Riding Full Throttle 18 Years
Issue 217 â€¢ August 2016
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Table Of Contents
Letter From The Editor........................................... Cover Story - Fall Thunder In The Smokies........... Bike Nights............................................................. August 2016 Cruisin’ Calendar............................... Quotable Quote...................................................... Smoke Out 17 At The Rock................................... STE Powersports Customer Appreciation & Motorcycle Swap Meet....................................... Candee Lou Sommer Memorial Ride.................... Archie’s Custom Cycle 29th Anniversary................ H-D Of Greensboro Father’s Day Ride.................. Indian Shifts Into Summer...................................... World Honda Chopper Meet.................................. $ 1 Million Raised By 22nd Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America................ Women’s Freedom Ride 2016............................... ALR Chapter #55 Bike And Car Show................... Women In Motorcycling History.............................. Bigun’s Big Benefit Bash....................................... Veterans Voices..................................................... The 1st Annual Ride To Breathe On........................ Cherokee Co. Meals On Wheels 3rd Annual Dice Run... Sharing Magazines................................................ Driven By Grace Biker Ministry Bike Night............. Ride In Peace “Hopp”............................................ Freedom Biker Church® Celebrates Ten Years!..... Smoky Mountain Steel Horses Events................... Homes For Our Troops.......................................... People & Places..................................................... Nancy Quick Benefit............................................... Spokes & Jokes..................................................... Women Who Ride: Cari Kinard.............................. Hot Springs Rally.................................................... Marilyn Noble Benefit............................................. Thunderzone.......................................................... Virtual Bike Show................................................... Tempted................................................................. Poker Run For The Upstate Warrior Solution........ Indian Motorcycle America’s First Motorcycle Co... Greenville, SC Vet Center’s Cars And Coffee........ th
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Letter From The Editor
Staff Mark Infield
Editor / Owner Mark@FTCarolinas.com
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Photos Chaos, Alan, Scott, Kathy, Grant, Caroline, Buzz, Rose & Lloyd, Everette ‘EZ’ Short, WildThing, Rick Gammons, Star Munsey, Kickstart & Donut, Johnny Reb, Beth Gorman, Mary Byrne Wallace, Chi Force, Sabrina Tippins, Bella Vintage Photography, Derenda Mullinax, Preacher Mike & Charlene Beasley, Rick & Myra Nail, Gary Steelman, Grant, Anchor
Writers Mark, WildThing, Alan, Scott, Kathy, Grant, Buzz, Rose & Lloyd, Caroline, Everette ‘EZ’ Short, Popkorn, Wally Wersching, Kickstart & Donut, Johnny Reb, Trisha Beasley, Grant Derenda Mullinax, Star Munsey, Preacher Mike & Charlene Beasley, Rick & Myra Nail, Darwin Holmstrom, Rick Gammons, Gary Steelman, Anchor
an! Was July ever hot! No matter where in the Carolinas you live, it has been HOT. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Summer, but there have been days recently that have been tough on an old fat guy like me. In weather like this, I prefer to ride early in the morning or late in the evening. Some how, we survived the RNC and the DNC and all the crap that goes with political conventions. Everyone seemed to be blowing one horn or another promoting their favorite candidate. I do not put too much stock in anything that the candidates or pundits say, but I, too have a horn to blow. This month The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine celebrates 18 years of documenting the history of the motorcycle community in the Carolinas. With issue #217 we begin our 19th year in this capacity. We have printed and distributed over 4.5 MILLION (4,500,000) copies! No telling how many events, ads, stories, and pictures that encompasses, but it is a bunch. I am very proud of this accomplishment, but I cannot take all the credit for The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine’s success. We have a great staff. Many have been with us 10 years or more and many more have been with us for 5 or more years. There are some newer faces in that mix, too and we owe all of them a tip of the hat for all that they do every month to make it happen. The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine came into existence when the time was right and the advertisers got on board and supported us all these years. We all know that without them there would never have been an issue #1. Today, we are grateful to all those business owners who placed their confidence in us then as well as today. Many of them have become friends over the years and that adds to the value of having their support. You, the readers, are an important component in the circle of life of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine. Without you and your support of the advertisers and events published on our pages, we would not exist. We humbly thank you for your support. We are aware of other publications out there, but none has enjoyed the longevity, popularity, and readership of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine and for that we thank you. Please visit FullThrottleMagazine.com to read the online version, post your events 24/7 for free, and view the largest library of event images anywhere. Our contact information is also listed there in case you need to contact us for any reason. Don’t forget check out the Full Throttle gear available there, too. As we continue on this journey, we will continue to strive to deliver the best free motorcycle magazine possible, on time, every month. Thank you all for making The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine what it is today.
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Weekly Bike Nights BIG AL’S TREEHOUSE 1100 Prospect St High Point NC 336-882-6681 JOE’S PIG PEN 908 S. Main St, High Point NC 336-861-0430 RAY PRICE H-D CAPITAL CITY BIKE NIGHTS Every 1st & 3rd Tues. @ My Way Tavern 522 St. Marys St, Raleigh NC 6 – 9pm 919-832-2261 WEDNESDAY
JR’S TAVERN 901 Greensboro Rd High Point NC 336-887-9144 THURSDAY
CHANDLEY’S PUB & GRUB 1415 Wilkesboro Hwy, Statesville NC 980-635-1109 HOG TAILS BAR & GRILL 6333 Clemson Blvd, Pendleton SC 864-224-7876 LUCKY’S SALOON 1453 Industry Dr, Burlington NC 336-570-1050 TED’S KICKIN’ CHICKEN 4695 S Main St, Winston-Salem NC 336-650-0290 TILLEY H-D STATESVILLE BIKE NIGHT @ Horsefeathers Roadhouse 3746 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Sherrills Ford, NC 704-966-0192
THUNDER TOWER H-D BIKE NIGHT @ Quaker Steak & Lube 941 Spears Creek Ct, Columbia, SC 803-461-1121 6-9pm FRIDAY
CHANDLEY’S PUB & GRUB 1415 Wilkesboro Hwy, Statesville NC 980-635-1109 DOUBLE D BURNOUT SALOON 1408 E. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC 336-992-3033 FT. BRAGG HARLEY-DAVIDSON 1st & 3rd Friday of the month 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd, Fayetteville NC 910-864-1200 SATURDAY
GOOD TIMES CAFÉ 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month 16 N. Broad St. E., Angier, NC 919-331-0344 SPRING GARDEN DINER 1901 Spring Garden St, Greensboro NC 7-11 pm 336-763-1659 SUNDAY
CHANDLEY’S PUB & GRUB Every 1st & 3rd Sun. 2pm 1415 Wilkesboro Hwy, Statesville NC 980-635-1109 HORSEFEATHERS ROADHOUSE 3746 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Sherrills ford, NC 704-966-0192 TRAX TAVERN 46 E. Main St, Thomasville NC. 2-9pm
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Cruisin’ Calendar You can submit your event 24/7 E-Mail: Lincoln@FTCarolinas.com, phone: 336-885-5400, fax 336-833-6794. We Reserve The Right To Edit All Submissions
AUG 5 BIKE NIGHT Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaines Way, Winterville, NC. 5 – 8. Food, raffles, DJ. Benefits Riley’s Army Services. www.hometownharleydavidson.com 252-439-1345. AUG 6 BENEFIT BIKE RIDE FOR FREDDIE PAIT Lion’s Club 7771 Albert St., Elizabethtown, NC. Reg 8:30-9:45 KSU 10, $20/sgl, $25/ dbl, inc. lunch, 50/50, door prizes, chicken plates avail. $7. Benefits medical travel and expenses. Melissa 910-991-2072, Christie 910874-6720, Stephanie 910-872-3144. AUG 6 6TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR RECOVERY Hwy 55 Restaurant 987 East St., Pittsboro, NC. Reg 12 KSU 2, $15/rider $5/pass. Sponsored by Redemption M/C of Chatham County. Red 919-545-6035. AUG 6 CAPE BEARD DUNKA-BEARD Fort Bragg HarleyDavidson 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. www. fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200. AUG 6 12TH ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL DICE RUN Doghouse 3049 Owens Dr., Fayetteville, NC. Reg 11-1. Wendy Rogers 910-8180458. AUG 6 NEW RIDERS BOOT CAMP Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10am12pm. www.rayprice.com 919-8322261.
AUG 6 6TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE in memory of PFC Justin Walker, Down Home HarleyDavidson 2215 Hanford Rd., Burlington, NC Reg 9:30-11:30, $20/ bike $5/rider, food, live music, 50/50, raffle, auction, non-rider $10/person. Jeff Ladd 336-512-3133 or Charlotte Sizemore 336-213-1197. AUG 6 1st ANNUAL GOLD STAR MEMORIAL RIDE Five N Two Grill 21163 NC 27, Cameron, NC., Reg 8:30 KSU 10 $20/sgl $25/dbl. food. Hosted by Gold Star Mothers. Benefits Patriot Hunts. cavgoldstar@ aol.com Lorie Southerland 919-4783723. AUG 6 TEEN CHALLANGE 5TH ANNUAL IRON CHARIOT RIDE Harley-Davidson of Greensboro 538 Farragut St. Greensboro, NC. Reg 9, KSU 10, $25/sgl, $30/dbl, 50/50, food. Police escorted. www. gpteenchallenge.com, williams@ gladwellinsurance.com, Mike Williams Sr. 336-314-5184. AUG 6 LISA SMITH MEMORIAL RIDE Smokin’ Harley-Davidson 3441 Myer Lee Dr., Winston-Salem, NC. Reg 9:30 KSU 11, $20/rider $5/pass, live music, 50/50, raffles, proceeds to help with medical expenses. 336722-3106. AUG 6 NAZARETH CHILDREN’S HOME SUMMER RIDE Speedway Harley-Davidson 10049 Weddington Rd., Concord, NC. 11am www. bikerswithacause.com 704-9797433.
AUG 6 THE KILAH DAVENPORT INAUGURAL CAR AND BIKE SHOW George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Dr. Mooresville, NC. Vendors. Benefits The Kilah Davenport Foundation and Guardians of the Children Mooresville Chapter. www. gocmooresvillenc.com 704-8832954. AUG 6 1ST ANNUAL SUEDE & CHROME HOTRODS & HARLEYS Tilley Harley-Davidson 653 Bendix Dr., Salisbury, NC. 10am-5pm, live music, food, vendors, door prizes. www.tilleyhdsalisbury.com 704-6386044. AUG 6 2ND ANNUAL LEGACY RUN American Legion Post #106 6250 NC Hwy 801, Salisbury, NC. KSU 10:30, $15/rider $10/pass, food, door prizes, 50/50. Benefits children of fallen soldiers scholarships. Rick Land 704-929-9831 Grant Dickerson 704-278-4544. AUG 6 BACKPACKS FOR KIDS BIKE RUN Memorial Park 119 Wilkesboro Ave, North Wilkesboro, NC. Reg 8 KSU 10, $25/rider $5/ pass, music, door prizes, food. firstname.lastname@example.org Michele Dalton 336-468-7649 or 336-818-0880. AUG 6 LUCKY’S MEMORIAL BENEFIT Harley-Davidson of Asheville 20 Patton Cove Rd., Swannanoa NC. 11am-4pm $15/ donation, food, car & bike show $5/ entry. Benefits Cancer Care of WNC. Rain or Shine. Digger 828-545-0178.
AUG 6 3RD ANNUAL BENEFIT RIDE IN HONOR OF DILLION CRITCHER Hollar and Greene Produce 230 Cabbage Row, Boone, NC. Reg 11 KSU 1, reg/donation, Benefits CMA’s Run for the Son. Danny Critcher 828-964-2100.
AUG 7 13TH TEXAS ROADHOUSE MOTORCYCLE RIDE Texas Roadhouse 400 Columbiana Dr., Columbia, SC. Reg 8-9:15 KSU 9:45, $25/sgl $40/dbl, live music. Benefits Homes for our Troops. 803-461-1121.
AUG 6 TOO BROKE FOR STURGIS LUAU Thunder Tower HarleyDavidson 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr. Columbia, SC. 12-4, food live music, demo rides, bikini bike wash. www.thundertowerharley.com 803-461-1121.
AUG 13 SPECIAL FORCES BROTHERHOOD COOKOUT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. www.fortbraggharley.com 910864-1200.
AUG 6 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SATURDAY Low Country Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., Charleston, SC. www.lowcountryharley.com 843-5541847. AUG 6 V.V.A ANNUAL LZ 960 BENEFIT RUN Lakevue Landing 1543 Camp Shelor Rd., Manning, SC. Reg 11, $10/person. Boats, cars & motorcycles. Door prizes, food, music. Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 960. 803-460-8551, 803-478-4300. AUG 6 KRIS VORHIS POKER RUN Hanahan Neighborhood Bar & Grill 5861 N. Rhett Ave, Hanahan, SC. Reg 10 KSU 12 $20/rider $10/pass, BBQ, music, raffles. Help Kris with medical expenses. 843-529-9911. AUG 7 STUFF THE BUS POKER RUN Outer Banks Harley-Davidson 8739 Hwy 158, Harbinger, NC. Reg 11am, $10/entry, food. Benefits Children of Currituck County. www. outerbankshd.com 252-338-8866. AUG 7 KILL COOKOUT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Dairy Rd., Fayetteville, NC. www. fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200. AUG 7 BIKER SUNDAY Swepsonville Baptist Church 2754 Darell Newton Dr., Graham, NC. KSU 9am, service 10:30, food, bike blessing, activities, live music. Steve McGowan 336-212-2531.
AUG 13 CANDEE LOU SOMMER MEMORIAL BENEFIT POKER RUN Charlie Mike’s Pub 195 Starpoint Dr., Fayetteville, NC. Reg 9:30-11 $15/rider $5/pass. Benefits funeral and other expenses. Gail 910-759-2445 Dean 910-303-5919. AUG 13 HOGS FOR DOGS Scooters Bar & Grill 1911 Sego Ct., Raleigh, NC. Reg 10 KSU 11:30 $20/rider $10/pass includes t-shirt, food. Benefits Animal Advocates Coalition. www.advocates4good.org Rain date 8/14. Holly 919-427-9452. AUG 13 RIDING ACADEMY CLASS REUNION Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 11AM-2PM. www. rayprice.com 919-832-2261. AUG 13 1ST ANNUAL KIRKLIN HEARTBEATS RIDE HarleyDavidson of Greensboro 538 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. Reg 10 KSU 11:30, $20/bike, live music, food vendors, 50/50. Sponsored by East Coast Custom Cycles & Art Cutting Edge Products. Benefits KIRSO Research. http://www.uab. edu/news/focus-on-patient-care/ item/7300 Lyndy Welker 336-2139894. AUG 13 FISH FRY JR’s Corner Tavern 901 Greensboro, NC. 4pm 336-887-9144.
AUG 13 4TH ANNUAL PATH OF HOPE RIDE FOR RECOVERY Path of Hope 1675 East Center St. Ext., Lexington, NC. Reg 8:30 KSU 10, $20/rider $10/pass, food. www. apathofhope.org. 336-248-8914. AUG 13 3RD ANNUAL BRODY THOMPSON MEMORIAL POKER RUN Tilley Harley-Davidson 1226 Morland Dr., Statesville, NC. Reg 11am. Benefits Brody Thompson Foundation. aimee@ brodythompsonfoundation.com. 704-872-3883. AUG 13 BROTHERS OF THE HORIZON M/C 36TH ANNUAL RALLY 103 Atlantic Rd., Robbins, NC. Gates open 1pm-until, bike and car show, games, burn out pit, DJ, trophies. Ronnie Thompson 910948-3911. AUG 13 WARRIORS OF FIRE CMA CHPT #1254 MEETING The Little Café’ 725 Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, SC. 9am. email@example.com 978852-0620. AUG 13 1ST ANNUAL BIKES & BOATS POKER RUN Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr., Columbia, SC. Reg 10-11, $20/hand, food. Benefits Wounded Warrior Project. www. vfwpost8346.org Mike@lugoffloan. com 803-438-5363. AUG 18 VAPE NIGHT Chunk’s Hawg Haven 536 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. 336-340-6587. AUG 19-20 LA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY Stars & Bars Tavern 723 Klumac Rd., Salisbury, NC. 704-3105503. AUG 19-21 DAVIDSON CO CBA/ABATE OF NC SUMMER WEEKEND CAMPOUT Thomasville Moose Lodge #1868 114 Thomasville Moose Lodge Rd., Thomasville, NC. $10 day or weekend camping, fishing, yard sales/swap meet $10/table, food. Papa Jim Everhart 336-248-7880.
Cruisin’ Calendar AUG 19-21 MAGGIE VALLEY SUMMER RALLY Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 374 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC. Gates open Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-3pm. Car & bike show, door prizes, vendors, food, DJ, live music, Pin Up Girls contest. www. maggievalleyrallys.com 336-5801638. AUG 20 NAM KNIGHTS COOKOUT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. www.fortbraggharley.com 910864-1200. AUG 20 GOLDRUSH #19 CHARITY BIKE & 4X4 SHOW Pure Gold, 143 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC. Reg 11am, bike show, jumping, biker babe contest, charity raffle. Spons by Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson. firstname.lastname@example.org 910-4522228, 910-540-2220. AUG 20 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION COOKOUT Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaines Way, Winterville, NC. All day. www.hometownharleydavidson.com 252-439-1345. AUG 20 10TH ANNUAL BIKE RIDE Collier Harley-Davidson 316 Premier Blvd. Roanoke Rapids, NC. Reg 10m KSU 11, $20, Benefits Caregiver Support Programs serving Northampton and Halifax counties, Rain Date 8/27. 252-537-6493. AUG 20 L.B’S RIDE AGAINST SUICIDE Tarboro Church of God 412 Shirley St. Tarboro, NC. Vendors. L.B.Srideagainstsuicide@gmail.com Bridget Keel 252-883-0310, Annie Hathaway 252-813-9139, Ashley Barber 252-567-6081. AUG 20 WILSON MILLS CIVITAN RIDE Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. www.rayprice.com 919-832-2261.
AUG 20 GRILLIN’ & CHILLIN’ Down Home Harley-Davidson 2215 Hanford Rd., Burlington, NC. 11:303, live music. www.downhomeharley. com 336-227-1261. AUG 20 ANNUAL VETERANS AND WARRIORS BUG RUN 2016 American Legion #52 40 American Legion Rd., Franklinton, NC. Reg 9:30 KSU 11, $15/bike $5/rider, food, 50/50 raffle, door prizes. Hosted by Rolling Thunder NC Chp 7. Raycyn3@gmail.com 919-4126360. AUG 20 7TH ANNUAL BIKERS 4 BOOBS BREAST CANCER RIDE Harley-Davidson of Greensboro 538 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. Reg 8am $20, live music, food, 50/50, silent auction. Benefits Randolph Hospital Mammogram Fund. Fay Morgan bikersfourboobs@yahoo. com 336-622-4238. AUG 20 RIDE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE Smurf’s Tavern 1035 Smurf Rd, Danbury, NC. Reg 11 KSU 12, $20/sgl, $25/dbl, 50/50, auction, music, food, kids games, face painting. Benefits victims of child abuse. Guardians of the Children, Winston-Salem, Melissa Marion 336401-2257. AUG 20 1ST ANNUAL CAN FOOD RUN Cox’s Harley-Davidson 2795 NC Hwy 134, Asheboro, NC. Reg 11 KSU 1:30, $20/bike, cash or cans, 1 can = $1. www.praetoriansaintsmc. com, email@example.com 336-629-2415. AUG 20 CHRISTMAS IN THE HEAT BENEFIT RIDE Southern Roadhouse 640 McNair Rd., Rockingham, NC. Reg 12:30 KSU 1:30 $20/sgl $25/dbl, live music, 50/50. Benefits our military overseas. Hotchristmas2015@gmail. com Donny Sweatt 910-670-4208.
11 AUG 20 CANCER SERVICES BENEFIT Baggerz Saloon 4212 Ebert St., Winston-Salem, NC. 11am-6pm, live music, raffles, poker run, auction, food, vendors. Benefits cancer services for Forsyth, Stokes and Davidson counties. Connie Hammond 336-345-8904. AUG 20 LEGACY RIDE American Legion Post #55 111 Miller St., Winston-Salem, NC. Reg 10 KSU 11 $15/sgl $20/dbl, 50/50, bug run. Benefits scholarship fund for children of Veterans. Ken 336-462-6748. AUG 20 ROLLING THUNDER NC2 POKER RUN/BIKE AND CAR SHOW Tillley Harley-Davidson 1226 Morland Dr., Statesville, NC. $20/ sgl $30/dbl, food, 50/50, door prizes. www.tilleyhd.com Rain date 8/27 Jim Morgan 704-928-6460 Sonny Deal 704-929-0477 AUG 20 CMA STATESVILLE CHAPTER MEETING Boxcar Grille, 3103 Taylorsville, Hwy., Statesville, NC. Breakfast 8am, meeting 9am. www.cmausa.org Craig 704-5852828. AUG 20 HOME TOWN HAWGS GRAND OPENING PARTY 910 Conover Blvd. West, Conover, NC. Bands, swap meet, bike wash, vendors, food. Poker run for Josh Rector and more. www. hometownhawgs.com 828-270-5612. AUG 20 GRILLIN & CHILLIN Smoky Mountain Steel Horses 82 Locust Dr., Waynesville, NC. Live, music, food. www. smokymountainsteelhorses.com 828-452-7276. AUG 20 WALKIN’ ROLL ACTIVITIES LEAGUE POKER RUN Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson, 2002 13th Ave Dr. SE, Hickory, NC. Reg 9-11am, $15/hand $25/3 hands, live auction, 50/50, pro wrestling, buggy rides, free food, more. Benefits Walkin’ Roll organization. www. walkinroll.org Sherrill Baxter 828962-2580
12 AUG 20 16TH ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION RUN Kounty Line Store 204 Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC. First out 9, $10/hand, live music, bike games, food. Presented by Buncombe County CBA. James Buckner 828-230-6124. AUG 20 BUFFALO SOLDIERS ANNIVERSARY BLACK & GOLD CELEBRATION Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr., Columbia, SC. 12pm, food, car & bike show $20/entry fee, live music, poker run, vendors, TTH-D Angel bike Wash. 803-461-1121. AUG 20 WIDOWS SONS BROTHERS OF REZON POKER RUN Harley-Davidson of Greenville 30 Chrome Dr, Greenville, SC. Reg 9-11, first out 10, $20/bike $5/rider, live music, food, t-shirts. Benefits The Butterfly Foundation. www.hdog.com 864-234-1340. AUG 20 POKER RUN BENEFIT FOR TRACY BAKER JusOne More Dawg House 2808 Catawba River Rd., Fort Lawn, SC. Reg 12, $20/ sgl, $30/dbl, 50/50, live auction, door prizes, food, entertainment. 803-8724026. AUG 21 ASHEVILLE RIDE FOR KIDS WNC Ag Center 775 Boylston Hwy., Fletcher, NC. Reg 12-1:30 KSU 2pm, rain or shine. Benefits Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. John Pavone firstname.lastname@example.org. AUG 21 6TH ANNUAL STEEL PONY CHARITY RIDE & CAR SHOW Low County Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., Charleston, SC. Reg 11 KSU 12:30 $15/rider $5/ pass. Food, live music, vendors, car & bike show. Benefits Lowcountry Firefighter support team. www. lowcountryharley.com 843-554-1847.
Cruisin’ Calendar AUG 26-28 NEW MODEL RELEASE VIP PARTY Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. www. fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200.
AUG 27 SICKLE CELL CHARITY MOTORCYCLE RIDE HarleyDavidson of Greensboro 538 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. www. hdofgreensboro.com 336-273-1101.
AUG 27 1ST ANNUAL SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN TAB RUN Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. Reg 9am KSU 11, $10/rider $5/ pass, bring can tabs for extra raffle tickets, 50/50, raffles, food. Benefits Shriners Hospital. Presented by Redrum First Nations MC. redrumfirstnationsraleigh@gmail. com 919-848-3494.
AUG 27 SWAP MEET Tilley HarleyDavidson 653 Bendix Dr., Salisbury, NC. www.tilleyhdofsalisbury.com 704-638-6044.
AUG 27 READY TO RALLY WORKSHOP/NEW 2017 MODEL UNVEILING Ray Price HarleyDavidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10:30 & 11:30. www. rayprice.com 919-832-2261.
AUG 27 CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY & PROTECTION CENTER OF CATAWBA COUNTY POKER RUN Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson 2002 13th Ave, Dr. SE., Hickory, NC. Reg 10am $20/rider $10/pass, door prizes, 50/50, band. Rain date Aug 28th. Presented by Catawba Valley HOG Chapter. bdcvhog@earthlink. net Dilly Dagenhart 828-850-3275.
AUG 27 17TH ANNUAL ALL STAR RIDE FOR LIFE Scooter’s Bar and Grill, 1911 Sego Court, Raleigh, NC. Reg. 9, ride 11 to Duke to meet some of the kids! $20/rider, inc T-shirt, bbq after ride. Silent auction, 50-50, live bands, prizes! Benefits Duke Children’s Hospital. Stan Simmerson email@example.com 919-810-6243, Scooter’s 919-954-2171. AUG 27 BIKERS-BABES-BOOKS Down Home Harley-Davidson 2215 Hanford Rd., Burlington, NC. 10-3, bring school supplies for donation. Door prizes. Benefits Lifespan Circle School Burlington, for children with disabilities. sales@downhomeharley. com, firstname.lastname@example.org 336-227-1261 or Leah Askew 336852-1495 ext. 3403. AUG 27 6TH ANNUAL SHRINER’S HOSPITAL BENEFIT AND DICE ROLL RIDE Chunk’s Hawg Haven 536 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. Reg 10am KSU 11, $20/ sgl, $30/dbl, non riders $6/plate. Food, prizes, auction, raffles. www. hdofgreensboro.com Karen Hatchett 336-707-7538.
AUG 27 5TH ANNUAL TEAM KENZEY BENEFIT RIDE 48 Customs, 86 Pine Ridge Rd., Mocksville, NC. Reg 9-10, KSU 10 $25/rider includes meal. Rain date 9/10 336-403-0731.
AUG 27 FIRST ANNUAL HANDS OF A SPORTSMAN POKER RUN Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson 2002 13th Ave Dr. SE, Hickory, NC. Reg 9-11 $25/sgl $30/dbl, door prizes, 50/50, food. www. handsofasportsman.org 828-3273030. AUG 27 2016 BEST OF THE BIKES BIKE SHOW Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson 4710 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 11am – 3pm. $10/ donation entry, food, live music, cloggers, dunk tank, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, prizes. Benefits ALS SC Chapter. www.myrtlebeachharley. com 843-369-5555. AUG 27 PROJECT RUSHMORE ICE CREAM & CHROME Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr., Columbia, SC. 12-4pm, Demo rides, free sundae. www.thundertowerharley.com. 803461-1121.
Cruisin’ Calendar AUG 28 A DAY TO REMEMBER DON Tilley Harley-Davidson, 1226 Morland Dr Statesville NC. Raffle for a chance to win weekend at Robinette’s condo, free food drinks, live music 704-872-3883 AUG 28 BIKERS FOR BLUE Low Country Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, SC. Reg 10:30-11, $10/ rider $10/pass, food beverages, entertainment, 50/50, door prizes. Benefits Fraternal Order of Police. 843-554-1847. SEPT 2 BIKE NIGHT Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaines Way, Winterville, NC. 5 – 8. Food, raffles, DJ. Benefits Riley’s Army Services. www.hometownharleydavidson.com 252-439-1345. SEPT 2 BIKE NIGHT Tilley HarleyDavidson 1226 Morland Dr., Statesville, NC. www.tilleyhd.com 704-872-3883. SEPT 2-3 LOW COUNTRY HOGFEST 2016 Low Country Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., Charleston, SC. BBQ competition, live bands, custom car & bike show, vendor, contest. Benefits MUSC Children’s Hospital. www.lowcountryharley.com 843-5541847. SEPT 2-5 16TH ANNUAL OUTER BANKS BIKE SHOW Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant and Lodge 169 Walnut Island Blvd, Grandy , NC. Live Bands, Vendors, food. Saturday Poker Run. Benefits Navy SEAL Foundation. www. outerbanksbikeshow.com 252-4532261. SEPT 3 HOG COOKOUT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Donation cookout. www.fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200.
SEPT 3 NEW RIDERS BOOT CAMP Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10am-12pm. www.rayprice.com 919-832-2261. SEPT 3 BULL CITY RUMBLE 12 – VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE SHOW Brightleaf District 1007 West Main St., Durham, NC. 12pm, no admission, bike entry fee $7. www. tonup.bigcartel.com/bull-city-rumble. com 919-687-6969. SEPT 3 USO RIDE Speedway Harley-Davidson 10049 Weddington Rd., Concord, NC. www. speedwayharley.com 704-979-7433. SEPT 3 4 ANNUAL FALL MOTORCYCLE RIDE North Union Church of God 12411 Bain School Rd., Mint Hill, NC. Reg 8-9:30 am KSU 10, Pre reg $20/rider $5/pass ( July 31st, Aug 21st after church), day of $25/rider $10/pass, includes lunch. email@example.com Toni 704-491-7479 Dakoda 704292-9153. TH
SEPT 3 QUEEN CITY BIKE FEST Kangaroo Express 935 Charlottetown Ave, Charlotte, NC. Reg 9am KSU 11. Benefits USO of NC. www.queencitybikefest.com 980-819-1475. SEPT 3 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY STE Powersport 1426 Northside Dr., Statesville, NC. 11-3, live music, vendors, swap meet, giveaways, food. firstname.lastname@example.org 704883-8385. SEPT 9-10 BFBF 6TH ANNUAL MUSIC FEST RALLY Vander Civic Assoc. 128 Rockhill Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Fri gates open 5pm, Sat 10am, bands, vendors, bike rattle, art auction. www. bikersforbikersfoundation.com.
13 SEPT 9-11 US MILITARY VETS MC NC COMBINED ANNUAL ROCKIN’ THE ROOST Rider’s Roost Motorcycle Resort 100 Elk Creek Rd., Ferguson, NC. Reg $20/sgl $30/ dbl, tent camping free, door prizes, music, games. Allen Allison 828-3086746 Sandra Roberts 828-308-2946. SEPT 9-11 THUNDER IN THE SMOKIES FALL RALLY Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley, NC. Music, vendors, bike games, bike show. www.handlebarcorral.com email@example.com 828-2462101. SEPT 10 40TH ANNUAL FALL OPEN HOUSE Harley-Davidson of New Bern 1613 Hwy 70E, New Bern, NC. www.harley-davidsonnewbern. com 252-633-4060. SEPT 10 SOLDIERS UNITED COOKOUT Fort Bragg HarleyDavidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Donation cookout. www.fortbraggharley.com 910-8641200. SEPT 10 MUSCLE RIDE Rommel Harley-Davidson 300 Muldee St., Durham, NC. Reg 10 KSU 12:30, $20/rider $10/pass, music, food, door prizes, 50/50, vendors. Benefits MDA Charity Ride. www. rommelhddurham.com. 919-2468996. SEPT 10 USO FREEDOM RIDE Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. www. rayprice.com 919-832-2261. SEPT 10 MOTORCYCLES FOR MAMMOGRAMS Cox’s HarleyDavidson 2795 NC Hwy 134, Asheboro, NC. Reg 8 KSU 10:30am $20/bike, food, silent auction, 50/50. Benefits Randolph Hospital Mammogram Fund. Keegan Wright 336-629-2415.
14 SEPT 10 CAMEL CITY BIKEFEST Liberty St., Winston-Salem, NC. 11-11 free admission, live music, vendors. Presented by: Smokin’ Harley-Davidson, 336-464-6202. SEPT 10 PURPLE HEART HOMES BENEFIT RIDE Forgotten Sons Club House 110 B Griffith Plaza Dr. Winston-Salem, NC. Reg 10am. $15/rider $5/pass. 336-464-6202. SEPT 10 FALL OPEN HOUSE Speedway Harley-Davidson 10049 Weddington Rd., Concord, NC. www.speedwayharley.com 704-9797433. SEPT 10 RIDE FOR THE CHILDREN Blue Ridge HarleyDavidson 2002 13th Ave, Hickory, NC. Reg 9:30-11, $20/sgl $25/dbl, rain or shine, food, live music, door prizes, 50/50, silent auction. Benefits survivors of domestic violence. Sponsored by Lone Eagle Riding Club. Sharon Williams 828-7815624, Teresa Goble 828-729-4736. SEPT 10 KRISTI’S BENEFIT CANCER RIDE Bojangle’s 1652 Hwy 67, Jonesville, NC. Reg 9-10:30 KSU 11, $20/rider $5/pass, couples w/2 bikes $25, food, auction, event t-shirts. 336-835-2991. SEPT 10 PAWS 4 VETS HarleyDavidson of Asheville 20 Patton Cove Rd., Swannanoa, NC. Reg 9 first out 10, $20/rider $10/pass, $5/add hand, food, music, 50/50, silent auction. Benefits paws4vets organization. jodieamathews@gmail. com Jodie Baker 828-400-1669. SEPT 10 RIDE FOR THE ANIMALS POKER RUN East Bay Deli 3914 Hwy 17 S #3C, North Myrtle Beach, SC. Reg 10, $20/hand preregistered, $25/hand day of event, door prizes, raffles, 50/50. www. shnmb.org Kathy 843-399-2939.
Cruisin’ Calendar SEPT 10 VETERANS HELPING VETERANS PATRIOT DAYS BASH Quaker Steak & Lube 941 Spears Dr., Columbia, SC. 2pm-10pm , $5/ entry, live music. Benefits the SC Warrior Brotherhood Relief Fund, sponsored by QSL & Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson. www. thundertowerharley.com 803-4611121. SEPT 10 13TH ANNUAL FRANCES R. WILLIS SPCA PAWKER RUN Low Country Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, SC. Reg 10 KSU 11, $25/person, door prizes, 50/50, live music, food. www.summervillespca.org/2016pawker-run. 843-871-3820. SEPT 11 10th ANNUAL RALEIGH PINK RIBBON RIDE Scooter’s Bar & Grill, 1911 Sego Ct., Raleigh. Reg 8:30 KSU 11, $25/rider $40 2up incl T-shirt, silent auction raffles, 50/50 give aways, lunch & music. Proceeds benefit Pretty in Pink Foundation, Rain date 9/18 www. RaleighPinkRibbonRide.com, Peggy 919-819-2866, Scooters 919-9542171. SEPT 11 FALL BIKEFEST Locked and Loaded Bar & Grill 305 McCormick St., Garner, NC. 12-6. 919-661-6688. SEP 11 14th ANNUAL CATAWBA COUNTY SHRINERS POKER RUN Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson, 2002 13th Ave Dr. SE, Hickory, NC. Reg 11, first out 11:30, $15/hand $35/3 hands, food. Dennis Grigg 828-7810062 SEPT 16 AMERICAN DISASTER RELIEF FOUNDATION NATIONAL POKER RUN Harley-Davidson of Greenville 30 Chrome Dr., Greenville, SC. 864-234-1340.
SEPT 16-17 BIKERS BLUES BBQ RALLY Tilley Harley-Davidson 653 Bendix Drive, Salisbury, NC. KCBS sanction event. Food, beverage, vendors. Free admis, live music. www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com . Gary Moss firstname.lastname@example.org. 704638-6044. SEPT 16-18 FALL CREEKSIDE BIKE RALLY 390 Colt Thornburg Rd., Dallas, NC. $20/person all wknd, primitive camping, live bands, wet t-shirt contest, swap meet, vendors. Must be 21. Lucky 704813-7146. SEPT 17 VMC FALL POKER RUN Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Reg 9am. www.fortbraggharley. com 910-864-1200. SEPT 17 7TH ANNUAL WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T REMBEMRANCE RUN and POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony Airborne & Special Operation Museum 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC. Reg. 8 am Ceremony 10 KSU 11:15, $20/rider $10/pass, door prizes, food, vendors. www.rollingthunder-nc1.com John Thompson 941-380-8844. SEPT 17 SCOTT EAKER MEMORIAL RIDE Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaine’s Way, Winterville, NC. www. hometownharleydavidson.com 252439-1345. SEPT 17 10TH ANNUAL MIRACLE LEAGUE RIDE Ray Price HarleyDavidson, 1126 S Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. $10/rider, $10/pass, $10/T-shirts. Reg 10:30am, Ride 11:45am. live music, food. Proceeds to help handicap kids can play baseball. www.themiracleleagueride. com, email@example.com 919649-3448.
Cruisin’ Calendar SEPT 17 4TH ANNUAL RIDE TO REMEMBER Summerfield First Baptist Church 2300 Scalesville Rd., Summerfield, NC. Reg 8:30 KSU 10 $25/sgl $30/dbl includes lunch and t-shirt. Raffle, 50/50, silent auction. Benefits Western Carolina Alzheimers Assoc. Charlotte firstname.lastname@example.org 336-312-6499. SEPT 17 GUARDIAN ANGEL BIKE SHOW Ted’s Famous Chicken 4695 South Main St., Winston-Salem, NC. Reg 10 - $20/entry, voting starts 12, door prizes, 50/50, silent auction. Benefits Forsyth Medical Center cancer ward. In memory of Henry Caldwell, Linda Landreth, John Paul Landreth. Mary Cardwell email@example.com 336-8415335. SEPT 17 RIDIN’ IN REMEMBRANCE Double D’s Burnout Saloon 1408 East Mountain St., Kernersville, NC. Reg 12 KSU 1 $10/person. Vendors, food, primitive camping at final stop. Benefits Oakwood Cemetery for civil war soldiers. Deovindice1970@gmail. com Shannon Rights 336-955-1169. SEPT 17 BENEFIT FOR ERIC DOSS Double D Burnout Saloon 1408 East Mountain St., Kernersville, NC. Reg 10 KSU 11, $15/rider $5/pass, live music, food, 50/50, raffle, auction. L & R Production firstname.lastname@example.org. SEPT 17 6TH ANNUAL POKER RUN FOR VETERANS HOSPICE Tilley Harley-Davidson 653 Bendix Drive, Salisbury, NC. Reg 9 last bike out 11. Supports veterans at Salisbury Veterans Hospice House. Spons by Tom McGrath Motorcycle Law Group. $15 per hand. www. bikerbluesbbqrally.com Gary Moss email@example.com. 704-6386044. SEPT 17 7TH ANNUAL LOGAN STROUD FOUNDATION CHARITY RIDE & POKER RUN Cabarrus Brewing Company 329 McGill Ave.,
Concord, NC. Reg 9-10:30 KSU 10:45 $25/sgl $15/pass includes t-shirt. Raffles, 50/50, door prizes. Benefits survivors of traumatic brain injury and scholarship awards. Kris Stroud 704-305-1683. SEPT 17 CMA STATESVILLE CHAPTER MEETING Boxcar Grille, 3103 Taylorsville, Hwy., Statesville, NC. Breakfast 8am, meeting 9am. www.cmausa.org Craig 704-5852828. SEPT 17 CAPE FEAR KICK DOWN & SWAP MEET Satellite Bar & Lounge 120 Greenfield St., Wilmington, NC. 11am-4pm, free (donations requested), vendors. Benefits Prostate Cancer Research. firstname.lastname@example.org Matthew Carocci 330-883-3586. SEPT 17 3RD ANNUAL RIDE FOR VETERANS Cox’s Harley-Davidson 1178 Galleria Blvd, Rock Hill, SC. Reg 11 KSU 12, $20/sgl $30/dbl includes t-shirt & food, $5/non riders, 50/50, raffle, door prizes, live music. Tammy Hardin tammyhardin65@ icloud.com. 803-827-1183 SEPT 18 11th ANNUAL 343 MEMORIAL RIDE 9/11/01 NEVER FORGET Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson 6620 Market St., Wilmington, NC. Reg 10-12 KSU 1, $20 includes t-shirt, pin, dog tag & food. Benefits NC Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Presented by NC Red Knights Chapter 6. Buddy Mizelle 910-297-2747. SEPT 23-24 2016 CONFEDERATES MC ANNUAL BIKE RODEO AND SWAP MEET Hwy 24 Raceway Goldens Auction Rd., Westminster, SC. $15/wknd includes primitive camping, $10/camper or motorhome. Bike games, bike show, live music, vendor spots $35 includes wknd pass. Sponsored by Confederate MC, Pappy’s Ancient Iron and Anderson County ABATE. Johnny Cole 864-965-8715.
15 SEP 23-25 12TH ANNUAL RAY PRICE CAPITAL CITY BIKEFEST Ray Price Harley-Davidson, 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. Downtown on Fayetteville St. & Raleigh Convention Ctr. Vendors, parade, parade of lights, bike show, tattoofest, stunt shows, live music, bikini bike wash. www. capitalcitybikefest.com 919-8733369. SEPT 24 LET’S RIDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OUT OF TOWN Beach House Harley-Davidson 4919 Ocean HWY W. Shallotte, NC. Reg 9am, KSU 10, $25/rider $10/pass, escorted ride, food, 50/50, music, prizes. Benefits Hope Harbor Home, Inc. www.hopeharborhome.org DVBikeRally@gmail.com 910-4655037 or 910-754-5726. SEPT 24 DARE COUNTY MOTORCYCLE TOY RUN Vertigo Tattoo 7594 Shipyard Rd., Manns Harbor, NC. Reg 9 KSU 11 bring new unwrapped toy plus $30/motorcycle., 50/50, silent auction, food, music, giveaways. Benefits Outer Banks Womens Club Angel Gift & Dare County Toys for Tots. Rain date Oct 1st. daremotorcycletoyrun@yahoo. com www.daremotorcycletoyrun.com 252-475-3541. SEPT 24 NEW BERN ELKS MONUMENT AND MYSTERY TOUR Harley-Davidson of New Bern 1613 Hwy 70 E., New Bern, NC. Reg 9-10:30 $20/rider $10/ pass, door prizes, 50/50. Benefits local area Veterans. Tom Perretta email@example.com 252-6388116. SEPT 24 K9 MC COOKOUT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Donation cookout. www. fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200.
16 SEPT 24 BFBF 5TH ANNUAL TIM DIFFIN “RIDING WITH ANGELS” MEMORIAL RUN The Dog House 3049 Owen Dr., Fayetteville, NC. Reg 11am KSU 12. $20/rider $15/pass. Benefits CC Foster Children’s Christmas Fund. www. bikersforbikersfoundation.com. SEPT 24 SWAP MEET Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaine’s Way, Winterville, NC. www. hometownharleydavidson.com 252439-1345. SEPT 24 NENC V-TWIN CRUISERS POKER RUN-FOOD BANK Elizabeth City Shrine Club 172 Chantilly Rd., Camden, NC. KSU 10, food. Mike 252-338-3470. SEPT 24 THE ROCK’S RIDE FOR VETS Harley-Davidson of Greensboro 538 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. Reg 9 KSU 10:30, $25/rider $5/pass, food, music, prizes. Benefits Veterans Helping Veterans Heal. Sponsored by The Rock Church. www.vhvh.org Jayne 336-273-1101. SEPT 24 12TH ANNUAL CONFEDERATE HERITAGE RIDE Low Country Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., Charleston, SC. Reg 10 KSU 12, $20/rider $15/pass incl museum tour, commemorative ride pin, live music, food, vendors, door prizes. Info@heritageride.org. 843-209-2048. SEPT 24 3RD ANNUAL VETERANS SUPPORT RALLY The Hide Out 900 E Main St., Easley, SC. 11am5pm, poker run reg 9:30 KSU 10-11, $20/rider, $10/pass, Peoples Choice Bike Show 1-4 $1/ea $5 for 6, band, 50/50, food. Presented by Pickins County ABATE. John Wise 864-3547560. SEPT 25 RIDE FOR THOMAS Trax Tavern 46 E Main St., Thomasville, NC. Reg 12 KSU 1. 336-880-1337.
Cruisin’ Calendar OCT 1 HOG COOKOUT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Donation cookout. www. fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200. OCT 1 NEW RIDERS BOOT CAMP Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10am12pm. www.rayprice.com 919-8322261. OCT 1 15TH ANNUAL CALVIN E TAYLOR TOY RIDE HarleyDavidson of Asheville 20 Patton Cove Rd, Swannanoa, NC. Reg 10-12:15, Smoky Mountain Steel Horses 82 Locust Dr, Waynesville, NC. Reg 10:30-12:15, $20/person includes t-shirt. Gene Canter 828734-3439. OCT 1 LAST DON’S 5TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL RIDE Harley-Davidson of Greensboro 538 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. www. hdofgreensboro.com 336-273-1101. OCT 1-2 BIKER WEEKEND Richland Creek Community Church 3229 Burlington Mills Rd., Wake Forest, NC. Car & Bike Show, no entry fee, food truck, biker games, food truck rodeo. Benefits WF VFW. Operation Christmas Child begins. Joe Tomerlin joe@richlandcreek. com 919-556-9292. OCT 5-9 9TH ANNUAL OUTER BANKS BIKE FEST Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC. Vendors, bike show, tattoo contest, poker runs, live music. www.outerbankshd.com 252338-8866. OCT 8 10TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE RIBBON NC BREAST CANCER BENEFIT Eastern Radiologist, 2101 W Arlington Blvd, Greenville, NC. Reg 8:30 KSU 9:30am $25/inc t-shirt, food, live music, 50/50, raffles, prizes. Benefits early detection & assist breast cancer patients in Pitt, Beaufort & Lenoir counties.
www.rideforthecurenc.com firstname.lastname@example.org 252931-7665. OCT 8 JACOB’S RUN Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaine’s Way, Winterville, NC. www. hometownharleydavidson.com 252439-1345. OCT 8 5TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN RUN Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department 350 Ashley Ave, Timberlake, NC. Reg 9am KSU 10:30, $25/bike $15/lunch & t-shirt. Benefits Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department. Ashley Fletcher email@example.com 336-364-1681. OCT 8 BROOKLYN BOONE BENEFIT DICE RUN City Tavern 404 Main St., Creedmor, NC. Reg 8:30-11:45 KSU 12, $15/rider $10/ pass includes meal. 50/50, door prizes. Alan Wilder 919-971-7870. OCT 15 BMC COOKOUT Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Donation cookout. www. fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200. OCT 15 BLUE KNIGHTS NC1 ANNUAL BREAST CANCER RIDE Harley-Davidson of New Bern 1613 Hwy 70 East, New Bern, NC. www. harley-davidsonnewbern.com 252633-4060. OCT 15 1ST ANNUAL ESTHER HOUSE RIDE AGAINST ABUSE Locust Car Care & Tire 211 E. Main St., Locust, NC. Reg 8:30 KSU 9:30. Pre reg $25/rider $5/ pass, day of $30/rider $10/pass lunch and t-shirt includeds, raffles, music, vendors. Bike Show $10/ entry. Benefits Stanly Ester House. Da.firstname.lastname@example.org. 704961-7502.
Cruisin’ Calendar OCT 15 9TH ANNUAL BIKERS WITH BOXES Billy Graham Library 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte, NC. 9:30am – 3pm. Pack Operation Christmas Child box, music, fellowship, giveaways, food. www. billygrahamlibrary.org mmcintyre@ bgea.org Melanie McIntyre 704-4013256. OCT 21-23 INAUGURAL HOWELL BROWN III BENEFIT CAR & BIKE SHOW Holly Hill Mall 309 Huffman Mill Rd., Burlington, NC. Classics, Hot Rods & Steel Horses. Benefits Howell Brown III & Sam’s Wish Fund. www.samswishfund.org Bird Dog 336-260-1685, Will Hoyle 336227-1261 William Blanchard 336266-6761. OCT 22 SPECIAL FORCES BROTHERHOOD BUDDY CHECK RIDE Fort Bragg HarleyDavidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. www. fortbraggharley.com 910-864-1200. OCT 29 BMC HOG-O-WEEN BASH Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson 3950 Sycamore Diary Rd., Fayetteville, NC. www.fortbraggharley.com 910864-1200. NOV 5 RILEY’S ARMY Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaine’s Way, Winterville, NC. www. hometownharleydavidson.com 252439-1345. NOV 5 NEW RIDERS BOOT CAMP Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10am12pm. www.rayprice.com 919-8322261. NOV 5 FREEDOM RIDE VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY Harley-Davidson of Greensboro 538 Farragut St., Greensboro, NC. www. hdofgreensboro.com 336-273-1101.
NOV 12 TOYS FOR TOTS Hometown Harley-Davidson 2300 Elaine’s Way, Winterville, NC. www. hometownharleydavidson.com 252439-1345. NOV 12-13 43RD ANNUAL CBA FALL SWAP MEET & BIKE Rowan County Fairgrounds 1560 Julian Rd., Salisbury, NC. Gates open 10am-6pm $15/on day $25/two day pass, bike show, wet t-shirt contest, live bands, vendors, tattoo contest. www.charlottecba.org Rick Nail 704-455-6245. NOV 19 14TH ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS POKER RUN HarleyDavidson of Greenville 30 Chrome Dr., Greenville, SC. 864-234-1340. NOV 20 13TH ANNUAL KOPS KIDS CHESNEE TOY CRUISEIN Chesnee Shrine Club 198 Shriner Club Rd., Chesnee, SC. 1pm-until, live music, food. www. antiquesbikesonmain.com Dennis Harris 864-590-2141. DEC 3 NEW RIDERS BOOT CAMP Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10am12pm. www.rayprice.com 919-8322261.
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Smoke Out 17 At The Rock Story and Photos by Alan Dockery What a great Smoke Out we enjoyed this year. The weather was the best it has been in a while and the rally at Rockingham Dragway, NC, is always the coolest on the East Coast. Sponsored by The Horse Backstreet Choppers Magazine, gates to the Smoke Out open Friday at noon. The campground had been slowly filing for a couple days with bikers ready to party. With so much to see and do, I suggest a slow pass through the vendors and exhibitors. See who and what is there, who you want to come back and talk to more, start thinking about what you need to buy. Stop at the Smoke Out Info Booth for a T-shirt and couple schedules. I tell folks I sometimes feel like I miss more there than I see. Edge, Smoke Out Promoter, does a great job putting together a complete event. Keep that schedule handy because there are things going on all over the property. You can hang with the vendors and exhibitors in the shade or head to the dragstrip. His event staff folks were everywhere to answer your questions. Soon after the gates opened it got loud. Choppers, bobbers, street bikes, dressers, race bikes, and whatevers lined up to race down the famous Rockingham strip. Yeah for a couple hours it was 50’s Style Grudge Match Drag Racing with a pretty girl dropping the rag as you challenge your buddies to see just how quick they really are. GrimCo Stunts put on a few shows during the weekend. These guys are a primo Harley-Davidson only motorcycle stunt team from the Northeast. Yes, stunts – wheelies, rolling burnouts, technical tricks – performed on Harley Dynas. There was racing all over the pit area with minibikes and drift trikes sliding and crashing around their track layout. Edge has cool bands and acts for the Smoke Out. If you
were hanging back at the main stage in the shade you were either entertained or grossed out by the Captain and Maybelle Show. They are a couple of tattooed freaks in the old carnival sideshow style, and there was a fire breathing show, too. After Hammer, Englishman, Edge and other Horse staff did the official welcome, the rowdy honky tonk band Rebel Son took the stage. They have become the regular band on Friday night and the crowd loves them. Between sets, the crowd stayed down front for the Wet T-shirt Contest with Roadside Marty. That man obviously enjoys putting on an entertaining wet T-shirt contest. After the main Smoke Out area closes for the evening, the party moves to the campground. You could walk around and visit with the many thousands of people camping there. Hundreds of folks head over to the burnout pit to watch guys rev it up for the Smoke Out. Late into the night a couple more bands rocked the campgrounds. Saturday they shift the Smoke Out into overdrive. Bring your muscles and technique to the Anvil Toss. Early in the afternoon there was a Painted Ladies contest. The Horse staff provided the paints and brushes, and the crowd judged folks’ “artwork.” The main stage stays busy with a Chili Pepper Eating contest, T-Shirt Attire contest and The Horse staff giving away some cool prizes, too. To give you even more to see and do, Edge encouraged vendors to put on demonstrations and be more interactive. There are more cool custom motorcycles at the Smoke Out than any event I go to. Besides the thousands of bikes just parked around the place, there are a few shows. Several folks entered the Amateur ChopOff. Edge’s new class is called Hard Knocks Custom Bikes. I’ve told y’all for years that The Ride in Bike Show is always the best of the year. Yeah, I still enter the Mini-Bike Races, organized by
O’Malley’s Speed N Kustom. I think three of us in my heat were racing for last place. But everyone had fun. We ran a few heats, had a Powder Puff Race for the ladies and even ran a sidecar race. Racing Drift Trikes has also become popular at the Smoke Out. Drift Trikes are powered big wheel type machines that look like the back half of a go-cart with a bicycle front end. After supper, The Horse Staff took the stage to honor bike show winners, Long Road riders, and others. Roadside Marty fired up the crowd for another great Wet T-shirt Contest. Preacher Stone rocked the Smoke Out crowd into the night. Saturday night the campground after-party was wild with more music and burnouts late into the night. One of those old CB 750 choppers we saw drag racing and raising hell all day went down in flames in the burnout pit. Several of the Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine staff members were at the Smoke Out. To see more of our photos go to www.FullThrottleMagazine.com.
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By: Gary Steelman STE Powersports held a Customer Appreciation & Motorcycle Swap Meet on Saturday the 9th of July. There were so many bikes and a huge selection of pre-owned Harleys. The choice was yours to make. I couldn’t pick a favorite. There were just too many choices for such a beautiful day. However, I did decide to take advantage of the free drinks and had a Wilson’s dog or two as I watched the ladies wash bikes and take in the sun. What a day for riding, meeting up with old friends and making a few new ones. Jessie, John and Randy were running around sweating all day long helping customers try out some of the aforementioned inventory. Bikes were tooling around everywhere, making noise and shining like new toys. The day wound down with a 50/50 and door prizes for almost everyone, and everyone had a great time with the live music, food and beverages, and the bikini clad bike wash. The sales staff at STE Powersports really goes out of their way to serve everyone that comes in. The ladies are as knowledgeable as anyone when it comes to pre-owned bikes, and
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Candee Lou Sommer Memorial Ride July 3, 1973 ~ June 26, 2016
By: Trisha Beasley Photo by: Chi Force A friend to all and to all a friend; Candee Lou Sommer! A tragic loss for any and every one that knew Candee Lou! She was a loving, kind, caring, and compassionate soul; as such she will always remain! Her outstanding qualities are far too abundant to encompass in words. Yet certainly to include: A mother’s love for her children; A daughter’s love for her parents; A woman’s love for her sisters, brothers, family, and friends. On June 26, 2016 Candee’s children lost their mother; Candee’s parents lost their daughter; her sisters, brothers, family and friends lost Candee. She was riding with Scott Farr when a drunk driver struck his motorcycle. Two were lives gone in the blink of an eye! It was a senseless act that took the lives of two people. It was a terrible tragedy that can never be undone.
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Candee’s Memorial Ride was held on Saturday, July 9, 2016. All riders were adorned with purple bandanas, as that was her favorite color! The memorial ride began at the Dog House in Fayetteville then to Lafayette Funeral Home where riders joined Candee Lou’s family for her memorial service. Following the service the ride continued to the crash site. As riders were parking Scott’s club brothers joined them. Together they prepared a road side memorial where a single cross was placed in honor of both Candee and Scott, purple balloons and lanterns were sent up to the heavens in love, honor, and respect for Candee Lou Sommer and Scott Farr. With very heavy hearts, everyone recognized and remembered them in unison. It was a beautiful memorial as the cross was placed and the balloons and lanterns filled the sky. It was as if no one could take their eyes away from the heavens as they watched the balloons and lanterns continue to rise higher and higher. Everyone was still watching, pointing to their balloon until each one was completely out of site. Riding with Wings! The ride continued back to the Dog House where there were toasts and stories throughout the entire evening. Candee was a hard worker, a dedicated mother, and a friend to everyone she knew. She never met a stranger and always greeted everyone with a smile! She cared for people in the kind of way in which we wish everyone could, the type of caring that compels you to help others. Candee had this insistent love for everyone, which certainly included animals, especially the homeless and injured. She would go out of her way to help someone, in a lot of cases without regard for herself. Candee was charitable in so many ways. She loved to cook and was so happy when everyone enjoyed the meal, and trust me, everyone always enjoyed the meal! If someone did not have a smile on their face, she wanted to put one there! Candee would find a way to make you smile, she would tell a joke or make a funny face. She never wanted anyone to hurt or be sad. It is for these reasons that we celebrate her today and always! Dean Barefoot, Emma Roberts, Angelic Justice, and Gail McDonald hosted the memorial ride. They are also hosting a memorial poker run benefit in Fayetteville on Saturday, August 13, 2016. All proceeds will go directly to her children. Candee Sommer and Scott Farr you are loved and missed every day! Rest In Peace.
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Archie’s Custom Cycle 29th Anniversary By: Kickstart & Donut We had a great time June 18th at Archie’s Shack. Lots of local friends came out to eat and listen to good music and enjoy this sunny day. This was an extra special day. Archie decided to have a party in honor of Archie’s Custom Cycles. Archie called the party “Hang your $h!+ on the wall”. What this was all about was to get friends to come out and make Archie’s Shack like a museum and put their motorcycle parts on the wall for all the friends to see and, of course, have a good time. Several people donated parts and hung them on the wall inside of the shack. A hammered sheet metal motorcycle was donated by Amy McCorkle, a clutch handle by Donut, a tag frame by Whitney Grimshaw, a backrest from Sam Willard, and a Michelin Fat Boy sign by Chris Yakshaw. Mark and Becky donated a lighted Grey Goose bottle, a hat and koozie. Tommy Jackson added a metal plaque that said “We don’t dial 911” and I donated my old ape
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Harley-Davidson Of Greensboro Father’s Day Ride By: Lloyd On June 18th, a beautiful sunny day, Harley-Davidson of Greensboro sponsored a Father’s Day Ride. The police escorted ride was free and many fathers showed up for the ride and festivities. Some had their sons or daughters riding along with them. Some just enjoyed the ride with other fathers. The ride took us out through the country, where there was plenty of time to reflect on being a father and the many joys that come with fatherhood. I’m sure some thought of their fathers and some how they miss their fathers who have passed. I have personally been blessed that I still have my father. I am sure many thought of their sons, how they watched them grow to be proud fathers themselves. Upon returning to Greensboro Harley-Davidson there was food, music, and face painting. It was a great Father’s Day ride. Harley-Davidson of Greensboro did a great job sponsoring this ride in honor of fathers. For all the fathers out there, we sincerely hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day. Enjoy the ride. Drop in Harley-Davidson of Greensboro at 538 Farragut Street in Greensboro, NC and say hello and meet their staff one day. Keep an eye open for their many up coming events in their ad, and in The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine Cruisin’ Calendar.
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By: Rick Gammons Early Summer Belongs To Indian Motorcycle. May 21st was hot with the threat of rain. I almost decided not to go over to Indian Motorcycle of Greensboro demo weekend. Mark (The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine owner/editor) told me not to be a weatherman and go on over. Good call! I still had an eye on the clouds as I rolled out on my VTX. You could smell the moisture in the air. I zipped on down the highway and over to Indian of Greensboro on Church Street. After arrival, I check the temperature on top of the old Jefferson Life building. It said 83º and still well before lunch. Motorcycles surrounded the shop by the time I arrived, and Indian demo bikes were lined up ready to roll. Remember, you do need a motorcycle endorsement to ride, as some there found out! I checked in, got my ride band and greeted several people that I knew who were already there. I heard the Indian motorcycles roll out while I was still shaking hands, so I gathered that I would not be riding with that group. So I headed out, found some shade (the sun was coming through the clouds, by this time, and it was becoming hot), and waited. As the demo riders returned, there were smiles and compliments all
around for the new Indian machines they rode. I stepped across the street looking for one of the new 2016 Springfield models. There were two. There were also helmets on the seat of each one, indicating that they were taken for the next ride. So, OK, I’ll just pick another. There was an Indian Chieftain (my favorite of all Indian Motorcycles), parked over there but before I could get there and put my helmet down, another gentleman stepped up with his and put it on the seat. This left two bikes available. I had ridden the Scout, so there was only a Chief Dark Horse available for me. I grabbed it! I had ridden a Chief Vintage, but not a Dark Horse. I noticed that there was something different about this particular motorcycle. In a later conversation with Monty (owner), I labeled it as “wicked” or “evil”. He told me that the correct word for it was “sinister”. It was the perfect word! Anyway, we mounted up and off we went. I was not disappointed. The feel of this bike was “just right” - like Campbell’s soup with nice, smooth, quick takeoffs. Being second in line, I stayed
up the ride captain’s butt for most of the way. Movement and cornerings were fluid and effortless. Indian motorcycles are most excellent. They ARE the one to beat this year. Three weeks later, we were at The Great American Cookout. Indian of GSO had hot dogs that were freshly made and prepared outside. And, guess what, several Indian Motorcycles were there for display and there were even more inside. Indian of Greensboro does not clutter their showroom with BS. The bikes speak for themselves. I got there about 11:30. I asked Bob (sales manager) how many motorcycles he had sold that morning. With an immediate change of expression, he said, “None”. I was surprised, but within thirty minutes, Bob was in his office, signing someone up for another new Indian! I cannot tell you how busy Indian of GSO is. I have never been in any other dealership, of any kind, that can outsell them. I had another reason for showing up there. I was there to demo the newest introduction to the Indian Motorcycle inventory - the Springfield (named for the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle). As I signed in, Monty prepared an Indian Red Springfield for my ride. This bike has a minimal bagger look. Basic aluminum framing makes the bike lighter, without sacrificing superior workmanship. There are accessories to consider, but it comes equipped with hard case locking saddlebags, and Indian has one of the best looking engines available. With the Thunder Stroke III 1811 cc (119 ft. lb. of torque) between your legs, high speed cruising is a breeze. And with a 25-degree rake, handling is amazing! It carves turns like a dirt bike. It also has cruise control if you just want to relax while highway riding. I started out in town with left and right turns that were so easy. It dips down and back up with the balance and ease that one would expect from a top class motorcycle. Response time (and speed) is fast enough to avoid stupid actions performed by idiots in cars. I had a woman on a cell phone pull right on me. Zip! A quick right tug on the handlebars and I was out of her way in a flash. It’s just
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Story and photo by Alan Dockery One of the coolest things about living in the Carolinas is meeting bikers from all over the world who come to play on our beaches and ride in the mountains. The last weekend of June, I joined more than 60 bikers from about 20 states as they converged on Riders’ Roost Motorcycle Resort in Ferguson, NC, for the World Honda Chopper Meet. This gathering is mostly folks who ride older single overhead cam 750s of the type made from 1969 to 1978. Several of us with later twin cam bikes and some newer Honda choppers, bobbers, and customs were there. Some of my Harley riding buddies showed up to get advice on building the old Honda in their garage. The World Honda Chopper Meet is an internet community getting together in the real world. Most of the folks attending are members of the internet forum at www.HondaChopper. com. It’s a chance to meet and get to know the people behind the screen names on the forum. Thirteen years ago members of the internet board moved their event to North Carolina to align with the Horse Backstreet Choppers Smoke Out, then held in Salisbury. The website administrators, known as the G.O.T.F. (Gang Of The Four, named after the four cylinder engines) sponsor the meet. And they do a good job, too, providing plenty of great food Friday and Saturday night plus breakfast. Bikers started arriving during the week since folks were coming from across the country and planned to enjoy the mountains. The Long Distance Rider was Justin Echternacht from Iowa and he rode to far Western North Carolina first, rode The Dragon and The Parkway before landing at The Roost. Congrats to Travis and Elizabeth on their creekside wedding. Saturday we took a group ride to Shu Bob’s for lunch. Some of those guys can really handle their choppers since getting in and out of the Roost can be tricky and our mountain roads a little scary for folks who don’t ride them regularly. That afternoon we enjoyed checking out each other’s bikes and talking with new friends. After a great supper they held drawings, raffle, and an auction of parts and things. You know one man’s junk is the part another needs for his next build. The bikes ranged from mild and ratty to show customs. Folks loved Jeff’s simple old school ride. Jason had the longest bike at 10” 4’. Chris used an FXE front end on his
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Women’s Freedom Ride 2016 By: WildThing How would you like to ride cross-country with an all women group of motorcyclists and contribute to a great cause? You can do that, (if you are a female and ride a motorcycle), but you will have to wait until next year for this one. The 2016 Women’s Freedom Ride is in the books and the reports and photos shared by the riders are compelling. Karen ‘Mama Bear’ Collins is the passionate founder of this ride in 2013 with her first one riding from Charleston, SC to San Diego, CA. That ride raised funds to provide a track wheelchair for a quadruple amputee veteran. You see, Karen is passionate about two things: riding motorcycles and helping America’s military veterans. She hails from a military family and has been riding motorcycles for 40 years! This year’s ride started again at Low Country Harley-Davidson in Charleston SC, specifically one of Karen’s unfailing supporters. The ride went through eighteen states in eighteen days, averaging 400 +/- miles per riding day. Several riders who rode the whole trip with Karen Collins first rode to Charleston from Florida, Virginia, and Tennessee to begin with the original group. Along the way women, individuals and women’s riding clubs accompanied the group, some for a few hours, some for a few days. The nucleus group was twenty-three strong and grew to upwards of fifty in some of the western states. In order to keep to their schedule and make that many miles each riding day, the women were up and packing their gear on their bikes by six and six-thirty in the morning. No baggage handlers here, everyone was responsible for their own stuff and paid their own expenses. Each morning they would go over the details of the day’s ride, stops, and have a short prayer. The group was blessed with a veteran who donated his time, truck, and trailer to follow them on the whole trip and was prepared with tools to help in case of breakdown and a cooler full of water. Kudos to Jeffrey – thanks for your service
and your commitment to ride chase for these women. The route took the riders through sections of these great states: SC, GA, AL, MS, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, NV, UT, CO, KS, MO, IL, KY, TN, and NC on their 18 day trek. They had layovers in Albuquerque, NM, Scottsdale, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and Denver, CO where they could rest up, sightsee, do laundry, or just relax. If you look at their itinerary at WomensFreedomRide.org, a list was posted of the different dealerships, several Harley-Davidson dealerships, an Indian dealership and a Honda dealership, as well as motorcycle groups that sponsored the riders with meal stops along the way. Check out the list of sponsors. Each day is catalogued on the website with distances, gas stops, layovers, etc. Karen relayed to me how exhilarating the scenery was riding through these states and the many wonderful experiences the women had. While in New Mexico they visited the Hopi Indian and Navaho reservations and went to the Navaho Veteran’s Memorial where a Navaho shaman blessed the riders. The cause they were riding for? Well, initially to promote and show support for all women riders, regardless of the brand name of their ride. The Women’s Freedom Ride also raised funds, as of this writing $11,000, to support the Military Warriors Support Foundation that helps returning veterans with housing needs. Specifically the WFR support will go to a female veteran or Gold Star spouse that has received their mortgage-free home through banking partners with handicap accessible kitchen and bathrooms. Pledges are still coming into the group, as well as merchandise sales receipts. The grand total of funds will then be presented to the Military Warriors Support Foundation, who has an extremely high percentage of donations actually going to the vets, rather than to administration. Since Karen’s group pays all their own expenses, they are able to give 100% of their support and donations raised on the ride. The WFR plan to present their donation to
Military Warriors Support Foundation at a ceremony on July 31st at Low Country Harley-Davidson in Charleston, SC. This October, Karen and crew will have a pow-wow to decide next year’s ride dates and routes. She said since 2016’s ride went the southern route, and they have been on a midcountry ride, 2017 might be a northern route. There is a lot that goes in to preparing for a ride like this, just go to the website and view the involvement for the 2016 ride. Anyone, business, or organization who is interested in getting on board for next year, just get in contact with Karen Collins at: 704-267-4450 or email WomensFreedomRide@gmail.com. Sponsors, riders, and donators wanted! Thanks to all the ladies on this ride who graciously shared their photos with me for this story. Check them out at: www. FullThrottleMagazine.com/2016Event Pictures/Women’s Freedom Ride.
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By: Caroline It has been a number of years since I first met the Post 55 American Legion Riders at their first bike show. These days, there are lots of new folks there as well as those who have been there many years. One thing that has not changed is the warmth and friendliness of everyone at American Legion Post 55. On June 18th, this year a car show was added to the fun and there was no lack of entries in all the categories. The first place winners are as follows: Stock/Car: Charlie Smith, Custom/Car: Marcel Little, Antique Classic/Car: David Curtis. Stock/Bike: Sean Oates, Old School/Bike: Penny Belcher, Custom/Bike: Steve Shady. Congratulations to all! In addition to the looking at all the fine entries, there was plenty of food, vendors and music. The American Legion Riders uses the funds generated from this event to help the American Legion Boys and Girls State. This program is designed to help teach young people how our government works, and leadership skills. You can check out more of the ALR events on Facebook or on their website at www.alp55. org. American Legion Post 55 is located at 111 Miller Street in Winston-Salem, NC
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By: Wally Wersching On July 4th 1916, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren (descendants of President Van Buren) embarked on a tremendous journey across the United States. They each rode 1915 Indian motorcycles across the country. The hardships were plenty as the two women made their way from New York, NY to San Francisco, CA. They accomplished the feat in only 61 days – arriving in San Francisco on September 2nd. Those two women were free spirits, and courageous. They inspired future generations of women by their actions. One such person was Bessie Stringfield, The Motorcycle Queen of Miami, who rode her motorcycle across country nine times during the 1930’s, and was a motorcycle courier during WWII. She had to endure many different hardships than the Van Buren sisters during her cross-country trips because Bessie was AfricanAmerican. The country was very segregated during that time, and she was denied many basic things as she traveled. She was another remarkable woman who inspired future generations of women bikers. Now we get to the present, and Sarah Moreau (aka. SeCCRet). She’s an African-American woman who is making history on her motorcycle. SeCCRet, pronounced SECRET (the CCR stands for Cross Country Rider) is now undertaking her 9th crossing of the United States during the Centennial Run to commemorate the Van Buren sisters’ ride in 1916. SeCCRet is a remarkable woman. She has a Master’s Degree from California State University. In 2005, she learned how to ride a motorcycle through an MSF course at a local community college. Since then she has almost continuously been on her motorcycle. She owns a couple Harleys, but for the Sisters’ Centennial Ride, Indian Motorcycles has given her a 2016 Indian Roadmaster to ride. She was having it serviced at
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By: Johnny Reb Sometimes when you hear a story that is as uplifting as it is tragic, you just have to tell everyone. On July 9th, once again the black wasp and I found ourselves going home. Hometown Harley, that is. Today we were honoring Guy Woodard, one of the most selfless and true to his Christian beliefs you will ever find. Guy did as many good things in his short 42 years than most of us do in a lifetime. Woolard had started a group called Christmas Angels. For years, without anyone knowing it, he found deserving children and provided them with toys for Christmas. No one knew and he never said anything about it to anybody. He just did it on his own. Well, after a few years of riding solo he decided to patch in with a Christian motorcycle Ministry called Brothers First MM. It was then that he divulged what he had been doing all these years. So, in true biker Brotherhood fashion, they picked up the gauntlet and helped him deliver toys to needy families in three counties. Tragically, after a year as a full patched in member, Guy died in January from Pulmonary Fibrosis. Brothers First MM is putting on the Ride To Breathe On in Guy’s honor. The president of Brothers First MM, Jonathan Phillips, was by his bedside right up it to the end. He said that this good work had to go on and so the club continued to do his good work and not only continued it but doubled it in size. That, my friends, is what Brotherhood is all about. Say what you do and do what you say. So on the morning of the ninth the WASP and I rolled into Hometown Harley and the place was jamming with good music and good people! A band called Side Project provided the good music. When I say they
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By: Derenda Mullinax The 3rd Annual Dice Run to benefit Cherokee County Meals On Wheels in Gaffney, SC was held on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Raising upward of $2,600, in hopes to aid in the funding of giving of meals and support to Cherokee County’s aging and handicapped residents. The organization does not receive any government funding and depends solely upon residential and business donations. Many of the recipients do not receive any other human contact other than from the volunteers of Meals On Wheels, at times serving as first responders to ailing elderly that have no way or no one to reach out to for help. Meals are not the only thing that Meals On Wheels gives to clients. Often it is just a smile that makes their day brighter. Donations of magazines, books, toiletries and other small items are also distributed when available. There is also a growing need of pet food and supplies. There are clients that have only pets as family who also need food and support. This is one of several fundraisers throughout the year that aides in the continuing work of Cherokee County Meals On Wheels. Starting at Cherokee County Veteran’s Appreciation Park with approximately 85 participants, the event began with the pledge of allegiance and prayer. Announcements were made as a guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. As soon as the signal was given at 10:30 am, the sound of v-twin engines roared. Our ride is made up of 5 different stops. Volunteers of Cherokee County Meals On Wheels manned each stop where participants rolled a set of dice to determine the score that they would receive. Riders traveled to Spartanburg Harley-Davidson for the 1st stop. A Father’s Day special was in full swing with fresh doughnuts, coffee, and soft drinks for everyone. There were special offers on the newest models of Harley-Davidson motorcycles inside. A display of antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles adorns the upper rafters of the store. Stop in to see the manager, “Goldie”, who will do her best to make sure all your Harley dreams come true. Time to get this ride on, traveling back into Gaffney to the 2nd stop at Sandra G’s Saloon. Owned and operated by Sandra Gilfillan, this little saloon is a sight to see and is known to have awesome bands every weekend. Sandra is a longtime supporter and volunteer of Cherokee County Meals On Wheels and it was a pleasure to return the favor by using her business as one of the stops On to the 3rd stop, about 17 miles away to Skull Shoals Auto Stop. We went winding though some of the most beautiful countryside roads to arrive at a one stop convenient store at the edge of Cherokee County. It is a unique setting in the
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By: Rick Gammons Floyd “Hoppy” Grant was my friend. He was friends with Rob, Wilson, Jimmy, and so many others, that it would take the entire magazine to hold the names of the people who knew, or knew of Hoppy. He died on July 1, 2016 from cancer. At 95% in his body, the doctor remarked that if there were a 5th degree of cancer, he would say that Hoppy qualified. Hoppy was 51. He was a character. He was a biker. He had only one leg. He lost the other leg to cancer at 19 years old. He lived his entire adult life without that leg. Hopp enjoyed shooting pool, playing horseshoes, hanging out with his friends, and riding his motorcycle. His motorcycle was adapted for him to ride and it had a place for his crutches. Did I mention that his bike was a trike? Good choice for a man with his condition. I remember early on, he used to beg people to ride him to wherever. He only got a few takers, so he set about making a biker’s life his own. I remember when he rode it in his first charity ride. He stalled his bike right at the entrance to the street. We hollered at him and laughed. He cranked up and burned out across the road. I guess that started the best part of his life. Near the end, he asked Rob if there were motorcycles in Heaven. Rob said, “Yes, along with an endless road.” Hopp said he would have his leg back and would be able to ride two wheels, a perfect body for a perfectly endless highway. Hoppy, we love you and we will miss you greatly. Just remember to catch up with Patrick, Steve, Nathan, Rich, and RD. They are riding just ahead and waiting for you. The rest of us will be along eventually.
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Freedom Biker Church® Celebrates Ten Years! By: Preacher Mike & Charlene Beasley WOW! What an incredible celebration it was July 7-10 at The Gathering 3 and Ten Year FBC Anniversary Party. With folks from all of the FBC Churches including future church plants, the Baptist State Convention of NC, the Johnston Baptist Association, as well as the many motorcycle ministries such as the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and Bikers For Christ (BFC), we had one big blowout at the Home Office. Thursday night was the kickoff for the Freedom Biker Church® Network’s third Gathering. Gatherings are held every two years and this year’s was the biggest and best by far. The Gathering is an amazing time as the whole Freedom family comes together to hang out as one big family. Thursday evening was a time for worship, praise, and partying as we jammed with music from Diversity, the FBC Home Office house band, introduced all of the FBC pastors, and spent some time hanging out afterwards. It’s always good to see our brothers and sisters from around the country and to hear all that our amazing God is doing. Friday morning was spent in an open session called “Shop Talk” as folks shared some of the things they are doing at their church. After some burgers and hotdogs for lunch, it was time for an ice cream run. The bikes were fired up and off to Porter Farms on Hwy 42 between Fuquay-Varina and the Cleveland Community who not only serve great ice cream, but also serve up some fresh vegetables, the best strawberries (in season), and big ol’ smiles. Friday evening we gathered back at the church for some great music by When Forever Comes, the house band at FBC Fayetteville, and were entertained, encouraged, and inspired by Pastor JD Tew of FBC Fayetteville. Then came Saturday, July 9, 2016. Freedom Biker Church’s Ten Year Anniversary! What a day it was. It’s hard to believe that ten years ago on July 9, 2006, on the side of HWY 70 in Clayton, NC, Freedom Biker Church® was born. Five families came together back then as one family and began the journey that has led to thousands of miles riding for Christ’s sake and thousands of souls being saved for His sake. Saturday was a packed day from start to finish. It began with a VIP Ride to Ray Price H-D®. We love and appreciate all that Ray and Jean Price have done for Freedom Biker Church®
these past ten years. Ray Price was a true friend to FBC and we miss him dearly. The VIP Ride had 118 bikes with 178 people. The ride was led by The Dragon Slayers MC to the dealership for some delicious chicken wings at the annual Ray Price H-D® Chicken Wing Cook-off. A special thanks to Kris Weiss of RPHD for all he does. After the bones were cleaned and bellies were full the ride headed back to the church located at 131 Guy Rd., Clayton, NC to check out the many vendors, listen to more great music from When Forever Comes and Diversity, claim door prizes from our great sponsors which included Team Powersports®, Camping World®, and Cabela’s®, and a Celebration service to recognize some of the people who have supported FBC for these past ten years. Bob Ranew, designer of the FBC logo and the “Let’s Ride, for Christ’s sake” slogan was on hand as folks showed their appreciation for his incredible gift and creativity. A big thank you goes out to Landmark Printing® for helping us get the word out about this special occasion. As we look to the next ten years, we want to thank everyone again who has helped FBC carry out its mission. Charlene and I are honored and humbled to have been a part of such a remarkable movement, and we want to thank our local FBC family at Freedom Clayton for all of their love, prayers, and support. We also want to thank the many pastors and their wives for answering the call of God on their lives. Freedom is a family. One church with many locations. For more info on FBC, or to find the nearest location to you, go to www. FreedomBikerChurch.com. Thank you Bobby Austin and Christy Bilbrey for all you did to make the Gathering 3 happen, and for all you two do for the FBC Network. Mark your calendars now for The Gathering 4 coming to Memphis, TN. October 4-7, 2018 as FBC Mississippi hosts the event. So if you find yourself tooling out on the open road and you are in need of a watering hole to rest from this weary journey called life, pop into a Freedom Biker Church® near you. It might just change your life forever. “What the Son sets free, is free indeed”, John 8:36
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Smoky Mountain Steel Horses Events By: Anchor As you do every day when you get on your bike, I like to go on a little tour of our area. Either with 30 minutes or several hours, one of the places that I like to stop off at is Smoky Mountain Steel Horses Indian Motorcycle located at 82 Locust Drive, off Highway 74 at Exit 100, in Waynesville, NC. Every so often, here in our wonderful Western North Carolina mountains, Smoky Mountain Steel Horses has a party like the Annual Roadside Party on June 10-11, a Grill And Chill, or just your every day “come by have a drink of water with us and let’s talk about some new items that have come in”. Smoky Mountain Steel Horses is definitely the one stop shop for most anybody who is looking for name brand clothes, name brand items, and great riding apparel, or for the biker jewelry that everyone looks for at events. Smoky Mountain Steel Horses has them all and they eliminate the need to travel to the city and pay shopping mall prices.
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Personally, I take my wife to Smoky Mountain Steel Horses to shop for her clothes all the time, which makes it easier for me to know what she likes! They have all the name brands that are in style, and not out of date, that you’re looking for. We’re not talking Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch, but Smoky Mountain Steel Horses has merchandise like Pac Sun, Buckle, and a few other stores like that. So now you have your excuse for getting on the bike and going shopping. Even if it’s a bad day for everyone else, it is a good day to get on the motorcycle and go shopping with your spouse or just to get something new for your ride! Smoky Mountain Steel Horses are normally sponsors of many events that are local. They believe in trying to keep everything as local as possible. They support a lot of charities like Relay For Life as well as other cancer funding, and even for brothers or sisters that have happened to fall into an accident of some sort. Smoky Mountain Steel Horses knows that they can help in one way or another. Yes, we have the most beautiful mountains on the planet. I really believe that, and yes we do get our summer storms and mini winds that sometimes make you pull off to the side of the road, but you can’t trade the views and the experiences that you will have while riding in the mountains. Always watch The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine Cruisin’ Calendar (FullThrottleMagazine.com) for all the upcoming Smoky Mountain Steel Horses events because you won’t be disappointed if you come spend time with them at their events. All the photos from their events are located on our website and are free to view or download. As always stay safe, keep an eye out, and enjoy the day! God bless.
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Homes For Our Troops By: Star Munsey Usually I write about a journey I take on my motorcycle; this article is a bit different because on Saturday, June 25th my ride was about the destination: Volunteer Day. That Saturday, June 25, I rode my motorcycle to a remote home site in Burlington, NC to “give back” via one of my favorite charities, Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). This charity builds specially adapted homes for severely injured Combat Wounded Veterans, and gives these veterans the home, mortgage-free. On each build they ask the veteran to choose where they want to live, they find a location and purchase the land in the area the veteran decided on, and then they involve the local community to get the home built. The charity organizes the fund-raising events, groundbreaking ceremonies (where motorcycle groups/ clubs and local law enforcement provide a first class escort to the site), and as the build comes near completion they have a volunteer day like this one. On volunteer days, willing supporters can give back and show their appreciation to the veteran and the sacrifice they have made for our freedoms with some sweat equity, helping with landscaping and preparing the outside of a home for the deserving recipient. Once I rode to the new home site, I pulled up at the end of a drive, and was excited to see I was one of over 120 patriotic and thankful volunteers that showed up for this volunteer day! I parked my Road King at the end of the gravel entry, and walked towards all the activity, smiling as I heard music and lively voices, which carried through the air, drawing me to the hub of the day’s activity. Though the day was young, the activity was already in full swing. The heavy rains of the night before left large obstacles of a mixture of standing water puddles and muddy clay between the home and the surrounding yard, but that was nothing a few dozen determined people couldn’t overcome! Plywood sheets were laid down to create paths, between the home, the driveway and the sod and shrubbery piles to create
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Nancy Quick Benefit By: Kickstart & Donut On June 26, 2016 our biker community came together to help a good friend raise funds to cover expenses from an accident she had. On May 18, 2016 Nancy Quick on her newly purchased 2014 Honda VTX 1300 and her best friend Tim Mace were headed to Myrtle Beach Bike Week to have a good time. When they got to Myrtle Beach they decide to go out to eat. As they were coming back from dinner Nancy noticed a bicycle on the right side of Hwy 17 and proceeded with caution at 35 mph, but Nancy did not realize that he was going to pull out in front of her. It left her no choice but to lay her motorcycle down. A lot of first responders showed up and they then decided to take Nancy to the Grand Strand Medical Center where she had to spend 2 1/2 days in the trauma unit. Her injuries included internal bleeding on the hip and a severe concussion, torn ACL, and road rash. After being release from the hospital, Nancy found out the guy on the bicycle has no kind of insurance, and as you know, a visit to the hospital is no light expense especially if you are there for any period of time. At the time, Nancy did
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The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine staff screens hundreds of jokes each month. We make no claim to being politically correct. Most PC jokes just aren’t funny. If you are offended by any of the jokes on this page, take heart in the fact that we go to great lengths to offend everyone equally. This is not a hate crime! At our house we call it “pickin” and it is symbolic of your acceptance in the group. We live in the United States Of The Offended, so get over it!! A gang of motorcycle tough-guys entered the diner and one of the bikers put his finger into the truck driver’s coffee and said, “Hmm, not very hot, is it?” A second biker put his finger into the scrambled eggs and said, “Hmm, not very fluffy, are they?” Without saying a word, the trucker arose, left his table, paid for his meal and went out the door of the diner. “Wasn’t much of a man, was he?” The gang leader laughed. “He’s not too great as a driver, neither”, replied the waitress. “He done just run over a bunch of motorcycles on his way out of the lot!”
hands tepidly go up. Then he asks, “OK, how about once a year?” One man in the back jumps up and down, jubilantly waving his hands. The therapist is shocked - this disproves his theory. “If you make love only once a year,” he asks, “why are you so happy?” The man yells, “Today’s the day!”
all three of them on Paddy’s motorcycle. Of course, they get stopped by a cop who says to them, “This motorcycle is only licensed to carry two people, and there are three of you. One of you will have to get off and walk.” “Three of us?” says Paddy as he turns to Mick. “Jeez, what happened to Rory and Niall?”
A Yamaondason 2000 SP 8.2 was was the most expensive bike in the world, costing $32,150.99. The first day he bought the new bike he took it for a spin. While doing so he stopped at a red light at the city limits. An elderly gentleman pulled up next to him on a moped. The man looked over at the bright, red, shiny, sleek, new motorcycle and asked, “What kind of scooter ya got there, sonny?” The young man replied: “It’s a Yamaondason 2000 SP 8.2. It costs $32,150.99 out the door”. “That’s a lot of money”, said the old man, shocked. “Why does it cost so much?” “Because this bike can go 200 mph!” exclaimed the young man. “Can I take a closer look at it?” the old fella asked. “Sure”, replied the new owner. From his moped, the old man leaned over and took a good look at the very fast-looking machine. Just then the light changed, so the young man decided to show the old guy what his new motorcycle could really do. He gave it full throttle and within 20 seconds the speedometer read 199 mph. Suddenly, he noticed a dot in his rear-view mirror. It seemed to be getting closer! He slowed a little to see what it could be, and, suddenly, WHHHOOOSSSHHH, something whipped passed him going much faster. “What could be faster than my 2000 SP 8.2?” the young man thought to himself. Then, just ahead of him, he saw the dot coming back at him. WHHHOOOSSSHHH! It went flying by him again, going in the opposite direction! It almost looked like the elderly man on the moped! “How could that be?” thought the young man. Again he saw the dot in his mirror! WHHHOOOSSSHHH! KABBBLAMMM! The moped slammed into the rear of the shiny new 2000 SP 8.2, demolishing the rear end of the young rider’s pride and joy. The young man jumped off and saw it was the old timer. Of course the moped was crushed, and the old man was lying on the ground, pretty beat up. The young man ran over to him and asked, “Are you hurt? Is there anything I can do for you?” The old man groaned and replied, “Yes, would you please unhook my suspenders from your side-view mirror?”
I stopped by my local Ford Dealership this morning to look for a new truck. I saw a nice F-350 crew cab loaded with all the options that I liked and asked to take it for a test drive. The salesperson (a lady wearing a Hillary for President lapel pin) sat in the passenger seat next to me, describing the truck and all its options. She explained that the electric seats were connected to the ventilation system and could be set to direct cool air to your butt in the summer & warm air to your butt in the winter. So I mentioned that this must be a “Trump truck”. She looked at me a bit angry, and asked why I thought it was a Trump truck. I told her that if it were a Hillary truck, the seats would just blow smoke up my a$$ year round. The two-mile walk back to the dealership to pick up my truck was worth it. (according to your party affiliation, you may switch names, if you choose.)
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My doctor took one look at my gut and refused to believe that I work out. So I listed the exercises I do every day: jump to conclusions, climb the walls, drag my heels, push my luck, make mountains out of molehills, bend over backward, run around in circles, put my foot in my mouth, go over the edge, and beat around the bush.
Their three kids, all successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor. “Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad,” gushed Son No. 1. “Sorry I’m running late. I had an emergency at the hospital with a patient, you know how it is, and I didn’t have time to get you a gift.” “Not to worry,” said the father. “Important thing is we’re all together today.” Son No. 2 arrived. “You and Mom look great, Dad. I just flew in from Montreal between depositions and didn’t have time to shop for you.” “It’s nothing,” said the father. “We’re glad you were able to come.” Just then the daughter arrived. “Hello and happy anniversary! Sorry, but my boss is sending me out of town and I was really busy packing so I didn’t have time to get you anything.” After they had finished dessert, the father said, “There’s something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. You see, we were really poor, but we managed to send each of you to college. Through the years your mother and I knew we loved each other very much, but we just never found the time to get married.” The three children gasped and said, “WHAT? You mean we’re bastards?” “Yep”, said the father. “Cheap ones, too!” A therapist has a theory that couples who make love once a day are the happiest. So he tests it at a seminar by asking those assembled, “How many people here make love once a day?” Half the people raise their hands, each of them grinning widely. “Once a week?” A third of the audience members raise their hands, their grins a bit less vibrant. “Once a month?” A few
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A biker who worked on a horse farm, got pulled over by a state trooper for speeding. Since it was a rural road with no traffic, the biker tried to get the trooper to let him off with a warning. Instead, the trooper lectured the biker about speeding, and generally gave the biker a hard time. Finally, the trooper got around to writing the ticket, and as he was doing that he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head. The biker said, “Having some problems with Circle Flies?” The trooper stopped writing the ticket and said, Well, yeah, if that’s what they are – I never heard of Circle Flies.” So the biker says, “Well, Circle Flies are common on farms. See, they’re called Circle Flies because they’re always found circling around the back end of a horse.” The trooper says, “Oh.” And goes back to writing the ticket. After a minute he stops and says, ”Hey – are you trying to call me a horse’s ass?” The biker says, “No officer. I have too much respect for cops to even think about calling you a horse’s ass.” The trooper says, “Well, that’s a good thing,” and goes back to writing the ticket. As the trooper hands him the ticket, the biker says, “Hard to fool them flies, though.”
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Another Successful Event for the Record By: Rick and Myra Nail If you missed the Hot Springs Rally on June 24-25, you missed a great time. Once you have paid and set up camp, everything you need is within walking distance. It is a ‘party on’ adult motorcycle weekend, with bands, food, games, a bike show, vendors, and a river to cool off in. What more could you want? No matter what the weather brings; hot, dry, wet, or chilly, it is always a good time. Buncombe County CBA does a super job with planning and organizing this event each year. The event is always a safe place to have fun and see the sights. You can spend some of your time riding through the mountains or you can simply stay in the campground and relax. The quiet little town of Hot Springs has some nice taverns and restaurants and wonderful old time hardware stores. The Appalachian Trail passes right through town, so there are always interesting characters to see and talk to. The historic Hot Springs Spa is there for your reservation pleasure. Hot mineral spring tubs and massages are available, if you make reservations early. Hot Springs Rally is a time to visit with old friends and neighbors and catch up on new bike trends and well as biker fashions. You won’t believe what some folks will do for a little ‘hoot-hoot’. The Charlotte CBA Chapter is always well
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represented with family and friends. We have our own little ‘village’ complete with a light show, a 5-star hot shower, along with gourmet camping food and beverages - fried bologna, among other delicacies. The Hot Springs Rally is also one of the larger fund raisers for the Concerned Bikers Association of North Carolina. CBA is your Bikers Rights Organization and the funds raised are used to support awareness for motorcyclists in the state. This awareness comes in many forms: lobbying in Raleigh and Washington, DC, sending representatives into driver’s education classes to teach young drivers to look for motorcycles and teach them why motorcycles make some of the moves they make while going down the highway, monitoring upcoming legislation which can impact motorcycles both favorably and unfavorably and then contacting legislators to voice our rights and opinions are just some of the benefits that everyone gets by helping to support CBA. CBA is asking several things of you. Please support your local CBA Chapter and various events around OUR State (www. cba-abatenc.org). Please join the Charlotte Chapter CBA at the New Location for our Bike Show and Swap Meet November 12-13, 2016 and March 25-26, 2017 at the Rowan County Fairgrounds in Salisbury, NC. (www.CharlotteCBA.com). Come to the Hot Springs Rally next year on June 23, 24, & 25, 2017 and plan to have a really good time. (www.HotSpringsRallyNC.com) Ride Safe & Free. See you at the next event.
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Marilyn Noble Benefit By: Johnny Reb I received an invitation to attend the benefit for Kristen Black whose mother, Marilyn Noble, was tragically murdered on June 12th by two dirt bags who wanted to rob her. Why they had to murder a 71-year-old woman to rob her is beyond me. I did not know her but everyone says she was just the sweetest lady. That just seems to be the way it is now a days; a bunch of cowards that can’t make money on their own trying to take money from someone else. Joy Bostic, the owner operator of The Pit Stop Bar in North Kinston, was approached to host this benefit. Joy, who is a huge supporter of the biker community, tragically lost her husband the same way. Three thugs came through the back door of their bar and killed him. So, needless to say, she was more than willing to host this benefit and help where she could. Bubba Hoffman from the Ghost Riders MC cooked the hog and there was a table full of side dishes. That was some great country food, and nobody left hungry. The food was free and all they ask is put what you could afford in the donation jar. They also had a pool tournament going on and they were all playing for prize money. The winners were: 1st Place - Joy Bostic and James Wheeler, 2nd Place - AL Boone and Carl Jones, and 3rd Place - Dustin Boone and Tomeka Pitts. Being the generous people that they are they all donated their winnings back to the benefit. These people are the salt of the earth they’re the kind of people that when help is needed they’re there. All I can say is, if this type of thing ever happens to my family, or me I know that these people will step up and help. That’s just the kind of
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Well, it’s hard to believe how fast this summer is passing by. So much is taking place in our country so quickly that it’s hard to keep up with. One of the things in the forefront of the news is what is happening to the southern heritage. Another is the definition of marriage and the trans-gender uprising if that’s what you call it. There are so many things going on at real time, live streaming, in your face speed. The Internet is an awesome tool. You can look up manuals on how to fix almost anything, order parts to fix it, and even books on how to operate what ever you just repaired. Trouble is, like any tool, it can be abused. I recently saw a Facebook challenge to remove the Confederate Flag from private property. Really? With just a few keystrokes and the click of a mouse, hatred is suddenly created. In the Word of God, James 1:12 reads: “Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he will receive the crown of life that is promised to them that love Him: Satan is the real enemy. He is trying to get us hate, to divide our nation, cause moral decay, and destroy the church. Before you let all the events of the world make you mad enough to do something regretful, hop on your bike, ride away, and pray. Even if you don’t attend church, or read the Word, or live a godly life, God is willing and available to listen to you. Ask Jesus into your heart, so when you are tried, you won’t
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Poker Run For The Upstate Warrior Solution By: Wally Wersching The Bare Bones Biker Church of Chesnee, SC was looking for a charity to support when they held their next poker run on July 9th, and selected a great charity – the Upstate Warrior Solution (UWS). The UWS was founded in 2014 to help the Upstate South Carolina returning soldiers, veterans, and their families get all the benefits that they are entitled to receive. They act as a mentor for the veteran dealing with the government agencies. They help with the day-to-day things that can be difficult for the veteran – knowing where to go, and who to contact. I wish I had a mentor when I was discharged from the Navy that would have guided me to get my benefits when I went to college. I had to stumble through all the government obstacles, which made everything take a lot longer, and be more frustrating. FMI, go to: UpstateWarriorSolution.org All the proceeds of the poker run would go financially help the UWS. It was scheduled to start at the Spartanburg Harley-Davidson dealership with the first bike out at 10:30 am, and end at Bailey’s Bar in Greenville, SC at 4 pm with a few stops along the way to draw additional cards to fill the poker hand. The best hand would win $300, and the worst hand $100. The donation per hand
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Greenville, SC Vet Center’s Cars And Coffee By: Wally Wersching On Saturday, June 18th, the Greenville, SC Vet Center held their inaugural Cars And Coffee. They welcomed all veterans, active duty service members, and their families. The objective was to show support by providing a Q&A session with representatives from all sections of the VA, and the Mobile Vet Center. They also had a Cruise-In from 9 AM to 1 PM. All makes and models of cars and bikes were welcome. The owners were treated to free coffee and water. The Vet Center in Greenville, SC is located in an apartment complex on Caledon Court. It was very difficult to locate but I eventually found it, and had a great time. My day started when I rode “Miss Vickie” south on I-85 toward Greenville, SC. It was a beautiful cool morning, and traffic was light. I found my way to Cherokee Cycles to talk with Royce (the Sales Manager). I thought that he would know a way around the I-85 bottleneck. We talked for a while, and I learned a back way to Pelham Road, and the Vet Center. After riding around the area for about fifteen minutes, I saw a car with the hood up, and a couple guys standing around. I quickly turned in, and Tabitha Miller guided me into a parking place. After I parked “Miss Vickie” I took out a copy of the May issue of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine and gave it to her. In it was my article about the Vietnam 50th Anniversary. She literally jumped for joy. Even though she had seen the article, she didn’t have a copy of the magazine. Tabitha is the guiding force behind the Cars And Coffee event. She’s a US Navy vet who works at the center as a Veteran Outreach Program Specialist. I met her at the Vietnam Veteran’s 50th Anniversary. She was responsible for that, too. During the afternoon, I watched as she welcomed all the car owners and other vets who walked up. She is very conscien-
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