Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2011 March of Dimes Bikers for Babies® Ride - Birmingham, Alabama

Written by  August 31, 2011

On Saturday July 30th, 2011, bikers from all over the state of Alabama converged on the track at Talladega in support of the March of Dimes.

The riders from the Birmingham area were treated to a complimentary pancake breakfast at registration at the Applebee’s in Brookwood Village. The Alabama State Troopers were in charge of getting the bikers safely to the track from there and the other locations, coordinated and escorted by, Sgt. Thad Chandler.

Track lead volunteers were, Tony Williams and Billy Epperson, and Patrick Banfield was the Talladega Super Speedway coordinator. Ashley Wheeler with her staff of March of Dimes folks along with the crew of volunteers did a really good job of pulling this event together this year, our hats off to you guys!

The Leather Lady, Miss Judy, and Henley Shoe –(Debbie) were among the vendors on hand, along with Tilted Kilt Pub who also sent girls out to let everyone know they would be hosting an after party in Birmingham.

The organizers wanted to extend their gratitude to Tommy Barton with Max Motorsports in Pelham for their generous support this year, and to Tommy Digby, for serving as this years emcee/DJ, Christina Lynn, for singing the national anthem, Rock-99 and the MoJo Morning Show for radio support as well as assisting with leading the ride out of Birmingham along with Jerry Bajalia, owner of the Iron Horse Café’, Ron Herbowy & the Oxford Police Department for securing all the water (needed and appreciated), Dave Brandsma at Camera Inn, Mike Walker for the live video coverage, and to Bama Dawg House, who provided the eats for the day!

The host family for the day was, Ginny Aldridge and her family who came in from Huntsville. The kids seemed to get a real big kick out of all of the bikes around them.

The 800 or so bikes that made the trip were entertained by live music from the band “10-55”, headed up by Tommy Digby.

The bikes were kept down on the bottom of the track this year, but they added a lap making it a 3-lap ride, which was nice. We wish to thank Van Minor, Mgr. at the Central Club in Leeds, for the escort onto the track for us to get some track shots, the ride was smooth as butter, plenty of room for my big butt, and we had “tunes”! Thanks for putting up with my twisting and turning on the back of your bike.

Another new twist added to this year’s event was the trip up thru the grandstand area. One of the gentlemen escorting the rides up there was Bill, who was kind enough to take us up there to check it all out. It was a lot of fun and another different look at the track, Thanks Dude!

For some of us, the adventure continued on the ride home as there were dark clouds rolling in to the track toward the end of the day, so they were scrambling to get everyone out to get their 3 laps in.

On Saturday July 30, 2011, bikers from all over the state of Alabama converged on the track at Talladega in support of the March of Dimes.

The riders from the Birmingham area were treated to a complimentary pancake breakfast at registration at the Applebee’s in Brookwood Village. The Alabama State Troopers were in charge of getting the bikers safely to the track from there and the other locations, coordinated and escorted by Sgt. Thad Chandler.

Track lead volunteers were Tony Williams and Billy Epperson, and Patrick Banfield was the Talladega Super Speedway coordinator. Ashley Wheeler with her staff of March of Dimes folks along with the crew of volunteers did a really good job of pulling this event together this year; our hats off to you guys!

The Leather Lady, Miss Judy, and Henley Shoe (Debbie) were among the vendors on hand, along with Tilted Kilt Pub who also sent girls out to let everyone know they would be hosting an after party in Birmingham.

The organizers wanted to extend their gratitude to Tommy Barton with Max Motorsports in Pelham for their generous support this year, and to Tommy Digby, for serving as this year’s emcee/DJ, Christina Lynn, for singing the national anthem, Rock-99 and the MoJo Morning Show for radio support as well as assisting with leading the ride out of Birmingham along with Jerry Bajalia, owner of the Iron Horse Café’, Ron Herbowy and the Oxford Police Department for securing all the water (needed and appreciated), Dave Brandsma at Camera Inn, Mike Walker for the live video coverage, and to Bama Dawg House, who provided the eats for the day!

The host family for the day was Ginny Aldridge and her family who came in from Huntsville. The kids seemed to get a real big kick out of all of the bikes around them.

The 800 or so bikes that made the trip were entertained by live music from the band “10-55” headed up by Tommy Digby.

The bikes were kept down on the bottom of the track this year, but they added a lap making it a 3-lap ride, which was nice. We wish to thank Van Minor, manager at the Central Club in Leeds, for the escort onto the track for us to get some track shots. The ride was smooth as butter, plenty of room for my big butt, and we had “tunes”! Thanks for putting up with my twisting and turning on the back of your bike.

Another new twist added to this year’s event was the trip up through the grandstand area. One of the gentlemen escorting the rides up there was Bill, who was kind enough to take us up there to check it all out. It was a lot of fun and another different look at the track, Thanks Dude!

For some of us, the adventure continued on the ride home as there were dark clouds rolling in to the track toward the end of the day, so they were scrambling to get everyone out to get their 3 laps in.

As soon as we hit the interstate we could tell that we were probably going to get wet on this ride home. We followed a couple of bikes into the parking lot of a restaurant and thought, OK, we can eat while it blows over, but the place wouldn’t open for another couple of hours, so it was back on the road, and before we could get to the next exit, the bottom fell out. It felt like needles hitting our faces. We came up on an overpass that already had several bikes under it that had the same idea we did, so we all hung out together for a while, all of us needing to go in different directions, a couple of them going another hour or two south.

When we thought it had slowed to a drizzle, and after more cars had passed helping to dry the road, we took off. Not five to ten minutes down the road, it was dry. It had not even rained a drop yet. Who knew? From where we were you couldn’t see that! Oh well, just part of the adventure of riding, right?

Thank all of you for making the trip out to Talladega to show your much appreciated support for the March of Dimes! Hope everyone made it home safely!


Write-On and Ride-On
By Lynn Reynolds and
Leigh Lilly

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