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Dale Folwell for Lt. Governor


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


The Women Riders of the Motor Maids with Sandy Reece


NC Legislative Affairs with Blastoff


Loose Talk with Jon



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"This is our tenth charity ride and it coincides with my tenth anniversary here at WBT and it seemed like a great time to go 'Back to Waxhaw', my adopted hometown, where we went on the very first motorcycle ride," Larson said. "The Street Festival is a way to celebrate, and help more kids and families, with an event open to everyone."

The Ride and street festival proceeds will support the March Forth with Hope Foundation and Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund, as each Ride has done. In addition, there are always specific local families and kids the Ride helps. In the past, the Ride has been in honor and support of children including Victoria Martinsen of Charlotte and Grace McGrath of Weddington, little girls who fought valiant, ultimately losing battles against cancer. The Ride has also lifted up Cassidy Hooper, born with no eyes or nose; Stephen McMickens, who came to the aid of Charlotte Police Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton when they were shot; and Jordan Jemsek, the Charlotte girl who has successfully battled adult leukemia through a bone marrow transplant. This year's ride will raise up and help three area children, ages 4 to 13, who are currently battling cancer.

The Ride itself is a 90-minute police escorted cruise from cruise from Matthews Fun Machines, located near US 485 in Matthews, through South Charlotte to Lancaster, SC, and through Union County to Historic Downtown Waxhaw. It is led by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Motor Patrol, with assistance from several other agencies along the way.

Pre-registration is open now until 12:00pm on April 27, 2012 at this link: Day-of registration opens at 8:30 am, the ride leaves at 10:00 am and arrives in Waxhax at approx. 12:00 pm.

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. Non-rider participants can make a secure donation on the registration page.









The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of April 23-30, 2012

Monday 58 m-cloudy, Tuesday 64 m-sunny, Wednesday 69 am showers, Thursday 78 p-cloudy, Friday 77 p-cloudy, Saturday 81 m-sunny, Sunday 80 p-cloudy, Monday 76 m-sunny (as per on Sunday 4/23/12)





The Carolina Rider

can Promote your Event!

We get an ever-growing number of requests to publish flyers and information about upcoming events here in our weekly e-Magazine, The Carolina Rider Scene, as well as in the online magazine,

Did you know that we're HAPPY to help you promote your event? It's one big reason why we're here!


Please don't hesitate to email me and ask to get your not-for-profit event promoted by your friends at The Carolina Rider!

Some ways we can help ...

EVENT CALENDAR LISTING - is the go-to resource for what's happening in The Carolinas! Make sure your event is listed simply by going to and clicking on SUBMIT EVENT to fill in your event info. As a recent email from devoted reader Dale O. stated, "The e-Magazine keeps us informed. It's hands-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."

YOUR FLYER can be published here in The Carolina Rider Scene at least one week and depending on space, often we can run it more than once. And don't forget that your flyer can be inserted into the online EVENT CALENDAR as well!

STORIES & PHOTOS! ... You've seen other events and groups covered in our publications - photos, little event reports, in-depth stories and photo journals published in this e-Magazine &/or on our website front page. How do you think those things show up online or in your Inbox? Representatives of the groups and events make it happen! Want to let riders know how to get involved in your organization or simply what you're all about? Got a ride coming up? Having a benefit and want to get the word out to the motorcycle community? Has the event already passed but you've got a good story to tell and photos to share? GET IT TO ME! And remember, your story and photos can be found at The Carolina Rider online for years to come so that when you're planning your next annual event you can point potential sponsors and supporters back to what we've published here on The Carolina Rider! Finally, please ask me now how to list your club/organization in The Club Room, an online riding group listing under construction just for you!

EVENT PLANNING GUIDANCE - Because we have a long and deep history of creating, designing, and producing many motorcycle-related events, we at The Carolina Rider have a wealth of know-how when it comes to what it takes to pull off a successful event. Ask how we might give you a hand behind the scenes, with onsite presence, networking with potential event sponsors, and even in securing cost-effective give-aways!



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





Scooter, President of EODMC sent in the following ... a good example of how he asked for promotional help from The Carolina Rider for his not-for-profit activity: "I have received your E-magazine for quite awhile now and was wondering if you could run a spot for us to help with our effort to raise some money for the Wounded EOD Warrior Project. Our MC is a 501(c)(19) Veterans non-profit organization. The attached pdf flyer describes our current custom build bike that we are raffling for the WEODW Project. The money raised will help Active Duty EOD Technicians that are injured performing Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations world wide. The bike is currently in Florida but will be going on the road for show soon. The winning ticket will be drawn at our poker run at The Outpost for Bikers in Freeport FL on 13 Oct 2012"










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




Women Riders, check it out!

Welcome today to a new addition to The Carolina Rider Scene, a column by Sandy Reece of the Motor Maids. I'm happy that they're sharing about this amazing bunch of women riders and their rich history and so grateful to Sandy for being willing to jump into writing for you. I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing some of them a couple years back and some were highlighted in a special women's edition we offered in 2010. Look for more from Sandy and please, ladies, share your ride stories and photos too!

Blue Ridge Harley under New Ownership

Stealth and Vicki covered the grand re-opening of a longtime dealership and a day of riding and socializing with good riding friends. Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson is under new ownership and you can read about it now in Stealth's story online. We welcome the new owners to The Carolinas and hope for future good associations. Oh, and please check out Vicki's great photos along with the article ... and as today's "cover" photo up top!


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

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Ride & Vote!


Keith's Ride this Saturday

I encourage you to take a look at this moving video that Keith Larson sent me which promotes the ride this Saturday and the charity that benefits. As he says, "this TV link is to a story just done on WBTV by Molly Grantham about the Kids we ride for. It'll make you melt." For more info about the ride, check out the above flyer and press release and go sign up for the ride with Keith!

Be an Educated Voter

I appreciate Blastoff's column above as he encourages us to all be educated voters, to do some research and make informed choices. Thanks for your words of wisdom, Bill. While most folks only think of voting in the big elections, many issues that hit close to home are dealt wtih by our local and state government reps and those elections are drawing near.


Doc Ski talks about Dale Folwell for Lt. Governor

I received the following email from Doc Ski of the NC CBA/ABATE and want to share this with you since it's about one of the Sponsors of The Carolina Rider: "According to our constitution, CBA is not allowed to endorse politicians for office, however we have a good friend of motorcyclists who is running for office and I want to share with you some of the things that I know he has done for us. This is me speaking as a private individual and not as the representative of CBA/ABATE of NC. I would hope that you would share this information with your membership and friends and vote for Dale Folwell as Lt Governor in the May 8th primary election.

Dale Folwell is a two time recipient of the CBA/ABATE of NC Legislative Champion Award.  The highest award we give for politicians who help us in Raleigh.  He received this award for all of his good works. Dale is a motorcyclist himself and a world record holder for distance riding. Dale has sponsored bills for us and also helped to get legislation passed in the House for us that others have sponsored.

Dale Folwell supports the repeal of our mandatory helmet law. He was instrumental in helping get our Red Light Law passed.  He was involved in the uninsured motorist bill.  He also tried to get motorcycles exempted from paying toll fees on toll roads.  He was a major reason that the discriminatory "mandatory-training" aspect was pulled from the recent MC Learners Permit bill  introduced by Senator Rand.

Dale was the Key Note Speaker at the NCOM Conference held in Charlotte and has been a true friend to motorcyclists across NC since his entry into the political arena.  You can find out more about Dale by going to his website at


Maybe I'll see ya out and about this weekend -

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



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Harley-Davdison of Charlotte






SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

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Harley-Davdison of Charlotte



SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte





SkyLine Inn






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