By Randy Twells
Performance Specialists in the Kingman Airport complex (and a sponsor of Quick Throttle’s Laughlin River Run Event Guide each year) comes up with some unique ways to have fun. Although cold, windy, raining and hailing early in the day, the Biker Palooza Extravaganza show must go on so, between protecting 5th Gear’s band equipment or just dodging the hail that actually fell, not much beer was sold but lots of coffee and shots of Jim Beam were the big hits, along with the charitable causes supported.
There was a Bike Drop from a crane, followed by a Bike Smash (with big sledge hammers!) and trophies including yes a Ladies Power Trophy. In the Dueling Bike Burnout, inhouse bike tech Jesse beat Kelly with a popped tire, winning the trophy and a new tire! Indian Mike won the Bike Show Best of Show with his black 2014 Indian Chief. His prize was a trophy, $250 cash plus a 2-night stay at Colorado Belle. Mike donated $100 back to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation totaling $379 raised. —SOWF helps Spec Op Veterans and their families.
A local group served up burgers & hotdogs supporting the Run For The Wall– proceeds would be donated to the riders coming through Kingman in May heading to Washington DC for the Memorial Day Celebration. Kingman Fire Fighters Association served up beverages as their fundraiser. Several motorcycle related vendors, Mad Dog Radio K-Rock’s live remote and the Bikini Bike Wash still took place even in the brisk cool wind. One last note on being a good neighbor, Kelly and Jesse took time during the festivities to work on a half dozen bikes that were having problems just to get the travelers back on the road. Kelly knows the feeling of breaking down during a run so he is always willing to help when he can.
Stop by sometime and meet Debby Frain and Thomas Kelly at Performance Specialists, Kingman, Arizona!