Bike & Car Show at Harley Davidson thrills huge crowd

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2007

 

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  An Arctic Attack stunt rider performs a Statue of Liberty in motion at the annual Bike and Car Show at Harley Davidson of the Kenai Peninsula.

An Arctic Attack stunt rider performs a Statue of Liberty in motion at the annual Bike and Car Show at Harley Davidson of the Kenai Peninsula.

People with a passion for motorized wheels turned out in masses Saturday at the 4th Annual Harley Davidson of the Kenai Peninsula Bike & Car Show in Soldotna. According to Si Zimmerman, Peninsula Harley Davidson manager, the idea was to create an event where anyone could bring by their favorite customized machine and show them off to the community. “If it has wheels and a motor it’s welcomed in the show,” said Zimmerman. The event has grown every year and this year’s show drew bikers from as far away as Fairbanks. Barry Matteson owner of the House of Harley in Anchorage, Wasilla and Soldotna was on hand this year and said it was a sunny ride all the way down the Peninsula, “I came down on my Electra glide with about 25 other Harley riders and it was a smooth and sunny ride the whole way,” smiled Matteson. According to Matteson, Alaska is said to have more bikes per capita that any other state in the nation, “And I know we have more female riders in Alaska than anywhere else in the nation,” he said. Matteson and his House of Harley also sponsors the nationally famous Arctic Attack stunt riding team, “They all ride Buell motorcycles which are made by Harley Davidson and they put on a great show and keep getting better every time,” added Matteson who first came to Alaska in 1963. Matteson told the Dispatch that motorcycling was just a hobby at first, “A way to work on my bike and help my friends with theirs, then I was able to get the Harley Davidson franchise in 1975 and it’s still a hobby for me, I still love riding motorcycles and want to ride as much as I can, and now I get to make a living at it while giving back to the community. We’re getting ready next for our Live Ride for Muscular Dystrophy where last year we raised over $60,000 for Jerry’s Kids and our goal this year is $75, 000,” said Matteson.

 

Artic Attack stunt riders buddy up on their Buell at the Peninsula Harley Davidson Bike and Car Show.

This year’s Bike & Car Show drew 29 entries and over 500 visitors to the show according to Zimmerman, “I know we cooked over 400 hot dogs and not everybody lined up for one and folks kept coming for the show, and we really enjoy putting this on for the community,” he said. Winning the trophy this year for the Best Car and the Best of Show was Dave Pooler of Soldotna with his customized 1956 Belair 210, “It was actually a station wagon that I turned into an El Camino with a stock 350 hp motor,” said Pooler, who has created a DVD of the entire project. “It took me about a year and I made my own rotisserie for it and did all the welding myself,” he said.

 

Artic Attack stunt riders buddy up on their Buell at the Peninsula Harley Davidson Bike and Car Show.

Jerem Feltman won the trophy for the Best Bike, and Greg Matrenga the Best Truck. The Classiest Ride Award went to 4-year-old Vincent Catalano and his electric powered Mini-Harley and Red Wagon.



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