Seems like a theme, another rained out Run-A-Mucca. But, WAIT… the die hard rally go-ers know that if it does rain, the weather ALWAYS clears up for the main party!
By Tina Zajkowski
Photos by Tina Zajkowski and Len Trout
Yes, despite the rain, it cleared up for the Soldier of the Year award, bike burn and the concert. It rained on the way up and the way back home, but on Saturday evening it dried out just in time! Run-A-Mucca knows how to throw one hell of a Saturday night party. Between the bike burn, an outdoor concert, and the after party at Mike’s Mineshaft, you are sure to have a good time.
Of course there’s more than just Saturday night; the whole event goes on from Friday through Sunday every Memorial Day Weekend in Winnemucca, Nevada, with music, vendors, bike stunts, a tattoo contest, poker runs, scenic ride to a picnic, a Memorial Cruise, bike contest and bike giveaway. It’s a fun venue for the whole family.
I always have a blast at this event despite the rain, meeting up with friends from all over the northwest; Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada and Utah. Bikes, bikers, food, drinks, music and fun! The whole city is awesome in making this event biker friendly, we receive such a warm welcome! Winners Casino and the Winnemucca Inn have the best parking for the event.
Yeah, I gotta mention rain, again, but it made for some great views of beautiful northern Nevada. The low hanging clouds over the snow-capped mountain tops and the green hillsides made for spectacular views on the way there and on the ride to the picnic!
This year I even entered the tattoo contest, but I was no match for the talent in the area. Best in Show went to Desert Rose of Elko, NV. These guys get a lil’ crazy,, ,and I’m talking about local radio station 94.3, the judges of this contest every year.
The Saturday poker run winning hand was a full house Aces full of 10s a great hand by Rod Lancaster of Twin Falls, ID. Sunday’s winning poker hand was a straight 10 high from Carol Ann Gruey.
Stunt riders were dodging clouds and when it was clear they came out and made some awesome jumps, like the One-Handed Heart Attack and a finale of a backflip, and they totally nailed it! The stunt team this year was MOB FMX Biker Jumpers. Thanks you guys, for putting on an awesome show!
The music was great as always – the main show Saturday night rocked with Damage Inc. So Cal Tribute to Metallica. Picture this – a sweet backdrop, with mountains casting shadows to dusk, a bike standing atop a tall pile of wood pallets, the pouring of gasoline and a torch hitting the wood pile starting an epic bonfire as the band starts with…gimme FUEL gimme FIRE gimme that which I DESIRE….OOH!
Other groups featured throughout the event were; Korner,ston (local CMA chapter), Dusty Leigh and the Claim Jumpers, Arizona Jones, Led-Zepplica, Turn the Page Bob Seger Tribute Band and The Johnny Young Band.
Now back to the bike burn, always epic! But, I have to ask WHY??? Why a cool little dirt bike??? That poor bike. A lot of us got our biking roots from those. None the less, it’s still fun watching them set a bike on fire! The Nevada desert gets cold at night, but stand close to the fire and you’ll heat up fast! Watch out for the flying embers! You’ll definitely want to wear a hat…trust me on this tip! With the sun setting off the mountains and some bad ass metal music as background soundtrack..you soon forget WHY and get your party on!
The bike giveaway went to local Winnemucca resident John Ruiz. Ah well, there’s always next year! John, have fun riding your new 2019 Street Glide courtesy of Reno Harley-Davidson you lucky …..
Sunday afternoon, the faithful tried to keep their bikes dry for the bike contest at the Model T. There was an amazing paint job that caught my eye on a Harley-Davidson Street Glide. It was San Francisco 49ers themed. While I am certainly not a fan of the 49ers, this guy’s passion for the team really showed and I give him much credit for that! This bike won Best in Show. Congrats Jerry Day.
Yeah, Saturday night at Run-a-Mucca rocks, I’ll say it again. And the after party at Mike’s Mineshaft, chilling with your biker buds outside with the firepits, a bar and outdoor couches, or inside where there’s a little more action tailored for the guys that involved girls and a pole. But, the coolest thing I saw was during the Memorial Cruise to Veterans Park. Led by a police escort in the drizzle on Sunday morning, bikers still lined up for the ride.
Riding along the route, homeowners in the little town of Winnemucca stood outside their homes to show their support and many were proudly waving the American Flag.
And that’s really what Memorial Weekend is all about. Remembering those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms. I thank everyone who has and still serves this great nation where we can be free to ride and party at Run-A-Mucca! Thank you for your service! And thank you Nevada Army National Guard Sergeant Rick Ponce, who was presented with the Nevada National Guard Soldier of the Year award by Mayor Stone.
It was great seeing Quick Throttle correspondent LT, (my fiancé and riding partner for life), at his first ever Run-A-Mucca, my good friend Justin James of Quick Throttle’s Tinker Talk, who is also a custom bike builder and bike contest judge, and Law Tigers representative Candice Cooley, spokesmodel Crystal and their mascot Tank. Rain or shine you bet I will be at Run-A-Mucca next year and I can’t wait! Hope to see you there!