Buffalo Chip $100,000 Pledge Kickstarts Special Olympics Campaign

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Buffalo Chip $100,000 Pledge Kickstarts Special Olympics Campaign

Spearfish, SD (January 16, 2016) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® and participants in its signature Legends Ride are teaming up in a special effort to help Special Olympics in the Black Hills area create a permanent athlete training facility. Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff has pledged $100,000 to a fundraising campaign effort by Black Hills Works and Special Olympics to renovate an existing facility in order to meet the growing needs of the organization. The 127 Special Olympians who are members of the “Rapid City Flame” team have been training in various borrowed locations over the past few years but are now in need of a facility that will offer the team members a sense of permanence and accomplishment. For the past three years, Legends Ride contributions have been used to purchase a van to transport participants to practices and events; now the need for a facility is a priority.

“I couldn’t think of an organization more deserving of our help than Special Olympics,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip President. “When the kids come to events, and we see how happy and proud they are to have the van we purchased, it is abundantly evident we are making a difference in their lives and in the Black Hills community. Now they need a place to train, a place where they can feel at home, and we are ready to step up and help them with that too.”

Black Hills Works, an organization which provides support for Black Hills adults with disabilities, offered to share their gym with the youth, but the building is in need of major updating. The funds pledged by the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride will allow BHW clients to use the renovated gym on a daily basis while giving priority scheduling to the Special Olympics teams for training.

“This is a great partnership,” said Special Olympics South Dakota Board Member, Jack Lynass. “We explored the idea of building our own gym, but even if we could have paid for construction, the maintenance and utilities were out of range for our organization. The Black Hills Works gym is in need of renovation, and we need a permanent location where the kids can feel at home. With the help of the Buffalo Chip and Legends Riders, we have a very good start on the fundraising needed to make this facility work for both organizations.”

“Once again we owe a great debt of gratitude to Rod and Carol Woodruff for their extraordinary generosity in supporting our friends and neighbors with special needs,” said Special Olympics South Dakota Chairman of the Board, Dr. Mark Harlow. “Having a dedicated facility to support activities for both sports and social events is in line with Project Unify, a national Special Olympics education and sports based program, and South Dakota is leading the way by making these opportunities available.”

Black Hills Works, located on the west side of Rapid City, currently assists about 580 disabled adults from numerous Black Hills communities and supports the 280 athlete members of the “Storm” adult Special Olympics team.

“The gym is an integral part of our clients’ lives. This partnership and the renovations will greatly benefit both organizations,” said Brad Saathoff, Black Hills Works CEO. “It’s busy all of the time, either with individuals shooting hoops or working out or with scheduled team activities. It’s evident it has gotten a lot of use. It definitely needs a new floor, and without a breezeway, the new floor would be ruined in no time. We also would really like to upgrade the locker rooms and expand the cramped weight and cardio room. There are many times when all of the machines are busy, and there are several people crammed in waiting for their turn.”

One hundred percent of Legends Riders contributions benefit charity. The 2016 Legends Ride will take place on Monday, Aug. 8.

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About the 2016 Buffalo Chip Legends Ride

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends RideTM is dedicated to bringing rally goers together to raise significant funds for local charities and the Buffalo Chip Challenge Scholarship Program.  Having raised over $420,000 for charity since its inception in 2008, the Legends Ride has played host to some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with riders from all corners of the world.

 

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® celebrates 35 years as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ in 2016. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. The venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

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Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Reveals Real Bands Following April Fools Prank

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Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Reveals Real Bands Following April Fools Prank

Sturgis, SD (April 1, 2015) – Fans of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® can now rest at ease knowing the shocking news delivered early this morning that Justin Bieber would be joining the venue’s 2015 festival lineup was merely an April Fools’ joke. The Buffalo Chip let the public’s imagination run wild for hours and is now letting the cat out of the bag with the true announcement. John Fogerty, Godsmack and Styx have joined the growing list of superstars slated to entertain music lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts during the upcoming event.

“We just couldn’t let April Fools’ Day slip by without having a little fun with everyone,” said Buffalo Chip president Rod Woodruff. “Now that we’ve come clean and announced that some true biker favorites will be performing this year, our fans should see we’re prepared to make their 2015 party the best yet. The anticipation for this event has never been more intense, and these three incredible bands only add to the growing excitement.”

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Fans attending this year’s 75th motorcycle rally anniversary party at the Chip will get to see lead singer and guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and successful solo artist John Fogerty rock the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Main Stage Wednesday, Aug. 5. Fogerty’s work has earned him a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as the distinction of being named a BMI Icon. The timelessness of Fogerty’s bluesy Southern-fried rock has captivated generations of fans who can look forward to potential live renditions of songs such as “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary” and “Centerfield” during his Buffalo Chip performance.

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Hard rock titans Godsmack will hit the Chip main stage on Monday, Aug. 3. The Boston rockers will bring with them a catalogue of hits that includes more top 10 singles than any other rock artist to date–a staggering 20. Godsmack’s overwhelming success has made them one of the most highly requested bands among Chip fans.

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The audience at the world’s largest biker music festival will have the opportunity to sing along with hit after mega hit when Styx takes to the stage on Thursday, Aug. 6. The long-time rock favorites boast over four decades of barn-burning hits including “Sail Away,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Lady” and many more. The performance will take place on the Chip’s famed Freedom Celebration day, following the Evel Knievel Thrill Show where Doug Danger will attempt a terrifying world record jump in the amphitheater.

In addition to world-class main stage acts, many other performers will entertain crowds throughout the festival on the Buffalo Chip’s six showcase stages. Bands confirmed for these stages include Jimmy Bratcher and Japan’s favorite biker band, MMS.

The concert series during the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ will begin on Friday, July 31 and run through Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. The campground will open for camping on July 3, 2015.

The Buffalo Chip is the original site for Sturgis Rally concerts and is well known as the center of the rally due to the its long history of delivering the music industry’s biggest names and Best Party Anywhere.

Concerts are free with camping. Passes for the momentous 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2015 may be purchased by calling 605-347-9000 or visiting www.buffalochip.com.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. Established in 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, cutting-edge motorcycle events, moving freedom celebrations, outrageous daredevil stunts, unforgivably hot bikini contests and more. The Chip’s® PowerSports Complex is home to many national circuits including TORC: The Off-Road Championship races.. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Evel Knievel’s® Terrifying Failed Jump to be Attempted at Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

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Evel’s® broken bones X-rays, skycycle rocket, jump bikes and other curiosities will be part of Evel Knievel Thrill Show

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Doug Danger on Evel Knievel’s 1972 Harley Davidson XR-750 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Sturgis, SD (January 6, 2015) – The name Evel Knievel is synonymous with daredevil. He was the undisputed king of stunt showmanship–the man who made motorcycles fly. He enthralled audiences with his nonchalance as he faced death-defying exploits that left him with a record-breaking number of fractured or crushed bones, a permanent limp and the adoration of millions. This August, the spirit of Knievel® will come to life at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in a spectacular thrill show unlike any organized before. The Evel Knievel Thrill Show will consist of the largest collection of Evel Knievel curiosities ever assembled, including the Skycycle, x-rays of his numerous broken bones, the now famous “Sports Illustrated” leathers and cape, and the Mack truck show-rig he named “Big Red.” The Thrill Show will also include a dangerous attempt at an unsuccessful Evel Knievel world-record jump on the same bike that failed Evel and ultimately lead to his defeat. On Aug. 6, 2015, daredevil Doug Danger will attempt a 22-car jump on Evel Knievel’s vintage 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750 in the middle of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip amphitheater.

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A young Evel Knievel attempts to jump over a series of cars

Knievel attempted a jump over a line of 22 cars on September 1, 1972 in Monroe, Washington. His crew warned that the bike would not attain the speed needed to clear the distance, but because Knievel insisted on doing the jump, they built a safety ramp over the last three cars. Knievel bounce-landed on the safety ramp and left defeated. More than 40 years later, Doug Danger is set to attempt the same jump on Knievel’s own bike and clear the 22nd car. Knievel’s bike has not been altered with the exception of moving a foot peg to accommodate Danger’s height. Another daredevil attempted this jump in 2001, and it ended in a horrific crash. 

“This is an incredibly difficult and terrifying jump,” said Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “We are doing all we can to make sure Doug Danger lands safely, but that bike was not built for a jump like this. We really hope he can make it.”

“This is the one jump Evel couldn’t make; he failed. I’m determined to succeed where he fell short,” Danger said. “I know it’s dangerous, but death has had me by the throat twice in my life, and I spit in its face. When God’s ready, he’ll take me.”

The Evel Knievel Thrill Show curiosities will be located in the CrossRoads area at the Buffalo Chip July 31 – Aug. 8, entrance fee, paid in advance, is only $10. Doug Danger will attempt the record-breaking jump on Knievel’s XR-750 in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Thursday, Aug. 6. Campground day passes for Thursday will be available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 5pm at BuffaloChip.com or by calling the Buffalo Chip box office at 605-347-9000.

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About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. Established in 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests experience world-class concerts, cutting-edge motorcycle events, moving freedom celebrations, outrageous daredevil stunts, unforgivably hot bikini contests and more. The Chip’s® PowerSports Complex is home to many national circuits including TORC: The Off-Road Championship races. The Buffalo Chip has been featured on networks including Discovery, Travel, HISTORY, Fox, VH1, CMT, AXS, National Geographic, FX, Velocity and TLC. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM SEEKS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

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November, 2014 – The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2015 Hall of Fame and the 2015 Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame.  Individuals, organizations and businesses considered for induction into the Hall of Fame will have made a positive and significant impact on motorcycling.  Individuals considered for the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame will have made a significant impact through their work in grassroots rights efforts.

A comprehensive overview of their accomplishments is necessary to make an informed and educated decision.  Please keep in mind that while his or her achievements may be outstanding, not everyone knows it. Biographical info, newspaper articles, historical documents, etc. may be submitted.  Submissions should include the nomination form and any supporting materials, and must be received by the Museum no later than January 9, 2015.

Individuals chosen for induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame will be honored at the annual induction breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, taking place during the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  This event is open to the public and tickets will go on sale beginning January 5, 2015.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination form can download the Hall of Fame Nomination form online at http://www.sturgismuseum.com/assets/docs/uploads/15-nomination-form.doc. The Freedom Fighters nomination form is available at http://www.sturgismuseum.com/assets/docs/uploads/ffhof-nomination-form.doc or you can request a nomination form by phoning the Museum 605.347.2001 or emailing info@sturgismuseum.com.

About The Museum: The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of motorcycling, honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Rally. Our vision is to continue as a world-class museum offering comprehensive and educational exhibits and showcasing rare and unusual motorcycles significant to our history and our sport. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame stands out among other motorcycle museums, in that we will not only document the history of the machines, we will document the history of the people who have shaped and changed the sport and lifestyle. This will be a resource and inspiration for future generations. Honor the Ride… Build the Legacy!

Sturgis Drag Racing Recap – Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association

 
Sturgis Dragway was the perfect backdrop for the grass roots motorcycle drag racing of the 3rd Annual AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals, held August 5 and 6 during the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Not only did racers have to battle the track this year, but Mother Nature and a lightning-fried time slip printer as well… never a dull moment!
 
With qualifying completely rained out on Tuesday, the men and women racers of the WMDRA pulled together and got the complete show in on Wednesday in less than 12 hours; no small feat considering the multitude of activities scheduled for the day.
 
A highlight for racers and fans alike was the introduction and honoring of Grand Marshals Bonnie Truett, Marion Owens and Pete Hill.  With bikes going down the track behind them, these legends of the sport took it all in stride as they greeted the crowd and were presented leather jackets courtesy of Harley-Davidson by iconic motorcycle racer and admirer Jay Allen.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Amongst and between all the action at the track, Mark Dotson was able to complete the WMDRA’s Drag Racing School and private Drag Racing 101 clinic for members of the media, with special thanks to Bell Helmets, the Sturgis Nationals Official Helmet, for providing the full face head gear for students. Regrettably, due to the time crunch and inclement weather, these brave souls will have to wait until next year to make their first pass down Sturgis Dragway.
 

 
As the afternoon waned and gray skies threatened, spectators and racers alike were treated to the heartfelt Invocation of racer Rich Vreeland and the beautiful sound of the USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country’s rendition of our national anthem.  According to Jeffrey S. Valentine TSgt USAF USAFA USAFA/BA, “It was a blast, everyone we met was wonderful. Thanks again WMDRA for everything you did to make us feel so welcome.”
 
   
 
Competition was fierce amongst the three pro classes and six sportsman classes, with 73 racers vying for the title of Sturgis Champion (see results below).
 
In addition to the title of Sturgis Champion, Official Tire of the Sturgis Nationals Mickey Thompson also awarded a rear drive tire of choice to Freddie Robbins in Top Fuel, Billy Hendron in Pro Drag, and Quick Draw Challenge Winner Twang of Motorcycle Specialties in Davenport, Iowa.
 
Associate Sponsor Motor Whiskey awarded custom trophies for Best Finish by a Lady Competitor Kersten Heling, Closest Hole Shot Loss Jeff Champagne and Closest to Dial-In Twang of Motorcycle Specialties. The one-of-a-kind trophies were designed by sculptor Ronnie Hansen of MonsterhedZ in Roosevelt, Utah.
 
Our sincerest gratitude goes out to our sponsors AMSOIL, S&S Cycle, Mickey Thompson, Bell Helmets, Brocks Performance, Gear Head Publishing, Motor Whiskey, Cardo, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, and Pro Riders Marketing; as well as Masters Entertainment Group and the Inside Drag Racing crew; to the USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country for opening ceremony services and Rich Vreeland for our invocation; and to all the racers and fans who continue to support the sport.

Congratulations once again to our 2014 Sturgis Champions and to the racers, crew members and fans who support the WMDRA’s effort to keep the drag racing tradition alive during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. God bless you all!

 
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RU Mike Bahnmaier

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RU Dave Larson

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RU Jeff Champagne

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RU Kyle Olson

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W Jim Krell
RU Rick Grimm

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W Bill Tschannon
RU Troy Fritter

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W Joe Kerns
RU Larry Ford

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W Brian Klinghagen
RU Eddie Golson

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W Troy Cade
RU Dustin Rieke

 

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Lees Summit, MO. – Coming up in a few short days is the beginning of the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, there are obviously several great events in store for the 10’s of 1000’s of riders coming in from around the world. We are very proud to be part of those festivities. In past years we have supported numerous organizations and events. This year our efforts are focused on the Biker Belles event on Tuesday August 5th.
As it states at www.bikerbelles.com  “The Biker Belles was created by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip for two complementary purposes.  The first is to raise awareness of the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling, celebrating the woman’s role in shaping the culture, art and history of motorcycling.  The second is to use this event to raise funds for worthy local charities that would be of particular interest to these very women.”
 
In the first place, we love women, so that is a good thing.
Secondly, if you go to the website you will see two very worthy causes the funds go to.
First is the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. This is an organization I have worked for previously and continue to support today. It is a great group preserving history, and one that has a great future.
The second charity is truly worthwhile and very important to the community. That is Helping with Horsepower. 
 
Helping with Horsepower™ is a program to help young women and girls who are at risk or are victims of abuse.As the Father of three wonderful daughters, I can see no better way to spend my time and resources but to help women and young girls in need.
I am sending this message to let everyone know of the generosity of these great industry professionals as they contribute to this wonderful event. An event that I will personally be present at to answer any questions about these Biker Belles participating industry leaders:
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The above vendors were asked to participate. Without hesitation, they jumped at the chance to help.
If you want a great day next Tuesday at the rally, check out the Biker Belles event and hopefully I will see you at the Buffalo Chip for the festivities.
Thanks for you time
“Cadillac” Joe Distefano  

STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM LAUNCHES UPDATED WEBSITE

 

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July, 2014 – The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame has just launched a newly re-designed website to better serve its constituents.  The new website launched on July 18th, just in time for the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  The site is online at www.sturgismuseum.com.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum has been working with Robert Sharp and Associates in Rapid City to develop content and design elements for the new website.  “We’re excited to have the new website online,” said Executive Director Christine Paige Diers.  “Visitors to www.sturgismuseum.com will find updated photos of many of the motorcycles we have in the museum.  You’ll also find information about upcoming events, and about our expansion project,” said Paige Diers.  “We know how important it is to have interactive elements and up-to-date information in this virtual age.  Our goal is to be more appealing and valuable to users, and I think this new website will realize that goal.”

In addition to information about the museum, the site features an online shopping cart where visitors can purchase museum and Sturgis related gift items, raffle tickets, and tickets to the annual Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast.

About The Museum: The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of motorcycling, honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Rally. Our vision is to continue as a world-class museum offering comprehensive and educational exhibits and showcasing rare and unusual motorcycles significant to our history and our sport. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame stands out among other motorcycle museums, in that we will not only document the history of the machines, we will document the history of the people who have shaped and changed the sport and lifestyle. This will be a resource and inspiration for future generations. Honor the Ride… Build the Legacy!

Located at 999 Main Street, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is open year round, seven days a week.

For more information, contact Christine Paige Diers, (605) 347-2001.

Speed-Way Motorsport Shelters On Display Supporting the Ultimate Bagger Show

 

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Supporting the Show

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Sturgis, SD – The 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is just days away. As always, the guys at Speed-Way Shelters want to support the events as best we can and certainly want to be on the main drag at the top flight events during the rally. 
This year, Mark Craven of www.choppedbaggers.com and the City of Sturgis are hosting the ULTIMATE BAGGER SHOW located at Lazelle & 4th. 
Stop by and check out the coolest touring bikes you’ve ever seen and for sure stop by to check out our top of the line Touring Model Speed-Way Shelter. The ONLY way to protect your bike. 
While you are there, stop by the Speed-Way Shelters booth and see that ever popular “Cadillac” Joe D. and register to win the shelter on display……. take it home to use for years of protection for your ride. 
For further details on this and all events during the rally, click here
 

Taking Pride in Your Ride!

 

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Speed-Way Motorsport Shelters come in two sizes…the Standard / Sport Model and the Specialized Touring Model. Use the motorcycle sizing guide on our website to help identify the Speed-Way motorcycle cover that best fits your specific bike, such as Honda, Suzuki, Harley Davidson and more. 

  

If there are ever any questions about the make or model of your motorcycle, or any other questions about our motorcycle covers, the Speed-Way staff is available for immediate assistance. Call our customer service department at 831-477-9600. 

 

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Michael Lichter’s 14th Annual “Motorcycles as Art” Exhibition

Michael Lichter’s 14th Annual “Motorcycles as Art” Exhibition 
At the Buffalo Chip / 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

 
“Built for Speed – Race Inspired Motorcycles and Art” is the title of Michael Lichter’s 14th annual “Motorcycles as Art” exhibition in Sturgis this August, which for the second year in a row, will be jointly curated by Michael and Paul d’Orleans of the Vintagent (www.theVintagent.com). ‘Built for Speed’ will “WOW” visitors with a beautiful and thought-provoking display of motorcycles and related art, our race-inspired theme making connections between between motorcycle racing and custom bike designs inspired by racers.  Each custom bike in ‘Built for Speed’ reflects a branch of racing; Speedway, Flat Track, Drag Racing, Board Track,  Grand Prix, Land Speed Record, and will be displayed beside the racing machines suggesting the origins of each style.  On the walls surrounding these awesome bike will be race-themed painting, photography, helmets and prints by artists equally inspired by competition motorcycles in action.
 

 

 
The 32-motorcycles in ‘Built for Speed’ include customs by long established and emerging builders, side by side with factory-loaned machines.  Builder sending bikes include Alan Stulberg (Revival Cycles), Arlen Ness, Bill Dodge (Blings Cycles), Bill Rodencal (Fat Dog Racing), Brandon Holstein (Brawny Built), Brian Klock (Klockwerks), Dan “Bacon” Carr (DC Choppers), Dan Rognsvoog with Skip Schulze, Jason Paul Michaels (Dime City Cycles), John Reed, Kenji “Ken” Nagai (Ken’s Factory, Japan), Kevin Baas (Baas Metal Craft), Kirk Taylor (Custom Design Studios), Matt Olsen (Carl’s Cycle), Michael O’Shea (Medaza Cycles, Ireland), Nate Jacobs (Harlot Cycles), Pat Patterson (Led Sled Customs), Paul Cox (Paul Cox Industries), Paul Wideman (Bare Knuckle Choppers), Roland Sands (RSD), Skeeter Todd, Tator Gilmore, Warren Lane  and Zach Ness (Arlen Ness, Inc). Factory-built machines include a custom Street 750 from the Harley-Davidson design department, Indian’s “Spirit of Munro” Jeb Scolman built streamliner and a Land Speed Racer from Confederate Motorcycles alongside Icon’s “Iron Lung” road racer, George Smith’s “Tramp” (replica) from S&S, Deus Ex Machina’s “DAKDAAK” Honda CRF 450X and Clem Johnson’s original Vincent “Barn Job” from John Stein. Artists on the walls include Conrad Leach, Darren McKeag, David Uhl, Eric Hermann, Harpoon, Jeff Nobles, Marc Lacourciere, Michael Lichter, Richie Pan, Scott Jacobs, Scott Takes, Susan McLaughlin and Paul d’Orléans, Tom Fritz, Trish Horstman and an all new “21 Helmets” display of race inspired Bell Helmets from SeeSee Motor-Coffee in Portland.
 

 

 
Customized motorcycles have often taken inspiration from racing machines, as witnessed in the ‘Cut-downs’ of the 1920s, ‘Bob-jobs’ of the 1930s, Café Racers of the 1950s, ‘Drag-bike’ choppers of the 1960s, and ‘Street Trackers’ of the 1970s.  All of these styles are hugely popular with customizers today, which speaks to the enduring appeal of a racing motorcycle’s purity of purpose in its design.  It’s a subject the ‘Motorcycle as Art’ exhibit explored last year in our ‘Ton Up!’ show about café racers and related customs (which became a book – ‘Café Racers’, published by Motorbooks), and this year Michael Lichter and Paul d’Orleans widen the scope of the exhibit to include even more branches of racing, and the beautifully crafted custom bikes taking inspiration from the types of original racers on display.
 

 

 
As always, entry to the Buffalo Chip’s 7,000′ purpose-built Michael Lichter art gallery is FREE and this year, hours have been extended, now opening at 10:30 am into the evening concert hours.  The show opens on Saturday August 2 and closes Friday night August 9. To find the gallery, head to the Buffalo Chip and turn east on Alkali Road; go to the EAST entrance. The gallery is next to the EAST entrance and does not require a ticket to enter. A special thanks to the ‘Motorcycle as Art’ industry sponsors Ace Cafe Orlando, Avon Tires, Baker Drivetrain, Burly Brand, Carhartt, Crusher Exhaust, Hot Leathers, Icon Motorsports, J&P, Kuryakyn, Motor Bike Expo Italy, Mustang Seats, Progressive Suspension, Ridewright Wheels, Tucker Rocky / Biker’s Choice and S&S Cycle. 
 

 

 
Be sure to also visit other displays in the Russ Brown Events Center (also with free admission) including the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, which will have a “Women in motorcycling” display featuring women that have never been shown by the museum before, artist Marc Lacourciere with a display in his gallery of his latest works of art and an display of miniature paintings from industry notables for an auction to benefit Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) that has been organized by Elisa Seeger of Indian Larry Motorcycles and the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation.
 
For more information, visit www.buffalochip.com or email mike@lichterphoto.com
 
 
We hope to see you at the exhibit

Truett, Hill and Owens named Grand Marshals of 2014 Sturgis Nationals

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Truett, Hill and Owens named Grand Marshals of 2014 Sturgis Nationals 

 

Boise, Idaho – June 18, 2014 – The Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) is excited to announce that drag racing legends Bonnie Truett, Pete Hill and Marion Owens have been named Grand Marshals of this year’s AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals set for August 5 and 6 at Sturgis Dragway during the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The festivities coincide with Truett’s induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame for his contributions to Harley-Davidson drag racing. All three racers, who have been named to numerous lists as some of motorcycle drag racing’s all-time greats, will greet the crowd, sign autographs, introduce number one qualifiers and call the bikes to the line, as the WMDRA presents their third annual AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals. The annual event at Sturgis Dragway will feature competition in four professional classes and six sportsman categories as the WMDRA celebrates horsepower and history.
According to WMDRA President Sandra Alberti, “These racers have shaped and grown the sport we enjoy today, and it is an honor and a pleasure to have them join us at the track to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their contributions.” Alberti added, “While we enjoy fierce competition at the event, having these legends of the sport on hand really embodies what Sturgis is all about… celebrating our sport, honoring the tradition of competition, and setting new milestones. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
With careers that have spanned nearly four decades, these gentlemen have earned championships across multiple sanctions, collected numerous national event wins and set nearly every record possible in the sport. It’s history in the making for such pioneers and innovators to meet at the track in 2014, and with the multitude of bikes on hand, vintage and modern, you just never know who you’ll see going down the track in Sturgis! (Hint, hint… you don’t want to miss this!) 
Legends autograph session and Q&A will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, leading us to Opening Ceremonies and eliminations at 3:00 p.m.
Sturgis Dragway is located at 20523 Hwy 79, just off Hwy 34 between the Full Throttle Saloon and Buffalo Chip Campground. For more information, please visitwww.westernmotodrags.com  or call (208) 850-5795.