Love Ride 2011

The 28th annual Love Ride to raise money to overcome Autism is October 23, 2011. Tonight Show host, Jay Leno, will lead thousands of bikers to Castaic Lake for one of largest and perhaps most eagerly-anticipated motorcycle ride-for-charity in the country, Love Ride is a mega-event that draws thousands of generous motorcycle enthusiasts, concert-goers, and a number of celebrities each year to partake in the pleasures of helping others while enjoying music from top American artists.

“The Love Ride is truly unique because it’s not just entertainment for charity,” notes event founder Oliver Shokouh.  “It’s a full-immersion experience that lets people participate in a way that raises the spirit of giving to high levels, mainly because it feels so good.”

Since Love Ride’s humble beginning in 1984, thousands have come together year after year to support its causes, experience some of the best music in the country and enjoy quality food with like-minded people. The charity cause is Autism, a challenging neurological disorder that affects a growing number of children and their parents each year.  Through the generosity of bikers and everyone involved The Love Ride makes a significant impact on the disorder in helping fund research, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. 

This year the award-winning country duo of Montgomery Gentry brings their special sound and personality to the main stage.  Beloved by fans for their story-telling music style and personal values, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry also ride Harleys – a combination that promises to make Love Ride 2011 an unforgettable biker experience. No Love Ride would be complete without its loyal celebrity supporters.  This years’ cast of characters includes Robert Patrick, Peter Fonda, Lorenzo Lamas, Larry Hagman and Willie G. Davidson (plus typical surprise celebrities), all dedicated Love Ride veterans who can often be found mingling with fellow bikers.

Castaic Lake, with its rolling hills, shade trees, and the beautiful lake makes an ideal setting for a long list of activities: The music of Montgomery Gentry backed by hand-picked gourmet food purveyors, motorcycle stunt shows, plus an eclectic variety of vendors with souvenirs to take home.  Proud bikers can also display their rides in a bike show and special prizes for top fund-raisers will also be featured. All makes of motorcycles are welcome to participate in the Love Ride.  And even if you don’t ride a motorcycle but want donate and hear a great concert in beautiful Castaic Lake, there is ample and free parking for cars and trucks too.

For the latest information and updates on the ride, go to Love Ride. Registration forms are available online at Glendale Harley-Davidson Sign Up or in person at Glendale Harley Davidson, 3717 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA.  Forms can also be obtained by calling the dealership at (818) 246-5618. (photography Jay Leno by Ron Bermudez, Peter Fonda with poster child Jared Schultz by Cheryl Bert)

Cyril Huze