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Honor Roll: Rolling Thunder

STORY AND PHOTOS BY GARRETT STANLEY:  I am not a military veteran, but most of my family members are. All of the men who stood at my wedding are Marines. I’ve heard the stories about the bonds of brotherhood (and sisterhood) and felt the loyalty that they all describe as part of their experience. When someone mentions a fallen comrade who didn’t make it home from battle, there is a universal pause and a moment…

Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles

It’s May, and that means it’s also National Motorcycle Safety Month. For the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), that means rolling out a giant inflatable motorcycle and kicking off its annual “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign. “Look twice, then look again!” said Lupita Velasquez, who rode in from Corpus Christi to help TxDOT kick off its program at an event held at the lawn of the Long Center in Austin. Velasquez, who…

Southern Backroads H.O.G. Rally in Cookeville, Tennessee

This is a “big deal” for Cookeville: the town is hosting of the first “Southern Backroads H.O.G. Rally,” on July 11–15, 2017. This is not the typical state-wide Harley Owners Group Rally, as this event will be expecting some 8,000 to 10,000 bikes to descend upon the Cookeville area! Events include guided and self-guided ride/touring options, street parties, riding competitions with law enforcement riders, stunt shows, vendors, food and nightly live music. Plans include a…

Bespoke Cause: Distinguished San Antonio

  Pat Reilly heard about the annual global Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and thought San Antonio needed to represent. This past autumn, Reilly organized the first DGR-STX event where riders dress up in “dapper” outfits and ride to raise money for prostate cancer research and suicide prevention. “Riding around town in a suit is my idea of fun—especially if we can do a ride with a profound purpose,” said Reilly, who was pleasantly surprised when registration…

Buddy Holly: The Legend and Lore of Lubbock’s Native Son

IN THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD THAT BUDDY HOLLY RULED THE MUSIC CHARTS BACK IN THE LATE 1950S, HE STILL HAD TIME TO LET OFF STEAM ON HIS 1958 ARIEL CYCLONE—LIKE HOLLY, IT BECAME ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC MOTORCYCLES OF A GENERATION. STORY & PHOTOS BY JIM COCKRELL No one really knows whether or not Charles Hardin Holley ever had any inkling of how iconic he and his music would one day become. It is clear,…

I was a Corner Marshall at MotoGP!

By Mark Lopez (This story originally appeared in our Autumn 2016 issue) When MotoGP returned to the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, for its third straight year I had the best seat in the house: this year I was a corner marshal—and the experience was better than I could have hoped for. A corner marshal is a track worker who keeps the racing safe by maintaining the racetrack. The race weekend ran Friday through…

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