Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Well, the last couple of weekends have not provided very good weather for riding in the Phoenix area. Unless of course you enjoy riding in rain and 45 degrees. If this is the case, then you were truly in HOG Heaven this past Saturday. Using the same analogy that I used to use for golf, there are so many good days to ride in our area, why ride on the bad days?
With this in mind, Mrs. C. and I decided to take in the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. Being a resident of the Valley for over 25 years, we have seen this grow from a small boutique type of auction to a world renowned classic car spectacle. It all started in the late 60's on a chance meeting of Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett. As the story goes, it seems Mr. Barrett was selling his 1933 Cadillac V-16 Town Car, and it appears Mr. Jackson was interested. "Appears" may be the operative word, as a deal was never struck. However, the beginning of a lifelong friendship and partnership was firmly cemented between the two gentlemen. In 1971, the two combined their talents to present the first classic car auction, featuring classics from their individual collections. Barrett's Mercedes 770 Phaeton chiseled industry headlines, selling for $153,000 and grabbing the attention of collectors worldwide. The sale and the inaugural event thrust the Barrett-Jackson name into international prominence.
Fast forward 36 years, Tom and Russ have now passed on and the company is being run by Craig Jackson guiding it to new heights never before seen in the collector car industry. From those humble beginnings of trading a few cars in a personal collection it has grown into a week long motorsports event attracting car collectors from all over the world as well as over 250,000 spectators. The 2007 Barrett-Jackson auction was the most successful collector car auction in American history. Collectors spent nearly $112,000,000 snapping up 1271 total cars while being featured on SPEED Channel with 40 hours of live coverage.
With the astronomical prices that some of these cars are bringing, watching the auction is some of the best reality TV that you can get. You will see in real time bidders go back and forth for hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars with the crowd cheering them on at every milestone until one of them snaps back into reality. We just happened to be standing in the bidding area when Carroll Shelby's own personal 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra was on the block with Carroll himself on stage presiding over the sale of his car. When the car was bid at $1,000,000 the crowd let out a roar of approval and repeated that encouragement even louder 4 more times as bidding on the car reached $5,000,000. The buzz in the room was at a fever pitch as the gavel came down finally selling the car to Ron Pratt from Chandler, AZ for a record 5 million dollars. He is the same guy who bought the Futureliner bus last year for $4,000,000 and the Bonneville the year before for $2,000,000. I understand he has one of the finest collections in the world. Eleven million dollars on 3 cars might just earn you that distinction.
The Shelby was the highlight of the auction in terms of price, but the highlight for me was the CNN "Warrior One" Hummer that was "overhauled" by Chip Foose on the TV program "Overhaulin" following a CNN tour of duty in Iraq. CNN News Anchor Wolf Blitzer, (who was in attendance at the auction) and others used the vehicle in Kuwait and Iraq where it even took on enemy fire. Proceeds from the sale of the CNN Hummer were to be donated to The Fisher House Foundation, which builds "comfort homes" for families of hospitalized military personnel. They provide "a home away from home" that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time, during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
This again, was good reality TV. Two men,  Dave Liniger, founder of Re/Max Realty and Dave Ressler, a businessman from North Dakota were locked in a battle to buy the Hummer. Bidding slowed down at the $600,000 mark. At that point there was a break in the bidding and Craig Jackson had all of the soldiers in the crowd stand up to be honored. The bidding resumed and quickly went to $1,000,000 garnering an uproar of approval from the crowd. This is when Dave Ressler turned to Liniger, put his arms around him and said, "Hey, you buy the car, you get the car, and I'll add $250,000 to it. Another random act of kindness for our troops. For something that has completely gone past the common collector's means, with the average car going for over $100,000, the Barrett Jackson Auction has really caught the interest of the viewing public.  
After the Hummer was sold, and the bevy of reporters had cleared out, I introduced myself to Dave Liniger and asked him if the Hummer was going to stay in the Phoenix area. He said that it would be going back to Denver and then would tour military bases around the country. I then asked if he would be willing to bring it back to Phoenix to lead the Hearts to Heroes Ride and he said he would be very interested in doing that. So at this time we are working on making the arrangements to bring the CNN Warrior One back to be the Honorary Grand Marshall of our ride.
Hearts To Heroes 2007 Date Announced!
At this time, I am excited to announce that Saturday, April 14th will be the date for the 2007 Hearts To Heroes Ride. This year's ride is shaping up to be the best Hearts To Heroes ride ever. The ride will again start at Christ's Church of the Valley located at 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. Sign in will be from 8am - 9:30am. At 9:30am the program will begin inside the 3000 seat auditorium of the Church where we will honor our Veterans of past wars as well as our current enlisted Men and Women. There will be singing, video and I am working on doing a "Live Interview Via Satellite" with a platoon of Soldiers in Iraq that will be shown on the 20' screens inside the Church. Our fighting men and women will be able to see first hand that we here at home do support them and wish them well.  
After the program at the Church, we will be led by the CNN Warrior One Hummer and ride to Phoenix International Raceway where all of the bikes will do a lap around the track before parking in the infield where we will have music, speakers and skydivers carrying a flag from the 5 branches of service followed by the American Flag. I am currently working on a huge end party at a great location where there will music, food and drink available. I will be announcing that soon. Check back on the front page of for the flyer that you can print and distribute to all of your riding friends.
Useful Links from this story:
CNN Hummer Brings $1.25 Million For Charity. See photos and a Great Video of the Auction of the Hummer on the left side of this page. Also see video of the Hummer being overhauled.
The Complete CNN Story about the CNN Warrior One.
Barrett-Jackson History.
Press Release from 2007 Barrett-Jackson Auction.

Highlights This Week
Friday, January 26th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Glassware Party.
15 dollars will nab you one of a variety of Harley glasses which we'll fill
with the beer of your choice for our Beers of the World Tasting.
Saturday, January 27th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Customer Appreciation Day.
We love our customers and we'll prove it! Storewide savings of up to 50% off on selected
in-stock MotorClothes merchandise and selected Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories
Saturday, January 27th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Hot Rods and Hot Dogs.
Hot Rods for everyone to view and vote for your favorite nostalgic car.
Free BBQ, Live Rockabilly Band, Free Pool Tournament, 12:30 pm Motorcycle Museum Tour.
Saturday, January 27th
Bikers Bay Grand Opening Party.
25 Vendors for you to browse, Major raffle prizes, Live Classic Rock by Trainwreck.
Oil Change Specials while you wait. 
Saturday, January 27th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Super Bowl of Chili Cook-Off.
Chili COOK-OFF winners will receive a $50.00 Giftcard & a Harley-Davidson Lounge Chair.
Participate in the COOK-OFF or just stop by for a taste. Huge Service Dept. Savings. See Below.
Sunday, January 28th
Arizona Freedom Rally. 
Let Freedom Ring. Ride to support Arizona's Legislative Effort.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Tuesday Nights
Chester’s Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate, not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and San Tan Flat are bringing Bike Nights back to the East Valley! Mark your calendars, because every Tuesday means one thing…cheap food and drinks for ALL bikers!  Come hit up San Tan Flat from 6pm to 9pm for a good-ole-fashioned biker bash.  There’ll be $1.50 drafts, ½ off appetizers, $5 Chilidog combos, and a bunch of prizes! Come sit and relax indoors or outdoors at San Tan Flat were there’ll be music, fire pits and marshmallows to roast-to bring out that biker in you. That’s Tuesday nights at San Tan Flat – the corner of Ellsworth and Hunt Highway.  Do it up right…’Bike Night’ it baby! 6185 W. Hunt Hwy., Queen Creek, AZ. 480-882-2995. This is one of the coolest places in town and worth the ride to check it out. Click Here for Video of San Tan Flat.
Wednesday Nights
***NEW!!*** First 50 Riders on January 24th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt.
Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher, featuring acoustic blues and classic rock from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday Night at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 4425 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa, AZ, just across from Falcon Field. Special motorcycle parking in front of the patio. Choose from the extensive new menu including Wings, Chicken Tenders, Huge selection of salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, Ribs & Combos, Burgers, Desserts and Beverages. Click Here for complete menu. Bike Night specials are 50 Cent Legs all day, $2.50 Coronas & Pacificos, $2.00 Well Rum and Coke, $2.00 Well Vodka Tonics, $1.75 Bud Light Pints, $1.75 Miller Light Pints. Sit inside and watch your favorite sporting events on over 50 TV's and 5 Giant Screen TV's or sit outside on the huge patio where there are more TV's and enjoy the evening air. Wherever you find to relax, you will be sure to have a good time, good food and good entertainment at the Buffalo Wings Wednesday Bike Night. 480-218-9464. Click Here to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Thursday Night
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.
FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt while supply lasts.
This is a great new stop for riders on the West side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD from an extensive menu. 50 flat screen TV's and 10 Giant Screen TV's. Watch your favorite sporting events including the Suns or College Basketball. Or enjoy the new Video Jukebox on the Big Screens. Buffalo Wild Wings has a HUGE outdoor patio on the front that is perfect for enjoying the great Arizona evening weather. 50 Cent Legs all day. Great drink specials. There is plenty of action and fun at this Buffalo Wild Wings located at 13111 W. McDowell in Goodyear. Just 1 mile N. of I-10 just West of Dysart and McDowell at 13111 W. McDowell. FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirts while supplies last.
Every Saturday and Sunday
***NEW!!! Live Music!***
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food and Live Rock & Roll Music every Saturday and Sunday Afternoons from Noon to 4pm. See the upcoming band list below. Loud pipes? No problem! You can ride out to Western Trails without worrying about DB metering equipment to greet you. Hang out under the covered patio at the Buzzard's Saloon or in front of the stage for some impromptu dancing. Buzzard’s Saloon now has Appetizer’s available at the Bar. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Chicken Tenders, Fries, Jalapeno Poppers, Breaded Mushrooms, Onion Rings, Beer Battered Mushrooms & Zucchini and Spicy Chicken Wings. Fast food service from the Bartender. Buddy Boom’s Real BBQ is also open for those who don’t mind walking 300 Feet for the best Burgers, award winning Ribs & BBQ on the Westside of town.
So take a ride out to Western Trails for some Lunch, Live Music and Fun every Saturday and Sunday. Starts This Saturday! For more information on Western Trails Ranch go to . Located on Hwy. 60 in Morristown, just 12 N. of Sun City West on Grand or just 3 miles South of Carefree Hwy. Click Here for Map.
Live Band Schedule:
January 27-28.  1-5pm. Phat Bastard playing Rock & Roll.
Feb 3rd Sat  12-4 Dok & Gal
Feb 4th Sun  Trite - Classic Rock
Feb 10th & 11th Dok & Gal
Feb 17th Sat 12-4 Phat Bastard, Night  8pm- 12pm Novella Bentley
Every Sunday
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive menu.Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. 
Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at . 480-970-6556.
This Week
Friday, January 26th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Glassware Party. Got fifteen bucks handy? Have we ever got a deal for you! Visit Chester's on Friday, January 26th for our Glassware Party. It's like your Aunt Bessies tupperware parties, but Harleyd out! Your 15 dollars will nab you one of a variety of Harley glasses which we'll fill with the beer of your choice for our Beers of the World Tasting. You'll also get a spin of our Prize Wheel on Chester's Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday, January 27th from 6 - 9 pm, for each glass you purchase. All that, plus crackers, fruit, cheese, cold meat trays, and live music and all the proceeds benefit Waste Not, a local organization that feeds the hungry. Tell Auntie B you're sorry, but you've got something better this year, and join us for the Glassware Party, January 26th. Well see you there! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, January 27th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Customer Appreciation Day. We Thank You! Chester's Harley-Davidson loves their customers. Stop by for Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday, January 27th, and well prove it! Storewide savings of up to 50% off on selected in-stock MotorClothes merchandise and selected Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories; spins on the Prize Wheel for every purchase totaling $250 or more; Live Music; Free Subs and Drinks from 11am to 2pm; and for every purchase well let you throw the dice. The higher you roll, the more you save! Don't worry, we won't make you join a group hug or anything we just want you to know we care, that's all. Customer Appreciation Day, January 27th. Be here! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, January 27th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Hot Rods and Hot Dogs. Join the fun at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson as they roll in the Hot Rods for everyone to view and vote for your favorite nostalgic car. There will be a free BBQ, Live Rockabilly Band, Free Pool Tournament, 12:30 pm Motorcycle Museum Tour with Buddy Stubbs, 50/50 Raffles and your opportunity to meet the H.O.G. Chapter members. This is always a fun and well attended event. Make this your destination on Saturday, January 27th and ride by for a free lunch, music and some nostalgic eye candy from cars of the yesteryear. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400. 
Saturday, January 27th
Bikers Bay Grand Opening Party. Join Bikers Bay as they celebrate their Grand Opening of their newest store located at 2530 E. Bell Rd. from 10am - 3pm. Bikers Bay has taken over the entire parking lot and will present Live Classic Rock from Trainwreck playing your favorite tunes from the 70's and 80's, 25 Vendors for you to browse, Major raffle prizes from Custom Chrome and Drag Specialties as well as many others that you can win just for attending. Fresh cooked BBQ will be available for purchase at the event. Stop by and see the original "Ride In and Ride Out" specialists. While you are browsing the vendors or listening to some Classic Rock, get your oil changed or take advantage of their tire deals to get ready for the riding season. For more information go to or call 602-923-0114. 
Saturday, January 27th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Super Bowl of Chili Cook-Off. Come join us at the Super Bowl of Chili Cook-Off  from 12-3pm at Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. Think you can do better? Chandler Harley-Davidson's staff will be the judge. Chili COOK-OFF winners will receive a $50.00 Giftcard & a Harley-Davidson Lounge Chair. Participate in the COOK-OFF or just stop by for a taste. To register call robyn or Pam at 480-496-6800 for entry details. While you are there, take advantage of some great service specials:
2007 Models
Save $500 on a 110 Cubic Big Bore Kit. Increase your cubic inch to 1800cc.
Save $235 on a 103" Stage II Kit. Increase your torque and horsepower up to 30%.
2006 Models
Save $200 on a 1550 Stage II Big Bore Kit. Don't get left behind. Keep up with the new 96" models.
Save $300 on a 6 Speed Transmission Kit. Smoothest shifting HD Transmission available. Installation Included.
All Models
Save 20% on all genuine Harley-Davidson wheel assemblies.
Save $100 on Chrome Lower Leg Package. When it is "time for some shine".
Sunday, January 28th
Arizona Freedom Rally. Let Freedom Ring. Ride to support Arizona's Legislative Effort. Sign-In opens 9am at Park Central Mall located at 3121 N 3rd Avenue, South of Indian School on Central at Earl, between Osborn & Thomas in Phoenix. Food & Beverage available. Parade lineup starts at 10:30am. Mass Ride to Wesley Bolin Plaza (across from the Arizona State Capitol) for speeches. There will be no vendors at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Guest Speakers TBA. Co-operatively presented by Arizona's three SMROs: ABATE, MMA, & ACMC. The Arizona Freedom Rally is YOUR opportunity to participate in a highly visible display of motorcycles showing the politicians of Arizona that Riders do vote and do care about their rights.
Next Week
Sunday, February 4th
Free Pancake Breakfast. Sponsored by Church in the Wind. Stop by and let us buy you breakfast! 9am - Noon. Pancakes and fixn's. No Strings! Free to all bikers. Bikes only. 3802 W. Union Hills Rd., Glendale, AZ. More information at 623-581-8695.
This contraption is incredible! Not sure how safe or well thought out it is, but it sure looks fun. Kind of a Human Slingshot. Click Here to view. You will get a kick out of this one.
Xtreme Consignments – “Don’t List Your Ride – Sell Your Ride”
Have you ever tried to sell a Motorcycle, Personal Water Craft, Snowmobile or Motorcycle Trailers and have no one even respond to that expensive ad you just placed? Don’t Let This Happen to you ever again. Let - List and Sell your Ride. We are National Web Based Vehicle Consignment Facility located here in Scottsdale for the Direct Selling & Buying of Motorcycle's, Personal Watercraft, Snowmobile's, and Motorcycle Trailer's. 
Xtreme Consignments is designed for you and your Ride. It’s fast, simple and cost effective and it works. Those of you who wish to sell a vehicle can go directly to Xtreme Consignments and register your vehicle or parts at a 50% reduction in the listing price for the next 60 days. Just remember to indicate you were Referred by Cyclerides and you automatically get the discount. I hope you enjoy this new addition to the Cyclerides site and at your convenience visit us at or Email them at info@xtremeconsigments.comHear our commercials on KMLE Country 108 and yes we advertise on the Radio, News Media and Highline Auto Magazine. Remember “Don’t List Your Ride – Sell Your Ride” Xtreme Consignments. Bikes are free to view, just click on the "search bikes" button.
Here is a compilation of short videos of people making a fool of themselves dancing that is caught on tape. A few of these will make you laugh out loud. Click Here to view.
This email came to me titled "The luckiest guy on the Planet". I can't think of a better title. Wait till you see this one. You will see what I mean. Click Here to view these 2 photos.
This is what I call the car version of the motorcycle "burn out" pit. I took this video at the Ford demonstration area at the Barrett Jackson Auction. True motorheads will enjoy this one.  Click Here to view.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All, 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"
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