PowerSports Business

November 27, 2017

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PSB FOCUS 14 • November 27, 2017 • Powersports Business www.PowersportsBusiness.com Bikefest grows in 13th year In September, the influx of motorcycle enthu- siasts into downtown Raleigh for the 2017 Ray Price Capital City Bikefest made a signifi- cant impact for two important nonprofit orga- nizations that serve military families. Bikers donated $13,917 to the USO of North Carolina and United States Veterans Corps by participat- ing in various events associated with Bikefest. "Motorcyclists came to Raleigh from all over to participate in a fun weekend at Ray Price Capital City Bikefest and help raise money for the USO of North Carolina and the United States Veterans Corps," said Mark Hendrix, general manager of 2017 Power 50 dealership Ray Price, Inc., and organizer of Ray Price Capi- tal City Bikefest. Charitable donation opportunities during the 13th annual Bikefest included: the Patriot Ride, the Parade of Lights, the Raleigh Tattoo Festival, as well as a photo platform and various drop buckets on Fayetteville Street. New editions for 2017 included the Rum- ble in Raleigh Classic Car Show, plus the original extreme daredevil show, the Wall of Death. Other indoor and outdoor thrill shows included: motocross, BMX and motorcycle stunt shows and drift trike exhibitions. Plus, 10-time women's land speed record-holder Jody Perewitz appeared with her 200-plus mph motorcycle, the world's fastest. Bikefest's live music lineup continued to stand out for its variety. Regional and national bands play R&B, soul, funk, southern rock, bluegrass, honky-tonk punk, eclectic reggae, metal and traditional country. All shows were offered for free on three stages: City Plaza, Fayetteville Street at the Capitol and the Ray Price dealership. Musicians of note: 15-year-old Brooke Hatala, who's fresh off her opening slot with Willie Nelson; 16-year-old Caroline Dare; The Wells Family; and Nantucket, among a wide variety of bands. "Top custom builders from across the coun- try come to Raleigh to showcase their radical motorcycles," said Hendrix. "Combined with the classic car show, 28 bands and all the other free activities, we believe it makes for a fun week- end for families, bikers and non-riders alike." The 2017 Raleigh Tattoo Festival at Bikefest was presented by 401 Tattoos & Art and War- lock's Tattoos & Body Piercings. These popular shops helped organize talented area tattoo art- ists who agreed to donate one-half of all their proceeds. The results of their efforts helped con- tribute $7,860 in donations to the USO of North Carolina and the United States Veterans Corps. Participating tattoo artists included: War- lock's Tattoos & Body Piercings, 401 Tattoo & Art, Mad Ethel's Tattoo, Black Pearl Tattoo, Pleasure Island Tattoo, Inked Sanity, On the Brink Tattoo, Rock 'n Roll Tattoos, The Studio, The Crow's Nest Tattoo, Robert Meyers Tattoo, Dean Caves, Chop Shop Tattoos, American Tat- too Society and Iron/Ink Tattoos. The Parade of Lights featured all makes and models of motorcycles showing off their custom accent lighting and was sponsored by Custom Dynamics. "We're very proud of our friends in the motorcycling and tattoo communities for stepping up big for charity again this year," said Hendrix. "We all honor the legacy of our founder Ray Price when we embody his pas- sion for philanthropy." Ray Price Capital City Bikefest was formed in 2005 in partnership with the City of Raleigh to establish a downtown motorcycle rally. It was created by the late Ray Price and has helped raise more than $138,000 for charity over the years. PSB u Dealership events 6th Annual Bob's Biker Blast — Page 15 Power 50 dealer events — Page 16 A pair of riders participate in the Parade of Lights in Raleigh, N.C., as part of the annual Bikefest. The Ray Price Capital City Bikefest saw a large turnout in September. Photo by Scott Clevenger and courtesy of Ray Price, Inc. Ray Price Capital City Bikefest raises more than $13K for charity Motorcyclists participated in the Patriot Ride, a charity event during the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest. Photos courtesy of Ray Price Inc. The Raleigh Tattoo Festival, which took place during the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest, featured tattoo artists raising money for the USO of North Carolina and U.S. Veterans Corps charities.

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