The Love Ride, the legendary motorcycle charity event was cancelled in 2009 because of a challenging economy, is planning to start again in fall 2011. Oliver Shokouh, Love Ride founder and owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale just confirmed that there would be no “Ride” this year and that it will be replaced by a Biker’s Carnival held at Glendale Harley-Davidson on Sunday, October 24, 2010.
The Love Ride started in 1981 and 1982 as a biker’s carnival, then skipped a year before coming back as the Love Ride in 1984. The event was initially to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As the Love Ride grew, the destination changed from Calamigos Ranch to Lake Castaic and then to the Fairplex. The list of beneficiaries also grew, from MDA to over one dozen children’s charities, including Autism Speaks. The Love Ride Foundation continues to accept donations throughout the year through the sale of Love Ride merchandise and the aforementioned Love Ride Biker’s Carnival. For more information, go to Love Ride or contact the Love Ride Chairperson, Oliver Shokouh, at firstname.lastname@example.org