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1st Annual White Plains Shrine Club Ride For The Kids By: Wally Wersching n July 20th, the American Legion Post 155, and the White Plains Shrine Club got together to hold a poker run where all the proceeds of $25per hand went to Shriners Hospital for Children. Registration for was from 9-11am at American Legion Post 155 in Kings Mountain, NC. “Kick Stands Up” (KSU) at 10:30am heading to the first stop: Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson in Hickory, then across the parking lot to Iron Thunder Saloon and Grill. The third stop was Hooters of Gastonia, and the fourth stop was Winners Circle of Gastonia. The last stop was back to the American Legion Post 155 in Kings Mountain for a total of 103 miles. The best hand would win $500, and the worst hand $100. The first live band started playing outside at 2:00pm. At 6:00pm a BBQ chicken dinner was available, along with a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. The featured band SKYNDEEP would play inside at 7:00pm. It was a full day of enjoyment and excitement. I had decided to ride “Miss Vickie” to the event. I had never been to Post 155 before, and am not that familiar with Kings Mountain, so I looked up the location on-line, and realized that it was very easy to find. I left home at about 8:30am. It was a cool and comfortable ride, but was supposed to get into the mid to high 90’s by the afternoon. When I arrived in Kings


Mountain, I turned left onto Gold Street and the American Legion Post was on the left. I pulled into the large lot to the side of the building, and parked with the rest of the bikes. I dropped off a stack of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazines at the registration table when I made my donation. I showed the American Legion Riders that they were in the article on page 68 that I wrote about the Kings Mountain Memorial Day event in the July issue of The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine. Most of them had not seen the magazine, and were surprised to see themselves in it. It’s always rewarding to share magazines with the people that I write about. I walked around taking pictures, and talking with the people who were there. I wandered inside the building to see how organized they really were. The building is in pristine condition with a banquet hall and a lounge. Outside there’s a very nice little patio. After talking with a few of the legionnaires, I realized how much they are committed to the American Legion. Outside, there were a few tents, with vendors selling stuff. There were event T-shirts, a man that made key fobs, and The Tom McGrath Motorcycle Law Group, who were giving away a Ducati motorcycle in a raffle. I had already signed up for one but had a very interesting conversation with the two people manning the tent. One was a young lady who had done an Iron Butt event. She told me that one day she and some friends rode from Charlotte to Daytona Beach for lunch. I asked her how good the lunch was. She said that she didn’t eat, but took the time to take a nap before heading back. She mentioned that it was a little boring riding all day. I walked back to “Miss Vickie” to see a young couple ride in and park. The young man was wearing shorts, and burnt his calf right over a tattoo on his bike’s hot exhaust pipe. Another

Profile for The Carolinas' Full Throttle Magazine

September 2019 - Issue # 254