Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Spirit Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  September 1, 2012

July 28 was the date for the inaugural Spirit Ride to raise funds for the National World War I Museum at Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial. The event began with a rally at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview where registration opened at 11:00 a.m. The registration fee was $40 and included a goodie bag, participation in the escorted ride to Liberty Memorial, admission to the museum, picnic dinner, and concert admission. While waiting for the ride to begin, participants visited vendor booths at Gail’s and listened to the music of the Jeremy Nichols Band.

The ride began at 4:30 p.m. and was expertly escorted by officers of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department who closed down Highway 71 until the long procession of motorcycles had safely passed. Celebrity and V.I.P. participants included Eddie Kennison, Hank Herrmann, Drew Ellis, Christopher Elbow, Mark Alford (Fox 4), Bob Regnier, Kent Sunderland, Slacker (101 the Fox), and Chris Suchan (KCTV 5). Waddell & Reed, UMB Bank, GM Fairfax Assembly Plant, KC Area Chevy Owners Group, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, FOX 4 News, Bank of Blue Valley, and KC Southern Railway were represented by ride teams. A tethered hot air balloon was scheduled to be on display, but the wind velocity had increased to the point where the balloon had to be deflated just as the riders were arriving at Liberty Memorial. The oval driveway was reserved for the motorcycles, and the view of the bikes from the memorial’s observation level was spectacular. After enjoying the picnic dinner, riders were treated to a concert by Lee Greenwood followed by special guests Four Fried Chickens and a Coke. Those who took advantage of the opportunity to tour the museum were amazed at the extensive array of exhibits. A brief visit wasn’t sufficient to experience all that the museum has to offer, and it’s likely that many of the ride participants will return for a follow-up visit when more time is available.

The Spirit Ride is expected to become an annual event, and the museum is certainly a worthy recipient of the financial support provided. Thanks go to the volunteers and sponsors listed below and to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for helping keep the riders safe.


National World War I Museum, Gail’s Harley-Davidson , VFW, GM, KC Area Chevy Owners Group, US Bank, WireCo World Group, PAR Electrical Contractors, Ash Grove Cement Company, and State Street Financial

In-Kind Sponsors

DSS Systems, Boulevard,Brewery, Red Bull, Time Warner Cable, and KC Royals


Employees of Sprint, JP Morgan, and American Heartland HOG Chapter

Article and photos by 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