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Greetings Riders,

Well, I am declaring riding season in the Phoenix area officially here! The daytime temps are cooling down and the word “Layering” will soon be part of our riding vocabulary especially if we ride up North. Daytime temps are forecast in the mid to high 80’s starting October 7th with lows in the high 50’s. Whoo Hoo! Great for day trips around the state and superb for Bike Nights around the valley. Goodbye to the scorching Summer!!

Last week I left you with Part 1 of our awesome ride up Hwy. 141 to the Gateway Auto Museum in Gateway, Colorado. If you missed it, Click Here to get caught up and see the beautiful pictures. The Gateway Auto Museum is something that I have been wanting to do for quite a while and was our destination for the day, but after the ride we had just taken, it was going to be a tall order for it to top that. The museum is made up of just over 40 vehicles from the privately owned Hendricks Collection, owned by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Communications which started Discover Channel in 1982. He now has over 100 networks including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Kids and many more.

The Gateway Auto Museum is without a doubt the most enjoyable car museum I have ever experienced and unlike any that I have ever seen. It is not the quantity of cars that you will see, but the quality of cars and the viewing experience that will envelope you as you tour the display. This is far from just 40 cars arranged in a warehouse for you to view. Hendricks, with his media background, wanted the Gateway Auto Museum to tell the story of how the automobile impacted society. It is truly an educational experience with historical perspective in which he follows his “Discover” theme throughout.
You start your tour with a $15 admission and then step back in time in the Open Road Theater with a 6 minute video with clips from the past 100 years narrated by Walter Cronkite talking about the American Automobile and its place in society – to the brief video clip showing the acquisition of the Auto Museum’s own $3.24 million dollar version of the “Mona Lisa” – the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car. You soon realize that this is going to be an educational and historical experience that is very much about the magic of cars and how they shaped the culture and history of the United States from the industrial age to Hollywood and on through the 50’, 60’s and 70’s.
Once you have viewed the Open Road video, you are anxious to enter the museum through the double doors that will transform you back in time. The Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum tells the engaging story about the marvels of automotive history and the revolution in personal transportation brought about by the invention, production and marketing of the American automobile. This story is so broad in scope that it takes a 30,000 square foot facility to house more than 40 cars in all. The centerpiece of the museum is a multi-car display that takes you through the history of the American auto creating a timeline of innovation and evolution that captures 100 years of automotive history in America from the 1906 Cadillac Model H Coupe to the 2006 Chip Foose Mustang Stallion.
Surrounding the Timeline are five themed galleries that incorporate educational, interactive displays exploring various topics relating to the history of the American auto and its place in our industry, pop culture and lives. For example, as you walk near a flat panel display hanging on the wall, the motion sensor will start a 3 minute video explaining the history of the cars in that particular display. This take interactivity to a way cool level.
One very cool story that we got from one of the guys who cares for the cars in the museum was the history of this 1957 Chevy Convertible. Apparently a doctor bought this car brand new in 1957 for his wife to drive. Shortly after he bought the car for her, he passed away. The woman stopped driving the car with only 500 miles on it and completely preserved the car by wrapping it in plastic and storing it in a climate controlled storage. In 2005, John Hendricks bought the car from this lady for $100,000. It has every option available back then and is completely original right down to the tires. This beautiful baby blue 57 Chevy is now one of the highlights of this collection.
There are so many awesome cars to choose from, but my personal favorite was the 1929 Packard. This is one classy automobile with a great color. Mrs. C’s favorite was the 1936 Auburn Supercharged Cabriolet. And the one that we both agreed was really cool is the 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster.
The 6 galleries in the museum are as follows:
Mass Mobility Gallery – America Gets behind the Wheel.
The Mass Mobility Gallery provides an introduction to the early years of automobile manufacturing. Cadillac, Pierce-Arrow, Winton and Ford are highlighted in this gallery centered around telling the story of the history of the early American automobile – from building each car individually to the advent of mass production and factory work. View the Gallery and Video.
Hollywood High Style Gallery – The 1930’s
Glamour, style, grace, and glitz flaunted by the rich, the famous and the Hollywood stars of the 1930’s included the manner in which they arrived. The most exclusive cars of the time included the Packards, the Auburns and, of course, the Duesenberg. Step back in time and experience high style for yourself! View the Gallery and Video.
American Muscle Gallery
Muscle cars, speed, roaring engines and squealing tires. Fast food, diners, and great music bring you back to the 60’s. From the Hemi ‘Cuda to the Judge, the cars in this gallery are Americas’ all around favorites. View the Gallery and Video.
Custom Crazy Gallery
Think you’re custom crazy? The automobiles in this collection will make your heart throb. From the hot orange In-Excess that is more blindingly powerful than its intense color to the incredible story behind the Dodge Polara with its insane brawn – you’ll sense the sheer dominance of the open road that the vehicles in this gallery command. View the Gallery and Video.
F-88 Gallery
The F-88 Gallery houses the one-of-a-kind 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car. The “Mona Lisa” of the Hendricks Collection – the F-88 has a display fit with granite turn-table and a host of information regarding it’s design, production and acquisition by the Hendricks Collection. View the Gallery and Video.
Timeline Gallery
Filtering through the years, layers of stories, and decades of American automotive history – you will come away with a true understanding of what the automobile did for America. Independence in our nation was deeply enhanced through our mobility as a society made possible by the American automobile. View the Gallery and Video.
If you love automobiles and the history of the role they played in sculpting the fabric of our society, you will absolutely love The Gateway Auto Museum. This is truly a fantastic experience that you will want to put on your bucket list of things to do. And best of all, Highway 141 is an epic experience for anyone wanting to go to Gateway to see it. There is really no other reason to be going through Gateway as it is off the beaten path and not on the way to any other destination, but the road and the museum are well worth the effort to plan a ride around it. We spent a total of about 3 hours there that included the museum and walking the grounds of Gateway Canyons Resort.
I have taken 141 photos from the museum that include many pictures of the graphics telling about the collection that you can enlarge to read. Just click on the thumbnail of the photo you would like to see, then hold your mouse over the picture on the right where you will be able to enlarge to read it. Click Here to View Photos. Click Slideshow for best viewing.
I give this trip 5 Spokes out of 5 and recommend that you add this trip to your future planned rides.
Click Here to read Part 1 of this ride.
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Tidbits and Updates:
** Archives. I have written many stories and ride reports over the years. If you would like to go back and read one, go to the Newsletter Archives and use the Google Search of the site to find an article. For example, if you wanted to see my story on the Coronado Trail, just type in coronado trail, and everything that I have written on that subject will be listed. Give it a try, Click Here.
**New T-Shirts: It has been a while, but I am working on some very cool new T-Shirts that will be ready by mid October just in time for fall riding and Christmas presents. We will have long and short sleeve. I think you will like them. They will be available online and at Bike Night.

Bike Nights
Tuesday Nights
Mad Dog Saloon Tuesday Bike Night. After a Summer hiatus, Mad Dog Saloon is BACK! And kicking off bike night for the Fall with a big night. I am really excited about Mad Dog Saloon as it is a perfect stand alone bike night location with a huge patio. For those of you that live in the area you will recognize it as the former Salty Senorita’s. The patio is huge with an outdoor bar, the inside is huge as well with garage doors that open to the outside and TV’s everywhere you look. And plenty of motorcycle parking. Raffle Prizes, Retro Pin-Up Models and a 50/50 raffle to benefit Bikers Against Diabetes.
There will be food and drink specials including
$1.00 tacos on Tuesday’s.
$2.50 Bud Bottles
$3.00 Jack Daniels Honey Shots
Mad Dog Saloon is located at 1860 S. Stapley, just 3/10 of a mile South of U.S. 60 on Stapley. Stop by and check it out. See you there for opening night on Tuesday, September 18th. Click Here for Details, Map and Photos of the Mad Dog Saloon.
Thursday Nights
September 13th – November 15th Westgate Bike Night this Fall being presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports. The crowds for the first 2 nights of this season have been huge. Ride in this week to see the latest Motorcycle Creations from Jim Nasa Customs! He has some really cool new bikes that will be on display.
Bike Night began Thursday night, September 13th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total of 10 nights ending on November 15th from 5 pm – 9 pm.
Live Music this week with “Legend City”. Next week enjoy Live Music with “Hardride”.
From the looks of things last week, riders are ready to enjoy the break in the weather and get back on their bikes. So grab your riding buddies and stop by to enjoy Live Music, Restaurant specials and other special events along the way. Click Here for Photos from the first night.
Here are the details for the Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Arena.
When: Thursday nights beginning September 13th – November 15th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Click Here for Flyer.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports:
Arrowhead HD
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Ridenow Powersports
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click Here for a list of our locations.
And to our Associate Sponsor Curly’s Customs
Curly's Customs. Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
Restaurant Specials at Westgate:
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50. Classic pints of draft beer for only $3. 6:30pm to 10:00pm All Bike Nights, excluding event days/nights (when there are concerts, sporting or other events at the Center/stadium/arena). Show “M” Class on license for discount.
Calico Jack’s Cantina - Bike Night Platters. Nacho chips, mini-chimis, onion rings & jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic draft beer for only $19.99. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your motorcycle license.
The SHOUT! House - Bike Night Burger Deal: Burger, fries and one beer for only $7.00.
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night, Dine-in only. One offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour.
Margaritaville – 5-9 PM. 15% off for bikers that show their motorcycle license, alcohol not included. $2 PBRs.
Friday Nights
Mixteca Mexican Friday Bike Night. Attention West Side Riders! First night was a big success! You now have a good reason to get the bike out on a Friday Night. Mixteca Mexican Food, located at 67th Ave and Bell Rd., SW Corner is starting an every Friday Bike Night on September 14th. Mixteca features a large outdoor patio with a grill to fire up fresh street tacos as well as burgers. There will be Live Music on the patio as well as plenty of seating inside and out. Or you could choose to sit at the indoor bar that opens out to the patio. Mixteca has a great menu including Sea Food, Mexican Food and American Food. There is something for everyone. Click Here to view menu.
Ride in and enjoy:
$3 burgers on the grill
$1.75 Street Tacos
$2.00 Draft Beers
$4.00 Margaritas
Live Music with the Santana Experience.
TV’s inside and on the patio.
And plenty of blocked off motorcycle only parking right in front of the patio.
Ride by Mixteca this Friday night and help us kick off this new location on the West side located at 6731 W. Bell Rd.
Click Here to view more information including photos of Mixteca inside and out.
This Week
Saturday September 29th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Wide Open House. Ride into Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson on Saturday September 29th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and check out all the latest 2013 offerings from Harley-Davidson. This year marks the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson and we’re throwing an open house, Harley style! What better time than now to check out all the new options, colors, and models! Ride early and stop in afterward to enjoy FREE food and drinks while you browse the isles of motorcycles. In addition, there will be live music, museum tours, and lots of shiny new chrome to check out! For more information call (602) 971-3400 or e-mail Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix AZ, 85022. Or online at
Saturday and Sunday
September 29th & 30th
Tucson Harley-Davidson Demo Event and 110th Model Year Release Party. Have you been wanting to test ride one of the new 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles? We all want to! Now is your chance. The Harley-Davidson Demo truck will be at Tucson HD for 2 days on September 29th and 30th from 9 AM – 4 PM to give you a chance to saddle up on a brand new 2013 Harley-Davidson and give it a ride. PLUS! The Drag Specialties will be on site. Purchase any item from the DRAG Truck (in stock or order) and receive up to 2 HOURS OF FREE LABOR! See parts counter for details. You can also see the new 2013’s in our showroom. FREE FOOD both days from 11 AM – 1 PM while supplies last. Tucson Harley-Davidson is located at 7355 N. I-10 EB Frontage Rd. in Tucson, AZ. For more information call 520-751-3380.
Saturday, September 29th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Harley’s Heroes Funraising Kick-Off. Event time 10AM – 3PM. Help us help our Veterans. All proceeds benefit the disabled American Veterans organization. Rock the house with Pat Roberts & The Heymakers. Enjoy Food, Raffles, Patch Sewing, Tattoos and In –Store Poker Run. On-Site Tattoos by Rad-A-Tat Tattoo. 50% of all tattoo proceeds will be donated to the DAV. Mileage challenge winner announced. 2013 Models are here waiting for you! Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600.
Saturday, September 29th
Poker Fun Ride. Proceeds benefit Central AZ Blue Star Moms. Prizes, 50/50 Raffle, Starts 9AM at American Legion Post 41 located at 715 S. 2nd Ave. in Phoenix, AZ. Then goes to 4 Tilted Kilt Restaurants along the way ending in Tempe. Pre Registration at
Saturday, September 29th
Rememberance Run. A charity poker run to raise money for the families of fallen police officers. Starts at Discover Classic Cars located at 7224 E. Mc Dowell Rd. in Scottsdale. Registration at 8AM. $25 Solo, $30 two up includes ride pin. Prizes for High and Low hand. 50/50 Raffle.
Saturday, September 29th
Gatekeepers Firefighter 1st Annual Motorcycle Run. This ride is to benefit the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. This charitable event will be held annually to raise funds to benefit the AZ Burn Center’s Pediatric Trauma Center. Chester’s HD, 922 S. Country Club Dr, in Mesa for 8am registration and pancake breakfast. $25 Single Rider/$35 Couple. Breakfast and lunch included in price. Last bike out by 10am. Live entertainment at end location. Vendors, Raffles, 50/50 and more. First 150 registered riders receive T-Shirt and Goody Bag.
Next Week
Thursday, October 4th
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Men’s Boot Camp. Thursday, October 4th from 6-8pm we'll be hosting a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Boot Camp for men held in our Service Department - or what we like to call the Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Ultimate Man Cave! This is a great social and informative event for all motorcycle enthusiasts including non-riders, new riders and experienced riders. Learn about everything from the headlights to the tailpipes, customizing tips, safety gear, safe riding skills and more. Additionally you will learn about the new 2013 models and which bike is perfect for you. This event is 100% FREE and includes tasty food from Barista Cafe (served up by the Hot Barista Bikini Girls), ice cold beer, cigars and door prizes. If you have dreamed about getting on a Harley or already do - This event is for you! Come by yourself or bring a buddy! Space is very limited - Enlist today!
Email Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale located at 15600 Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-905=1903 for more information.
First Friday of Each Month
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Ride to the Dogg. The first Friday of each month ride with Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale to the Dirty Dogg and be entered to win great prizes! Pin-Up Calendar Girl contest, Beer specials & Free Pizza. Biker Games hosted by Jack Schit. Kickstands up at 7 PM from the dealership located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-905-1903.
Saturday and Sunday
October 6th and 7th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Demo Event and 110th Model Year Release Party. Have you been wanting to test ride one of the new 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles? We all want to. Now is your chance! The Harley-Davidson Demo truck will be at Chandler HD for 2 days on October 6th and 7th from 9 AM – 4 PM to give you a chance to saddle up on a brand new 2013 Harley-Davidson and give it a ride. PLUS! The Drag Specialties will be on site. Purchase any item from the DRAG Truck (in stock or order) and receive up to 2 HOURS OF FREE LABOR! See parts counter for details. You can also see the new 2013’s in our showroom. Don’t miss the Hard Candy Custom and More! FREE FOOD both days from 11 AM – 1 PM while supplies last. Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. For more information call 480-496-6800.
Saturday, October 6th
American Legion Riders District 12 Poker Run. Ride benefiting Cpl. Brad Ivanchan, wounded soldier from Glendale, AZ. Registration 9AM – 10AM at post 117 located at 16428 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ. First bike out at 10AM. Raffles and 50/50. ALR 117 Burger Night – 5:30 PM. Prizes for High and Low hand. See flyer for stops. Entry donation $20 single and $25 with passenger.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, October 20th
1st Annual Bob’s Biker Blast 2012. Bob “Go Daddy” Parsons, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and GO AZ Motorcycles present the 1st Annual Bob’s Biker Blast 2012. The party will feature the Grand Opening of the new Demo and Training Track. Highlighting the day will be the extremely popular national band George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Performance will include the biker favorite “Bad to the Bone”. Also performing on stage that day will be the very popular southern rock band, 38 Special performing their hits including “Hold on Loosely”. Concert gates open at 4 PM. FREE Admission to all riders or $20 donation for all others. *Motorcycle endorsement good for 1 rider and 1 passenger.
**Other guests include a special appearance by Tommy Flanagan, who you might know as “Chibs” on the television show Sons of Anarchy from Noon – 7 PM.
**Don’t miss the Fear No Ice Thrill Show at 6 PM.
**As part of our new demo and training facility we will be introducing the 1st Ever application of Real Live motorcycle simulators.
**All-Day events starting at 10 AM at HD of Scottsdale and GO AZ Motorcycles.
Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Go AZ Motorcycles is located at 15500 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, 480-609-1800. HD of Scottsdale is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-905-1903.

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 3900 FANS! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!

Johnny Carson was the best at skits. Here is one of him hooked up to a lie detector attempting to prove that he is an honest politician. We could use that today! Click Here to View

Here is security video of what could have been the shortest holdup attempt ever. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week. See what you think. Is it real or Hollywood. This guy falls down a flight of steps and then gets hit by a car. I saying Hollywood. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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