Trials have a very small base in this country, but are quite popular in Western Europe. A trials event consists of the competitors negotiating elaborate obstacle courses made up of either natural or man-made obstructions. Think about how a goat jumps and climbs around on rock ledges, log piles, and almost vertically up cliff sides. Then, think about doing the same thing on a motorcycle. You’re almost there. It’s not like first place was the only winning ticket on that TV show. For the Smage’s, their top ten finish was enough to catch the eye of the promoters of this winter’s International
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Motorcycle Show Series. They have been booked to tour with the show as it moves across the entire country, stopping almost every weekend somewhere in the land. Phil Smage says the best reward of touring with the show is getting to show a wider audience a positive image of motorcycling. “There could be some little kid out there who never even would have seen a motorcycle,” Phil says. “He’s watching this show and he’s like, ‘Whoa! I want to do that. That looks awesome!’ It’s really cool, in that aspect, to bring some positive outlook to an otherwise-negative view of the sport. Motorcycling: many think of injuries, death, pollution. Then, when we take two clean-cut farm kids from Wisconsin, throw them on a stage in downtown L.A., indoors with their motorcycles, then people are like, ‘Okay. It’s not all tattooed, all polluting. If they can have their bikes running indoors, they’re not so bad. So, we’re really happy that we were able to do that, and shed some positive light on the sport.” They bounce around on one wheel, make impossible leaps up the side of their construct of platforms and ramps, and make their Sherco motorcycles come alive with the springiness of a goat. Specifically, Wilbur the Goat. A childhood pet of the Smage’s. Wilbur was a main inspiration in the way they make their bikes move, and lives on as the mascot of their “Smagical Adventure” Show. The Smage Brothers Motorcycle Stunt Show is a great time, and TRWV-TV, the Internet television show from Thunder Roads West Virginia, recorded their performance at the International Motorcycle Show in Washington, DC. Catch Donna’s interview with Phil Smage and Gary’s chat with “Smalls”, the hometown neighbor whose body the Smage’s just love to endanger during their show. This hilarious and entertaining video is yours to watch anytime you wish, by logging onto our home page at www.thunderroadswv.com, and following the prompts to TRWV-TV for February.
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Great Places To Ride
Home of the Thunder In The Smokies Spring And Fall Motorcycle Rallys
Maggie Valley, situated in North Carolina’s stunning Smoky Mountains, is known for its unrivaled location and friendly, small town character. When you visit Maggie Valley, you’re sure to discover the meaning of Southern hospitality wherever you go and whatever you do. In the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina you will find that all roads are great scenic highways. Its a biker’s paradise with winding roads through the mountains, views that are breathtaking and numerous waterfalls along the way. The Blue Ridge Parkway is my favorite ride of a lifetime with overlooks and tunnels, grassy pull offs with picnic tables. A must do for motorcycle’s. If you look, you may even see a black bear or two. All of the following can be found close to the parkway : Mount Mitchell – It’s the highest point east of the Mississippi. Take the leather because it gets pretty cold at the top. At 6,684 feet, some days you are above the clouds. Grandfather Mountain – It has a 228-foot suspension bridge that spans an 80-foot chasm, more than one mile in elevation above sea level at 5,305 feet. Biltmore Estate - America’s Largest Home. Over a sixyear period, an entire community of craftsmen worked to build the country’s premier home. The estate boasted its own brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three-mile railway spur for transporting materials to the site. It has 4 acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The basement alone would house a swimming pool, gymnasium and changing rooms, bowling alley, servants’ quarters, kitchens, and more. Visit www.maggievalley.org for more information on beautiful Maggie Valley, NC Maggie Valley Great Places To Stay: http://maggievalley.org/maggie-valley-hotels-motels.html Great Places To Eat: http://maggievalley.org/dining.html
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Willie G. Announces Retirement
After nearly five decades, Willie G. is retiring as Head of Styling at Harley-Davidson. He will stay connected to the company as Chief Styling Officer Emeritus. His is a legacy built over half a century. It will continue to roll on: In the look, sound and feel of the new motorcycles. In the people who remain to carry our designs forward in the future. In the unwavering principles that forever make a Harley-Davidson motorcycle a Harley-Davidson. Willie will continue to serve as ambassador of Harley-Davidson. He will also continue to be involved in special design projects – going full circle to the first tank emblem he created all those years ago. ”Few individuals have the kind of impact on an organization, a brand and a lifestyle that Willie G. has had. Everyone with a love for motorcycles owes a great deal to his vision and talent, and all of us have been blessed by his presence. His legacy will continue to grow, thanks to the talent he has nurtured in the Harley-Davidson styling studio.“ - Keith Wandell Chairman, President & CEO The first design Willie G. Davidson ever did for Harley-Davidson was the tank emblem in 1957. He wasn’t an employee yet, just a young designer out of Art Center College of Design moonlighting for the Motor Company. With a father who took him to races and rode a different motorcycle home from work almost every night, and uncles who also worked at The Motor Company, Willie G. had motorcycling in his blood. When it came time to build our styling department in 1963, it was a job he was literally born to do. No one could have foreseen all that would happen from there, but 49 years later, history shows it was one of those rare moments when the right person arrives in the right place at exactly the right time. Willie is quick to point out that the things this company has accomplished are far more than any one man could do, but those who have worked with him are just as quick to point out any number of accomplishments that never could have happened without him. Starting from the ground up, he built a department whose work fills volumes of books on motorcycle design. But more important, he says, is the way those motorcycles have changed the lives of their owners. His constant evangelism of the emotional rewards a Harley-Davidson motorcycle must deliver, from the moment a customer lays eyes on it through thousands of miles of riding, has permeated our culture down to the steel beams that run through our buildings. Willie G., 78, will forever be reflected in the depth of our paint, the V-Twin engine mounted like a jewel in the frame, the perfect curve of a fuel tank, the look that instantly announces to the world: “Hey, this is a Harley-Davidson”. But the motorcycles are only half the story. Willie G. has long served as the ambassador of Harley-Davidson at rallies around the world—meeting riders, talking to customers, lending his famous signature to jackets, and setting an example of staying close to the customer that has become one of the pillars of the Motor Company. Willie says it would take a Manhattan phone book to list all the people who have helped make his work possible. But he is especially thankful for the support of his family: his wife, Nancy, who has been his constant companion at events all over the world, his daughter Karen and son Bill, who work at the Motor Company, and his son, Michael, who is an avid rider. From his new office at the Harley-Davidson Museum, Willie G. will continue to serve as ambassador of Harley-Davidson. He will also continue to work on special design projects – going full circle to that first tank emblem he created all those years ago. His is a legacy built over half a century. It will continue to roll on: In the look, sound and feel of the new motorcycles. In the people he has chosen to carry our designs forward in the future. In the unwavering principles that forever make a Harley-Davidson motorcycle a Harley-Davidson. There are very few men walking the earth who can truly be called a legend, but among those who love motorcycles, Willie G. Davidson is inarguably one of them.
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Williamsburg, Virginia “Jus Deux it”
We welcome you with Open Arms, Open Hearts and a welcoming Hand shake, Hog members from Far and Wide, please come to Virginia. The 22nd annual Virginia State Hog Rally, over 400 years in the making is returning to Williamsburg in 2012. June 21-23 but why limit yourself, come for the week and enjoy one of America’s best Family destinations, not only do we have some unbelievable riding and I do mean Unbelievable, Bush Gardens, Water country, Kings Dominion, The Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown) and Virginia Beach are just minutes from the Rally site, feeling adventurous and patriotic, take a trip north to our Nations Capital or head South East to see the Largest Naval facility in the world. We know you will be hungry, the area in and around the Host Hotel (Crowne Plaza Williamsburg) has a plethora of dining establishments, from the quick and go, to the elegant and everything in between. We suggest you get some rest before you arrive, we have so much planned to do and the area has so much to offer, you won’t have much time for sleep. What else can you ask for? Well if you pre-register and you are the lucky one who’s name is chosen, you can ride home on a Brand New Harley Davidson, that‘s right a Bike WILL be given away to one lucky pre-registered attendee. Help us make Williamsburg, Harleysburg for one week in June, you won’t regret the Journey.
Virginia State Hog Rally
BACK In The Day
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Southside Harley-Davidson Mary Hughes
HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEALERSHIP RECOGNIZED
Southside Harley-Davidson was awarded HarleyDavidson’s Bronze Bar & Shield Circle of Recognition Award for 2011 calendar year. Southside HarleyDavidson earned this award for the Southeast region based on their motorcycle related products sales performance, evaluation of customer service and satisfaction, and various operational measures. One of the primary reasons the Harley-Davidson brand has such tremendous customer loyalty is because of the efforts of dealers such as Mary Hughes, said Mike Kennedy, Harley-Davidson’s Vice President of North America. We are proud to have Mary Hughes as part of the Harley-Davidson family. Southside Harley-Davidson has been awarded four previous Bar and Shield Awards including the Gold & Silver. Southside Harley-Davidson, located at 385 N. Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach, has been in business in the Virginia Beach area since 1990.
Advertisers Index – April 2012
Absolut Cycle Worx….....................................................................................41 Adam’s Automotive Service & Repair.......................................................…42 Barry’s Outer Banks Bike Rally (Event)….................................................... 43 Big Daddy’z Cycles…………....................................................................…41 Biker’s Depot…................................................................................................16 Cavelli’s…..................................................................................................44 Dennis’ Truck & Trailer Repair …......................................................................20 Departure Bike Works …............................................................................….7 Freedom Biker Church...............................................................................…28 Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson.........................................................…20 Gulliver’s Crossflight Restaurant…................................................................35 Grumpy’s Bar & Grill…...................................................................................39 Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson…...............................................................1 HOG BASH 2012….......................................................................................28 Kampers Lodge Campground…..................................................................35 Market Café……..............................................................................................44 Mincz Tire Service….......................................................................................35 Oceana Cycles…............................................................................................41 Outer Banks Bike Week-Center Calendar Top & page…...............................15 Rick “Preacher” Saunders Devotional….....................................................20 Slade’s Park Dirt Drags….............................................................................27 South Central Bike Fair (Event).................................................................…42 Southside Harley-Davidson Bike Show (Event).............…Inside Back Cover Thunder in the Smokies (Event)…........Outside Front & Outside Back Covers Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group ...........................…Inside Front Cover Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson…...............................................................24 Virginia Bike Fest (Event)…..........................................................................16
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