Motorcycle show expands to two-day event
July 14, 2009
By David Hayes
Renowned for its car shows, the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Restaurant has tried to host motorcycle rallies in the past with mixed results. This year, with a local motorcycle club organizing the proceedings, plans to host one of the biggest rallies west of Sturgis look more realistic.
David Harris, president of Issaquah’s Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club, has expanded the program to a two-day event July 18-19.
Day one is a charity ride to raise funds for Issaquah’s Life Enrichment Options and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Harris said the club is not your stereotypical, hide-the-women-and-children motorcycle gang.
“We’re just a fun bike club for those interested in biking,” he said. “We’re also a social club with a nonprofit status.”
For a $20 donation for the charity ride, bikers go on a three-hour tour of the countryside, with several stops along the way. At each stop, riders are given an envelope with three poker cards. By the end of the ride, the riders who can make the best hands from their combined cards win prizes.Harris said that to improve their odds, bikers could purchase an extra envelope for $10. He hopes, weather permitting, as many as 100 riders participate, raising more than $2,000.
He said he also hopes the good weather spills over into the day-two events. That’s when he’s eyeing breaking attendance records.
“This could be huge,” he said. “We’re estimating 1,000 bikers could show up.”
The day kicks off with a free danish breakfast at the XXX at 8 a.m. Live music rocks the crowd throughout the day, including:
-Kaleidoscope School of Music’s Divide by Zero’s from 9-10 a.m.
-The Offenders from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
-The Astro Cats from noon – 1 p.m.
-Who Cares from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
To keep bikers entertained when they’re not gawking at one another’s rides, Harris invited stunt riders Team LoJic, from Los Angeles. They perform from 10:45–11 a.m. and from noon – 12:15 p.m.
“You usually can’t find stunt teams anywhere up here,” Harris said. “We’re lucky to have them come up from L.A.”
Other events include:
-A slow bike race, demonstrating who’s got the best control to go slow over a 100-foot course.
-A messy burger contest. XXX owner Jose Enciso transforms his infamously huge XXX burger from the biggest burger in town to the messiest.
-A $5 raffle for an autographed Ventures guitar, signed by members Nokie Edwards, Sammamish resident Don Nelson and Bob Bogle.
Harris said bass guitarist Bogle signed the original six-string two weeks before he died.
“It’s a very rare guitar,” he added.
There will also be vendors, and appearances by The Venturettes, Miss Issaquah Bike Show Laura Keri and Seattle radio personality Mark Christopher.
Harris said even if you don’t like motorcycles, this should still be a fun event for the whole family.
“At other rallies, like the one Snohomish used to have, they usually shut down the whole town,” he said. “Gilman Boulevard, in front of the XXX, is a great place to have it, because it won’t bother anyone else.
“The Thundering Angels are committed to work with the community, keeping the city happy and getting the public out here for a fun time,” he added.
If you go
Thundering Angels Ride for Charity
Noon – 4 p.m. July 18
Ride leaves I-90 Motorsports, 200 N.E. Gilman Blvd.
Returns to Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N.
Go to www.thunderingangels.com.
Burgers, Bikers & Babes Motorcycle Rally
8 a.m. July 19
XXX Rootbeer Drive-in
98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.