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Letter From The Editor........................................... Cover Story - Outer Banks Music Festival............. Bike Nights............................................................. Cruisin’ Calendar.................................................... Quotable Quote...................................................... The 19th Annual Brenner Children’s Hospital Toy Run... The Inaugural Howell Brown III Classics, Hot Rods, And Steel Horse Show............................................... His Laboring Few Toy Run......................................... 3rd Annual Barry Glenn Toys For Tots Poker Run..... Select Cycle’s Brutal Beauty Bonneville Bobber Tour... 11th Annual Burlington H.O.G. & Red Knights N.C. Chapter #7 Toy Run................................................... The Best Promise...................................................... Ride In Peace, Mike................................................... Raging Bull Harley-Davidson Open House................ Durham HOG Club Toy Run...................................... Steele Angels 13th Annual Toy Run............................ Tis The Season.......................................................... RIP - Skunk The Roost Dog...................................... Tilley H-D 44th Anniversary......................................... 14th Annual Arzie Rogers Toy Run............................. 14th Annual Chesnee Toy Run.................................... 17th Annual Rutherford County Toy Run..................... 31st Annual Greenville, SC ABATE Toy Run............... Thunderzone.............................................................. “The Snake”................................................................ 36th Annual Jack Hurley Toy Parade........................... 2016 MBHD Toy Run Takes The Strand.................... Christmas For The Kids............................................. 26th Annual Conover School Toy Run......................... People & Places......................................................... Virtual Bike Show....................................................... Benefit Ride To Help Santa Claus In Honor Of Jackie Cheeks............................................................ Spokes & Jokes.......................................................... Murphey’s 22nd Annual Toy Run.................................

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ell, Christmas and New Year’s is behind us now. All of 2016 is behind us now and it gives an opportunity to look forward to 2017 with a fresh perspective. So many things have happened in the past year that it is hard to recall them all. In one sense it doesn’t matter as today and the future are what we have to work with. Personally, I am glad that 2016 is behind us. Election years are always a little crazy and this year was certainly no exception. After every election, everyone seems to settle down and focus on making their lives better than they were. That is my intention. We lost a lot of familiar friends and celebrities in 2016, but as glib as it may sound, life goes on. And so, shall I as long as I am allowed. 2017 always starts in Times Square with the dropping of the ball, singing of Auld Lang Syne, and a toast to the new year. We adhere to some of those same traditions, but in the motorcycle community of the Carolinas it begins with the Easy Riders Bike Show in Charlotte, NC on January 21st. Weather permitting, The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine will be there to welcome all of our friends and readers to the new riding season. Super Bowl LI (51) from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas follows on February 5th. The big event is the 19th Attempt, Almost A Tradition, PreDaytona, Valentine’s Day Party And Oyster Roast. This year’s host location is Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken at 4695 S. Main Street in Winston-Salem, NC. Tim Nall of A & M Crane Services is a corporate sponsor again this year. There will be free oysters (steamed and raw), provided by Bob Karney of The Karney Law Firm and Smokin’ Harley-Davidson of Winston- Salem, NC. There will also be contests, giveaways, event t-shirts, and more. Traditionally, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we raffle off a diamond heart pendant provided by Bruce Hayes (The King Of Diamonds) from Hayes Jewelers in Lexington, NC. We will also raffle off a 55” 4K Ultra HD flat screen TV. No event is complete without music and there will be live music, too. The Honky Tonk Outlaws will be handling that for us. Sometimes the weather is bad, but the party is always GREAT! If the weather is frightful or even threatening, come in the cage, but please leave the children at home as this is an adult venue and no one under 21 will be admitted. NO EXCEPTIONS! Tuesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day followed by Daytona Beach 76th Annual Bike Week on March 10-19. And as they say, “We’re off and running!” There will be tons of other events and you will be able to find them all in the Full Throttle Magazine Cruisin’ Calendar or online at FullThrottleMagazine.com on your computer or hand held device 24/7. That sounds like a good start on 2017 all the while making America great again! Best wishes in the coming year to everyone. Ride safe and drink responsibly so we can see you again in 2018.

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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 JAN 1 NEW YEARS DAY OYSTER ROAST Archie’s Shack 105 East Craft St., Swansea, SC. 12-4. 803568-4221. JAN 7 JACK RHUE BENEFIT Pit Stop Bar & Billiards 2484 NC Hwy 11 N. Kinston, NC. 252-523-3700. JAN 7 H-D 101 NEW RIDER BOOT CAMP Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10:30. www.rayprice.com 919-8322261. JAN 7 11TH ANNUAL POLAR BEAR RUN American Cycle Works 1724 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Gastonia, NC. Reg 11am, last 12, $15/hand $25/3 hands, food. Rain or Snow! Benefits Gaston County CBA Legislative Civic & Charitable Efforts. Jill Stillwell 704913-7284 or 704-922-5437. JAN 7 FROZEN BUNS POKER RUN Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson 2002 13th Ave. Dr. SE., Hickory, NC. Reg 10:30, first out 11, $25/hand, $40 includes long sleeve t-shirt & meal. www.blueridgehd.com 828-327-3030. JAN 7 BREAKFAST WITH A TECH Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr., Elgin, SC. 9:30, food. www.thundertowerharley.com 803-461-1121. JAN 7 “SOUPER” SATURDAY Low County Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, SC. 11am-1pm. www.lowcountryharley.com 843-554-1847.

JAN 7 CHRISTIAN BIKERS UNITED 2017 Unity Baptist Church 4000 Hwy 15 S, Sumter, SC. 10am-2pm, live music, fun food, fellowship. BJJBFS@yahoo.com John “Wideload” Foisey 803-565-3748. JAN 8 ABATE OF SC COLUMBIA RIDERS MEETING The New Ole Place 3311 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC. 2pm. Joe “Panama” Novitski 803-319-6165. JAN 10 LOBBY DAY Carolina Ale House 708 Lady St, Columbia, SC. 7:30-9am breakfast. Shuttle leaves 9am to meet at Calhoun Statue at 9:30am. Lunch afterwards. Chad Fulller 803-920-2881. JAN 14 POLAR BEAR RIDE-IN & CHILI COOK-OFF Ray Price HarleyDavidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10:30. www.rayprice. com 919-832-2261. JAN 14 ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY Down Home Harley-Davidson 2215 Hanford Rd., Burlington, NC. 11:302pm, food, drinks, DJ, games. www. downhomeharley.com 336-227-1261. JAN 14 DON & ROBINETTE’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Tilley Harley-Davidson 1226 Morland Dr., Statesville, NC. Food. www.tilleyhd. com 704-872-3883. JAN 14 PERFORMACE WORKSHOP/LED WORKSHOP Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson 2002 13th Ave. Dr. SE., Hickory, NC. Performance 1112:30, LED 2-3. www.blueridgehd. com 828-327-3030.

JAN 14 TURKEY SHOOT 2711 Snow Creek Rd., Hickory, NC. Full choke only, twelve gauge, shooting match tens. Benefits Leathernecks MC & Hickory Riding Club. 828-514-7959. JAN 14 LADIES WORKSHOP Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr., Elgin, SC. www.thundertowerharley.com 803-461-1121. JAN 14 NFL PLAYOFFS WATCH PARTY Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson 190 Pontiac Business Center Dr., Elgin, SC. www.thundertowerharley. com 803-461-1121. JAN 14 “SOUPER” SATURDAY Low County Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, SC. 11am-1pm. www.lowcountryharley.com 843-554-1847. JAN 14 CHARLESTON HOG OYSTER ROAST Low County HarleyDavidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, SC. 11am-1pm. www. lowcountryharley.com 843-554-1847. JAN 15 CHRIS STOWELL CANCER RELIEF BENEFIT Dales Pet’s LLC 115 Old Veterans Rd., Columbia, SC. 1pm-till, food, music, raffle. Sponsored by Chosen Brotherhood MC. Lanny 803-552-4278. JAN 21 CHAD BOSTIC MEMORIAL BIKE SHOW Pit Stop Bar & Billiards 2484 NC Hwy 11 N. Kinston, NC. 252523-3700.


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JAN 28 AYANNA ALLEN BENEFIT The Carriage Room 2141 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC. Live music, food. 704-647-9876. JAN 28 “SOUPER” SATURDAY Low County Harley-Davidson 4707 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, SC. 11am-1pm. www.lowcountryharley. com 843-554-1847. JAN 28 POLAR BEAR POKER RUN Venture’s Sports Bar 5531 Edmund Hwy, Lexington, SC. Reg 10 last out 12, $15/rider $5/pass. Presented by Fire and Iron MC. Benefits Jacob Hare. 803-755-8167. JAN 29 ABATE CWC RIDERS MEETING In 3 Fountains 2710 Emanuel Church Rd., West Columbia, SC 1:57pm. Debra Teseniar 803-3565977. FEB 4 H-D 101 NEW RIDER BOOT CAMP Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. 10:30. www.rayprice.com 919-8322261. FEB 11 6TH ANNUAL CANDY ASS RUN Ray Price Harley-Davidson 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. Reg 11 last out 12:30, Dice Run $20/rider $10/pass, gifts, door prizes, 50/50. Chili Cook-off $20/entry $5/bowl. Presented by Lords of Loyalty MC. Tork 919-904-9363. FEB 11 THE CAROLINAS’ FULL THROTTLE MAGAZINE -19TH ATTEMPT, ALMOST A TRADITION – PRE-DAYTONA, VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY & OYSTER ROAST Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken 4695 S. Main St. Winston-Salem, NC. 12-6 Free Oysters, music, contests, 55” TV & diamond Heart pendant raffles, giveaways, event T-Shirts, & more. NO KIDS. 336-885-5400. FEB 11 VALENTINES PARTY Triad Enforcers MC Clubhouse 5132 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC. 6pm, $10/person, live music, 50/50, auction, door prizes, food. Mark “Trauma” March 336-240-1862.

FEB 11 TURKEY SHOOT 2711 Snow Creek Rd., Hickory, NC. Full choke only, twelve gauge, shooting match tens. Benefits Leathernecks MC & Hickory Riding Club. 828-514-7959. FEB 12 ABATE OF SC COLUMBIA RIDERS MEETING The New Ole Place 3311 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC. 2pm. Joe “Panama” Novitski 803319-6165. FEB 18 2ND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BLACK TOP CHILI COOK OFF Bikers vs First Responders Belews Creek Fire Department 7675 Belews Creek Rd., Belews Creek, NC. 5-8pm, $5/person. Benefits the community, children, veterans and non-profit organizations. Forever Two Wheels Brotherhood MC, Mattcraven1970@ gmail.com or d.alleycat@yahoo.com. FEB 18 POLAR BEAR RUN Gadgets of Lugoff 96 Hwy 601 S, Lugoff, SC Reg 11, $10/sgl $15/dbl, 50/50. Presented by ABATE Liberty Riders. Benefits Tuckers Veterans Home. Dennis Welborn 803-438-8764. FEB 25 POLAR BEAR RUN Hwy 55 Burgers 987-G East St., Pittsboro, NC. Reg 11 KSU 12. Benefits Fisher House. Rain date Mar 4, Mike 919630-8626. FEB 25-26 23RD ANNUAL ALL HARLEY BIKE SHOW Holly Hill Mall 309 Huffman Mill Rd., Burlington, NC. Reg 8:30-11:30, $20, 50/25/25, raffles, bake sale. Sponsored by Burlington H.O.G. & Down Home Harley-Davidson. Benefits the Hospice League of Alamance/Caswell Co. William 336-266-6761 or 336-2271261. FEB 26 ABATE CWC RIDERS MEETING In 3 Fountains 2710 Emanuel Church Rd., West Columbia, SC 1:57pm. Debra Teseniar 803-3565977.


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MAR 11 TURKEY SHOOT 2711 Snow Creek Rd., Hickory, NC. Full choke only, twelve gauge, shooting match tens. Benefits Leathernecks MC & Hickory Riding Club. 828-5147959. MAR 25-26 44TH ANNUAL CBA SPRING 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 704455-6245. APR 8 RIDE FOR DCCC Donayre Cancer Care Center 500 Jefferson St., Whiteville, NC. Reg 8:30 KSU 11, $30/bike includes event t-shirt & food. Lisa Thomas 910-641-8220. APR 8 9TH ANNUAL MILES FOR MUTTS Lucky’s Saloon 1453 Industry Dr., Burlington, NC. Reg 10 KSU 12, $10/sgl $15/dbl. Kay 336-437-2099, Terri 336-380-6892, Lucky’s 336-5701050. APR 8 TURKEY SHOOT 2711 Snow Creek Rd., Hickory, NC. Full choke only, twelve gauge, shooting match tens. Benefits Leathernecks MC & Hickory Riding Club. 828-514-7959. APR 8 3RD ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE TRIBES Spartanburg Harley-Davidson 365 Sha Lane, Spartanburg, SC. Motorcycle Ministries speakers, entertainment, food, Family friendly www.spartanburgharley.com 864-5838840. APR 8-9 EUROBIKE 2017 Historic City Market 300 Parham St., Raleigh, NC. 9-3, Bike show, Euro, café racers, brats, scramblers, raffle, vendor booths, food trucks. Scot Dail dothetontriangle@mail.com Selmisha Green eurobikeraleigh@gmail.com 919-525-1159.

APR 22 VA SPRING RUN 2017 Baker American Cycles 1508 Hope Mill Rd., Fayetteville, NC. Reg 12, group ride to VA Hosp, live music and food at clubhouse after. Hosted by Veterans MC, Hope Mills, NC. 910424-3549. APR 22 DUFFY’S CHARITY RIDE POKER RUN Down Home HarleyDavidson 215 Hanford Rd., Burlington, NC. Reg 11 KSU 1, $15/sgl $20/ dbl, live music, food, raffles. Benefits Dubby Collins Organ Transplant Foundation. Lisa 336-380-4777. APR 22 DUFFY’S CHARITY RIDE AFTER PARTY Lucky’s Saloon, 1453 Industry Dr., Burlington, NC 3 – 11pm $10/person, 12 & under free, food, raffles, music, fun, Lisa 336-3804777. APR 22 CCTL CHARITY POKER RUN The Pit Indoor Kart Racing 346 E Plaza Dr., Mooresville, NC. Reg 8:30-10, $20/rider $10/pass, food, raffles, prizes. Benefits Coach Bobby Morrison and CCTL. Heather Forbis 704-978-5450. APR 22-30 OUTER BANKS BIKE WEEK Outer Banks Harley-Davidson 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC www.outerbankshd.com 252-3388866. APR 29 7TH ANNUAL KIDS PATH BIKE SHOW Down Home Harley-Davidson, 2215 Hanford Rd. Burlington, NC. Bird Dog 336-260-1685 Jaimie 336-213-2684 or Butch 336-2271261. MAY 5-7 THUNDER IN THE SMOKIES SPRING RALLY Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley, NC. Music, vendors, bike games, bike show. www.handlebarcorral.com handlebarcorral@aol. com 828-246-2101. MAY 6 JESSIE’S RIDE AND RUN FOR PTSD Faith American Legion Park 115 Gantt St, Faith, NC. First out 10, last out 2. Proceeds to HonorOne, PTSD charity 704-775-9823.

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MAY 6 FROGS FEEDING FRIENDS Sweet Frog Clemmons 6297 Towncenter Dr., Clemmons NC. Reg 9:30am, $20 and 5 can food items/ rider, $10 and 5 can food items/pass, includes t-shirt and meal. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. Susie Fields 336-906-0386, Brittany Bullins 336-778-1801. MAY 12-21 MYRTLE BEACH SPRING BIKE RALLY MAY 19-20 AMCA SOUTHERN NATIONAL SWAP MEET Denton Farmpark 1072 Cranford Rd., Denton, NC. Gates open 8am admission $12, swap meet, vendors, narrated antique motorcycle parade, antique motorcycle bike games, camping available. www.amcasouthernnationalmeet.com. Bob Aton 417-838-4777, Camping 336-859-2755. MAY 28 ROLLING THUNDER XXX “RIDE FOR FREEDOM” DEMONSTRATION N. Pentagon Parking Lot, Washington, DC. 8am, ride 12pm to Vietnam Veterans Memorial. www.rollingthunder1.org Bob 336-813-2106. JUN 10 SCOOTING THE TRIAD POKER RUN Cox’s Harley-Davidson 2795 NC Hwy 134, Asheboro, NC. Reg 10am, $20/sgl, $25/dbl. Also leaving Smokin Harley-Davidson 3441 Myer Lee Dr., Winston-Salem, NC. Hosted by Iron Patriots MC. Benefits Wounded Warriors. 336-629-2415.

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The 19th Annual Brenner Children’s Hospital Toy Run By: WildThing This toy run, to me, is one of the most important in this area. Maybe because we were lucky to have healthy children and grandchildren, I can’t imagine how it must be to have a child in the hospital at Christmas. My love and prayers go to all those in Brenner at Christmas, so it is with great pleasure that together, we can bring Christmas cheer to them. The run begins with great fanfare at Harley-Davidson of Greensboro. Mark Wheelihan and his staff work on this project for several months, gathering spon-

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sors, coordinating with law enforcement escorts, planning and preparing event t-shirts, and gathering toys. It all comes together on the second Saturday of December. We were blessed with dry conditions as the motorcycles began lining up on Farragut Street in front of the dealership. It was sunny, but quite chilly, as folks got registered, delivered toys to the waiting bins, and purchased run t-shirts (proceeds from these sales was going into the pot for Brenner). As soon as Santa arrived on his Harley with sidecar full of reindeer to lead the motorcycles, riders began suiting up, and the truck with the loaded toy trailer started down the street toward I-40. To say the run was police escorted was putting it mildly. There were 25 motor officers involved from Guilford County, Greensboro PD, Winston-Salem PD, Kernersville PD, Davidson County Sheriff’s Department, and High Point PD that shut down I-40 as we rode through. They led the line of motorcycles, blocked the oncoming ramps, and police cars followed the line to prevent cars from approaching the line of motorcycles or cutting through it. They did a fabulous job and everyone riding must have felt very safe and protected as I did. I have been on this run in the past when cars would cut through the line of motorcycles to speed up or to get off the road, and would cause confusion and near accidents. It was much safer this way, with the 215+ motorcycles that ventured out for this chilly run. Upon arrival at Brenner Children’s Hospital, everyone meandered inside and were treated to light refreshments. Then Mark and Tara Wheelihan gathered the riders together and began the presentation by thanking those companies and individuals who have been supporters for many years and included thanks to Wes, Sharee, and Kelsey, members of his dealership crew who helped every year. He then presented an envelope containing the cash donations that had been gathered totaling $20,000 and stated that there was at least the same value of toys that were in the trailer. Beth Smith, Child Life Coordinator at Brenner Children’s Hospital, graciously thanked everyone and told us that their Christmas depends on the toy run. She said the toys


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signed the logo), JJ Watering Hole, I Print Tees, Envy Motorclub, Bobby’s Golf Cart, and Wake Forest Baptist Health: Brenner Children’s Hospital. Those that contributed money were asked to make checks out to Brenner Children’s Hospital so there is no question as to who gets the money. Then we were all asked to help unload the toys and take them to be separated into age groups to be ready for Santa to distribute. It truly blessed my heart to hear that last year a mom was spending Christmas at Brenner with her child and she was notified that Santa would be coming Christmas morning. She thought, maybe a card or something, but was so surprised when she awoke to find a large bag of toys on Christmas morning for her child. She then spent the year gathering toys to participate in this year’s toy run and paid it forward. How sweet is that? So, let’s do it again in 2017. See you there on the second Saturday in December.

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His Laboring Few Toy Run By: WildThing A long time ago, in the early days of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine, Tank Kersey, a very humble man, visited us. He introduced us to the mission of His Laboring Few Biker Ministry of Jesus Christ. He, and the organization he served with, was committed to reaching out to the motorcycle community and helping those that were hurting. I am pleased to say that we have carried their message of hope through salvation on the pages of every issue of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine since then, and I have had the honor to ride with their supporters in the annual toy run. While Tank has gone to be with his Lord, Preacher Steve Ervin and his wife Carolyn, as the original founders of His Laboring Few, have continued the mission, along with their many helpers and supporters. They serve hot meals daily from their facility in Thomasville, they have a clothing bank for those who need these things, they operate Harvest Camp for folks trying to change their life of addiction, HLF South Side Mission, and hold regular Christian services.

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3rd Annual Barry Glenn Toys For Tots Poker Run

By: Rose and Lloyd The Annual Toys For Tots Poker Run is a ride that we never miss. This year the ride started at Double D’s Burnout Saloon, and of course David and Missi Thompson did a great job sponsoring the event. This year was a little different, as the riders got ready to take off, David Thompson announced, “This was actually the 3rd Annual Poker Run. The Carolina Marine Riders Group and sponsors, wish this ride to continue because this annual Toys For Tots endeavor was started by one of their beloved members, Barry Glenn. This would have been his 10th year sponsoring. So, going forward, may it be known forever as “The Barry Glenn Memorial Toys for Tots Poker Run”. This will keep his memory remembered and loved.” The crowd went wild with cheering, and then there was a moment of silence in Barry’s memory. There was a prayer for the safety of the ride. Then the engines roared. The first stop was at Big Al’s Treehouse. The bikers were welcomed with cold drinks and snacks. Giving everyone a

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By: Scott Wicker Photo by: Mandy McGillion Cooler morning temperatures led to warmer afternoon weather on Saturday, November 26th as the Alamance County Chapter of the Red Knights NC #7 and the Burlington H.O.G. Chapter combined forces to hold their annual toy run for the 2016 Holiday Season. Over 65 bikes and 80 riders braved the cooler morning temperatures and met at Down Home Harley-Davidson to start the event. Down Home Harley-Davidson provided breakfast to prepare everyone for the fourteen stops that were safely made at participating fire stations and businesses along the planned route through Alamance County. Fire Station pick up points were EM Holt, Snow Camp, Eli-Whitney, Swepsonville, Me-

bane, Haw River, Faucette Township, North Central, Altamahaw-Ossipee, Elon Station #2, Burlington Headquarters, and Nikki & Company Hair Salon in Graham. Everyone ate lunch at the Faucette Fire Station with hot dogs by Jim’s Hot Dogs & Hamburgers of Graham. Five gallons of Brunswick Stew was provided by Tickle My Ribs in Burlington. Thanks to Nikki and Brian Izzo for providing drinks for everyone at lunch. Over 30 boxes of toys containing 1,200 or more toys were delivered to Toys For Tots in BMOC in Burlington and over $500 was collected and will be distributed in Alamance County through the efforts of the toy run. Everyone had a great time and a safe ride. Make plans to be there next year if you missed out! A big thanks goes to the members of the N.C. Red Knights Chapter #7 and the Burlington H.O.G. Chapter for organizing this event. The Red Knights and the Burlington H.O.G. Chapter would like to thank everyone that participated and made contributions for such a great cause. A big thank you to Down Home Harley-Davidson also for their support. We appreciate the Law Enforcement Agencies, the Fire Departments, and the Rescue Units that escorted the ride and kept the intersections safe. Thanks again to all who participated and gave unselfishly to this great event for the kids in need! Ride Safe in 2017!


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Durham HOG Club Toy Run By: Kathy Johnson Photo by: Lisa Banks Durham HOG club makes the “nice” list with the big man every year by having their toy run to the Salvation Army. They were blessed with such a nice riding day for their cause. It was strange how the weather was that day. It was simply beautiful for their ride and afterwards, later that afternoon, it was bitter cold. Interesting almost as, if in fact, Someone was looking out for the charitable efforts they do. They had an impressive turn out for the ride. Everyone was happy and ready. I heard great feed back about the efforts and support from Raging Bull HD, too. You might look at Raging Bull as a new dealership, but make no mistake my friends; you have just received a gift yourself. One of the biggest HD dealerships is now in your back yard. Example: OK, here ya go. Check out their inventory! They don’t have it? Really? Well, I’m sure they can get it from their Georgia or Florida dealerships. Make no mistakes, Raging Bull is here to stay and they are

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Steele Angels 13th Annual Toy Run By: Wendy Rogers This year marked the 13th year running for the Steele Angels to have their Toy Run. As always, it is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and it could not have been better weather for a mid-November day. It was in the 70’s, and the sun was out most of the day! The Fayetteville motorcycling community came together to support the Steele Angels. The ride started at Legends Pub of Fayetteville and ended at The Doghouse. The Fayetteville Police Department provided motorcycle escort as Santa led the merry bikers across town to The Doghouse.

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Tis The Season By: Beth Gorman Tis the season is how the saying goes and it is amazing how generous the biker community is. I had the opportunity to attend three different events and all were about giving back to the community. The Southern Boyz RC held a BBQ event to raise money to get donations for the Robbins, NC area. According to current president, Frankie Burgess, last year they helped around 85 individuals and families in the Robbins area. This year they are hoping to help even more. Local businesses and residents were donating items to be given along with monetary donations as well. Every year the amount that is given seems to be getting larger and larger which is great so they can help even more families during the holidays. In Rockingham, NC the Wingmen MC, Carolinas Finest MC, Ghost Riders MC, Playaz Elite, and Steel Wheels held their annual Sandhills Children’s Center Toy Run. The weather was rainy but that still did not stop the riders from going on this run to donate gifts to the Sandhills Children’s Center. Santa even rode his bike! The last event I was able to participate in was the Ol Skool Tribe RC Shelter Thy Neighbor Ride. It was a benefit to help raise money for a new roof on a local resident’s home. After this ride they held a live auction with some great gifts and gift baskets and also pulled a name for a lucky boy or girl to win a new bike and helmet. The lucky winner was Connor Smith.

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RIP - Skunk The Roost Dog By: Alan Dockery Photo by Tara McAllister Of all the animals on Earth, dogs have a special bond with people. Since the first pack of wolves and cavemen started living and working together, dogs have been part of our lives. I’ve known some cool dogs. I like them to hunt and work. A dog many of y’all have known and loved passed away recently. Skunk The Roost Dog won’t be there to greet us next summer when we roll in to Riders’ Roost Motorcycle Resort in Ferguson, NC. For eleven years, Skunk was a fixture at The Roost. If he didn’t amble over to meet you in the parking lot, he would stop by while you were setting up camp in the shade. I don’t mean the hyper excited greeting I get from some dogs. Skunk was super chill. I rarely saw him move fast nor bark. Like so many humans at The Roost, Skunk liked to lay in the shade and just hang out with his biker buddies. He looked the part, too. Big old wooly mountain dog. He was always there for us when we needed someone to clean up table scraps. Dogs are not allowed at The Roost. But Skunk was not brought there by anyone, he came on his own. He lived nearby and when he heard the bikes rolling in Skunk invited himself to the party. Over the summers he came more often and stayed

longer. Yes, folks found the owner and let him know Skunk was safe and happy with us. Eventually the old dog moved in for good. I’m probably going to shed a tear the first time I whistle for him to come eat lunch with us and realize he is gone. “They say a person doesn’t choose a dog, the dog chooses you,” said Uncle Roy, one of the Roost creators. “That’s how it was with the Roost dog, Skunk. In 2005, he simply showed up one day at the camp, out of nowhere, carrying a heavy

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views and comments grew. Within a couple weeks there were thousands of views and hundreds of comments and shares. Amazing how many people loved that old dog. “I never realized how many people Skunk touched,” said David Lucas, Roost owner. “His picture reached 9,700 views. I don’t know if that’s going viral, but we are unaware of any other Roost pics reaching that many people. Skunk was loved by all and I don’t think he ever had an enemy. We used to think he got sprayed by skunks cause he was chasing them. Now I think it was because he just tried being a friend to them.” “Once Skunk decided to stay, he made it his job to go down on Friday morning to greet riders as they came in. He would stay down in the campground until Sunday when he would drag his wore out butt up the stairs and crash on his couch where he rested up to do it the next weekend. Skunk was an awesome friend who was very loved and will be greatly missed by all.”


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Tilley H-D 44th Anniversary

By: Vickie Kress Photo by Kris Kerley It’s hard to believe that 44 years ago in 1972 Don and Robinette Tilley started their life-long dream of owning a Harley-Davidson dealership. Our celebration on Saturday November 19 was to honor Robinette and enjoy our wonderful memories of Don. The dealership started all those years ago west of town on Highway 70. Over the years of providing a great product and excellent service, they outgrew that building and started to expand. By the late 1990’s Tilley HD expanded all the way to Salisbury with a shop to take care of customers in that area. They started 2003 with a modern shop at the current Statesville location. By the end of 2006 the Salisbury shop had grown into a full dealership. Tilley Harley-Davidson’s roots run real deep in our area. Many of our friends and family members have bought motorcycles from Tilley HD. Don was famous in both motorcycle and car racing and some of the NASCAR drivers and crew members still buy their bikes at Tilley HD. Customers brought cans of food that were taken to Don &

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By: Rose and Lloyd This was the 14th Annual Speedway Harley-Davidson and The Speedway HOG Chapter sponsored Arzie Rogers Toy Run. Mrs. Aimee Thomas, owner and operator of Speedway Harley-Davidson, is granddaughter of Arzie Rogers. The Toy Run collects new toys for the Empty Stocking Fund to help bring joys of Christmas to many families and children from Cabarrus County. The Cooperative Christian Ministry and Cannon YMCA organize the Empty Stocking Fund. This year Jamie Eager and Debbie Owens were there to represent the program and show appreciation to all involved. Registration started at 8:30am. Steve Private, Speedway HOG Chapter Director, welcomed all the riders. There was a safety briefing by Lt. Aaron Rankin from Cabarrus County Sheriff Department and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Pastor Kurt Sam provided the Invocation. Then Aimee called

for all bikers to start their engines and the ride was on. There was a beautiful country ride and the yearly ride through downtown Concord. Back at the dealership, there was entertainment by DJ Todd, and food from Uptown Catering Company. There were raffles, door prizes, and a 50/50. Alyssa was there representing Bob Karrney. A huge thank you to the Cabarrus County Sheriff Department, Mooresville Police Department, and Concord Police Department for a wonderful and safe ride. Many thanks to all for the hard work behind the scenes putting the ride together every year, and of course, to all the bikers that come every year and give so freely. Your gracious hearts will provide a Merry Christmas to so many that otherwise may have nothing. We will see you next year.

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14th Annual Chesnee Toy Run

By Wally Wersching The City of Chesnee, SC has been holding conventional toy runs for over 13 years. Conventional – meaning that bikers ride in with toys, gather outside in the cold until the short ride, then come back to town to eat free food. Their toy run is always held the Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 20th this year), so the weather for riding motorcycles is not always perfect. In some cases, the weather has been dangerous for motorcycle riding with rain, cold temps, and strong winds. Last year, the City of Chesnee, Dennis from Chesnee Classic Cycle, and the local Legends Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) changed the toy run completely into a combined Toy Run and Cruise-In for antique and classic bikes, and cars. It’s held at the Chesnee Shrine Club a mile west of downtown Chesnee, so if it is cold, people can be warm inside the building while they eat free delicious BBQ, and listen to the live band. This year, it

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I left home about 12:15 with the sun shining, and the temps in the mid 40’s. I pulled into the Shrine Club parking lot at a little before 1pm. The smell of BBQ cooking filled the air. The Legends chapter of the AMCA brought many of their bikes, and had a booth set up for the silent auction. They were very friendly with all the people demonstrating the benefits of joining their chapter. The legendary Pete Hill was there signing posters for the crowd. He holds so many records with his Harley Knuckleheads that it would be difficult to write them all down. Needless to say, he really is a legend in the sport of drag racing, and a member of the AMA Hall Of Fame. There were a couple lines of classic cars and trucks all shining in the bright afternoon sun. The most unique car at the event was a 1913 REO Touring. It was driven to the event. I love the engine with its exposed rocker arms. I’d really enjoy watching it run. With more cars and bikes rolling in, the lot was filling up fast. When Dennis gave the OK, there was an instant line and the free food was served. I heard people say that it was delicious. I think this type of Toy Run/Cruise-In will be a winner for years to come. People were talking much more, and just the thought of being able to go inside if it were to rain, will bring in a lot more people – not only bikers. There’s a large parking lot behind the building where the spectators parked. Later in the afternoon, a $300 door prize was given away compliments of the Tom McGrath Motorcycle Law Group.

Each person bringing a toy got a chance to win. I left a little before 2pm, and headed north on Rt. 221. I wanted to stop in at the 18th Annual Rutherford County Toy Run. They hold theirs on the same day as Chesnee’s, and it’s always difficult to go to both.

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17th Annual Rutherford County Toy Run By Wally Wersching On Sunday, November 20th, I went to the Chesnee Toy Run, and afterward I went to attend the Rutherford County Toy Run in Forest City, NC. I headed to Forest City to drive on Rte. 74A. It was a very pleasant trip. The weather was perfect with great scenery. The toy run started near Spindale, NC in the old Kmart parking lot, and had a police escort through Rutherfordton, Spindale, and Forest City before stopping at the National Guard Armory. Former Moose Lodge members along with the Cleveland County Independent Bikers (CCIB) were responsible for the run to help area children have a pleasant Christmas. I arrived a little before 2pm. I knew that they started the run at 1:30 so I’d catch them on the ride into the armory. I stood at the entrance to the armory parking lot, and waited for them to arrive. Before long, I heard the rumble of motorcycles, and the shrill sound of the police car’s sirens. They had arrived. I stood taking pictures, and noticed a lot of friends as they rode by.

After the bikes pulled into the armory lot, the bikers lined up to take their toys into the armory, and get free food. There was a long line that wound around before it went into the armory. I met a few friends, and we talked for a while before I left a little before 3:00. It was a full afternoon of people giving to the children in need. We were all glad that the weather cooperated. The children will have a lot of toys this Christmas.


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31st Annual Greenville, SC ABATE Toy Run

By: Bill Gallaway Sunday, December 4 was the date for the 31st Annual Toy Run to help provide a toy at Christmas for an underprivileged child. The ride started at Julia’s “The Bar” for some who chowed down on a hearty hot breakfast as they have since they opened many years ago. I know, as I joined back in 2004. Others started arriving around noon at the Greenville Shrine Club and went into the lounge to warm up and dry off while meeting with other members and friends. Others met outside and listened to a speech by ABATE Members and the legendary Pete Hill, Greenville’s very own motorcycle drag racer. Others continued to pour in literally until it was KSU at 2pm. The number of riders was considerably fewer this year and many rode in cages due to the rain, but many still braved the cold rain to help Santa with toys for the kids. The 8-mile ride from the Shrine Club to the County Square was cold and wet. Traffic was controlled by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department that did a fine job as they have in previous years with many more riders. Upon arrival at County Square riders unloaded their presents

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“The Snake”

By Wally Wersching “The Snake” is a very twisty section of Rte. 421 from Mountain City, TN to Bristol, TN with a stop in the middle called Shady Valley. I hadn’t been on “The Snake” (www.421TheSnake. com) in almost a year and never while riding Miss Vickie. I left home about 7am, heading north on Rte. 18. After a few miles, I turned right onto the Lenoir shortcut through Connelly Springs, Rutherford College, and other small towns. I have found that it’s much faster, and more scenic than taking Rte. 321 from Hickory or even Gastonia. Once I got into Lenoir, I turned left onto Rte. 321. I really enjoy riding up to Blowing Rock since they completed the widening project on Rte. 321. It’s smooth and very scenic. When I rode over the rise into Blowing Rock, it was like

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36th Annual Jack Hurley Toy Parade

By: Bill Gallaway Sunday, November 27, 2016 was the date for the 36th Annual Jack Hurley Anderson Toy Parade in memory of Charles and Diane Bolt. This annual parade helps underprivileged children receive a toy from Santa on Christmas morning. The weather was very cooperative around 2pm when the ride began with temps in the 60’s and plenty of sunshine. Many of the estimated 4,000 riders from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina started arriving at around noon to meet up with friends and acquaintances while in the staging area. They rode many miles with toys strapped to their bikes and sticking out of saddlebags. The ride started in downtown Anderson, SC at the White Jones Hardware parking lot at 2:00 PM and where I was in the staging area. The ride went thru downtown Anderson in a very organized fashion and finished at the Anderson Civic Center. Many thanks to the Police and road guards that helped secure our route and keep the public out of harm’s way.

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2016 MBHD Toy Run Takes The Strand

By: Everette “EZ” Short On the first Saturday of December, warm weather and clear skies brought out Santa and his elves for the 2016 Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson Toy Run. With almost 300 bikes rolling into the back lot, the front lot, and the lots across the street, Santa had indeed called out the cavalry for a spectacular day. Sheri Gibson, the dedicated and ever faithful Director of Marketing for MBHD tells me that all in all, there were over 400 riders that showed up, to collect over $3,000 in donations for the day. Kickstands went up and the rowdy crowd, led by Santa, ruled the road for the day. There’s something wild about that many bikes, taking to the road with Santa leading the way with a Christmas decorated propane tank rolling along. The next stop was at The Boathouse on the waterway, where spirits were lifted in pint glasses and The Harley Shop at the Beach met with the toy run crowd for lunch, music, give aways and prizes for a helluvagood time. By the end of the day, the run had 7 large boxes of toys and enough good cheer to last till Christmas for kids that deserve more than we can ever give them. The best part of that day is that we all came together with no attitudes, no accidents, and no incidents. With so many diverse people in the crowd we had one mission ~ to provide toys for kids that otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas. You won’t read this until after the holiday has passed, but I would hope you did something, for no reason, for someone you’ve never met. It will make you feel good and the good news is that you can do it all year long. I have to put out a special thank you to Leona Cheslick for the photos on that day, as I was in the ER with a friend and couldn’t get there until it was all over, and to all the staff of MBHD for their gracious attitude throughout the year while hosting these events. They don’t get paid extra to deal with crowds, but they do it without backing down from their 100% commitment to customer service and good will to all. We’ll see you all in the spring for the Rally and if you

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26th Annual Conover School Toy Run Story and Photo by Alan Dockery Yeah, it sure was a chilly morning the first Saturday of December. But motorcycles love the cool air and bikers in the Hickory, NC, area love their toy run. This year more than 600 bikes rolled up to the Wizard Saloon for the 26th Annual Toy Run to benefit the Conover School. Organized by Mike Dyson, Wizard Saloon owner, this is the biggest toy run in our area and a great way to kick off the Christmas season. So many people showed up they had to park them across the tracks and in other lots nearby. The Conover School Toy Run supports one of the state’s premier special education schools. It’s different from other toy runs because instead of bringing toys to a central collection point, teachers select specific toys based on each child’s wants, needs, and abilities. Bikers pay the tab through a charity managed by Mike. This is a unique toy run and the coolest by far that I’ve been on in my many riding years. On the Conover School Toy Run, bikers see the kids they are helping. As we rode into the Newton-Conover High School parking lot the cheering kids and families lined the sidewalk. Leading the way was Arnold Kerley on his beautiful custom trike towing Santa (Wesley Moore) in a sleigh. Folks gathered in the gym to see a great part of this toy run. What makes it so special for the kids, their families, and the bikers is what the kids give back to us, a heart-warming

Christmas Show. Each year the children of the Conover School show their appreciation by putting on a Christmas pageant, singing and acting out songs of the season. This is such a touching show that even the most macho bikers could be seen wiping an occasional tear. After the singing, Santa handed out presents to the kids. Every year the students do some little something to make the day extra special to us old bikers. This year they welcomed us to join them on the floor for the last song and dance. The excitement of the students and bikers charged the air with real Christmas Spirit in the gym that day. Also, the Christmas Tree in the middle of the show was decorated with ornaments made by the students for the bikers to take home. I left mine on the Wizard Saloon Christmas Tree. “We held our 26th annual biker’s toy run at Newton-

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Benefit Ride To Help Santa Claus In Honor Of Jackie Cheeks By: Gary Steelman On November 19th, Red Knights Chapter 13 and STE Powersports held a benefit ride to honor Jackie Cheeks. Jackie was killed in a motorcycle accident on September 3rd of this year. This Saturday morning was cool and the coffee hot, as the riders rolled in and signed up at STE. There were over seventy-five bikes and cars lined up for the ride as kick stands went up at twelve thirty. The ride was escorted by Iredell County’s Sheriff’s Department through the countryside to Sheffield-Calahaln Fire Department. There a spaghetti dinner was waiting along with tables full of deserts. The after-lunch activities included door prize drawings and the 50/50. In memory of Jackie Cheeks, the Red Knights made Jackie’s wife, Lori Cheeks, an honorary member of Red Knights Chapter 13. The Red Knights have also raised money for their Santa Claus Fund for children in the community. This ride and fund raiser will become an annual event. Thanks to all those

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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!!

Following my excesses at Christmas I decide to calculate my Body Mass Index using my weight and height. Fortunately for me I am not in the obese range, but I am technically overweight. I have resolved to get myself back to a healthy BMI this year. All I have to do is grow 18 inches.

the tires, added an Obama bumper sticker and left a note that read: “Hope this helps”. An old, well-traveled biker sits in a bar watching as a young loud mouth comes in and orders a shot of 12-year-old scotch. The bar tender is irritated and gives him a shot of bar scotch. The loud mouth takes a sip and spits the drink out and demands a shot of 12-yearold scotch. The bar tender decides to mess with him and gives him a shot of 6-year old scotch. He takes a sip and spits it out again and exclaims, “That’s 6-year-old scotch, I said I wanted 12-year-old scotch!” The bartender smiles and pours a shot of 9-year old scotch. The kid takes a sip and, again, spits it out, exclaiming, angrily, “I said 12-yearold scotch!” The bar tender decides that this guy does, indeed, know his scotch and pours him his shot of 12-year-old scotch. He sips it once, then sips it again, and says, “Now that is 12-year-old scotch!” The old biker slides up to the young man with a glass of liquid and says to him “Here, taste this”! The young man takes a swig and immediately spits it out and says “It tastes like piss”! “Yup”, says the old biker, “It’s mine, now guess how f#(king old I am?”

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A man owned a small ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming. The Wyoming Labor Department got a tip that he was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an investigator out to interview him. “I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,” demanded the investigator. “Well, replied the rancher, “There’s my ranch hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $1200 a week plus free room and board. The cook has been here for 18 months, and I pay her $1000 per week plus free room and board. Then there’s this half-wit. He works about 18 hours every day, with no days off, and he does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week and pays his own room and board. But, I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night, and he also sleeps with my wife occasionally.” “That’s the guy I want to talk to, the half-wit,” says the investigator. “You’re talking to him,” replied the rancher. The rain was pouring down. And there standing in front of a big puddle outside the pub, was an old Irishman, drenched, holding a stick with a piece of string dangling in the water. A passer-by stopped and asked, “What are you doing?” “Fishing” replied the old man. Feeling sorry for the old man, the gent said, “Come in out of the rain and have a drink with me.” In the warmth of the pub, as they sip their whiskeys, the gentleman cannot resist asking, “So how many have you caught today?” “You’re the eighth”, said the old man. At The Villages in Florida last week, there was a bumper sticker on a parked car that read: “I miss Chicago.” Someone broke the window, stole the radio, shot out all four of

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. “Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.” Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?” “Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was: “Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback! I’m like...Helloooooo? It’s only 25 cents!”

Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term test. The last question was, ‘’Name seven advantages of Mother’s Milk,’’ worth 70 points or, none at all. One student was hard put to think of seven advantages. He wrote: 1.) It’s the perfect formula for the child. 2.) It provides immunity against several diseases. 3.) It’s always the right temperature. 4.) It’s inexpensive. 5.) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa. 6.) It’s always available as needed. And then, the

While shopping for our ‘Winter Getaway’ vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display of bathing suits. It had been at least ten years and twenty pounds since I had even considered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husband’s advice. “What do you think?” I asked. “Should I get a bikini or an all-in-one?” “Better get a bikini,” he replied. “You’d never get it all in one.” He’s still in intensive care. The owner of a golf course in Alabama was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, “You graduated from the University of Alabama and I need some help. If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?” The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everything but my earrings.” A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of timberland, near Grants Pass, OR. There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree. As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help her. She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?” He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area. I’m sorry, but they all turned me down.”


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By: Wally Wersching On Saturday, November 19th, John Murphey of Murphey’s Scooter Shed in Kings Mountain, NC held his 22nd Annual Toy Run. The 50 mile, police escorted, ride benefits the Shriner’s Burn Center, Oxford Orphanage Masonic Home for Children, and the Kings Mountain Police Department “Shop With A Cop”. God continued to watch over John’s event. It was another beautiful sunny fall day with temps due to rise into the lower 60’s, which encouraged many bikers to come for the ride. The toys collected filled many huge boxes. This year Murphey asked for a $5 donation along with the new toy for every person going on the run. That included the run, BBQ afterward, and live music. Murphey’s Scooter Shed is located in a residential neighborhood next to John’s home on a dead-end road. There is a small parking area around the shop, and during the toy runs it’s full of bikers buying t-shirts, renewing old acquaintances, and making new ones, while dropping off the toys. I got to Murphey’s at about 10:15AM. John looks more like Santa Claus every year. Slowly, more bikes came down the road. I helped guide them to keep most of the bikes on the pavement. The

adjacent lawns were off limits. The band “Back Road” was playing in the garage, and the cooks were getting the food ready. The BBQ served at Murphey’s is some of the best in the area. I walked down the long line of motorcycles, and heard many people laughing, and getting acquainted. Down the row of beautiful motorcycles were a few Victory and Indian motorcycles, but most of the bikes were Harleys or Japanese Harley wannabes. I saw a few young people on sport bikes, two Triumphs, a couple Can-Am Spyders, and a Polaris Slingshot. There was even a bike with a 1940 sidecar. Everybody was welcomed. I met a man riding a new Victory, and after we talked for a few minutes, we realized that we knew each other. I hadn’t talked with Rocky for about six years. We had a pleasant conversation as we walked toward the registration table. I always like to get to the toy run early so I can visit with people before they leave. Many riders don’t come back to Murphey’s for the free BBQ. At exactly 12:00 noon, the run began with a police escort with Murphey leading the run as usual on his custom-made Indian look-alike


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