by Kristyn Juza
The Third Annual Midwest Cyclemania Motorcycle Show took place in Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 21st, 2007. History once again repeated itself as spectators were able to see some of the most amazing motorcycles around. Over 200 motorcycles were on display with more than 100 in competition for over $4000 in prize money and awards with all judging done by Ray’s M/C Show World.
This year, the theme of the show was “Women Who Ride.” A special area was set aside for motorcycles owned and ridden by women, and a very special motorcycle build took place right at the show. In less than seven hours, four female bike builders put together AND STARTED a one-off motorcycle! The four builders included Laura Ellifson of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchel South Dakota, Sara Liberte of RT’s North Hills Cycle, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jody Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fabrication and Tami Walker of Diva Customs.
Once the motorcycle was together and running, Ken and Bonnie Juza were very honored to have the keys presented to Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer and Anita Everard. Marti heads up the Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer Foundation for Reproductive Health. The foundation provides pap tests and follows up testing for women who can’t afford it. Anita has a yearly All Woman Breast Cancer Awareness Ride with the proceeds going to The Ribbon of Hope Foundation. These two ladies have given many women and their families in our area the needed funds for medical attention as well as other expenses that may come up as they battle with cancer. As Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer so eloquently put it, “We’re covering women top to bottom!” What a privilege to donate the motorcycle to two such great charities!! Watch for this bike to make its way around the area. Be sure to buy a raffle ticket, for a chance to win the bike, and help out the women in our community!!
Two female racers were also at the show: Kersten Heling youngest licensed nitro burning Harley-Davidson drag racer at age 16 from Doc’s Harley Davidson of Shawano County and Andrea Walsdorf – a 16-year-old AMA Super Moto competitor that actually qualified to compete in the Honda Challenge, and was the youngest woman to qualify for an AMA Supermoto event. Also on hand were representatives of the local “Motor-Maids. Jean Davidson, grand-daughter of the founder of Harley-Davidson was on hand to sign her books and speak to the crowd on what it was like growing up a Davidson.
Along with the female aspect of the show, Ken and Bonnie made this year a very family oriented show. Section 8 stunt riders performed throughout the day and thrilled the audience with their amazing stunts and maneuvers aboard their motorcycles. Vandervest Harley Davidson sponsored a children’s play area that included a variety of air filled fun! Bowling, balloons, a Velcro wall, and kids could even test their skills at changing real tires on a blow up car. American Gypsy showed off her musical talents for the crowd, and a moped was given away every 90 minutes!! It was definitely a fun filled day for the whole family!!
Visit MidwestCyclemania.com for additional details, judging results and pictures of this year’s event. It was a beautiful day and Ken and Bonnie would like to thank sponsors of the event; Doc’s Harley Davidson of Shawano County and Vandervest Harley Davidson of Peshtigo and Vandervest Custom Cycle of Green Bay, Triangle Distributing, and Oneida Casino.
“Whether you arrived by motorcycle or car – thanks for making the Third Annual Midwest Cyclemania Motorcycle Show your destination. We hope to see you next year!!”