Thundering Angels rumble back in town with charity ride

July 13, 2010

By Elizabeth DeVos

Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in has been known for its root beer, burgers and car shows, but four years ago, Eastside Harley Davidson of Bellevue started a motorcycle rally there. Since then, the Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club has taken on the responsibly of hosting the event.

Last year, the event expanded, making it a two-day event with a charity ride the first day and the rally the second day.

“We wanted to get together and do something for the community,” organizer Larry Rudé said. “Something that is fun for a group of motorcycle riders, and worthwhile.”

This year’s charity ride will be July 17; registration begins at 11 a.m. at Downtown Harley in Renton. The ride costs $25 per bike. Downtown Harley will supply soda, coffee and snacks before the ride beings at noon.

“All motorcycles are welcome,” he said. “Not just one style motorcycle group. Everybody is welcome.”

The money raised during the ride will benefit two local charities, the Issaquah Food Bank and a second charity that has not yet been picked, according to Rudé .Riders will enjoy a 60-mile ride, including two stops — Pete’s Bar and Grill in Carnation, and Snoqualmie Falls — before making it to their final destination at Vino Bella wine bar in Issaquah. There, awards will be given out for the winners of a poker game played on the ride.

At each stop, riders are given a sealed envelope with a playing card inside; once the ride is complete, participants open the envelopes and the player with the best hand wins. Riders can purchase more hands for $10.

“Last year, I met people from all over the place, all walks of life,” said Laura Rudé, Larry’s wife, who went on the charity ride last year. “Everybody was in a really good mood, just a lot of fun.”

At 9 a.m. July 18, hundreds of motorbikes will come together. In years past, it has been centered on Triple XXX and the adjacent parking lot. This year, the rally is taking it a step further and expanding down Northwest Gilman Boulevard to I-90 Motor Sports, according to David Harris, Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club president.

“It’s possible that 1,500 to 2,000 bikes will be there throughout the day,” he said. “Last year, we had 1,500 bikes.”

The Offenders will play music from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; two other bands will also play. Issaquah’s own Astro Cats will play from noon – 1 p.m., followed by The Bramble Brothers from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

New to the event this year is the Dyno Pulls, provided by I-90 Motor Sports. For a $5 donation, bikers can put their bike on the machine, start it up and find out the horsepower, along with other things that might not be well known to the owner.

Returning this year is Team LoJic, a stunt rider group from Los Angeles. The team brings in a few riders from the Seattle area.

“They put on an amazing display,” Harris said. “I don’t know of any other rally in the Northwest that has this kind of display.”

The team will perform from 10:30-11 a.m., noon – 12:30 p.m. and their last show from 2-2:30 p.m.

For hungry bikers who need a break, at 12:30 p.m., Triple XXX workers will make monster burgers for a messy burger-eating contest.

Again this year, the Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club will raffle off a guitar that has been signed by The Ventures. Tickets are on sale now at Triple XXX for a $5 donation. You do not need to be present to win; the winner will be announced at 2:30 p.m. by Miss Bike Rally 2010 Katrina Hatcher.

All money raised at the rally will go to charity; last year, the money was given to Life Enrichment Options.

The Thundering Angels is an Issaquah nonprofit club for anybody with a motorcycle who wants to have fun.

“We don’t care what kind of bike you have,” Harris said. “It’s all about fun and friendship.”

Get involved
To learn more about the Thundering Angels Motorcycle Club, the charity ride or the bike rally, call David Harris at 392-6342.

Elizabeth DeVos: 392-6434 or Comment at

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