Rides, Rallies and Events Recap


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 

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.

Again this year, all of Kansas City is proud to be the home of the nation’s number one Bikers for Babies® event with $650,000 raised for the March of Dimes mission and more than 5,000 participants including 4,300 who registered to ride. Beginning in 1995 with 130 riders and $3,000 raised, the total contribution of riders, sponsors, and donors has grown to more than $8 million for March of Dimes-Kansas Chapter. The RIDE began and ended in the infield at Kansas Speedway for the 15th consecutive year. It’s a perfect venue for an event of this magnitude!  

On September 18 and 19, more than 40 motor officers representing 11 law enforcement agencies competed in the Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge held at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. Friday’s weather was rainy, but still permitted open course training and the partner barrel race competition for which riders chose their partners, and the two bikes were linked with a tether having a magnetic link in the middle so that it would separate if the bikes got too far apart as they weaved through the course side by side. Each team had two runs through the course with the quickest run determining the pair’s score.

On Saturday, September 12, thousands of motorcyclists gathered at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri, to pay tribute to those who perished on September 11, 2001, as a result of terrorist attacks and to honor military veterans and active military, police, and emergency services personnel.

On Sunday, August 23, motorcyclists gathered at The Brass Rail Sports Bar, Restaurant, & Pool Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, for the 6th Annual Missouri Patriot Express Dice Run, a fund raiser for Fisher House and Operation Military Embrace, a non-profit organization assisting military families during hospitalization, illness, or injury.

Here are photos of those winning awards at the 40th Anniversary Labor Day Rally at Perry Lake, Kansas.  Awards are for Motorcycle Olympics, Bike Show, and Dirt Drag Races.  The lovely "trophy girl" is Tamera, a.k.a. Georgia Peach.  Congrats to all the winners.

Dates for the 40th Annual Labor Day Rally hosted by A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas at scenic Perry Lake were September 4 through 7. Paradise Point, located on the east side of the lake far to the north, is a great location with an abundance of shaded camping. There were several new features this year including a vendor area, beer garden, and a day stage behind the showers, a zip line, and wrestling.

My ride to the 75th Annual Black Hills Rally began with a short run on Friday, July 31, to rural Wathena, Kansas, spending the first night at the home of Editor Mike’s mom. The hospitality was much appreciated. On Saturday morning, we rode into town for a rendezvous with a group of friends to begin the first day’s trek to Ogalallah, Nebraska.