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Love Ride Retro (# 17171)
3717 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA
Love Ride Retro 2010 is a trip into the Love Ride's glorious past. 26 years ago, Oliver Shokouh rode out from his fledgling Harley-Davidson dealership in Glendale with 500 bikers to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). “The Love Ride was about riding out with friends for an afternoon picnic with great bbq and wonderful music, shade trees and fresh air off the ocean,” says Shokouh. All to raise money for Autism Speaks. We want to get back to that with Love Ride Retro 2010 in November.”Having the retro theme and knowing that the Calamigos Ranch venue cannot possibly accommodate the thousands of bikers the Love Ride is known for, Shokouh is capping this year's ride at 1,000 bikes. “It wouldn't make sense to go retro with 15,000 bikers, so this year's event will be kept intentionally small,” adds Shokouh. By keeping the event costs down, adding some sponsors and relying on people's generosity we still hope to raise a good chunk of change for this year's beneficiary, Autism Speaks.” The Love Ride Foundation is a registered 501c3 charity organization that has over the years raised millions of dollars for children's charities. Over the last 26 years, the Love Ride has grossed over $22 million and netted over $14 million for children's charities in the community.In line with the retro theme, long-time Love Ride Grand Marshall Jay Leno is scheduled to lead the ride back to Calamigos. “Jay has been an icon for the ride, he's what makes the heritage of the Love Ride so rich. He wants to be a part of this year's “retro” run and we couldn't be happier.” Also scheduled to be on hand is Robby Krieger of The Doors, one of the Love Ride's original performers, who promised a memorable “retro” set of music. The Love Ride has a long history of inspired music performances, with the likes of Krieger, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby and others performing at Calamigos. “The fun of it was you never knew who was going to show up,” Shokouh says with a laugh. “Only 1,000 bikes will be registered starting July 24th, so please make your plans early to register and go retro with us.”Tickets for this year's event are $100 per person and will go on sale starting Saturday July 24th at Glendale Harley. The price of admission includes a commemorative ride pin, bbq chicken and tri-tip lunch, entrance to special Love Ride Retro activities, Love Ride Retro Slide Show sponsored by Thunder Press and CommCinema, beer garden sponsored by Quick Throttle, and an afternoon of great music, entertainment and prizes. One opportunity ticket for the use of a 2010 Harley-Davidson Fatboy Low for a year (gas and insurance not included) is also included. Extra opportunity tickets will be available for $10. Collectible Love Ride Retro 2010 patches will also be available for purchase the day of the event.
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