The city of Chattanooga sits in a valley between two small mountains, Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain, and this day of exceptional riding started out with Chase riders climbing out of the valley up above the clouds that engulfed the city below for a breath-taking view as they set out for there 258-mile day. >From the “Rock City” point they rode past, it’s said that seven U.S. states could be seen: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, but there was no time for dawdling since weather was an issue again as the heat index started to climb early.
Riders ended their day at the very welcoming Harley-Davidson of Macon, Georgia. The family owned dealership celebrated Grover Sassaman’s 98th birthday earlier this year but you’d never have guessed he was closing in on the century mark. As founder of the company, Sassaman first attended Harley-Davidson® Factory School in 1939, establishing a life-long relationship with the Motor Company, and he was happy to share the particulars of how he came to be the longest owned independent dealership in the world. Quick and witty, Grover talks motorcycles with the best of them, sharing dates, details and tidbits that held the group in rapture.
Grover cruised the property on his scooter greeting the CCC group and offered great advice to riders, including rider #35. Jon Dobbs had his 1939 HD EL in the service bay due to coil problems and Mr. Sassaman offered tips on what could be causing the trouble since the EL has consumed 4 coils since the start of the run. Dobbs later started the bike and rode it out of the dealership, so we’re betting the problems are solved.
Grover rolled through the Chase bikes outside and was particularly smitten with the 1939 HD EL owned by rider #61, Bob Zeolla, because he considered it to be one of the most original of machine on the run. Tomorrow’s route will take riders 249-miles down the road to end at Harley-Davidson of Tallahassee with bikes being on display between 4:30-6:00 pm. Come join us, you never know who you might get to meet!
I am Rogue’s 2009 Harley FLHTC and I am using the name Dirty Girl for this article because well I am, Oh not that kind of dirty girl silly. Some years ago, after returning from our ride to Sturgis, Rogue said, “Damn Girl Your Dirty,” and the name sort of stuck. To tell the truth I wear it like a badge of honor.
Chase riders kicked their day off with a nice ride and a pop quiz in the middle of a cornfield, with several of the riders never even getting off their motorcycles to answer the 10-point test. The al fresco classroom experience was then followed closely by a pulse-quickening trip across a famous haunted bridge.
The old Wabash Cannonball Bridge, located on the Illinois and Indiana borders, was built as a railroad bridge back in 1897 and is believed by some to be bad luck to cross. Chase riders, however, found it to be a rite of passage as they wrangled their antiques over the warped, off camber and riveted ancient planks. The tense but successful crossing certainly gave the group something to talk about as they gathered for lunch hosted by the friendly folks at Bud’s Harley-Davidson in nearby Evansville, Indiana.
The long miles and the heat of the day spent crossing three states taxed both men, women and machines. By the time riders rolled into Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green, Kentucky, one rider’s saddlebag had caught fire and another’s engine shot flames as he tried to kick start the tired machine. It was easily extinguished and Matt Miller, #46, rode his 1947 HD U off for a night’s rest.
With only 6 days left in the race, there are 45 of the remaining 65 competitors who have ridden every mile, but the scores are vastly different. Based on the complicated scoring system that includes handicaps for age of both riders and machines,the size of the engine and scores on the daily tests, things change daily. Consequentially, it is still anybody game. Check out the scores, go to the website to read about the riders and be sure to get yourself out to a stop near you so see this rolling museum!
You can catch the riders at Bumpus Harley-Davidson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee tomorrow at 11:00 or at Coker Tires in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 5:00 to 6:15.
Cross Country Chase riders spent their day in rain gear as Mother Nature dampened the route between Wisconsin and Illinois for one of the longer days on the run. The morning pit stop at Barbed Wire Harley-Davidson in Dekalb, Illinois included hot coffee and donuts served up with big smiles and the daily quiz. Riders have gotten over the initial test anxiety and the rising scores are reflecting their attention to their surroundings and motorcycle history knowledge.
Rain had settled down by the time lunch was served under the popups by the friendly folks at Starved Rock H-D in Ottawa. Staff there welcomed riders to the service bay where a bit of welding and wrenching went on before riders headed on to the next destination.
By the time the riders covered their 278-mile day and rolled in for the evening check-in at Andrea’s Harley-Davidson in Urbana, Illinois, there was a cool breeze, a bit of sun, and a nice meal. Riders immediately took full advantage of the Andrea’s HD hospitality and set to tending to their machines in anticipation of the arduous Stage 4.
Tomorrow will be the longest day of the entire run and, if the weatherman is right, it will be the hottest day the riders have seen so far. With temps in the 90s and only a slight chance of rain, Monday holds the promise of a good ride. Check out today’s scores! Of the 69 Chase riders who started out in Sault Saint Marie, 65 still remain with the mantra of “Florida or Bust!”
Bartels’ Harley is supporting the abused kids at Olive Crest. 2nd Annual Ride for the Children (Los Angeles)
Date(s) – 09/22/2019
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for the 2nd Annual Ride for the Children and Stop Child Abuse! In partnership with Bartels’ Harley Davidson & Glendale Harley, ride, enjoy a BBQ lunch and a live concert by Aces & Eights. Grand Marshals Lorenzo Lamas, Perry King, and Dave Ekins.
Kickstands up at 10:30 am From Bartels’ Harley Davidsion 4141 Lincoln Blvd. Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 to Paramount Ranch 2903 Cornell Rd. Agoura Hills, CA 91301 Grab your bike & Purchase your tickets to Ride for Children today!
The first official day of the inaugural Cross Country Chase consisted of a scant 13-miles as a shakedown ride called the Prologue. Riders gathered on the shores of the Saint Mary’s River across the banks of the Canada border to sit for a group photo taken by none other than the world-famous photographer, Michael Lichter. Aune Osborne Park in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan was the staging area as well as the Official Green Flag start.
Rider #51, Shane Masters, was the only rider unable to start and trucked his 1948 Indian Chief some 5 hours away to have his bike worked on with the hopes of meeting the group at the Ludington stop tomorrow evening. He received a DNS (Did Not Start) for the day.
Rider # 62, Scott Funk, is one of only two Class I riders on 250cc machines and, despite his missing 2 of the required miles, his handicap favored him and his 1946 BSA-C11 afforded him a finishing score of 22.0 points.
Rider #5 in Class II, James Maloney, managed only 1 mile and finished with 11 points, leaving him in 68th place. Number 99, Todd Cameron on his 1930 BSA Sloper with a 493cc engine, finished the day in first place with 30 points. Stay tuned folks, it’s sure to be an exciting race as 69 riders on every imaginable motorcycle marque works their way across America. Riders are preparing for the wet forecast tomorrow as they head toward Ludington, Michigan after an arduous 267-mile ride.
There are few better ways to kick-off a new partnership than by riding motorcycles together. The open road brings those that ride together closer together through ritualistic moments of shared experience on the journey along the way.
Emails get ignored, phones muted, camaraderie ensues, and the mind begins to relax as you start to live more in the moment. So, to kick off a new partnership with META, they went on a motorcycle road trip together from Denver to Sturgis and back. Here’s some of their journey.
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JOIN THE STUNTMEN’S ASSOCIATION ON A COASTAL MOTORCYCLE POKER RIDE, SEPTEMBER 20TH FOLLOWED BY THE 57TH ANNUAL STUNTMEN’S ASSOCIATION TROY MELTON CHARITY GOLF EVENT, SEPTEMBER 21ST AND 22ND. GOLF EVENT HELDATPECHANGA CASINO’S, TEMECULA CREEK INNGOLF COURSE IN TEMECULA, CA!
Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures
The public is invited to join a host of stuntmen and women, celebrities & avid golfers.
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST, 20, 2019- Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures
have announced the Motorcycle Poker Ride, September 20th, followed by the 57th Annual Stuntmen’s Association Troy Melton Charity Golf Event to be held September 21&22, 2019 at Pechanga’s Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, CA. The public is invited to join them.
On Friday, September 20th, the Stuntmen’s Association Motorcycle Poker Ride, a procession of bikes and classic cars will leave the Stuntmen’s Association offices at 5200 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA at 10:00AM. The caravan will travel coastal towards Dana Point with a few stops along the way for “poker cards”. Eventually the procession will transition down the beautiful canyon of Hwy74, through Lake Elsinore to our final destination in to Old Town Temecula. The Wine and Beer Garden will welcome us with a live band, food and fun!
The 57th Annual Stuntmen’s Association Troy Melton Golf Tournament event will be at Pechanga’s, Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course. For all golfers, Saturday Sept. 21st will be a “scramble” and Sunday the 22nd, “play your own ball”. A cocktail mixer will take place Saturday evening at Pechanga’s “Eagles View” room overlooking the city. Music will be provided by American Patriot Band. The awards banquet, raffle and silent auction will follow Sunday’s golf. There will be a raffle winner for a beautiful 2019 Grom Motorcycle announced at the awards banquet.
This charity event benefits the Taurus Foundation. The Taurus World Stunt Awards Foundation was established by an endowment from Red Bull Energy Drink CEO, Dietrich Mateschitz. The Foundation provides support for the international stunt community and financial assistance to members of the Taurus World Stunt Awards Academy, who experience a debilitating stunt-related injury. Financial grants are considered on merit in the event of a stunt related temporary, partial, or permanent disability.
The Golf Tournament’s namesake, Stuntman, actor and avid golfer, Troy Melton was a founding member of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures. Following World War II, Melton found work as an actor before his career as a stuntman took off in the late 1940’s. Melton’s career as an actor and stuntman spanned a little over forty years.
Early bird special: $280/player, After August 13th: $304/player.No refunds issued after Sept.14th.
Hotel: Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway Temecula, CA 92592
OR: Temecula Creek Inn, 44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd, Temecula, CA 92592.
Stuntmen’s Association Golf Event
Early registration for our 57th Annual Stuntmen’s Association Troy Melton Charity Golf Tournament is open! Price increases August 13! Stuntmen’s Association office: 818.766.4334,
Facebook: Stuntmen’s Association Golf Tournament and Motorcycle Poker Run Fundraiser
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE OFFICE @ 818-766-4334 or the Tournament Coordinator @213-479-4765
WHO: A host of Stuntmen & Stuntwomen, motorcycle riders, avid golfers, celebrities and the general public
WHAT: Stuntmen’s Association Motorcycle Poker Ride & the 57th Annual Stuntmen’s Association Troy Melton Charity Golf Tournament
WHEN: September 20th, 21st, & 22nnd, 2019.
WHERE: Pechanga’s Temecula Creek Inn, 44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd, Temecula, CA 92592
CONTACT: Cherry Hepburn, (O) 818-783-4071 email@example.com