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 

After an absence of many years, on Saturday, June 7 flat track motorcycle racing returned to Lakeside Speedway’s 4/10-mile dirt oval track in Kansas City, Kansas. Gates opened at noon with tickets priced at $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, and military, and $6 for kids age 7 through 12. Practice and qualifying occurred during the afternoon with racers ranging in age from 5 to 70-something, 155 entries in all. There were 21 classes with competitors from California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and one from as far away as Lake Wyangan, Australia. Several of the riders competed in multiple classes. The crowd favorites were the three young riders who raced 50 c.c. bikes around pylons forming a short course on the track in front of the grandstand.

The 3rd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends took place on Sunday May 1, 2016. This memorial ride and poker run is a celebration of life in memory of our friend Carl Brent "Radar" Estep who left us too soon at the age of 45, as well as many other friends who have passed on, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For many years, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group has provided volunteers to assist with the Special Olympics Spring track and field event. The 44th Annual Kansas City Metro Spring Games were held on Saturday, April 30. Rain fell during the early morning hours, and only three H.O.G. members were present at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for the short 13-mile ride to the event at Lee’s Summit North High School. The rain had subsided, and only a few sprinkles were falling as Road Captain Tom Countryman led the way. Another bike joined the group at the school parking lot, and a total of eight H.O.G. members were there to volunteer.

Each spring since 1999 the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri, has hosted a special service welcoming members of the motorcycle community. The 2016 Biker Sunday was held on April 17. There was plenty of room for hundreds of motorcycles in the church parking lot and lots of room for the riders in the huge tent where the service took place. The weather was great for riding, and the sides were removed from the tent just prior to the service providing good air circulation for everyone’s comfort. To get things rolling, Knucklehead Mike rode the church’s 1942 Harley-Davidson EL, in original condition, through the tent and parked it in front of the stage.

During the weekend of February 12 through 14, Bartle Hall in Kansas City was the venue for the 56th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels presented by Weld Engineering Performance. The show is part of the Championship Auto Shows series held in various U.S. cities and Canada. As always, World of Wheels fills Bartle Hall with sports cars, classic cars, street rods, race cars, rat rods, motorcycles, and vendor booths. Ticket prices for the show were $18 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. Discount tickets were available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores.

Motorcycles are a source of great fun. However, through the years we have found many ways of putting our rides to work. Recognizing this, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America selected “Bikes of Service” as the theme for the 7th Annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas, on Super Bowl Sunday,

 

On Saturday, January 2, bikers gathered in the Langmade Room at Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary for the 12th Annual Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by Cycle Disciples M/C. Coffee and donuts were provided by the host club. There were 43 in attendance including members of several Christian groups such as Christian Motorcyclists Association, Bikers for Christ, and Heart of God Fellowship.

Proceeds from the annual S.C.A.R. poker run go to assist Cancer Action of Kansas City. That organization’s mission statement is, “As a caring community of professionals and volunteers, Cancer Action is dedicated to reducing distress and improving the quality of life for those living with, through and beyond cancer; and promote education, prevention early detection to reduce the impact of cancer in the greater Kansas City area.” Their vision statement is, “Cancer Action compassionately provides program and supportive services for those living with, through and beyond cancer in the Kansas City area.” Cancer Action provides free services such as practical and direct services, financial assistance, educational and emotional support, and wellness programs. Please visit the organization’s website for much more information.

 

Travel weather on Thursday, October 22, was cool and wet. Still, plenty of bikers headed for Sparks America Campground near tiny Sparks, Oklahoma for the annual Biker Halloween Bash. Live music was scheduled for every night of the party including Skillet Lickers (Thursday), Blue Trixter and Blind Date (Friday), and New Dynasty and Lip Service (Saturday), so there was plenty of entertainment after the sun went down. The daylight hours, as always, were also packed with fun entertainment.

Congratulations to all of the award winners at the 2015 Sparks America Halloween Bash.  Apologies to any we missed photographing.

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