Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Stripe

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com 

Saturday, June 10, was a busy day for me. After participating in the annual Bikers With a Mission (BWAM) ride for the homeless that concluded at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri, I headed for Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, for the flat track races on the 4/10-mile dirt oval. I arrived in time to spend some time hanging around the pit area.

On August 11, 2002, tragedy struck when 24-year-old Ryan Consolver lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Kansas City. As Ryan’s birthday approached the following June, his family wanted to do something special in Ryan’s memory. They came up with the idea of a charity ride. Since Ryan loved motorcycles, and parties, it seemed a perfect way to honor him. Since Ryan had chosen to pursue a career in the construction business, money raised by the ride would be used to provide scholarships for young people to further their education in the fields of construction and engineering.

The 28th Annual Bikers with a Mission (BWAM) Ride began at City Union Mission on the morning of Saturday, June 10. High temperature and strong wind were the prominent weather features for the day. More than 230 riders, passengers, and motorcycle enthusiasts participated in the fundraiser for City Union Mission to help with programs and services assisting the area’s homeless and working poor. Proceeds help the Mission’s clients with needs over and above those the organization typically budgets for, including utility assistance, eyeglasses, dental care, bus tokens and baby formula.

Each spring since 1999 the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri, has welcomed members of the motorcycle community to a special worship service. April 23 was the date for this year’s Biker Sunday. Parking in the large lot on the south side of the church was reserved for motorcycle’s only. A huge tent provided ample room for the hundreds in attendance.

The 4th Annual Radar's Run took place on Sunday May 7, 2017. The memorial ride and poker run is held in loving memory of our friend C. Brent "Radar" Estep who passed too soon in 2014 at the age of 45, as well as many other friends we have lost, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Radar was loved and respected by many during his years as a motorcycle parts guru in Kansas City.

During the weekend of February 10 through 12, Bartle Hall in Kansas City was the venue for the 57th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels. The show is part of the Championship Auto Shows series held in various U.S. cities and Canada. Every year, World of Wheels packs Bartle Hall with sports cars, classic cars, street rods, race cars, rat rods, motorcycles, and vendor booths. I got my $16 discount ticket at O’Reilly Auto Parts and headed for downtown Kansas City on Sunday, February 12.

Bright and early on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, I was on the road to Lawrence, Kansas, with my buddies B.C. and Cycle Connections editor Mike. We were excited to attend the annual mid-winter bike show sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The theme for the 8th annual show was “Flatheads Rule.”

 

I had Friday, February 10, circled on my calendar for months in anticipation of the return of Xtreme International Ice Racing to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. It had been five years since motorcycles took to the ice on the hockey rink normally occupied by the Missouri Mavericks of the East Coast Hockey League. I had been in touch with the arena’s event manager, Dillan Esco, and with XIIR owner and promoter Anthony “The British Bulldog” Barlow to make arrangements for Cycle Connections Editor in Chief Mike Schweder and I to cover the event. Both men were very helpful and cooperative.

On Saturday, January 7, bikers gathered in the Langmade Room at Calvary University for the 13th Annual Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by Cycle Disciples M/C. Coffee and donuts were provided by the host club. There were 39 in attendance including members of several groups like Christian Motorcyclists Association and Heart of God Fellowship.

Several weeks before the Christmas season, Jim Orr brought an idea to the officers of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, Harley Owners Group. The suggestion was to raise money to help make Christmas, 2016, special for one or more families in need and to do this in memory of Leon Rook, a beloved chapter member we lost on May 22, 2011. Chapter director Chad Schmidt, Leon’s grandson, was very appreciative of the idea, and all of the officers enthusiastically approved. Joining Chad and Jim on the planning committee were Amy Both, Diana Bray, Tammy Edgmon, and Ted Resch.