The 3rd Annual Rally for RAACE August 17, 2008

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Did you know that 2 out of 10 children are sexually abused before the age of 18? I bet you didn’t think the number was that high. What if it was 1 out of 50 or 1 out of 100? That would still be too much! The RAACE Foundation is focused on public awareness of this epidemic because it will not stop until we talk about it openly. If we don’t talk about it, children won’t come forward and predators will continue to commit these foul criminal acts. The child predators are counting on us not talking about this and keeping it hush hush.

Ken Smith founded RAACE in 2004 to bring this problem to the forefront of society. He needed a vehicle that would attract both children and adults. Since the Smith family was heavily involved in sprint car racing the connection to motorsports was made and TEAM RAACE was formed. 

One of the events that RAACE conducts annually is the Rally for RAACE which is a 46 mile police escorted motorcycle ride with live bands, vendors, family entertainment and of course food. I was joined by Gary and Gladys from my HOG chapter. They brought along their friend Chris who rides a customized Honda VTX. The four of us left Newark, DE on Sunday morning and rode straight down Route 273 to Route 1 to Jones Junction in Bel Air, MD. Jones Junction is a multi brand auto park and it took us an hour to get there. Traffic cops were waving bikes into the parking lot. Bikers from the Rugged Cross MC and US Military Vets MC were directing traffic inside the parking lot. A heavy metal band called Sir Psycho was playing. There were about 300 hundred bikes there and about a hundred more came in after us. The ride was very nice except for it being an open event. One can easily get sandwiched between a newbie and a jerk in an event like this, but what can you do? It’s a 1st rate super event for a good cause! This was the best most organized event I have attended so far.

Well enough with the jibber jabber, I know you want pictures. Here are the pictures from Jones Junction…

Gary, Gladys and JayGaryDirectling traffic into Jones JunctionGuardian Angels very involvedHundreds of bikesLots of activityBoss Hoss TrikePatriot Guard RiderChris’s custom VTX

I could’t take pictures while riding because I didn’t have my Diana Cam. Here are pictures from the parking lot at the end of the event. There were 4 cool chicks who rode in on rocket bikes together that posed for a picture. This is across the street from Chesapeake Harley Davidson.

4 cool chicksImpound?!Parking lot 1Parking lot 2parking lot 3Directing traffic into parking lot

And finally pictures from the party at Chesapeake Harley Davidson that had everything. There was a moon bounce, rock climbing wall, pit beef, pit turkey, pit ham, bratwurst, another rock band and Exile Cycles on display just to list a few of the attractions.

TEAM RAACE truckThe sheriff bikes that lead usCop bikes are coolExile Cycles trailerRAACE Harley dragsterRAACE scooterRAACE Sprint CarRAACE Race CarRAACE dragsterdragsterExile TrikeExile BobberCustom SportBoss Hoss Trike againwhat a showrent a stage with band

Diana wasn’t feeling well in the morning so she couldn’t make the ride. I knew she would be bummed so I took her for an ice cream ride to cheer her up. We went to this great little farm & creamery in Hockessin, DE called Woodside Farm & Creamery. You can see the cows that made the cream while you eat your cone. Cool beans!

Jay at WoodsideDiana at WoodsideJay and the Woodside cowsDiana and her clever shirt

6 Responses to “The 3rd Annual Rally for RAACE August 17, 2008”

  1. Yeah, it really sucked that I couldn’t go…(a word of advice: don’t ever take Tylenol with Codeine AND Pamprin at the same time!!!) 😮

    ….but at least I didn’t miss Russell Mitchell! (Exile sent a trailer with a few bikes, but Russell wasn’t there)

    Besides…isn’t my baby the sweetest taking me out for a ride whenhe got back? 😀
    Diana and Russell

  2. What a great organization. And how sad that there is a need for it. Looks like it was a great turn out for the event, though. You east-coasters are A-OK! 🙂

    Homemade ice cream ROCKS! There used to be a dairy in Sharon, MA that made the ice cream right there. I can’t remember the name of it, but they had the BEST ice cream. I’ll bet Joker knows it!

    Thanks for posting the pics!

  3. Thanks Ann… you are our 100th visitor today and this is the first time we hit 100 vistors two days in a row. This is a big moment for us! Thank you for your support. God bless!

  4. Di…Even though I’m male I think I can figure out why you were taking that and…well let’s just say I’m sorry to hear about the bad timing in relation to the ride! I know with you guys ice cream heals all wounds so in the end it was all good I’m sure!

    Ann: Of course I know it. Crescent Ridge.

    Jay: Looks like it was quite the event, and it was certainly for a great cause, though I agree it’s too bad it is needed. You got some great pictures. I LOVE those babes on the rice rockets! Someone needs to tell them to lose the sneakers and wear boots, but they still rocked! Nothing much sexier than a woman on her own motorcycle!

  5. Well, Ann knows how I feel about the subject of child abuse. I get ugly. There is no excuse for that one in my book.

    The picts are cool. There were a few bikes that caught my eye. Love Diana’s T-Shirt, lol! I love ice cream made from real cows!!

  6. Yeah Dave, believe it or not, my mother-in-law got me that shirt!

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