Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2017 Geezers and Wheezers Classic Motorcycle Show – Blue Springs, Missouri

Written by  October 31, 2017

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, Stripe, JO, Nichole, Skye, and I walked out the gate from our backyard and down the street to Dell’s Powersports (DPS) for their annual Geezers and Wheezers Classic Motorcycle Show. We normally ride to most of the bike shows we cover; however, it was kind of nice for a change to walk there from home in my shorts and sandals.

This is always a popular event for those who enjoy showing off their quarter century old bikes (or older). The bike show is always free to enter, and the only qualification is that your bike has to be 1992 or older. As you can tell from the photos below, all makes and models are welcome. So whether you own a classic that’s been completely restored, a daily rider, or a basket case, everyone’s welcome!

Registration was from 9-11 a.m.; with people’s choice judging from 1-1:30 pm. There were four trophies displayed on a table, which included Best in Show, 1st Runner Up, 2nd Runner Up, and Oldest Motorcycle. A free lunch was provided, which included hotdogs, chips, drinks and candy! There were also recumbent tricycle races taking place in the parking lot in front of the dealership. Both kids and adults were welcome to ride down the parking lot, over a speed bump, and back to the starting line. Needless to say, it was quite interesting to watch! DPS also gave away some really nice raffle prizes throughout the show, and Skye was really disappointed when she didn’t win the matte black motorcycle helmet.

While there, I ran into several friends, many of which I hadn’t seen in a while. We also met up with our good friend and the owner of numerous antique bikes Mark Kozak, who rode his 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo to the event.

I also had the pleasure of talking with DPS owner Mark Riggin, who is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. We talked about the show, business, and also looked at nice little preowned Honda Grom that was sitting on the dealership floor. The bike had attracted our daughter Skye’s attention because a few years ago we’d bought her a pink Honda XR50 from DPS, and have since sold it because she’d outgrown it. Now that Skye is in high school, we (or rather I, because Nichole isn’t completely sold on the idea yet) thought it was time to start looking for a slightly larger bike that she could ride on the street to and from school. We didn’t make a purchase that day, but once spring rolls around, watch out!

Brian Shrout was the MC for the day, and many of you may know Brian and his dad Dennis Shrout, who used to own Shrout’s Powersports on NW South Outer Road here in Blue Springs. After all the people’s choice votes had been counted, Brian announced the day’s winning bikes:
- Best in Show – Danny Holloway’s 1971 Honda CB750 Chopper
- 1st Runner Up – Mark Kozak’s 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo
- 2nd Runner Up – Danny Svoboda's 1953 Harley-Davidson Hummer
- Oldest Motorcycle – Chris Ruckle's 1941 BMW R-71 Sidecar

So in closing, if you’re in the market for a new or preowned Honda or Kawasaki, or are looking for great service, parts, accessories, and apparel, Dell’s Powersports, located at 3105 NW US Highway 40, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015 is the place to come! Also make sure to check out their website at http://www.dellspowersports.com/.

A special thanks to Mark Riggin and his team at DPS, as well as to all the riders who brought their classic motorcycles to the show. We can’t wait to walk down to next year’s show!

Photos by Skye Marie

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