Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

St. Joe Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Stunt Show & Cook-Out Party

Written by  July 31, 2005

On Saturday, July 9, 2005, St. Joe Harley-Davidson sponsored a motorcycle stunt show and cookout party, which attracted hundreds of riders from St. Joseph, Kansas City, Topeka and everywhere in between.

When the McCreary’s throw on a party, everyone comes! Along with great food, the local band Swift Kik was cranking out some great music and cheerleaders from several local high schools got the crowd going by conducting a live dancing fashion show on stage to showcase all the new Harley-Davidson Motorclothes.

The motorcycle stunt team, Ill Conduct, from Nashville, Tennessee performed at various times throughout the day and was joined by special guest, Jeff Schneider of Full Production Stunt Shows.

But to me, the highlight of the event took place just inside the showroom doors, where after six months of fabrication, painting and late nights in the shop, Clay McCreary and his crew unveiled their custom-built Casino Bike. Clay explained that his latest creation was conceived when he decided to test his limits by building a custom chopper using a stock OEM Harley-Davidson Softail frame, motor and transmission. I would say he accomplished his goal—so much in fact that it caught my eye enough to make the cover of our August 2005 issue.

After taking several photos of the Casino Bike, I told Clay that I would be back the following week to work out the details of our photo shoot and to find a model to pose on the bike. It seems that both Clay and Stripe, one of our photojournalists had the same girl in mind, so make sure to check out our Cover Page Review to see who we selected.

After the food was gone, the band was packing up and the stunt team was getting ready to leave, we decide it was time to saddle up and head to Holt, Missouri for the Happy-Go-Lucky Motorcycle Hill Climbs, which I'll recap in our September 2004 issue.

A photojournalist’s work is never done!

Story & Photos by Mike Schweder