Bikers Took Notice of the Party in Otis!
Written by Diana Olmstead
Photos by Diana, Robin Hudson & Jason Eck
On Friday, July 24th, the Quick Throttle crew saddled up to make our way to one of the oldest and largest old school motorcycle campouts in Oregon – Run 21! For the 2nd year in a row, the event was held in the small community of Otis, just 4 miles from Lincoln City. Since we started off near Olympia, WA we opted to take a nice scenic coastal ride down Hwy 101. No doubt about it we were all diggin’ the highways twists and turns along with the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Because Run 21 is only 4 miles from the coast, riders had the option of camping onsite or getting a room in Lincoln City. Our QT crew camps out quite a bit but for this event we opted to enjoy a nice relaxing stay at the Ocean Terrace Condominiums. I have to say, their staff was extremely helpful, the rooms were nice and the ocean front view was spectacular! I highly recommend this place.
After checking into our room we hopped on our bikes for a short putt to Run 21. As we pulled into the venue, a huge 45 acre field just off Hwy 18, it was quite a sight to take in. A huge area was dedicated to nothing but tents and motorcycles and around the bend was a smaller separate area which had a half dozen RV’s parked in it.
Just beyond a tree line that separated the tent camping area was the vendor area, bike game area and a huge concert stage. This area was obviously the hub of all of the Run 21 weekend activity.
Friday the stage was rocking with several great bands: Common Ground, Franco Paletta and the Stingers, Return Flight and headlining that evening was Pigs on The Wing – an awesome Pink Floyd Tribute band!
Saturday started off with several fun-to-watch bike games in which riders showcased their controlled riding skills or simply cut loose with the ever popular weenie bite contest. Of course this drew a huge crowd which lined both sides of the bike game area. I’m not sure who was having more fun – the bike game contestants or the spectators! In between games a few guys took a shot at putting on the best burnout show. Ah, who doesn’t like the smell of burnt rubber and the sound of tires exploding at a bike event? After the smoke cleared it was time for the bike show. I’d guess there were about 40 or so bikes that entered. There was something for everyone to appreciate – from tricked out baggers to old school chops.
Around 2pm, we heard the repeated request over the microphone for chicks to sign up and take part in the wet t-shirt contest. Since that’s not my thing or my friend & QT photographer Robin’s thing, we decided that was the perfect time to hop on the back of a golf cart and take a fun, bumpy and wild tour of the campgrounds!
When we returned to the stage area there was a line of fellas taking part in the best beer belly contest. After that contest ended the tattoo contest took place.
By now it was dinner hour and the crowd dispersed to check out vendor row. I have to say we were extremely impressed with the fantastic turnout; there was a multitude of dining choices and lots of unique cool merchandise vendors too!
The rest of the night was one big rock n roll party! Four bands played! The Dwane Pierce Project started things off and then the lineup continued with Manic Mechanics, Collected Souls, and Saturday’s headliner – Petty Fever! All in all Run 21 was a fun, rockin’ weekend! Over 1100 bikers had a heck of a good time! Plus everyone I talked to in the community had nothing but positive comments about this bike event in their town!
Hats off to Darrin Tuers, the Run 21 Coordinator and his wife Barb along with the entire Run 21 Committee and all of the volunteers for a job well done!