Friday, July 11, 2008

MOTORCYCLES ‘REV IT UP’ AT CUMBERLAND CITY

By TERESA SETTLE NORRIS

Tennessee Express News Writer

* For the fifth straight year, motorcycle enthusiasts have brought their souped-up, hot-rodding, Harley-sounding babies to the Cumberland City annual Fourth of July celebration.
* Kay Hudson was in charge of the motorcycle show and judging. Set up in between the tractors and the antique cars, the motorcycle show brings out both avid bikers and wanna-be’s.
* Before the 12:10 p.m. judging, anyone who wanted to could eyeball all of the fine entries and vote for best of show.
* The winner receives a coveted “Best of Show” hand-carved trophy.
* This year there were several bikes to look at before the winners were announced.
* Winning in the 1985 and up category was Ricky Keel and his 2000 Harley-Davidson Fatboy. It had a great Indian “End of the Trail” paint job done by Johnny Watson of Joe Heitz Toyota.
* Keel has had the bike for a couple of years, and when he’s not hauling gas, he enjoys riding it a couple of times a month.
* Keel’s bike also took home the coveted Best of Show trophy, and it was a real treat to have the trophy artist on hand for the presentation.
* Rick Boyd, a Carlisle resident, has been carving out the trophies each year. Crippled from a Navy diving accident, Boyd has no use of his hands, so it takes him about three days to carve out the wooden motorcycle-shaped trophy that’s so prized, but it is obviously a work of love.
* Boyd, who has lived in Stewart County for the past 21 years, also makes plaques, clocks and paper towel holders as a hobby.
* Taking home second place in the 1985 and up category was Ed Bryant’s custom chopper.
* Third place went to Leland Breeden of Erin and his 2000 Harley Heritage Softtail. He’s had it about four years.
* Asked how often he gets to ride (he hangs drywall for a living), he answered, “Every chance I get.”
* In the 1985 and under category, there was only ONE entry… so I guess that’s why Dicky Moon walked away with the win!
* Finally, in the foreign category, Tommy Conger took home a nice trophy as well.
* Just as the crowds to view the parade were down, there also seemed to be less motorcycles this year as well.
* Some speculated that the recent motorcycle fatalities might have kept a few motorcyclists away.
* Fresh on everyone’s mind was the motorcycle accident on July 1 up the street at Sportsman’s Market, where Joey Holmes was killed in a collision of his motorcycle with a car.
* Plus, the mid-June fatality of Erin resident Mike Boggs, who lost control on Hwy. 49 and traveled into the path of an oncoming car, devastated the entire community.
* In Camden this summer, a cyclist hit a deer then was run over by a car. Closer to home recently, TVA worker Sam Mathis suffered severe leg injuries in a motorcycle accident as well.
* Erin resident Matthew Mullins was noticeably NOT riding his Harley this year, even though it won best of show last year.
* “It [the recent rash of motorcycle wrecks and fatalities] might be one reason I’m not riding today,” he said.
* Mullins owns two bikes: the 2007 Screaming Eagle red Dyna that won best of show last year and a 2005 Heritage Springer.
* This year’s motorcycle event may have been smaller, but the motorcycle show shirt was FABULOUS.
* On a black background on the front of the shirt was a beautiful, majestic flying eagle, surrounded by red, white, and blue ribbons and stars.
* It also said “Lighting Up the Cumberland, A Community Celebration,” and “Fifth Annual Motorcycle Show, July 4th, 2008.”
* If you didn’t get one, they cost $15.
* You can write to Cumberland City, P.O. Box 40, Cumberland City, TN 37050, or drop by City Hall during business hours (8 A.M.-4:30 P.M.) to see if they have any extras.
* Kay Hudson said there were several Houston County supporters of this year’s event.
* From Tennessee Ridge, there was Ace Hardware.
* From Erin, there were: Houston County Tire, Traditions Bank, Hankins Tire & Alignment, Clark Brothers Barber Shop, Bell’s, Pit Stop Pizza, and Paul’s Pizza.
* City Café of Cumberland City was the only Stewart County sponsor.
* From Clarksville, there were also several businesses who served as sponsors: M/T Performance, Mid-South Motoplex, Appleton’s Harley-Davidson, Auto Zone, and Queen City M/C Repair.

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