Sturgis 2012 – Part II
By Randy Twells; Photos- George Childress & Contributors*
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is always a good bet for an epic trip, as you saw in last month’s coverage of our premier photographer George Childress’ coverage of his exploits with camera in hand everywhere on the road, at all the hot venues and, in the air. We have more of George’s work here for you as well—
Since Sturgis Rally precedes September’s 9-11 memorials by only a month, so many bikers are vets or active military, and the motorcycle community is always supportive of our troops and vets, patriotic displays go hand in hand with sissy bars and biker patches; so anything that can carry some form of Stars & Stripes tribute, does. The Buffalo Chip Campground had its yearly Freedom Field of 1,000 flags on display, along with an American Veterans Traveling Tribute, and 2 large scale flags on display including one at the South Dakota Patriot Guard Riders Event Center on site at the west entrance.
The Broken Spoke Campground this year August 4th-10th invited all to join them in honoring our fallen heroes as they became the Sturgis Rally home of the half-scale replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – The Wall That Heals, hosted by Rolling Thunder as part of its national tour, with free admission open to the public 24 hours a day during its run. This exhibit included a traveling museum telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the Era, in nine display windows on the sides of the display’s transport trailer; and a computerized information center assisted visitors to find information about the more than 58,000 fallen heroes named on the Memorial. Out here in the grass fields at the Spoke, the sky so big above, the wind blowing gently across the hills and prairie, a really moving experience made the more poignant by memoriams left at the site by loved ones of the fallen.
While it was peaceful and quiet during the day out at the Broken Spoke, their motto ‘be part of the crowd, not the crowded’ was welcome truth for campers tired of being crammed in like sardines- room to breathe out here! But as dark fell, the hot summer night entertainment got rolling and didn’t disappoint with rock concerts filling the night air. For those of you who love to make the rounds of all the bike shows, AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building this year partnered with the International Master Bike Builders Assn. competition (for unseen new builds) to hold their competitions together at Sturgis. Big winners for each competition, and plenty of eye candy to go around. We’ve got some of it here, and a story that we wanted to share….