It’s just over! 10 days of 1 million motorcycle enthusiasts converging on a little town of 7,000 in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This was the 75th anniversary celebration.
No matter how much you love the open road, you still need a destination to head for…
Here are some of the high-jinks you missed:
Debbie Smith carried a lifesized cut-out of her late husband to every bar and event. Seems Anthony had just died of a heart attack and couldn’t make what would have been the couple’s first visit to Sturgis. Debbie made do.
Doug *Danger* landed Evel Knievel’s 350-pound 1972 XR-750 Harley-Davidson after soaring over 22 cars and setting a new world record. It was a landing to remember as he barely missed patrons enjoying a round or two at Buffalo Chip’s Top Shelf bar.
There was a world record attempt to assemble the most people ever just wearing their skivvies. However, this did not deter fun-loving and shirtless John Walsh of Colorado, who greeted visitors wearing only dangling purple pastries attached to his breasts. It should be added that a lot of the fun had found its way to John’s girth.
The Black Hills Harley-Davidson dealership smashed its previous record for the most bikes sold during a Sturgis rally at 509. Most bikes in attendance at the rally were Harleys.
You missed the famous hillclimb and motocross races. Don’t know if they still do the intentional board wall crashes.
Lots of 70s headbanging bands performed including Alice Cooper, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nazareth and Def Leppard. Neil Young once sang: “It’s better to burn out than it is to rust.” But maybe he’s wrong.
The Jagermiester “shot girl” reportedly worked 18-hour shifts.
The first Rally, called the Black Hills Motor Classic, was held way back in 1938. It was founded by Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, who purchased an Indian Motorcycle franchise and founded the “Jackpine Gypsies”.
Automotive-Art is proud to represent the artist most associated with Harley-Davidson. To see his motorcycle artwork, click on SCOTT JACOBS. His work captures the free spirit of Harley riders. Be sure to check out his piece PAPPY WAS HERE.