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Ma Rad’s Rumble 22

Withrow, Minn., July 13—For 20 years, Tom Rad held a one-night bike show, Rumble on the Deck, within spitting distance of the St. Croix River in the small city of Stillwater, Minnesota. And for 18 of those years, the show ran without a wrinkle. By 7:00 p.m. the deck was filled with customs and antiques, surrounded by hundreds of bikers ...

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19th annual Grand Fathers MC Campout: One big family

Rollins Lake, Calif., June 3—One of the several definitions listed in ol’ Webster’s for the word “family” reads like this: “A person or people related to one and so to be treated with a special loyalty or intimacy.” It’s a description that clearly explains the phenomenon that is experienced each year during the Grand Fathers MC’s annual campout as attendees ...

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Rhinebeck AMCA Grand National Meet

Rhinebeck, N.Y., June 30-July 1—Once again, the Northeast Coalition of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, comprising the Colonial, Sandbar, and Mid-Hudson AMCA chapters, held their Grand National Meet at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York. The spacious grounds were filled with swap meet vendors, exhibits, entertainment, educational seminars, timeline motorcycles and those entered into the vintage bike ...

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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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Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia, N.H., June 10–18—The 94th Laconia Motorcycle Week rolled into town on June 10, 2017, bringing with it a whirlwind of activity. From the crowds at Weirs Beach and the Laconia Roadhouse, to the Gypsy Tours and demo rides, the races and vendors at New Hampshire International Speedway and the scene at Laconia Harley-Davidson, not a minute went by when something ...

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Harv’s Harley-Davidson 55th Anniversary Celebration

Macedon, N.Y., May 20—I think it’s safe to say that when Harvey Rousseau started up a part-time motorcycle shop on the family farm, he never imagined that it would expand into the flourishing dealership it is today. A quick look around the property on which Harv’s Harley-Davidson resides illustrates that the dealership has evolved into a true destination for motorcyclists ...

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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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