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The Race of Gentlemen: Barreling down the beach

Wildwood, N.J., June 9–11—The annual Race of Gentlemen is a time-honored tradition and was a unique and important part of Americana racing history for many years that was revived to carry on the legacy in 2008 by the Oilers who hail from all over the United States. What is the Race of Gentlemen? Basically, it’s the coolest drag race between ...

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Photo Blog: 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—August 5

Sturgis, S.D., Aug. 5—Sturgis has started, Charlie Bechtel is playing at the Buffalo Chip, be sure to check out the boys in the band. THUNDER PRESS‘s SoCal contributors, Diane and Shadow Jones are in town but the second official day of the rally starts off with rain and gloomy skies… we’re still having fun just the same… Photo set by ...

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94th Laconia Motorcycle Week: Life is a carnival

Laconia, N.H., June 10–18—The old days, when it was rare to see anything other than a Harley parked on Lakeside Avenue and women pushing baby carriages and carrying purse-size dogs were verboten, reside in my memory like gritty 16mm black-and-white movie clips. The big beer tents at the crossroads are gone, the Funspot retired, and only the Broken Spoke remains ...

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9th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering: The best and the brightest

Carmel, Calif., May 6—Under grey skies and a siege of cold wind, over 3,000 diehard attendees filled the lawn at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club for the ninth year of celebrating all things motorcycle related. Sprawled out across the comfort of the cushy resort’s putting greens, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering was a complete case of sensory overload as spectators ...

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15th annual Outer Banks Bike Week: Coastal celebration

Outer Banks, N.c., Apr. 22–30—This year marked the 15th anniversary of Outer Banks Bike Week and the eighth year we have attended this event. The nine-day rally is packed full of entertainment, great food, and special attractions such as bike shows, poker runs, guided tours, parties, tattoo and bikini contests, vendors, and live music. But if you attended OBX bike ...

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Laughlin River Run: A motorcycling oasis

Laughlin, Nev., Apr. 26–29—Thousands of bikers converged upon Laughlin, Nevada, for the 35th annual Laughlin River Run. Bikes started rolling into town as early as Monday, however, Thursday is when the constant rumble of V-twins could be felt, and by Friday the party was in full swing. With over 200 vendors, live music, contests, gambling, poker runs, stunt shows, and ...

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Donnie Smith Car Show and Tattoo Expo: Art meets moto

St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 24–25—The Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show was back in Minneapolis for its 30th year. Taking place at the St. Paul River Centre and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, the show drew thousands from the community for a two-day celebration of all things custom. Beyond the rows of bikes on the main floor stood the third annual ...

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Arizona Bike Week: Coming of age

Scottsdale, Ariz., Apr. 5–9—After months of record-setting nasty weather, winter had had its way with the western states in a huge way and as riders, folks were done with it. Consequently, loading up to hit the highway for signature sunsets with saguaro silhouettes was particularly exciting for those who traveled across the soggy southwest to celebrate Arizona Bike Week’s coming ...

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