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In This Issue:


Fly-in, Drive-in Ride-in April 21st!


Keith Larson's Ride #10 is April 28th


Independent Benefit Run: Ray of Hope is April 29th


Dale Folwell for Lt. Governor


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


Event Report by Grover: Combat Vets of SC Benefit


Event Report by Jane: Thin Blue Line Ride


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of April 16-23, 2012

Monday 84 sunny, Tuesday 78 iso t-storms, Wednesday 63 showers, Thursday 77 p-cloudy, Friday 81 m-sunny, Saturday 76 scattered t-storms, Sunday 68 p-cloudy, Monday 73 p-cloudy (as per on Sunday 4/15/12)





Nuff Said

You guys had me covered this week, thanks! Not much more for me to say since I have been overwhelmed with wonderful content for this week's e-Magazine and that's just as it should be. The Carolina Rider Scene is YOUR PLACE to get the scoop and most of that scoop is supplied BY YOU!

As you see below, Readerville is chock-full this week. Lots going on that readers want you to know about. Please do take a few moments to browse through the flyers and valuable information provided and then get some of these events on your calendar and do what you do so well - reaching out, extending beyond yourself, supporting the communities and individuals around you!

Be Like Grover!

Also enjoy reading Colin aka "Grover's" article below about the Combat Vets of SC and their benefit for Purple Heart Homes. He did a great job helping us all connect with both what his riding club is all about as well as how their recent event helped out a valuable charity. Are you involved in a Carolina motorycle event somewhere sometime? Don't forget that you can do just what Grover did ... write a little something and send us a few shots so that other readers can connect with what's going on in your neck of the woods! We appreciate Grover's efforts today and look forward to hearing more about the activities of Combat Veterans of SC.



... an eclectic little section dedicated to eclectic items sent in by our eclectic readers!


Some Much Appreciated Reader Gratitude:

From Dale O.: "My wife and I have been riding for 10+ years. When we moved to Charlotte 8 years ago we found it very hard to find one central place to find the local bike events. But about 3yrs ago we stumbled upon The Carolina Rider and I can tell you that every Wednesday we hit the event calendar and start planning our weekend. The e-Magazine keeps us informed. The articles are usually very interesting and seem to not be bias in any way and range from Metrics to Harleys. It's hand- down just a great central location to get all the info you need from local bike nights to the next big poker run or Charity ride.Thanks for all the hard work."





The following event info came in from Rose who signed with the following truly cool title: Dream Granter, Toby's Dream. Event Coordinator. Wow! I think that just might be the very best "job title" I've ever seen or heard! Who wouldn't want to be a dream granter?! (FF)


Outer Banks Bike Rally 2012 at Vertigo Tattoo Benefit for Toby's Dream Foundation
4/25-4/28 11 am- 6 pm Daily. Entry free--donations gratefully accepted for the kids

7594 Shipyard Road
Manns Harbor, NC 27953

Come on out to Vertigo Tattoo in beautiful Manns Harbor, NC for four days of fun to benefit Toby's Dream Foundation that makes dreams come true for kids with life threatening illnesses. We're having bike contests and games, burn out pit, eating contests, poker runs, vendors, great prizes, raffles, food and drink and the Wall of Death with Daredevils Unlimited as seen on TruTV's Full Throttle Saloon. A rockin' free concert with Scott Franson followed by the unique Rock-Southern-Country edged band, SwampDaWamp on Wednesday and Thursday. The music line up for Friday and Saturday totally rocks with DERAIL, The Walker Brothers and Eliminator, a ZZ Top tribute band out of Kansas City. Be a part of crowd selecting Ms. Outer Banks Bike Rally 2012 with a bikini contest on Saturday afternoon. It's going to be a great event and best of all we will all be helping to make dreams come true for our special Toby's Dream kids. Tomorrow begins with a dream.... Entry free--donations gratefully accepted for the kids.

For more information contact: Rose McHale 252-255-8157



Jason of Jason's Garage & Diva Customs sent in the following ....



Grand Opening Party, Open House, Pig Roast, Party, and Bike Show

Date:  May 19th, 2012

Time:  11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:  Diva Customs Motorcycle Co. / Jason's Garage Inc.

Address:  1131 Highway 41 Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Phone:  (843) 284-8006


Details:  Welcome all Bikers!  The Low Country's Newest Aftermarket Motorcycle Shop is celebrating being open for business with a Grand Opening Party and Pig Roast.  Anyone arriving on two or three wheels gets a coupons for upcoming promotions at Diva Customs / Jason's Garage Inc.  Refreshments, Music, Great Bikes, Good Times, and Great People.  Join us!



Johnny Overby, President of the NC Blue Knights sent in the following ....







From Keith Larson

Keith Larson of WBT talk radio sent us this encouragement to get involved with this month's charitable ride....

Saturday, April 28 will be "Keith's Ride 10" (we have to call it "Keith's Ride" now because of a
trademark issue). It comes as I wrap up my tenth year at WBT. The Ride is going "Back to
Waxhaw" where it all started for me in Charlotte and where we went on the very first Ride. It
will be a terrific Ride, escorted by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Motor Patrol as always,
with help from other local agencies. It starts at Matthews Fun Machines and ends up in Historic
Downtown Waxhaw, where the town is helping us host a "Street Festival" on Main Street with
several bands, great food, and lots of fun.
As you know, your contributions as Riders go to our charities - and the need has never been
greater. We will be riding for the March Forth with Hope (Hope Stout) Foundation and the Zach
Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund, as always, and also three local families with kids currently
battling horrible cancers. The basic cost for a Rider and passenger to enjoy the whole day
including breakfast, lunch from Mac's Speed Shop, t-shirts, etc., remains $50. We once again
have several upgraded contribution packages to help us raise more money for the kids and
families. This year, the payment you make when you register will go directly to the March Forth
with Hope Foundation and you will receive a tax deductible receipt for your contribution. March
Forth will then distribute funds to the other recipients.
We've had some excellent times together on these Rides, with many more to come. We do them
to have a fun day that allows us to help kids and families going through struggles that most of us,
thank God, will never know. I hope to see you on April 28th.
Follow on twitter: @KeithsRides



My calendar had a conflicting event on it Saturday so I didn't make it to Thin Blue Line Ride myself but you can hear tons of good stuff about it from Jane below in her periodic "Just of the Bling of it" column and you know Footloose will mention it as well. Do grab a moment to browse the photos in our GALLERY.

Sorry I missed seeing you all but I'll surely be around for many upcomings as the season cranks to a start.....


"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor

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Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association in South Carolina Supports Purple Heart Homes, Inc.

My name is Colin "Grover" Gilman and I am the State Representative for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association in South Carolina. We are an association with chapters in 48 states. I will bet you cannot guess which two do not have a chapter...It is neither Hawaii nor Alaska. Our motto is "Vets Helping Vets." In order to qualify for membership you must have been deployed to a combat zone and provide documented proof. Usually that is in the form of a DD214, but there are other means for those still on active duty. If you are interested in membership, please visit

April 7th Benefit in West Columbia, SC

On April 7th we hosted an event at Harley Haven in Columbia, SC to benefit an organization called Purple Heart Homes, Inc. (PHH) PHH, Inc. is a 501c(19) charity, as we are, that intends to improve the quality of life for those veterans who have service connected disabilities. An example would be to widen doorways for wheel chairs, build accessible showers, ramps, or even lower counter tops in the kitchen. In some instances they have even fabricated an addition to house or built a new house. The only way they can do this is through the donation of money, time, and materials from patriots like those that were able to come out on Saturday. Several businesses and contractors have also given to this organization. The one main thing I find notable about PHH, Inc. is that they do not solely focus on modern era war veterans. There is a CVMA member in North Carolina who was the recipient of an addition to his house and he served in Vietnam.  He lost his lower left leg as a result of Diabetes and Agent Orange.

Many Thanks

I would like to thank all of you that came out to support this event. I know there were some other things going on that weekend, to include Easter and some golf tournament in Georgia. Perhaps a little foresight could have been used to avoid that (lol!) I would like to thank VFW Post 6740, Leesville, SC for their generous donation and Jim Wertman of Carolina Honda for his donation and assistance with advertising. Preacher Stone put on a hell of a show, as always. Harley Haven provided a more than suitable venue and donated a pair of dyno tests to some lucky winners. I would also like to thank The Carolina Rider e-Mag for helping to get the word out!

Learn about & Support Purple Heart Homes

For more information on Purple Heart Homes and how you can lend assistance, please visit their website. Make sure you watch the CBS News story found on their homepage!

Where the Money Goes

We have not yet received a final tally from the event. I was told that this money will be used to help a family located right here in West Columbia. If you would like to donate to this cause or to the CVMA, as we also lend assistance to other cases as they occur, you can hit our Paypal account using Please leave a note with your contact information so we can send you our EIN for your tax deduction. Every last cent goes to helping our veterans. You can also hit the "DONATE" tab on the PHH, Inc. website noted above.

Next Events with CVMA

We will do this again next year and we hope for even more people to come on out. Additionally, we will have another opportunity for you to join us this fall for our 9/11 ride in Edisto Island, SC.




Thin Blue Line Ride

The best way to describe this ride ... OXYMORON ...

Within the first week of getting my bike endorsement, my husband and I got pulled by one of those Profiling Check Points where all the cars were waived past and only the bikers were pulled. I remember, they checked my helmet, my license, my registration, everything. Bikers waited their turn as each person's bike and information was thoroughly perused, and we lost a good 15 minutes of riding and listened to hours of complaining at our destination. It was talk about "us" against "them" and "my attorney said ..." I was instantly made aware of the "Officers in Blue vs. Bikers."

But the Thin Blue Line Ride is the two worlds joined by a Biker Bridge of Charity and Concern for those in Law Enforcement and their families. Instead of worrying about those flashing blue lights showing up in my mirrors ... I had the honor and opportunity to ride with the V.I.P. behind the flashing Blue Lights of the Men & Women in Blue!

Greg and I arrived at Cox's Harley-Davidson along with a crowd of others. We were instructed to the V.I.P. parking lot and were instantly greeted by an administrator from Kaplan College (one of the sponsors) who told us about the Criminal Justice Programs they offer. I instantly recognized the Yellow Softail ridden by Jason Taylor The Litigator and we parked just a few bikes behind him! We see that bike all the time! He must ride everywhere!

We grabbed our bag of goodies including our 2012 Thin Blue Line Ride T-shirt and got our wrist bands. I couldn't wait to get inside and shop at Cox's Harley-Davidson. The place was packed, and we could smell the V.I.P breakfast just around the corner! As we followed the scent of food, I was stopped by Trip Harder the Traffic Reporter on Fox News Charlotte. We had passed his bike on the highway as we were heading to Cox's H-D. I was excited that he came up to me ... should have known he wanted to meet our Dog! She loves bike events and evidently so does Trip!

(.... my husband and my dog relaxing amidst Saturday's event hustle and bustle....)

Outside was busy, lots of activities and folks visiting and sharing. There was a special event photographer, Austin of Suitcase Photography, with a very "boobtiful" girl that would gladly pose with you and your bike! And you could purchase your photos at the end of the ride.

The Fire Truck Ladder was as high as it could go with the giant Stars and Stripes billowing from it. The officers on motorcycles made a uniform entrance, right down to a formal dismount, where we all noticed Officer Amanda! The D.J. kept the crowd busy, until it was time to go. Then in Carolina style, a Prayer, the Color Guard, and a bugler playing Taps, and then the roar of the bikes as we drove beneath the flag and out the long drive of Cox's Harley Davidson.

When you ride behind the flashing lights, you get a lot of respect. 50 miles of never having to stop. "Buff" officers (yes, there was some eye candy for the women too!,) controlled the intersections, as our miles-long chain of bikes road through without a glitch. I never could see the end of the line from my mirrors!

When we turned in to Harley-Davidson of Charlotte, we were led to the large parking lot where the HOG Rally was held in 2010. Greg counted over 20 bikes in approximately 20 rows in that lot and there were several other lots filled all around the Harley-Davidson of Charlotte grounds! Riding 50 miles on beautiful back roads must make people hungry! There was a special place for food and drinks set up by Jason Taylor, The Litigator, along with great hats from City Chevrolet, a flagship store of Rick Hendricks located on Independence Blvd. in Charlotte, and FREE Beer from Budweiser! It was cushioned seating, table clothes, and good eating from Applebees!! Did I mention FREE Budweiser Beer?!

With a great ride and full belly, we checked out our photos with Austin, the Event Photographer booth! We headed to the large Travel Trailer display by Tom Johnson's Camping Center. There was one on display that made us drool!! (It would be perfect for Sturgis!)

Hendricks City Chevrolet had a Camaro that could really get someone in trouble - I loved it! It makes sense to me that when you ride a Motorcycle ... you should gravitate to a "Bad A$$" car! It goes with the bike!

Inside Harley-Davidson of Charlotte, I tried to photograph the crowds and Motorcycle Alley. Staff was everywhere answering questions and making sales. The band, Rock Star, was cranking out 80's Rock, a lot of Guns and Roses and other songs that I am embarrassed to say I know all the words to. They were as much fun to watch as they were great to listen to.

The Retired NYPD Club put together a silent auction. The Carolina Rider's BIG RIDE Bus had drawings and giveaways. There was a 50/50, and so much more!

A day when Law Enforcement and Bikers were one! Taking care of each other like family. It was an Oxymoron, and I am thankful for these officers, and their families who support them. The Thin Blue Line is just a small way of giving back what the officers sacrifice for our well being and safety!

Thank you for all you do.



To Donate:

The April Five Organization will assist with expenses not covered by Industrial Insurance for line of duty injuries of sworn CMPD officers. Your donation not only will help the officers in need today, but those who unfortunately will need April Five in the future. Your support also shows your appreciation for the officers of CMPD, by recognizing the sacrifices that law enforcement officers and their families make every single day.







Thoughts from Last Weekend

and Looking Ahead at

the 28th and 29th

There were over 500 people who made the ride from Cox's Harley to Harley of Charlotte. I hope you were not one of the people who missed it. It was great - great weather, great ride. great people, and a great cause. Plan now for next year. Can you imagaine 1,000 bikes in a police escorted ride? In the next few weeks we will post the date for next year's ride.

Two weeks from now is Keith Larson's, Keiths Ride 10 to start at Matthews Fun Machine. Keith goes a really good job at this event and I highly recommend you attend this ride. Sadly, I will not be able to make it to this ride but I would love some pictures to post and someone to write a story about it! Anyone interested?

The following day is the Independent Biker Run. This event is to benefit the family of Ray Meisbaurer, a Charlotte-local musician and friend to the biking community who lost his battle with cancer. Please support this valuable annual event and good cause!


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



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