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Custom Harley-Davidson Motorcycle inspired from favorite sneakers

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from https://abc30.com

Motorcycle designer Andrew Thompson has found a way to combine his love of Harley Davidsons with his love of shoes by building a custom Jordan bike.

“My passion for building bikes came from my grandfather. He was building bikes in the early ’50s and did it all the way until he passed in 2012,” Thompson said.

Thompson said he built his first Harley in high school and he said having that passion steered him in the right direction.

“It kept me out the loop of getting in trouble, me finding my passion for building and designing bikes,” Thompson said.

Thompson also deeply cares about his Compton community and the youth. When he’s not building bikes, he’s organizing community clean-ups.

He said he knows a lot of young people are into tennis shoes and hopes his work will spark some interest in the younger generation.

“It’s important because a lot of youngsters they become gang members,” said Ms. Showtime, a local motorcycle rider and long-time friend of Thompson. “A lot of the youngsters have laid down their guns and bought a motorcycle. They have seen motorcycles, but they never seen like a Nike motorcycle.”

“White beautiful Jordan bike, I mean with the stats on the floorboard, that was just beautiful,” said Nick “Big Slick” Naish, general sales manager of California Harley Davidson. “I was blown away. I’ve never seen anything like that and we’re around custom bikes every day and I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Thompson said his grandfather John McCollum, also known as PeeWee, was recognized as one of Harley Davidson’s Iron Elite, which recognizes the contributions of the Black motorcycle community. Thompson said he’s hoping one of his own custom bikes can one day earn him that same recognition.

“I want to do something that Harley will be like, ‘Man like that’s cool,'” said Thompson. “Maybe one day Harley will let me design their anniversary bike.”

Thompson said his two Nike and Jordan bikes aren’t for sale but he does take custom bike requests and can be reached on his Instagram.

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Dallas Harley Owners Group hosts quilt raffle, toy drive

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by Kim Everett from https://thegarlandtexan.com

The Dallas Harley Owners Group, founded in the mid-1980s, is involved in numerous charitable and fundraising activities. One of the main events is the MotorCops for Kids Toy Run. The owners’ group, the Dallas Harley Davidson dealership and the Garland and Grand Prairie Police Departments work together, with help from the Shriners, to host the event.

In conjunction with the toy run, the group holds a quilt raffle and the money from raffle tickets, along with registration fees paid by toy run participants, are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston. Event participants also bring toys that are distributed to local children. The group’s hard work has enabled them to donate $400,000 to the hospital and donate countless toys to children.

The late Jerry Patterson and Steve Dye, Grand Prairie police chief, were the two principal founders of the toy run. Patterson, along with his wife, Viola, was involved in getting the charitable programs started. She said that his passion was helping kids.

This year’s quilt is the result of 280 hours of work. All of the quilts are made with Harley Davidson bandanas collected from around the world by club members and their friends and families.

The design is chosen in February, the quilt is constructed, and the hand-quilting begins in the spring. Julie Steger is the principal designer and constructor. They start early so they can enter their creation in the group quilting category competition at the State Fair of Texas. They have won first place as well as four third-place ribbons.

Gloria Barnes, Angela Kennerly, Viola Patterson, Wendy Yeater and Steger are the principle quilters, but a large number of people from all age groups join in the quilting, even if it was just to put in a stitch or two.

Tradition dictates that Paul Langford, the owner of Dallas Harley Davidson, puts in the first stitches. Susan Gabbard, the group’s director puts in the last stitches. A few core quilters meet on Saturdays during the spring.

The goal is to sell 5,000 raffle tickets, which are available at Dallas Harley Davidson, 1334 West Centerville Road in Garland. Tickets will be available Nov. 17 until the time of the drawing, which is after the toy run. (See details below.) Tickets are $1 each.

Being a part of the quilt project is important to those who participate.

Steger once heard someone say, “We don’t pave parking lots. We don’t paint walls. Our money goes strictly to the needs of the children.” That sentiment has stayed with her.

The charitable projects are important to each one of the main quilters.

“I was a recipient of these kinds of fundraisers as a child,” Steger said. “We were very poor and I always wanted to grow up and be that someone that helped others. That’s why I do this.”

Yeater volunteered when she was a child.

“My parents volunteered when I was growing up,” she said. “I am a nurse and I work at a children’s hospital in the Metroplex…when I heard about Motorcops for Kids, I knew I would volunteer. There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer who is willing to give time to a cause.”

Barnes concentrated on riding when she first joined the club, but when she found out about the quilting project, she wanted to get involved. An accomplished rider, she won the 2014 statewide Motorcycle Rodeo for all Harley Davidson riders in the state of Texas.

“Julie is probably the one that has inspired me the most because she is such a giver,” Barnes said. “She gives a lot and it’s awesome to see. This is a great group.”

Kennerly was impressed by the members’ involvement in supporting the charities.

“When my husband, who has now passed away, and I joined the chapter, we could see that the charities were really important to the group,” she said.

Kennerly described another of their Christmas projects. Group members adopt Garland area families and buy clothes and toys for the children and food for the family. On Christmas Eve morning the gifts and food boxes are delivered by a group of riders — and they have Santa with them – which the kids love.

“That’s a fabulous way to celebrate Christmas,” she said. “It means a lot to me.”

Patterson agreed with the other women’s sentiments about helping others.

“Nothing warms anyone’s heart more than giving of yourself to others,” she said. “It is probably the biggest pleasure you can ever have in life.”

MotorCops for Kids Toy Run – Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Ride begins at Dallas Harley Davidson, 1334 West Centerville in Garland and ends at the Hella Shrine Temple. Register in person during regular business hours at Dallas Harley Davidson.