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 Cyclerides.com 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
Cyclerides.com 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 www.cyclerides.com for the flyer
that you can print and distribute to all of your riding friends.
Useful Links from this
Highlights This Week
Friday, January 26th
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.
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
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.
25 Vendors for you to
browse, Major raffle prizes, Live Classic Rock by Trainwreck.
Oil Change Specials while
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
Let Freedom Ring. Ride to support
Arizona's Legislative Effort.
This Week's Bike
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
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
***NEW!!*** First 50 Riders on
January 24th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night
Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon
. 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.
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
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.
***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 www.westerntrailsranch.com . 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
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
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday
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 email@example.com .
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,
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.
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.
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 www.mybikersbay.com or call
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:
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%.
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
Save 20% on all genuine Harley-Davidson wheel
Save $100 on Chrome Lower Leg Package. When
it is "time for some shine".
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
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.
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 xtremeconsignments.com - List and Sell your Ride. We are National Web
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Selling & Buying of Motorcycle's, Personal Watercraft, Snowmobile's, and
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 www.xtremeconsignments.com or
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hear 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"
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
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take
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