Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Ground Breaking Ceremony for a New Harley-Davidson Dealership

Written by  February 29, 2004

For me, it’s always exciting to see a new motorcycle dealership being built in a community. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the ground breaking ceremony for Gail’s new Harley-Davidson dealership. The event was held on Monday, February 9, 2004 in Grandview, Missouri at the northeast corner of Highway 71 and 150.

Upon my arrival, I counted over 100 supporters gathering in and around the ceremonial tent. I was happy to see a few bikes parked in front of the tent, as they added just a bit more magic to the ongoing activity. These riders certainly epitomize the “No Fear” character trait, as it was 30 degrees with plenty of snow and ice patches still on the roadways. They have earned my respect for braving the elements to support Gail’s ground breaking. These fearless riders were Lisa, Lindsay, Billy, Steve and Mike.

To begin the ceremony, Gail and Mike took to the stage and graciously paid thanks to the key contributors who were:

Laura - for the putting the event together
Radio station 99.7 KY
Grandview Mayor Wilson and other city agencies
city of Belton
Finance, Legal, Architecture, Developer, and Real Estate businesses
American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter
customers and friends
frozen butt riders
her “Big Family” of employees
and a special heartfelt thanks to her parents, Ray and Beverly Worth

After all the teary eyes were dried, the city of Grandview presented Gail and Mike with a large, framed, color-sketch of their new dealership. Next was the ground breaking; however, since the ground was frozen solid, arrangements had been made to bring in soft dirt. The chrome and gold colored shovels were ceremoniously shared by the key contributors. The ceremony ended with an official Champagne toast and cake cutting. Gail was kind enough to present everyone who attended a commemorative bottle of Champagne designed in remembrance of this momentous occasion.

The new dealership is scheduled for completion in October 2004, so watch for the grand opening party to be listed in our Local Rally & Events page, as Gail promised it would be another exciting event. Even after the new dealership opens, I’m sure many riders will roar past and salute the old store in Belton, as it has brought many smiles and much happiness to riders and its supportive staff for many years.


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