Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Cover Bike & Cover Model Search at Gail's Harley-Davidson - Grandview, Missouri

Written by  August 1, 2013

Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri was the location for our first cover bike & cover model search of the 2013 riding season, which took place on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, which coincided with their weekly Feel the Power Happy Hour, that includes free food and beer, a bikini bike wash, and lot of other fun activities.

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

Throughout the afternoon, more and more bikes kept rolling in, and before long, the parking lot was filling up as was our cover bike search staging area. Mark and Wayne Kozak showed up on a couple really nice bikes, and Kickstand and Zippy from Hellraisers Fabrication showed up with a really nice 1996 Harley-Davidson Bad Boy, which just happens to be for sale.

Randall “Sea Hawk” Hauk, our videographer, was busy shooting video for our Cover Bike & Cover Model Search video, while Chris Bartlett and her girls were busy washing bikes. Chuck Nasty with 101 The Fox was playing music in the parking lot, and also stopped by the Cycle Connections booth to say hi and to pick up one of our flyers so he could announce what all we had going on that afternoon. I’ve listened to Chuck on the radio for years, but had never met him in person. As expected, Chuck is a really nice guy, and very funny as well.

By the time we cut off our cover bike and cover model search registration, we had several awesome bikes and gorgeous ladies signed up to compete for our cover model search. Once the bike search registration was closed, the judges began the difficult task of narrowing down the bike entries to their top three choices. Around 6:30 p.m. I used the PA system to introduce the cover model search contestants to an excited crowd. As I introduced each contestant, they made their runway walk across stage. 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 of the day was Bill Rothery’s 2003 Panzer chopper, and the two cover bike search finalists were Terry Scott’s 2006 Harley-Davidson Deluxe and Mark Kozak’s custom 1953 Harley-Davidson FL. Next, it was time to bring the girl’s back out to a cheering and excited crowd. China, from Olathe, Kansas took first place, and Gen from Overland Park, Kansas and Alisha from Kansas City, Missouri were the two finalists.

We then had the cover bike winners move their bikes to the corner of the parking lot so we could take photos of them on their bikes. We also shot our three cover model search winners on the three winning bikes, which drew quite a crowd. Randall also video-taped the impromptu photo shoot, which is always quite entertaining

We had a great time, and I want to thank Gail, Dee, and the entire crew at Gail’s Harley-Davidson for hosting another 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.

Photos by Stripe and Eric Miller.

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