Apr 222011
 

As you know from my posts this past year, we have been in touch with the folks who created The Guts and Glory Rally since it was first introduced.  In fact, it was a run that I had thought very seriously about doing and even had a couple friends lined up to go with me.  As it turns out, we were short on capital and never were able to register.

 

But it looks as if we may have another chance.  Seems that there is a little legal action being threatened if the run continues.  Too bad as, in our last report, you found out that the Shriners were going to help out and that a large portion of monies were going to go to the Shriners’ Organization.  You can do a quick search in the blog’s sidebar for “guts and glory” to get all the back articles.

 

Anyway, the run will be postponed a year which is too bad.  However, with any luck the ride will be back on stronger and more sure footed next year.  Perhaps I will see you at the starting gate.

 

Love, Respect, and Rally,

 

ArtBiker

 

Official Press Release:

 

“The Guts and Glory Rally Across America has been postponed due to the threat of legal action and inaccurate and misleading statements made by the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge and The Medicine Show Land Trust.  Once the threat of litigation is removed, the Guts and Glory Rally will be rescheduled for May of 2012.

“This is equivalent to Ford threatening legal actions against Chevrolet simply because they both manufacture cars.  It is heartbreaking that because of these unfounded and misleading accusations made against us, we are forced to postpone coming to the aid of thousands of Wounded Veterans and critically ill children across this Great Nation.” state the owners of Guts and Glory Motorsports.

Guts and Glory Charity Liaison Sam Tate says, “On behalf of myself and the Veterans charities involved in the Guts and Glory Rally Across America, we would like to express our complete support and faith in the Guts and Glory Rally and its owners.  Guts and Glory has been extremely transparent and forthcoming concerning all aspects about the rally, as well as very respectful to the needs and issues regarding the charities and we will continue to support this endeavor, even though the rally has been postponed this year.”

All registered participants in the Guts and Glory Rally will be refunded their entry fees in full.   Guts and Glory Motorsports will keep everyone updated on its progress and looks forward to staging the Guts and Glory Rally in 2012 in support of military charities and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The owners of the Guts and Glory Rally Across America thank all the participants, sponsors and charitable organizations who continue to support and believe in our collective goals. For ongoing information, please call 615.376.0590 or visit Guts And Glory.

 

 

Oct 212010
 

"Biker Sexy" ArtBiker on the Annual Sturgis Run. Photo: Popster

Many of you that know me are aware of the fact that I love to ride.  I mean, we all love to ride, but I have been fortunate in my life to be able to do a lot of riding all over the country.

Last year I read all about the Hoka Hey Challenge which set riders up to travel across country for a big money prize.  Anyone who followed the story at all will know that the entire event was a mess.  There were accusations that the whole thing was fixed, or a fraud, or in some other way dirty.  There were a lot of unhappy folks, but I think that the basic idea of the event was a good one.

Now, there is a new ride which has been set up in a similar fashion, the “Guts and Glory Rally Across America,” put on by Sunrise Entertainment.

Before I go further, let me say that Sunrise Entertainment was in some way attached to the Hoka Hey event.  I don’t know the ins and outs at this time but would very much appreciate any comments from anyone who knows.  At this point in time, the only thing I know is that they were the company that was supposed to document the Hoka Hey run… but they never showed… so… anyone?

Ok, the rally will be held from May 15 – 28, 2011. One thousand riders will start in Santa Monica, California and ride 9000 miles through all of the 48 contiguous states and finish in Bar Harbor, Maine. The riders will start with 11,000 points and follow a pre-determined and pre-timed route with 11 checkpoints along the route.

Each bike will have both an electronic timer and GPS tracking unit attached at registration. Points will be deducted for arriving at the checkpoints either too soon or too late from the scheduled times and for varying off the course. So that means the first person across the finish line might not be the winner.  Now this is one area where the Hoka Hey got into trouble… so it will be interesting to see how it works.  I do know that independent “timing professionals,” or something like that, are going to ride each leg of the route and determine an average expected time to be en route.  This time will not be disclosed to the participants.

The entry fee is $1000 but there will be cash prizes awarded for the most points for each leg and the Grand Prize to the overall winner will be $100,000 and a hand built custom motorcycle by Dave Perewitz. And who wouldn’t want a custom from Dave?!?!

1000 riders, 11 days, 48 states, and 9000 miles sounds a lot like my cup of tea.  I am very interested in entering this thing.  It does cost $1000 to enter, but, if you want one, you do get a place to sleep for 14 nights (may or may not be a hotel and you will have a roomie).  I say, “If you want one” because at each checkpoint you get to say “Guts” or “Glory.”  If you choose guts, you sleep next to your bike wherever you are and get 50 points added to your score.  If you say glory, they put you up somewhere with a hot shower, bed and bathroom, however you do not earn any points.

ArtBiker in Middle America

If we make up statistics (like I did in an earlier post this month), we can figure 100 folks won’t even make the starting gate, 100 will break down or somehow have to back out early, 100 will have other problems… that leaves about 700 competitors… I can take a 1 in 700 chance.  I know I will have a 100% chance of making some amazing memories.  So I am seriously considering the ride.

Love, Respect, and Rally Baby,

ArtBiker

For more info on how to participate, check it out:

www.sunriseentertainment.com/gutsandglory/index.html