Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Stripe

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 

Around Halloween time every year, Sparks America Campground plays host to a huge Halloween Biker Bash. The dates for the 2017 event were October 19 through 22.  Travel weather was good on Thursday, and I arrived in time to get my tent set up before dark and head over to the playground where karaoke singers provided the evening entertainment. 

Thousands of motorcyclists gathered at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview on Saturday, September 9, to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and to show appreciation for veterans and active military, police, and emergency services personnel. The rally started at 9:00 a.m. and featured vendors, children’s activities, and displays of Grandview emergency services vehicles.  Missing this year were the military vehicles due to their deployment to assist with hurricane relief. Visitors to Gail’s enjoyed live music from Mojo Saint. Jumpers from Skydive Kansas City parachuted into the grassy area behind the dealership with John Hall flying a giant American flag.

Very nice plaques were awarded to the winners of all of the bike show classes and all of the games winners at the Sparks America Halloween Bash..  Lacee Smith from Kearney, Oklahoma, was selected for the honor of Miss Sparks America,  A list of bike show award winners follows:

Every year during the Labor Day weekend, Lake Perry’s Paradise Point becomes Kansas’ center of motorcycle activities.  Rally gates opened at noon on Friday, September 1.  Admission was $30 for members of A.B.A.T.E. and other motorcycle rights organizations.  Non-member’s paid $50, and a Sunday only pass was $20.  Active and retired military discount was $10.  Bands on the schedule for Friday were Mike Powers Trio, Double Vision, and Eleven After.

The 33rd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally took place at Freedom Park near Algona, Iowa, on June 29 and 30 and July 1.  Thursday was my travel day and a great day to be on a motorcycle.  I had missed this rally for the last few years due to schedule conflicts and was really excited to be back. 

Apologies for missed names and misspelling.   Contestants don’t always supply complete information, and handwriting is sometimes difficult to read.  Lists and photos follow:  Photos by Stripe and Doc Lonnie Blum.

For my annual Sturgis trip, as with nearly other trip, there are always last minute preparations, mainly stemming from procrastination.  On the Wednesday afternoon before the trip, I noticed that there the brakes on my Durango appeared to be overheating.  No problem—this could wait until after Sturgis.

People who attend the annual ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally at Algona always have plenty of entertaining activities to choose from.  In fact there are so many, it’s almost impossible to take them all in.  One that is certainly worth making a priority is the tattoo contest held each year in the food court area.  Picnic tables at the south end of the area become the stage on which all kinds of amazing tats are judged in various categories, 

Every summer bikers come from all directions to get together at Sparks America Campground near the tiny town of Sparks for Oklahoma Bike Week. The dates for this year’s event were June 15 through 25. Bike Week always features live music on stage every night, bike shows and Woody’s auction of chainsaw artworks and furniture on both Saturdays, and lots of bike and people games. There are fun themes for most nights of the rally.

Lots of awards are handed out every year at Oklahoma Bike Week  The lovely awards presenter was the reigning Miss Sparks America, Lana Morrison-Miller.  Our apologies to any winners we missed with so much activity going on.  Here is a list of the bike show awards for the second weekend.

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