Riding the Southwest with Wild Bill

Pics by Wild Bill, Famous Jake, Christina, and Billy

It doesn’t get any better than this! When most of the country is covered in snow or getting much needed rain, we here in the Southwest (who get our fair share of difficult weather) are lucky to have our prime riding weather right now. This is the reason we have the pleasure of covering so many events. Famous Jake and I are out often helping each other or working the coverage together. This last month has been busy and we hope for more busy months to come. Below are just a few events we recently covered in the Southwest. Hope you enjoy the experience through these words and pics as experiencing them first-hand was a blast!

“The Huns MC Steak Fry”

The Huns MC of Tucson Arizona opened their club house to a night of partying, meeting friends new & old, and eating some of the best food around; Steaks that were cooked to perfection with a plate full of addons.

The night was perfect! The band “Flyin’ Blind” was rocking the place and the clubhouse was packed. The steaks were sold out in no time at all and they were sure worth it. A Big thanks to the Huns MC for putting on a great event and watch out for next year’s as this year was a hit and definitely one to attend.

“Nogales Riders Toy Run”

This event was in the works for awhile. This was the 5th Annual Toy Run for the Nogales Riders and Southwest riders were scheduled to meet at Montgomery’s Grill and Saloon in Vail to depart on the mission “South of the Border”. To back up a little, Montgomery’s previously put on a benefit concert to raise money for the Toy Run and to benefit St. Jude’s. One of the bands that rocked Vail Arizona on that wonderful Southwest day was the Vince Moreno Band and as par for the course,Montgomery’s did not hold back. We were also entertained by The Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band (FreeBird). This event brought in a lot of riders, of course tons of food, and last but not least, the vendors were there providing us with plenty of items that we needed and/or wanted. The day of the event riding into Mexico was a little overcast but proved to be a wonderful day. My daughter, Christina, was on the move taking pictures to share with everyone and the bikes were lined up beyond the horizon. What a wonderful feeling knowing you are helping kids during this season of giving. We arrived, crossing the border and making our way to the two blocks blocked off for us to enjoy the party. A tractor trailer full of toys was being unloaded and toys were being distributed to the children. Smiles were everywhere! The crowd sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed all the festivities.

As usual when you’re having fun, the day just went to fast. Having done the Tijuana toy run, I must admit, this event could be on its’ way to reach that status in the years to come. A Big thanks to the Nogales Riders and Montgomery’s for the fun filled day. See you next year for more of the same.

BTW by Famous Jake

The City of Nogales has a couple things that other places don’t. There’s an international border that demarks the Mexican part from the American part. They’re not twin cities – it’s one city on both sides of the border. And there’s the Nogales Riders MC that draws members from both sides of the line. An international bike club that for the last four years has staged the Santa Run each December to brighten the holidays and bring a little Christmas cheer to children in the area who might not otherwise have a tree or a toy to put under it. While the Solo Angels Tijuana Toy Run is certainly older and larger – and they deserve all props for the good that they do in organizing this fun and beneficial event – it is NOT the only international toy run. There, I’ve said it and I feel better now.

Tucson Harley Davidson Presents Bike Night at The Hut” Located in downtown Tucson (A.K.A. “Old Town”) is where you will find The Hut. Tucson Harley Davidson has started a bike night and you need to check out their web site, www.tucsonharley.com, to see when the next one will be. The evening was a little cool but that didn’t keep riders away. Some friends I haven’t seen in awhile were their and The Chef from Hell was serving us food and the smell over took the street (Oh yes, BBQ, what a biker treat). A competitive bike show provided nice trophies for the well-deserved winners in multiple classes. It was just great to get out, ride at night, and relax. Keep an eye out for the next one. Hope to see you there!

The Sun Riders 26th Annual Toy Parade Largest Motorcycle Parade In The Southwest” Now this is the “Grand-Daddy” of them all here in the Southwest. The Sun Riders MC work all year long setting up this event, planning all of the logistics, and meeting with all the town officials; just to turn around and start the preparations all over again for next year. They put their heart and souls into this for helping make a difference in the lives of children.

All proceeds benefit AVIVA Children’s Services. This year the Weather Gods dumped a little rain the days preceding the event, but this wouldn’t stop us. This day, we road the streets of Tucson and the Weather Gods blessed us with dry safe roads. This year’s parade was dedicated In Loving Memory of one of the founders, Wes “REDBIRD” Boldam. You will be missed! The Celebrity Grand Marshal was Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of www.GoDaddy.com. As I was running around getting the much needed Fuji film moments, the riders lined up for the 12 noon start. It was a small crowd to begin with, but as the morning went on, the riders came through with the giving spirit that we all know we have and we spread it around. Riding the parade route with kid’s waving was overwhelming (You know how it feels knowing you’re the cause of their happiness at that moment). As we arrived at Beaudry RV who donated our last stop, the BBQ was cooking and the Band “Mikey and the Maniacs” was jamming.

We had the pleasure of Papa Bear announcing prizes, raffles, and entertaining the crowd. Listing the sponsors of this event would takeup too much ink, so please check out the website of the Sun Riders MC Tucson Arizona, www.sunriderstoyparade.org, and thank them personally.

As I pulled into the driveway arriving home, I felt a few drops of rain and I knew it was the Weather Gods saying good night! Yes, the Rain Gods were good to us that day, waiting until the event was over to come out and play.

Wild Bill