The Best Worst Kept Secret In Texas
Published In The April 2019 Issue
Article & Photos By: Missi Shoemaker
The 2019 Lonestar Rally kicked off once again with crazy weather. Thursday was cold and wet, but that didn’t stop the attendees from rolling into town.
Thursday was also Halloween, and everyone was definitely ready to party. Costumes were as abundant as the motorcycles and things started getting pretty packed early on. There were costume contests and of course, live music could be found flowing from the Budweiser stage at Saengerfest Park in the heart of the Strand. Once again, I was in awe over the number of people that attend this rally. As the Cycle Source crew set up Hendley Green for the In-Motion Bike Show the vibe on the street was contagious. Everyone was definitely there to have a good time. Down by the Seawall at Beach Central, the party was hopping as Hinder took to the Progressive Stage.
Friday brought sunshine, wind, and a little warmer temps. Cycle Source Staff’s morning was filled with fun and excitement as the thirteen Invited Builders from the In-Motion Bike Show had their 80-mile shakedown ride around the island. Friday afternoon brought about one of our favorite events of the year, the Biker Rodeo. People come out just for this event… but of course, we are in Texas, and they love their Rodeos, especially when they steel horses. The crowd favorite is, of course, the Weenie Bite Contest, and our friend Camel got to experience this game for the first time. He was clearly having a great time being the official Weenie Handler!! The weenie bite was not the only fun time though; the Barrel Race, Ring Toss and the Slow Race also had the crowd laughing and cheering. This year we did have an upset, four-time winner Scotty Tripp was not able to bring home the belt. This had the crowd in mixed emotions as some of the spectators were hoping for a new winner this year.
Friday night The Strand was even busier and more fun than the night before. It is really crazy to think that over 400,000 people flock to this island for this rally that, to me, has a Mardis Gras feel to it! Motorcycles packed the Strand and Hairball played on the Main Stage at Saengerfest Park. Down at Beach Central, the party was also in full swing as Scott Stapp of Creed took the stage and closed out the night.
Saturday was another big day for the Cycle Source Team as we had our Ride-In Custom Bike Show down along the Sea Wall at Beach Central. Saturday also brought great weather and we had an amazing turn out. I took a walk through the bike show and saw the most amazing thing, there was a 1969 Indian MM5A complete with a sidecar and these three adorable little girls were polishing it. You see, these three cuties were there with their Grandparents and they were being taught that you have to take pride in your ride! And it truly is their ride, the oldest of the three pilots the machine while the other two ride in the sidecar. Grandpa, which they affectionately called “Grumpy,” even secretly got them trophies that Roadside Marty gladly handed out to them during the awards. He even mentioned that was one of his favorite moments of the day. Normally I don’t encourage the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality, but I didn’t see any harm in this at all!! Karen Moore took home best of show with her beautiful Panhead… stay tuned for an upcoming feature on this one!
Saturday evening was the event we were all waiting for. You see, our fearless leader Chris Callen and Cycle Source contributor Xavier Muriel did this little thing together… they started a band. You might’ve heard a little about this, but in case you’ve been under a rock, I’ll fill you in. Chris and Xavier love music as much as they love motorcycles and just really wanted to play and have fun doing it. They collaborated with three other musicians and formed The Black Smoke Sinners. The best part about this band is that THEY ALL RIDE! And their debut show was kick ass! To make it even better, a large portion of our Moto-family was on hand to enjoy the show. Make sure you keep an eye out for them this year, their plan is to play at many of the Rallies this year. Chris, Xavier, Robert, Jake, and David will be kicking off the Rally Season at Daytona Bike Week! After Black Smoke Sinners warmed up the crowd, Bobby Friss took the stage to wind up the night on the Strand, while Montgomery Gentry had the honor of playing at Beach Central.
As some of rally-goers headed out of town on Sunday, the In-Motion Bike Show awards took place on the Strand with the winner receiving $10,000! In true Texas fashion, Sunday night was BIG; The Charlie Daniels Band wrapped up the Rally with an extraordinary performance!
All in all, the 2019 Lone Star Rally was a killer weekend. I’m not quite sure how they will top it in 2020 but maybe you should go and find out for yourself! See you in the Lone Star State!