Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson - Blue Springs Missouri

Written by  August 29, 2014

Blue Springs Harley-Davidson was the location for our second cover bike & cover model search of the riding season, which took place on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and coincided with their monthly bike night.

Stripe, Lonnie, Randall, Nichole, Skylar, and I arrived early to setup our booth and to block off a section of the parking lot for our cover bike search. Before we had everything setup, several bikes had begun arriving and entering our cover bike search. Nichole was also busy signing up girls for our cover model search.

Throughout the evening, more and more bikes kept rolling in, and before long, the parking lot was filling up, as was our cover bike search staging area. Lonnie was busy taking photos as Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk, our videographer, was busy shooting video for our Cover Bike & Cover Model Search video. Our August 2014 cover model Amber made an appearance to help promote the magazine and our advertisers, and also introduced us to her BFF Hollyann, who is a professional makeup artist, who also did Amber’s makeup for her cover shoot last month.

By the time we cut off our cover bike and cover model search registration, we had several awesome bikes and three gorgeous ladies signed up to compete for our cover model search. Once the bike search registration was closed, the judges began the task of narrowing down the bike entries to their top three choices. Around 8:00 p.m. I used the band’s’ PA system to introduce the cover model search contestants to an excited crowd. As I introduced each contestant, they made their runway walk across the parking lot in front of the bikes. The girls posed for a while so everyone good get some good photos, and so the judges could compare notes to make their top selections. The judges handed me their votes for the top cover bike and cover model search entries, and it was time to calculate their votes and announce the winners.

The cover bike search winner was Mitch Caponetto’s 2001 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard, and the two cover bike search finalists were Doug Howertd’s 2007 Intrepid Resolute and Jeff Silva’s 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. Next, it was time to bring the girl’s back out to a cheering and excited crowd. Danielle, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri took first place, and Rachel from Bates City, Missouri and Carissa from Oak Grove tied for 2nd place. Therefore, we’ll be shooting Danielle on Mitch’s bike for an upcoming cover.

We then had the cover bike winners move their bikes to a location near the service entrance so we could take photos of them on their bikes, and so we could also take photos of the cover model search winners on the three winning bikes. Randall also video-taped the photo shoot, which is quite entertaining.

We had a great time, and I want to thank David, Mikki, Shonna, and the entire crew at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for hosting a great cover bike and cover model search. I’d also like to thank all the bikers who attended the event, as well as the cover bike & cover model search participants who joined in the fun.

By Mike Schweder

Photos by Doc Lonnie Blum with Explorer Photography.

Video by Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk with Sea Hawk Media Productions


Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at mikes@cycleconnections.com