The US economy was downgraded from AAA+ to AA+, and me I downgrade United Airways from BBB- to CCC- for losing my luggage one more time this year… Well, as soon as I learned the not so good news (they will deliver my luggage to my hotel when they find it…) I jumped in my rental car, turned on the radio to learn that a tornado touched near Custer. Under pouring rain drove to Sturgis to meet with my friends and get their first impressions on this debut of Bike Week. As the locals say, if you don’t like the weather in South Dakota, just wait 15 minutes. It took 45 minutes for the sky to turn blue again…First observation on Lazelle Street and around. The number of non-official Sturgis/Black Hills merchandise is everywhere to be sold. Will SMRI vigorously enforce its trademarks? I don’t know yet. Paid a visit to a few vendors, then went straight to first major function of the week, the AMD World Championship Industry VIP Party
This party gathers the who’s who of the industry present in Sturgis around all the custom machines ready to compete during 3 days for the World Champion title and trophies in the following classes: Freestyle, Performance Custom, Modified Harley-Davidson and Production Manufacturer. And I am happy to inform you that I will again, like last year, broadcast live from Sturgis Wednesday August 10, at 5 PM EDT, 3 PM MDT the complete awards ceremony, followed immediately by the pictures of the bikes of the top 3 winners. It will be the 1st post on top of my Blog.
This evening I saw the “Class of 2011 World Championship Bikes”, and the level of quality is amazing. Prior to the main judging starting tomorrow, the organization gives some Partner Awards selected by the companies who financially support the event, like Arlen Ness, S&S, Rivera Primo, Harley-Davidson, JIMS, K&N etc. Below are the results (picture1: Crowd at VIP Party. Picture 2: Bert Baker Clowning around in Sidecar Flathead Masterpiece Built By Italian shop Abnormal Cycles. Picture 3: John Reed accepting his Partner Pick of Excellence Award from PowerSports Institute Campus Director Bernie Thompson.)