The Elko Motorcycle Jamboree Brings the Party
Story & Photos by Deborah Rodriguez
June 19th – 21st. Hello! My name is Debbie Rodriguez. I will be your guide for this year’s Rumble in the Rubies aka Elko Motorcycle Jamboree. Imagine riding down the main drag, Idaho St. in Elko, Nevada, and passing the Sherman Station. The group of five buildings making up this historic former stagecoach stop made of bristlecone pine logs is over 100 years old and was moved very carefully building by building in 1997 from a nearby ranch to downtown Elko. The Elko Chamber of Commerce now resides there and it’s part of a visitor center and historic complex now open to the public.
Now take a left onto 12th street and follow the road to the beautiful Ruby Mountains. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful view. The Rubies get their name by the color that they turn when the sun hits them just right. It is truly a beautiful sight. There is so much to see and do in Elko. Next year put the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree on your calendar and join us in the celebration. And remember to stop in at one of the local casinos to play some tables or slots!
The host of this year’s Jamboree was Brandie Notestine. Brandie and the Board members of the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree (EMJ) have planned all year for this event and the opening day is here. They did a wonderful job at making sure everyone would enjoy this year’s event.
This year marks the 15th annual Rumble in the Rubies. The event went through some changes with vendors to gear them more towards the bikers that visit Elko during this time. We had tattoo artists, leather items, helmets, pinstriping experts, and many more. Our visitors came from near and far: Elko, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and California.
The weather for the event was beautiful. There was no rain and the temperatures were in the mid 90’s.
Yeah!!! Friday morning is here. I am rested and ready to travel to the Downtown corridor for the day’s events. Friday’s events include Rides N Rods opening, Freestyle Motocross, Loud Pipes contest, POW/MIA Parade, and the Fryed Brothers Band.
Then it is time to head over to the Rides N Rods show. I am surprised when I get there to see many new cars and motorcycles placed in this year’s show. Wow!! The next show is the LIV Fast Motocross show. This show always pulls a huge crowd. The crowd loves to watch as the performers do their jumps and full 360’s in the air. After their performances have been completed Paul, Jared and Drake stand by to sign autographs for the crowd.
Next on the schedule is the POW/MIA Parade, which has become a tradition for the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree. The riders meet at 5th Gear Motorsport in Elko, where the Parade will start. The POW/MIA Parade marks the official opening of the EMJ. This year we had a new element to opening ceremonies as the Elko Color Guard did the Presentation of Colors and N-U-Endo played our National Anthem which was sung by N-U-Endo’s Vintah Montoya. There are bikes galore along with vintage & classic cars and trucks and new cars too. It’s beautiful to watch as the motorcycles come rolling by. Each member carries their flag with pride and admiration. Next up are cars and trucks with many entries, from a 1946 Ford Truck to the new 2015 ZO6 Corvette. There were so many entries in this year’s event, and all of them were gorgeous.
The EMJ Board was very excited to bring the Fryed Brothers Band to the Jamboree this year. The Fryed Brothers perform at Sturgis every year. This was a real treat for Elko. The band got the crowd engaged and many were up and dancing to their music. It was a great show. Street Karaoke and Pole Dancing contests closed out the night’s festivities. Saturday morning, my gang (John Rodriquez and Sherry Kirby) and I stop in at a nearby diner to have a great breakfast. It is 9:00 am and already getting really warm.
Our stomachs are full and we are ready to move on to the Car Show. Right on! We have a special guest from Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s “Horny Mike” from “Counting Cars” on the History Channel and he brought a new friend with him, Ryan Evans the custom painter on the show. They arrive in Horny Mike’s bus that was remodeled during one of the episodes. It is really hard to miss all those horns on the bus, let alone the vivid green color. Mike and Ryan brought some great gifts, and signed autographs for the fans. Both are really nice guys.
Another special guest to the EMJ this year was Chelsea Ryan. Chelsea was raised in Elko and moved to Phoenix after graduation. She was the International Playboy Playmate Miss January 2014. Horny Mike, Chelsea and Ryan presented trophies to the “Rides N Rods” Winners.
The 2015 “Best Custom” winning motorcycle is a beautiful tangerine orange with black and white racing ribbons striped across both tanks and the rear fender. My husband, John Rodriguez owns the 2005 Big Dog Pitbull. We purchased it in 2011 from a local car dealer. In 2012, the bike won “Best of Show” and $1000 cash at a Company sponsored car show. The Pitbull also took home the 2012 “People’s Choice” for Rides N Rods at the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree. At 2013 EMJ -Rides N Rods the bike won Best Wild Custom, and now in 2015 Best Custom. It is a beautiful bike.
After the Rides and Rods Awards, Mike and Ryan were asked to pull the winning raffle ticket for the 2015 Wells Cargo enclosed motorcycle trailer donated by Elko’s 5th Gear Powersports. We sure hope they will come back again next year.
John and I also headed over to the brand new Gold Rush Harley-Davidson for its first day open for business. The party started at 11am with a huge tent for shade and BBQ outside for all their guests. There were bikes and cars lined up on both sides of the street. I went inside to see what kind of treasures I could find. There is Harley-Davidson Apparel, Bikes, and a parts ordering counter. This is something Elko’s bike owners and owners-to-be will be thrilled to have. The store was packed with riders checking it out!
The rest of our day included more events; concerts, motocross, Bike wash at the “G”, Desert Thunder Poker run, and new this year was the “EMJ Poker Walk”. Then the featured concerts started at 6:30. First up was Appetite for Destruction – a Guns & Roses tribute. Great music and the crowd was jumping, singing and dancing around the concert area.
The crowd was still pumped as the headliner band “Fortunate Son” a CCR Tribute started their set, and who were very happy to be back in Elko playing for EMJ. They were amazing; the crowd got so involved that they were singing the words to the songs when the band was quiet. I was amazed to see that the young people were singing along too! Everyone had a great time.
Thank you Elko Motorcycle Jamboree and Staff for a great time! We know there are many great things to come for the Jamboree and Board Members in the coming year! See you next year!!! Special Thank you to my wonderful husband John for his support and help and to my fellow photographer, Twin Sister – Sherry Kirby!