A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!
If you were there, you know what I am talking about. If you weren’t, let me just say you missed a very special gathering of motorcycle riders, racers, enthusiasts and their families and friends. I am referring of course to the 69th annual Trailblazers banquet held April 6th at the Carson Center. A capacity crowd of 650 was on hand for the annual event that has been held, with just a few exceptions, since 1940.
Prior to the banquet, attendees enjoyed getting together in the courtyard of the Carson Center to enjoy the many great old motorcycles that were displayed at the Tom Cates Memorial Bike Show, as well as seeing and talking with their many friends who were also there. Many come year after year. Others, like old National Number 22 Dan Haaby, it was a first time event and everyone enjoyed seeing him again after so many years.
Once inside, Keith Mashburn and myself took the stage and were co-emcees for the night. It was great to honor some special Trailblazers, including our wine toast to Walt Mahony. The Hall of Fame inductions were very moving, both the video that showed their histories, as well as the many great acceptance comments from the recipients.
Jim Connolly, Lori Conway, Larry Huffman, and Tom White were there in person to receive their awards. Larry Bergquist, Walt Mahony and Stu Morley have passed on, and were represented by their sons Eric, Dan and Tom.
Finally, it was time for the presentation of our top award, the Dick Hammer Award. Ed Kretz Jr traveled from his home in Colorado to receive this year’s award. He was very appreciative of being selected, and also offered some of his light-hearted comedy that he is known for.
So this year’s banquet is now history and the Trailblazers board of directors is already looking forward to next year’s event, which will be the 70th annual. Obviously we will make it even more special than usual. So stay tuned and we hope to see you there next year!
Published Thursday, Apr 11 2013
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