Nov 012010
 

Well Rally Fans, I have some good news and some bad news… the bad news first.  The Panhead being built by my good friend and renowned bike builder, Steve Garn, is not going to make it here but the start of the Lone Star Rally in Galveston.  The good news is that the Panhead being built by my good friend and renowned bike builder, Steve Garn, is not going to make it here but the start of the Lone Star Rally in Galveston… Huh?  Well that means that you just might have a shot if you plan on entering the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show at this year’s event.

The Lone Star Rally has really grown and is beginning to mature into a fine event.  It has always been fun, don’t get me wrong, but it is now starting to draw a crowd from outside the immediate area.  And events like the Rat’s Hole show, Limpnickie Lot’s Bar, Celebrity Bike Builder Lot, House Of Blues involvement, and a line up of great music have a lot to do with the spread of interest.

Heck, even our friend, Michael Lichter who often comes down to photograph for Easyriders Magazine is having his own art exhibition this year!  If you have not made it to Sturgis to see the work in the past, be sure to check it out this time around.   Michael Lichter will have a gallery at 2215 Strand Street, Galveston, TX near Saengerfest Park, the epicenter of the rally. Exhibition will be open to the public Thursday through Sunday (Nov 4-7) until 11:00 pm. Fans of Michael’s art will be able to meet with him 3 times daily (11:30 am-12:30 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm and 7:30–8:30 pm) to exchange stories about the photos and answer your questions. The photographs will be for sale and when Michael is not present, Emily Marshall will be available to help visitors. And of course you will also see Michael covering the rally.

The Lone Star Rally is gearing up for November 4-7th, 2010. We will be celebrating the United States, its military (Past & Present), and everything we love about our country!  So there will be a lot to do for all of you with a deep-seated love for our country and our freedom.  For example, there is a Follow the Ground Zero Flag Ride as well as many military tributes and exhibits all over the island.  And for those of you into it, be sure to visit Seawolf Park:

Pelican Island is the Home of Seawolf Park- the resting place and memorial for the USS CAVALLA (WWII Submarine) and the USS STEWART (destroyer escort – one of only 3 in the world). Be sure to come out and tour these historic vessels. Seawolf Park is open from Dawn till Dusk daily during the rally. Admission or parking fees may apply. Please check out everything Seawolf Park has to offer at www.galveston.com/seawolfpark.

Other popular events you will certainly want to participate in include:

The Official 2010 Lone Star Rally Poker Run and Crawl:

Be sure to register after 10:00 am Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning at our Poker Run Registration booth to join in this fun event that takes you around the island in hopes of ending up with the best hand. Donations of $10 will go to a worthy charity and the winner will receive a gift certificate for a 2-night stay in a Gulf view, 2-bedroom condo at the beautiful Galvestonian Luxury Resort Condominiums. www.galvestonian.com

Enter in our Biker Promenade and Best Decorated Bike & Rider Contest:

Get ready to promenade down Strand Street on your decked out bike. Here is your chance to show your patriotism or just get wild and crazy. This year anyone with a costume and a matching bike can sign up on site to enter in our best-decorated bike and rider contest. The registration will be at the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry’s booth on 20th Street starting Thursday morning at 10:00 am and will continue during rally hours until 1:00 pm Saturday. A limit of 50 registrants per day will be included. All participants will meet at the designated site at 4:00 pm for judging. Winner will receive a $500 Grand Prize. Immediately following the judging (about 5:00 pm), everyone will promenade down Strand Street in costume. For more details and rules please check the Best Decorated Bike & Rider Contest Rules page.

The Baker Drive Train Burn Out Ramp:

A specially designed ramp to display the most amazing burn out displays. Test your burn out abilities! Hosted by Jay Allen, owner of the World’s Biggest Biker Bar, The Broken Spoke Saloon.

Harley’s Angels:

Harley’s Angels Cruzin’ to Cure is sponsoring the Women Riders Event! All proceeds will support breast cancer research through M.D. Anderson and Baylor College of Medicine. Click Here To View Event Flyer

When: Saturday, November 6th, 8 AM to 4 PM

Where: Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach

5002 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island

There is something for everyone!

Ride to the Military History Sites of Galveston – maps and entries available at the Harley’s Angels booth

Great keynote speakers every hour from 10 AM to 2 PM

Live Entertainment from 10 AM to closing!

Women’s Ride-In Bike Show & Competition. 10 AM – 2 PM

Celebrity Bike Displays – Rick Fairless’ Stokers, Dave Perewitz, on behalf of Allstate, and more!

Shop for great items at the Silent Auction – 8 AM to 2 PM.

Raffles and 50/50 winners every hour between 10 AM and 2 PM

Commemorative Event Photos – Capture the moment!

Allstate Garage – “Interested or New Rider” demo booth

Harley’s Angels Cruzin’ to Cure 2011 Calendar

So there you have it… a ton of things to do this week in the Galveston, Texas area.  And for those of you who are up north and trying to decide if you should head down here last minute, keep in mind that the weather will be mid to high 60’s during the day and mid to low 50’s at night… perfect riding weather.  Hope to see you on the strand.

Love, Respect, and Lone Star Baby,

ArtBiker

Jun 102009
 

The Republic of Texas Rally is here!  You may know it as the ROT Rally, but I think we need to change the name to the HOT Rally… it is always a scorcher and this year daytime highs are expected to be 100 degrees!  Shit, talk about melting.  However the nights will be a wonderful 75 or so great for getting naked and riding around the grounds.

Speaking of getting naked, you now have to be 18 to get into the Expo Center.  Apparently, folks couldn’t keep their clothes on while the youngins were around so, it was either stay clothed or kick out the kids.  Sorry kids.  This change has resulted in a 15 percent decrease in attendees and revenue according to ROT Rally organizers, but I bet it is the economy.

This is one of the largest and most well-know motorcycle rallies in the country and is the largest gathering in Texas.  The ROT celebrates its fifteenth year in Austin this year and will attract over 200,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to Central Texas, creating an economic impact of $36 million dollars for Austin. For four days each summer, a sea of steel and a refrain of rumbling from over 40,000 motorcycles pounding the pavement transform Austin.

There has been a lot of talk about helmets and I really don’t think you have anything to worry about.  As far as the law is concerned, you are not required to wear a helmet if you are at least 21 and have successfully completed a motorcycle safety course, or are covered by a health insurance plan providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of an accident while operating or riding a motorcycle. Persons operating, or riding a motorcycle with a helmet exemption sticker displayed on the license plate or license plate mounting bracket are presumed to meet the training or insurance requirements for riding without a helmet. Truth be told, it is not a big deal, has not really been enforced in the past and the cops are actually more on our side this time around.

According to reports, the Austin Police Department will have extra officers out on major highways looking for aggressive drivers and handing out tickets as part of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program (TACT). Both organizers and police would like to repeat the performance of 2008’s ROT rally that saw no fatalities. 

It should be a great year for all the annual festivities. This year there will be a host of celebrity custom bike builders in attendance. Promised to appear are Paul Yaffee, Jeff Nicklus, Rick Fairless, Joe Martin, Jaxon Fayffe, Troy Nicholson and Craig Whitford. And aside from the usual ride-in motorcycle contests, bike games will be hosted by Buda offering field games involving riding skills of both pilot and passenger including; Slow Race, Fuzzy Ball Race, Weenie Bite, Hi Honey I’m home, Keg Push and the Panty Race.

For riders who want to see a professional take a motorcycle to the edge, there are two options this year.  First, “The World Famous Wall of Death!” features professional stunt riders who race their bikes and high-powered go-karts, reaching speeds of over 50 mph, on the side of a vertical wall. “The World Famous Wall of Death” is the only wall in the world to incorporate sword swallowing, fire eating and other freak-show stunts into the show.  Second, world famous Robby Knievel will be making a jump over three 18-wheelers.  The event will happen after the parade that ends on Congress Street.  The jump is planned for right in front of the capitol building.

Something not found at many motorcycle events is the humor of the World Famous Biker Comedian, Baglady Sue.  With comedy geared towards adult crowds, Baglady Sue is considered a cross between Lucille Ball and Red Skelton while displaying finest traditions of Burlesque and Vaudeville. Her hair trigger mind and a caustic wit will destroy any preconceived notion of what a female comedian should be talking about.

Continuing with an offbeat theme the ROT rally will also feature “The Greatest Little Show on Earth,” in the form of midget wrestling.  The Micro Wrestling Federation (MWF) will host three explosive undercard matches before the main event, “Battle Royal!” The line up of the undercards included: 2 single midget wrestling matches, “Kiss the midget for a prize,” and the first time ever female on female midget match known as the, “Micro Divas!” Following the undercards is the main event, “Battle Royal,” where all of the Micro Wrestlers are in the ring at one time and only one will leave victorious.

Hope to see you there… naked.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker