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Local bike club holds rally, raises money for Woods

click to enlarge MOTORCYCLE MADNESS :  Sweet vintage bikes, like this customized British Vincent, will be on display at the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club’s second annual SLO Classic Motorcycle Rally, Oct. 7-10, which benefits Woods Humane Society. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL COAST CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE CLUB
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL COAST CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE CLUB
  • MOTORCYCLE MADNESS : Sweet vintage bikes, like this customized British Vincent, will be on display at the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club’s second annual SLO Classic Motorcycle Rally, Oct. 7-10, which benefits Woods Humane Society.
Badass biker gang the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club (CCCMC)—a collection of dangerous financial planners, automobile restoration specialists, businessmen, and professionals—will be revving up their vintage sport bikes to benefit Woods Humane Society.

The CCCMC’s event, the second annual SLO Classic Motorcycle Rally, will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 10, and is open to the public. Vintage bike enthusiasts from all over the state will bring bikes to display, and several notable figures from the motorcycle world will attend.

“Thursday, we’ll have a classic motorcycle display at First Bank parking lot for Farmers Market,” explained club president John Bernard, a Norton aficionado. “Friday is a ride up Highway 1 to Ragged Point for lunch, then back for a beach bonfire at Port San Luis in Avila Beach, with an evening of conversation with Hall of Famer Craig Vetter and a dinner by Splash Café. Saturday is our main event, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountain Brook Church in SLO (by KSBY). We’ll be having a charity raffle for Woods Humane Society and have a brand new Buddy 125 Scooter that’s our main raffle prize. We’ll also have vendors, a motorcycle parts swap meet, Craig Vetter will have several presentations, and there’ll be a motorcycle show and motorcycle contests such as slow ride, LeMans, piston toss, and many more contests. Lunch will be available by Splash Café. Finally, Sunday is a ride to the Loading Chute in Creston.”

In addition to the aforementioned Saturday activities, the 2010 Norton Motorcycles and Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian will be on display, as will other classic Indian motorcycles presented by the Hensley Family.

Special guest Craig Vetter is well known to motorcyclists.

“He founded the Vetter Corporation, a company that became famous for its touring and sport fairings for motorcycles from the late 1960s into the 1980s,” Bernard explained. “Vetter’s designs were so innovative and influential that they inspired directions in motorcycle design. In addition to designing and selling motorcycle fairings, Vetter was also a racer and a sponsor of racing teams and fuel-economy runs during the early 1980s. Craig was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, and he remains active in developing personal transportation for the new millennium by serving as consultant to major corporations.”

Eddie Mulder, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, will also be on hand Saturday.

“Eddie Mulder had a ‘pretty good year’ in 1966,” Bernard quipped. “He’s the only man in AMA Pro Racing history to win all three Grand National TT events in the same year.”

You can also meet Joe Leonard, who won the first AMA Grand National Championship Series in 1954 and won it again in 1956 and 1957. His record totals 27 wins, including the 1957 and 1958 Daytona 200. He went from bikes to cars, and is the only racer in the world to have won multiple national championships in both automobile and motorcycle racing back to back, surpassing the great John Surtees.

Plus, speed demon Marty Dickerson will be there. Dickerson is best known for setting speed records on his own Vincent HRD Rapide during the 1950s. He set a Class C record of 129 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1951. When the record was broken a year later, Dickerson came back with an improved version of his Vincent in 1953 and turned in a run of 147 mph, a record held for 20 years!

Any fan of motorcycles won’t want to miss this chance to see these classic bikes and rub shoulders with these motorcycle greats.

Fast facts

Despite the recent heat wave, winter is coming upon us, and the neediest among us could really use your help. Currently, the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter and the Prado Day Center need travel size toiletries; paper plates, utensils, Ziploc bags, and trash bags; twin size blankets, sheets, and sleeping bags; socks and men’s and women’s underwear; coffee, tea, powdered creamer, and sugar; hairdryers, batteries, nail clippers, razors, and tweezers; milk, cereal, fruit, and snacks; and men’s clothing (XXL and larger). For info on donating these items, call Dee Torres at 541-6351, Ext. 822, or Shawn Ison at 786-0617.

The 18th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk for Woods, 2010: A Space Paw-Dyssey is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Laguna Lake Park in SLO. Woods’ homeless cats and dogs invite you to join them for a fun, family-friendly one-mile walk and pet fair. Register on-line at woodshumane.org or pick up a form at Woods or Lemos Feed and Pet Supply.

Glen Starkey, motorcycle enthusiast and dog lover, can be reached at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.

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