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Gail’s Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show

Written by  December 31, 2004

The dates were December 4 and 5, the place was the Overland Park Convention Center, and the event was the 2nd Annual Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson. Since the entries were selected based on photos of the bikes e-mailed to Gail’s, I expected to see only the cream of the crop on display. With over 120 entries the diverse array of customs, choppers and antiques exceeded my expectations, and this turned out to be a show that I will not soon forget.

There were other attractions in addition to the motorcycles. Vendors and exhibitors included Carriage Works, Up and Away Lifts, Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR), Motorcycle Works, Taylor Wire, Jack Miller American Ironhorse, Kim Suter’s KC Creations, Crossroads Trailers, Wide Open Magazine, radio station 99.7 KY, and, of course, Gail’s Harley-Davidson. The 2005 raffle V-Rod for Bikers for Babies® was on display. Several individuals conducted clinics in motorcycle custom work, painting, and performance enhancement. Internationally known motorcycle builders who were on hand for the show, included Paul Yaffe, Donnie Smith, Brian Klock, and Kansas City’s own Kim Suter. New Harleys were given away to two lucky winners.

In the “garage area” Paul and Ryan from KC Creations fabricated a set of pipes and an oil tank. Reece Good of Ultra Craft Customs demonstrated fender fabrication. Whiz Bang Customs’ Brian Phlihal widened a rear fender. Scott Thomas from KC Creations pinstriped a fairing. Tommy “Too Much” Martin demonstrated flame layout and painting. “Harley” Dave Adams and “Dyno” Mike Wilson from Gail’s did a complete Thrasher Kit installation. All of the demonstrations were interesting and informative. It is rare for such skills to be exhibited in a public venue.

During the show, people could visit with the builders mentioned above and to get autographs. All were very down-to-earth and personable. On Sunday prior to the awards ceremony, Paul, Donnie, Brian, and Kim formed a panel on stage to provide information about themselves and answer questions from the audience.

Two new Harleys were given away during the show; a 2004 Softail Standard by Gail’s Harley-Davidson and a 2004 Dyna Low Rider by Wide Open Magazine. The lucky winners were Dave from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Joe from Eureka, Missouri. A few days later, after he had finally calmed down, I had the opportunity to visit with Dave about his good fortune.

CC: What was your initial reaction when your name was announced as the winner of the new Harley from Gail’s?
Dave: Disbelief and shock. I happened to be standing by the stage when Gail made the announcement, so I thought she might be kidding me. Then it occurred to me that she probably wouldn’t do that over the p.a. system. My name had really been drawn. I was stunned.

CC: I understand that the drawing was delayed from the previous weekend.
Dave: Yes. Gail became aware that someone had stuffed the bin with an enormous number of entries prior to the drawing that was scheduled to take place during the open house at the new dealership. She decided that the only way for everyone to have a fair chance was to go through all of the entries and eliminate the duplicates. Since there wasn’t time on that day to complete the task, it was determined that the winner would be announced at the motorcycle show.

CC: Slacker mentioned that you already own two Harleys. Don’t you feel a little guilty about winning a third one?
Dave: I do feel a bit guilty, but not guilty enough to turn it down. I have two Harleys because motorcycles are my passion. When I bought my Dyna Wide Glide in 2000, I just couldn’t bear to part with my 1990 Heritage Softail. I had ridden small bikes since the age of 14, and the Heritage was my first Harley. Most of my free-time activities involve bikes, and many of my dearest friends are people who ride.

CC: How did your friends react to your good news?
Dave: The first one I called responded with, “I hate you!” He since has informed me that it was not a serious remark. Several told me, “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.” That made me feel really good.

CC: What are you going to do with three Harleys?
Dave: Unfortunately, two is my limit. The Softail Standard is a really cool bike, but I love both my bikes, and both are set up just the way I want them. Even though I have 120,000 miles on the Heritage and 23,000 on the Wide Glide, both are going strong. I have decided to keep them and part with the new one.

CC: Does that mean you have a bike for sale?
Dave: No. I discussed the situation with Gail Worth, and she informed me that I would have the opportunity to accept a cash amount in lieu of receiving the motorcycle. From the standpoint of taxes, that arrangement made more sense than taking the motorcycle and selling it. There was no sales tax that way, and I will have to pay income tax on only the cash amount. If I had taken possession of the motorcycle, there would have been sales tax and income tax on the retail price of the bike. The amount was generous and is much appreciated. I would be willing to bet that many winners of such valuable prizes do not end up keeping them. It’s still a really nice Christmas bonus!

CC: Do you have big plans for the money?
Dave: A large sum will go for taxes. I’ll be able to reduce the debt on my auto significantly. I’ll also be able to be more generous with Christmas gifts and charitable contributions during the Christmas season. No calls, please. I already have my favorite charities in mind. I’ll probably reserve a few bucks to squander on something frivolous.

CC: Are you getting tired of talking to yourself?
Dave: I’m used to doing that, but I guess it’s time to admit that Stripe, the writer of this article, and Dave, the bike winner, are the same person. I really want to express my thanks to Gail’s Harley-Davidson and to the Entercom radio stations that promoted this event. I also want to thank Gail Kriete and her granddaughter Taylor for being my good luck charms. I interviewed them after Gail won a new V-Rod at a charity event in September, and I believe some of the good luck must have rubbed off on me.

The show ended with the awards presentation. The Best in Show winner was a beautiful 2004 Ultra Street with fabrication by Reese Good of Ultra Craft Customs and paint by Scott Thomas. Dave Carrol is the owner. Congratulations to Dave and all of the other award winners and to Gail’s Harley-Davidson for another awesome motorcycle show!

Story and photos by Stripe