Mar 082012
 


5th Annual Biker Fusion Benefits Soldiers’ Angels

 

March 15th Lineup Includes R. Lee Ermey and Victory Motorcycles

(March 1, 2012—Daytona Beach, FL)  When event promoters Carrie Repp of R&R Promotions and Ken Conte of Rise Above Consulting first launched their “Biker Fusion” fundraiser after Repp’s 10 year run of the Biker’s Ball, they had no idea how much the motorcycle industry and other enthusiasts would embrace the idea of a benefit during Daytona Beach Bike Week for a great cause. In their fifth year and after more than $60,000 raised, Conte and Repp are in awe of the industry’s support as their 5th Annual Biker Fusion fundraiser comes together on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Doghouse Bar and Grill on Main Street in Daytona.

 

This year’s event features a presentation of a custom Victory Motorcycles to legendary Marine and Drill Instructor R. Lee Ermey, a.k.a. “Gunny.” Victory will reveal a custom motorcycle designed and painted by the Victory Industrial Design staff that “Gunny” can ride on all his upcoming rides. The fundraiser will once again benefit Soldiers’ Angels, a volunteer-led non-profit that provides aid and comfort to active servicemen and women of the U.S. military as well as veterans and their families. Rally TV will provide red-carpet video coverage of the event.

 

“We’re overwhelmed and humbled by the response we’ve gotten from the motorcycle industry. We’re grateful to our myriad in-kind sponsors, and to Victory Motorcycles and San Diego Harley-Davidson stepping up as new sponsors. The donations for our auction and raffle are a great demonstration of the generosity of this community and the spirit of Daytona Bike Week,” says Ken Conte, event organizer and owner of Rise Above Consulting. “People enjoy the event because it gives motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to rub elbows with an impressive list of world-class, A-List builders, industry leaders and celebrities, while raising money for an outstanding cause.”

 

The general public can attend this VIP event by making a $25 donation at the door, and those planning to come are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/events/238503579576295/. This year’s fundraising event includes a live auction featuring Precision Billet products, entertainment, and a number of great bikes from an impressive line-up of builders, moto-journalists and industry notables.

 

“Last year’s hosts Dave Perewitz and Paul Yaffe return, joined by Steve Broyles for this year’s benefit,” says Carrie Repp, event organizer and owner of R&R Promotions. “They did a fantastic job firing up the crowd and getting people to look within and donate, and this year they are all donating something handcrafted for the auction. It’s amazing for us to see the overwhelming support we receive each and every year, and it has been an honor to plan and organize an event that benefits such a worthwhile cause.”

 

Biker Fusion has quickly become an industry and Daytona Bike Week staple, and organizers hope to continue raising funds for our troops for years to come. Event sponsors for the 5th Annual Biker Fusion include: The Doghouse Bar and Grill; Kandgcycles.com; Spectro Oil; Rise Above Consulting; R&R Promotions; Hot Leathers; Ride Wright Wheels; San Diego Harley-Davidson; Panama City Beach Motorcycle WeekPrecision Billet and Victory Motorcycles . This year’s auction and raffle features products from Choppers Inc.; Danny Gray Seats; Michael Lichter Photography; Hardcore Watch Company by Steve Soffa; Covingtons Customs; Wolfgang Publishing; Arlen NessBuck Lovell Photography; Deadwood Tobacco; Fab Kevin Steel Chopper PartsIndian Larry Motorcycles; Fred Kodlin; David Uhl; and Sara Liberte. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the general public for a $25 donation at the door, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Soldiers’ Angels.

 

About Biker Fusion

Carrie Repp of R&R Promotions started The Bikers Ball and produced it for 10 years, raising more than $1 million for Boys & Girls Clubs with the support of the motorcycling community. She moved on to producing the Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse, and saw an opportunity to continue the tradition of an industry event for a good cause during Daytona Bike Week to benefit Soldiers’ Angels. Repp saw firsthand the great public relations work Ken Conte was doing for the Roadhouse, and asked him to join forces to create Biker Fusion. “Fusion” came from how Repp, Conte and many others fused their energy, effort and monies for a worthwhile cause. With the Roadhouse on hiatus this year, Repp is working to on new opportunities. She and Conte wanted to continue Biker Fusion together, and teamed up to continue raising money for our troops and providing an opportunity for their friends and associates to come together each year in Daytona Beach Bike Week. As a team, they are proud that the event has raised so much money for U.S. troops, and they are thankful for the amazing support they’ve gotten over their five years of collaborating on the best industry event of Daytona Beach Bike Week.

 

About Rise Above Consulting:

Rise Above Consulting is a full-service public relations and marketing agency focused on the American V-Twin motorcycle industry. We work hard to ensure that your company gets in the news. We impact your bottom line by giving you top-line exposure through targeted media relations, brand building and event coordination.

 

About R&R Promotions:

R&R Promotions is a multi-faceted “live marketing” special events and promotions company with experience in nearly every area of event development, promotion and production. Reliable and personable, Carrie Repp is a strategic, behind-the-scenes planner focused on results. R&R’s approach is visionary yet realistic, whether creating a corporate-sponsored event, motorcycle rally, high-end private affair, successful fund-raiser, or a national promotion.

 

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Auction Items Include:

 
“Gunny” Autographed Posters from Full Metal Jacket

 

“After the Storm”
Value $100

Contributed by Michael Lichter FRAMED

 

“Early Morning”
Value $100
Contributed by Michael Lichter

Brass Knuckle His & Her Necklaces
Value $70

Contributed by Fabricator (FAB) Kevin

Soul Collector Watch with Stingray Band and Swarovsky Crystals
21 Jewel Automatic
Value $500
Contributed by Hardcore Watch Company by Steve Soffa

“Advanced Custom Motorcycle Painting by Dave Perewitz”
Value $27.95

Contributed by Wolfgang Publishing

Front Brake Calipers
Fits 2008 –2012 FLT bagger
Right & Left
Value $400
Contributed by Arlen Ness

Bike Photo Shoot in Sturgis
Magazine Style Photo Shoot by Buck Lovell

Value $500
Contributed by Buck Lovell
Covington Customs
CNC Tribal Design BDL Belt Drive Cover
Value $500
Contributed by Covington Customs

Danny Gray Airhawk XL Seat for Bagger
Value $600
Contributed by Danny Gray Enterprises

 

Tribal Design Hard Bag & Latch
Contributed by Precision Billet
Value $150

Dan Akyroyd Autographed Crystal Head Vodka

Collector’s Item
Contributed by Dan Akyroyd and Diamond Dave

 

Bishop Tavern & Lounge (Seabreeze Blvd., Daytona)
$200 gift certificate
Contributed by Diamond Dave

 

Indian Larry Motorcycles Gift Package featuring an Indian Larry taillight, T-Shirts, buttons and stickers
Value $350
Contributed by Bobby & Elisa Seeger

RON de JEREMY Autographed Spiced Rum
Ron Jeremy & Diamond Dave

 

TBD Item

Value tbd
Contributed by Fred Kodlin

Assorted Cigars Gift Package
Contributed by Deadwood Tobacco
Value $400

 

Choppers Inc. New Product
2” Risers, Ball-Milled Pegs, Folding Foot-Pegs in an aluminum gift case.
Contributed by Choppers Inc
Value $600

To-date, this particular set is the first to be offered for public sale, featuring a couple of new introductions AND our brand-new Matte Black anodized finish –which is super cool.  Billy will also be using these same items on his USAF bike build for Rolling Thunder.

Dark Side CNC air cleaner
Value $400

Contributed by Precision Billet

Man & Machines “Dave Perewitz” photo art signed poster

Value $100.00

Contributed by Sara Liberte

 

 

“Autumn Knuckle”
Fine Art by David Uhl

Value $1250
Note: Uhl’s pieces have sold for as much a $150,000

Gunny Autographed items

Paul Yaffe  Custom painted tank half that can be mounted on the wall or table

Dave Perewitz

Steve Broyles

 


 

Feb 152012
 

The 4th Annual Texas Hoedown!

 

Do yourself a HUGE favor and get out there!!  This will be a fantastic day of fun and frolic with some of the coolest cats and kittens in Texas and beyond.

 

 

 

Video from a few years back… and boy, is ever gonna be better!

 

Oct 262011
 

Wow, I remember when the Lone Star Rally was born… Galveston thought long and hard about allowing a bunch of crazy bikers onto the island… but it was successful… Heck, in 2003 or 2004, my little lady and I had a major art exhibition of biker related photographs at the Galveston Arts Center during the annual rally… That was a good time.

The crowds have grown each year, and the event is now known as the Largest Weekend Rally in the country!  Attendance is high enough to rival the biggies like Sturgis, Daytona, Laconia, and the recently deceased Myrtle Beach, but all the fun is packed into 4 days… which, is not that big a problem.  Similarly to Daytona and Myrtle Beach, there isn’t a whole lot of riding to be done locally.  So, if you are on your way to G-Town from parts outside the Houston Metro Area, please choose your route wisely… there will be plenty of opportunity to ride the super slab and straight highways once you get to town.  In other words, find your curves along the way.

There will be a ton to do… bike shows (which I plan to win), tattoo shows (which I plan to win), drinking contests (which I plan to win), barroom brawls (which I plan to win), a poker run or two (which I plan to win), and some other stuff that you needn’t concern yourself with… as you can tell, I probably plan to win.

Seriously though, come and play.  Look for me as I will be taking part in as much as possible and if there isn’t some fun event to do, I will be sitting on the side of the street, sipping an adult beverage, and eyeballing some amazing looking sleds and people watching as the world goes by.  If you spot me, stop and say hello… maybe you will let me buy you a beer.

 

L&R,

 

ArtBiker

 

here is the official press release:

 

 

From the furthest reaches of the USA, hundreds of thousands of motorcycling visitors and enthusiasts will converge on Galveston Island for the 10th Annual Lone Star Rally Thursday November 3rd through Sunday November 6th 2011, presented by GMC. During this time Galveston becomes a mecca for bikers throughout the country as they come to gather, ride, shop, party, & more at the largest weekend rally in the country. The LSR event offers a wealth of unique photo/video and story line opportunities. Media should contact Sharon Damante for any site logistics needs.

Event sponsors Budweiser, Jim Beam, Progressive Insurance & Bayer-Aleve / Alka-Seltzer help this Texas size party come to life with free concerts day and night. In addition, the LSR will host two paid/ticketed concerts on Pier 21: The Marshall Tucker Band on Friday night; and Buck Cherry, Saturday night. Rally-goers will also be treated to spectacular bike displays, the motorcycle industry’s top manufacturing reps showing off all the industry’s latest products and, can shop among hundreds of vendors supplying all things motorcycle.

The 2011 Lone Star Rally celebrity appearance highlights include two of the stars from the #1 hit TV show Sons Of Anarchy: Tommy Flanagan “Chibs” and Ryan D. Hurst “Opie,” signing autographs and taking pictures with guests. Michael Ballard and Angie from TRU TV’s Full Throttle Saloon will also be on hand meeting guests. Celebrity Bike Builders taking part in the 10th Annual Lone Star Rally include Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas and star of TRU TV’s Ma’s Road House, the Martin Bros, Brigitte Bourget, and Dave Perewitz. Legendary rally emcee Jay Allen will host this year’s festivities which include:

  • A bike giveaway presented by Geico.
  • The honorary Lone Star Freedom Ride benefit for Soldiers Angels on Friday.
  • The Outlaw Dave Ranch Ride on Saturday benefit for the Stevens & Pruett Ranch, departing from Stubbs Harley-Davidson and being led by Sons Of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan “Chibs”.
  • The Motorcycle Masquerade Promenade on Saturday, where the most outrageously dressed biker and rider are awarded.
  • The island wide three day poker run takes place Thursday through Saturday.
  • The Traveling Tattoo Company features all star tattoo artists from around the country showing off their work all weekend long.
  • Live music Thursday through Sunday featuring all your favorite rally bands including Jasmine Cain, Big Engine, Ryan Rolando, and a cast of local Houston rock and blues bands.

The 10th Annual Lone Star Rally, presented by GMC, is free to the public. For ongoing event information and updates, “Like” the event on Facebook.

 

festival map

(yes, this is an old map… but the space has not changed at all)

Galveston is located approximately one hour south of Houston. Take I-45 south for approximately 50 miles. After you cross the causeway linking the mainland to Galveston, I-45 will become Broadway, and the cross streets will be numbered in decreasing order. To reach the Strand National Historic Landmark District, the site of Dickens on The Strand, turn left onto either 24th, 22nd, or 21st Streets, and continue north toward Galveston Bay. These streets all intersect Mechanic Street at the perimeter of the festival site.

Parking is available on many streets and lots within walking distance of the festival area.