Article and photos by Perry and Traci Nelson
Traci and I started our QT booth at EagleRider Tempe March 25-26th at the “Wake Up and Smell the Freedom” event. As bike week in Arizona closed in we regrouped and took our booth on the road. Below is a not-so-small account of our experiences, our coverage of the Veterans Charity Ride from Scottsdale Indian, and some added coverage from QT California’s Pastor Z.
Locations: Roadhouse, Steel Horse Saloon, and Ramjet Racing
“Somewhere in Cave Creek”
The small town of Cave Creek transforms every year into a mini Sturgis during Bike Week with vendors, bike shows, live music, and motorcycles lining up and down the strip. The restaurants each feature specials and local bands. We started our day early setting up at the Roadhouse. Mark Bradshaw and Kevin Price were gracious hosts in positioning our booth by the entrance closest to the tasty food, live music and all the action. Trey Odum, Dave Mensch and Michael Nitro played through out the day.
You meet the most interesting people in Cave Creek, a mixture of locals and bikers. The first guy to get his picture taken on our bike with Tiffany was William Dear, donning a cowboy hat. He shared that he produced and directed the biker movie in 1976 called: “Northville Cemetery Massacre” and reminisced about his riding days; what a start! We took turns taking breaks to walk around town to check out merchandise at the vendor booths and stores. Traci loved the artwork that was displayed in the galleries and booths; one in particular was with local artist Eric Hermann who is known for his hidden details within his paintings.
We made our way down to the Hideaway and met up with our friend Moe Madrid from Bad Boy Designs doing body painting on several gals. Later in the day the Roadhouse had a Worst Tattoo Contest with the winner receiving a free cover up from Monolithic Tattoo. There were quite a few entries that were so bad it was hard to figure out which could possibly be the worst. The winner was a guy who had what appeared to be a bunch of scribbles done while riding in the back of a jeep on a bumpy road … “Jackass” style.
Our Quick Throttle Booth stayed very busy all day with people wanting to get their picture taken with the Betty bike… she really is a beauty. Then we noticed a shy little girl with a big bow in her hair off to the side. She finally got up the courage to come over and asked, “Can I have a picture with the princess?” referring to Jennifer who was dressed as Bettie Page. You could tell it made her day; she was wearing the biggest smile while sitting on our Betty bike next to “Princess” Betty.
The day ended for us listening to Michael Nitro entertaining us with old-school biker favorites from Jimmy Buffet, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, to the Allman Brothers.
STEEL HORSE SALOON TRIFECTA
(1818 W Bell Rd, Phoenix 85023)
The Steel horse was celebrating its 22nd Annual Trifecta and its 27th Anniversary as Arizona’s Original Biker Bar sponsored by Law Tigers. During the year we attend their hosted HAMC Cave Creek support nights, charity rides and to hear local bands perform. Sunday was another early morning setting up our Quick Throttle booth, this time we set up across from the main stage and next to the Ramjet Racing booth.
Bike entries started rolling in for the Custom Bike Show & blow-out. There was a sponsor for each category: FXR/Dyna (Ramjet Racing); Twin Cam (FTD Cycles); Shovel/Evo (Gentleman’s Cycles); Bagger (Torch Industries); Chopper/Custom (Skunk Motorsports); Vintage (Love Cycles) and Best in Show (Steel Horse Saloon). Jack Schitt was MC for the fun day of listening to live music, shopping, and catching up with old friends and making new ones.
Then I saw it off in the distance– a PBR shirt, with the blue ribbon, bringing me back to my high school drinking days; I had to have one. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized it said “Pork, Brisket & Ribs” on the shirt which all makes sense now since the shirts were hung up surrounding the pulled pork food truck…I love it anyway.
The day ended with their annual Ice T-shirt Contest where the gals wear freezing cold shirts… oh you know the rest… it all ends in a “barely any” t-shirt contest. The winner was very entertaining and won $500. I felt that the fact that she poured a full Budweiser down her cleavage as the crowd erupted into deafening screams and applause didn’t hurt her chances at winning. As the entries from the bike show were riding out, a few people stopped to snap some pictures with our Betty bike and models.
RAMJET RACING CUSTOMER APPRECIATION
(12001 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix 85020)
Ramjets had their 17th Annual Customer Appreciation this year at their new location that’s just down the road from their old store. Again, it was another early day setting up our QT booth; we ended up parking our PNCC trailer facing along Cave Creek Road. This new location is nestled into cut rock formations and is directly across the street from a small mountain. It would definitely make a great back drop for a photo shoot, maybe even a cover.
Inside Ramjets it is much more spacious than their old building and now has room to display their custom choppers that they have for sale inside. Like every year the Grand Opening featured Free everything… Free entrance, free food, free bike show, Free Raffle and over $15K in Give-Aways.
The Stilettos performed for the event, taking breaks to announce the raffle prizes, bike show winners, and to take pictures with our Betty bike. We love The Stilettos with Tommy Price as lead singer/guitar, and Tina Starr with her stand-up drums and vocals. The Stilettos are well known for their lively, toe tapping, swing dancing rockabilly music. Tina is a natural posing on bikes…Tina walked over to an Indian next to our booth and started crawling all over it and I just started snapping away.
INDIAN MOTORCYCLES OF SCOTTSDALE
(8420 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale 85260)
Veterans Charity Ride
Indian Motorcycles of Scottsdale is under new ownership and hosted the Veterans Charity Ride. The American Legion Riders Chapter 58 and Post 44, and Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) of Scottsdale were also sponsors of the Veterans Motorcycle Therapy Ride (Vets Ride AZ. The Veterans Charity Ride is a really cool organization that matches Indian Motorcycles that are adapted with veterans who are physically challenged. They hold fundraising rides throughout the year leading up to their annual cross country ride from LA to the Sturgis Rally.
We got to spend some time with the new owner of this Indian dealership Charlie Yakich and his son Devin. These are two very down to earth guys that really know motorcycles and how to build a dealership, customer service at the top of their priorities along with giving back to the community through charities and Arizona biker community networking.
Charlie and I got to talking about knuckleheads, panheads, and of course bike builds which he wants to feature there in the future. They are in the process of planning their Grand Opening this summer so stay tuned for details to come. In the meantime come in and meet Charlie and Devin where you’re always made to feel welcome.
The new Indian motorcycles are insane; from the new “Monster” Vintage RoadMaster to my personal favorite the Dark Horse… The Veterans Charity Ride ended at the opening of Arizona Bike Week where all the veterans got free admission and later welcomed onto the stage by Brett Michaels too, and were honored for their service. By Perry and Traci, QT SW
ARIZONA BIKE WEEK 2017
By Pastor Z.
We had an awesome time at Arizona Bike Week 2017.
Bikers For Christ members from our Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, and the Grand Canyon Chapters came together for the event. We put on over 250 miles together riding all over at the various events during the week. We also enjoyed a lot of time ministering – passing out Gospel tracts and praying with people.
Westworld, Scottsdale HD, Arrowhead HD, Phoenix, and Cave Creek all
had vendors, music, great food and fun. Westworld had four headlining bands that got the crowds pretty excited– Brett Michaels, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, KORN and Alice Cooper. Most bikers enjoy rock n’ roll. My personal faves were Creedence & Alice Cooper – both bands were totally rockin’ the park with lots of hits that they’ve had over the years.
Westworld also had burn out and wheelie stunt shows, an HD Drill
Team exhibition, and some serious dirt track races – with both 2 wheelers and quads blastin’ around the track. Some cool entertainment. AZ Bike Week is one of the cooler State Rallies in the USA. It was already hitting 90 degrees at the beginning of April -but just remember folks “It’s a Dry Heat” ha ha! Arizona Bike Week did not disappoint. I’m just thankful the event is not in August!
Love, Pastor Z. QT CA