By: David L. Morrill
I have been busy the last few weeks, preparing Rat Racer, my 1921 Harley-Davidson racer for the upcoming Sons of Speed Races on Saturday March 9th, @ the New Symrna Speedway. Friday morning, my lovely wife Kim received a message from her friend Tammy Albright, asking if we were going to bring Rat Racer to their car show on Saturday. Tammy's husband George, is the Marion County Florida Property Appraiser, and each year they sponsor a huge car show at the McPherson Complex just up the road from out house. I had to admit I had forgotten about the event, but told Kim to tell Tammy we would be there.
Saturday morning I scurried around getting Rat Racer presentable, and my friend Joe Niles rode over to help me load the bike, for the two mile trip up the road to the show. When we unloaded Rat Racer, we realized we had left the stand in my garage, so I ran back to the house, while Joe sat on the bike.
There were only a handful of motorcycles on display, including Rat Racer, and Joe's Ultra Classic Harley-Davidson, but the McPherson Center parking lot was filled with about 200 antique, classic, and custom cars. I did manage to get a short video of our end of the show.
Click on the link below to see it:
We spent the rest of the day starting Rat Racer for the crowds, and letting folks get their picture taken on both our bike. Kim showed up, and we finally got her photo sitting on Rat Racer.
Joe's friend Stephanie showed up with her dog Dura, and got her photo on both bikes.
There's a little surprise waiting for anyone sitting on Rat Racer. They look down and see Captain Cockroach, Ocala's fastest cockroach, our Mototique Racing mascot on the tank. It's a blast to watch folks reaction to him!
I got a trophy for best motorcycle, which really should have gone to Joe's Ultra Classic.
Once again, it was a great event which raised money for local charities. A big thank you to George and Tammy Albright for inviting us, and to all their volunteers, and sponsors. Great job folks!