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 

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

Each summer bikers from all over convene at Sparks America Campground near the small town of Sparks for Oklahoma Bike Week. The dates for this year’s event were June 16 through 26. 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 plenty of bike games and people games. Various nights during the week have themes such as Gangster Night, Redneck/White Trash Party, Sports Night, Cartoon Character Night, Roaring 20’s, Movie Star Night, Naughty School Girls, and Freakers’ Ball.

Following the 2016 event, the Consolver family posted the following notification that there will be one more official Ride for Ryan in 2017.

“A Final Farewell:

It’s been a great 14 years. A tragedy turned into a celebration, community event, and fundraiser to help so many. For those who do not know, Ryan Consolver was 24 years old when he had a tragic motorcycle accident in K.C. The dreaded knock on the door came as his family was getting ready for Church. Plans were to later that day have their annual family reunion. Plans changed. God had something different in mind. That day, August 11, 2002, changed so many lives forever. Change isn’t always bad, and a lot of times can be good. The process and adjustment is hard. There have been many, many good things happen. The idea of the ride came during a discussion of wanting to do something for Ryan’s birthday in June. He loved motorcycles; he loved parties; and what better way to honor him than by doing a memory ride. The first ride was an organized cluster.   Who knew it would have resulted in 301 people coming? One scholarship was awarded.

After an absence of many years, on Saturday, June 7 flat track motorcycle racing returned to Lakeside Speedway’s 4/10-mile dirt oval track in Kansas City, Kansas. Gates opened at noon with tickets priced at $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, and military, and $6 for kids age 7 through 12. Practice and qualifying occurred during the afternoon with racers ranging in age from 5 to 70-something, 155 entries in all. There were 21 classes with competitors from California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and one from as far away as Lake Wyangan, Australia. Several of the riders competed in multiple classes. The crowd favorites were the three young riders who raced 50 c.c. bikes around pylons forming a short course on the track in front of the grandstand.

The 3rd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends took place on Sunday May 1, 2016. This memorial ride and poker run is a celebration of life in memory of our friend Carl Brent "Radar" Estep who left us too soon at the age of 45, as well as many other friends who have passed on, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For many years, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group has provided volunteers to assist with the Special Olympics Spring track and field event. The 44th Annual Kansas City Metro Spring Games were held on Saturday, April 30. Rain fell during the early morning hours, and only three H.O.G. members were present at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for the short 13-mile ride to the event at Lee’s Summit North High School. The rain had subsided, and only a few sprinkles were falling as Road Captain Tom Countryman led the way. Another bike joined the group at the school parking lot, and a total of eight H.O.G. members were there to volunteer.

Each spring since 1999 the congregation at Heart of God Fellowship in Buckner, Missouri, has hosted a special service welcoming members of the motorcycle community. The 2016 Biker Sunday was held on April 17. There was plenty of room for hundreds of motorcycles in the church parking lot and lots of room for the riders in the huge tent where the service took place. The weather was great for riding, and the sides were removed from the tent just prior to the service providing good air circulation for everyone’s comfort. To get things rolling, Knucklehead Mike rode the church’s 1942 Harley-Davidson EL, in original condition, through the tent and parked it in front of the stage.

During the weekend of February 12 through 14, Bartle Hall in Kansas City was the venue for the 56th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels presented by Weld Engineering Performance. The show is part of the Championship Auto Shows series held in various U.S. cities and Canada. As always, World of Wheels fills Bartle Hall with sports cars, classic cars, street rods, race cars, rat rods, motorcycles, and vendor booths. Ticket prices for the show were $18 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. Discount tickets were available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores.

Motorcycles are a source of great fun. However, through the years we have found many ways of putting our rides to work. Recognizing this, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America selected “Bikes of Service” as the theme for the 7th Annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas, on Super Bowl Sunday,

 

On Saturday, January 2, bikers gathered in the Langmade Room at Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary for the 12th Annual Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by Cycle Disciples M/C. Coffee and donuts were provided by the host club. There were 43 in attendance including members of several Christian groups such as Christian Motorcyclists Association, Bikers for Christ, and Heart of God Fellowship.