Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Hog Wild at Riders Harley-Davidson

Written by  July 31, 2005

On Saturday, July 9, Riders Harley-Davidson in conjunction with the Birmingham H.O.G. chapter threw an all day HOG WILD bash! The Birmingham H.O.G. chapter started back in February selling $50 raffle tickets for a chance at owning a brand new black 2005 Heritage Softail Classic. The goal was to sell 600 tickets, which of course they did! Who wouldn’t give $50 toward the possibility of driving home a brand new Harley!

Early in the day Saturday, there was a pancake breakfast and a bike wash, from which the Birmingham H.O.G. raised around $1,000 to donate to the Children’s Hospital. Riders Harley-Davidson provided the eats and drinks. They even enlisted their own chef to man the massive grill loaded with chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and other goodies that I missed out on. Eric and the Idols were playing for our musical enjoyment. There was a ride-in bike show. The people voted on their choice to determine the award placement.
Roger Kinard from the H.O.G. chapter was our official announcer for the day. He called out names and gave away door prizes all day long, one of which was one more ticket for the Heritage Softail. The other door prizes were donated by Riders Harley-Davidson, Edwards Chevrolet, Jim Skinner Ford, 29 Dreams Motorcycle Resort, Bob Sykes Barbeque, Neighborhood Sports Bar and Grill, Courtyard 280, Iron Horse Café, and of course, the Birmingham H.O.G.

Around 3 p.m, there was a Harley fashion show with several from the H.O.G. chapter participating including women, men and children, and even a few volunteers, myself and a friend of mine, Rene, included! Linda kind of talked me into it. She has a wonderful sense of humor. I say that because she thought it would be a good thing to have me for a model! It was a lot of fun and enjoyed by everyone, even the participants. A lot of us wanted to take home the outfits we wore.

After the fashion show, Roger Kinard and Tim Peek drew the lucky winning ticket for the long awaited 2005 Heritage Softail Classic. The lucky winner of the bike was Stanley Hallmark of Trussville, Alabama. He and his wife had been there earlier and left. They were thinking they didn’t stand a chance of winning. After they reached Stanley on the phone, he and his wife of course came back to collect their prize. His wife had to go home and get him a helmet so that he could ride it home.

This was a really big day that actually started back in February and led up to this HOG WILD party that went on into the night. It took a great deal of volunteers to pull this event together. I think they did an excellent job, and I think anyone there would agree.

Some of the pictures from the fashion show were provided by Steve Campbell. Steve is the photographer for the Birmingham H.O.G. chapter.

Write-On and Ride-On!

Story and Photos by Lynn Reynolds and
Leigh Lilly - Birmingham, Alabama