Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2014 All-American Motorcycle Show/World of Wheels - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  March 10, 2014

The 54th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Show drew big crowds of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall during the weekend of February 14-16. A special added attraction at the show every year is the All-American Motorcycle Show presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson .

Admission for both shows was $18 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under with discount tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. There were motorcycle classes included in the World of Wheels Show with entries scattered throughout the exhibition hall. The invitational All-American Show occupied an area near the center of the hall and featured a wide variety of motorcycles entered in numerous classes. In addition to class awards, plaques were presented for Best Ladies, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Display, and Best of Show. There were also special display areas for bikes belonging to Gail’s Harley-Davidson employees and members of the American Heartland Chapter of H.O.G.

 

In addition to Cycle Connections staff, several friends stopped by to assist at our booth from time to time throughout the weekend. Editor Mike and Nichole’s daughter Skylar had made miniature motorcycles out of bottle caps, and they attracted much attention until the last one was sold. Also popular were Skylar’s rubber band jewelry items (bracelets, earrings, rings, etc.) Neighboring booths were occupied by our friends from Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) on our left and Bikers for Babies® RIDE on the right. Visitors to Gail’s area had the opportunity to shop for Harley-Davidson apparel or even choose a new motorcycle from several that were on display.

There is always plenty to see at the World of Wheels show. There are classic cars, hot rods, rat rods, low riders, racing vehicles, and special exhibits. There was even a display of vintage pedal cars this year. Meguiar’s presented car care tips, and the Shrunken Heads Car Club sponsored an auction of pinstripe art items to raise money for the Dream Factory. The celebrity lineup included Richard and Kyle Petty on Friday, WWE star Shawn Michaels on Saturday, and Laura Marano “Ally Dawson” from Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” on Sunday.

Freestyle Motocross experts Tim Dyson and Dean Dotson amazed spectators several times each day with a dazzling display of ramp-to-ramp jumps. They performed tricks such as Hart attack, Cordova, superman seat grab, cliffhanger, nac nac, heal click, and back flip taking while flying from an 8-foot takeoff ramp to a landing ramp nearly 14 feet high. They reached a height around 35 feet above the floor and covered a horizontal distance of 68 feet. Tim, a 14-year veteran of the business, rode a Yamaha YZ250 while Dean, a performer with 4 years of experience, chose a Honda CRF450. They were a very popular attraction at the 2014 World of Wheels show.

The All-American Motorcycle Show awards presentation. normally takes place near the end of the show on Sunday, but this year there was an earlier start. Beginning a 4 p.m., award winners were announced by Gail, and April Meisberger handed out the trophies, plaques, and cash prizes. The presentation included a slide show so that the audience could see which motorcycles won which awards. Jim Franklin of Turkey Creek Cycles was the Best of Show winner. A few of the winning exhibitors had not gotten the news of the time change and were a little late in arriving to pick up their awards and pose for photos. However, the change was good from our perspective, giving us opportunities to photograph a few of the winning bikes before the mad rush to load up and get home.

With exhibits to view, celebrities to meet, live music to enjoy, and other activities, it was a great show. The Cycle Connections crew appreciates all who visited our booth. As always, Gail and her staff, assisted by the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter, did a terrific job handling all of the details and hard work involved in putting on a show of this magnitude. It’s an event to look forward to each year.

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com 

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