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Friday, June 09, 2006

Off to the races...

Bike Week? Which one?! There are several.

Laconia's bike week is the oldest running motorcycle rally, and happening now. Bikers and rally enthusiasts flock to the Lakes Region each June to partake of the sights, sounds, and attractions that have made the event a hit.

People from all walks of life and parts of the world make the trip to Laconia to enjoy the races, take a stroll down Weirs Boulevard, and take time off of their regular life to enjoy the freedom and excitement of the motorcyclist’s lifestyle. It's an interesting cross-section of Americana, including everyone from (lowlife) biker gangs to doctors and lawyers. Some folks only seem to get out on their motorcycles for events such as Laconia, so consequently a number of them have never learned to ride very well. Annoying to be around, but a fact of life at such times.

What began 90 years ago in 1916 really has a unique and colorful history, beginning as a race weekend. Back in the early years, the races were held at Belknap Recreation Area in Gilford. They were later moved to what is now the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, where the races remain to this day.

Although the races are held outside the Lakes Region, Weirs Beach is the place to be. Nowadays the crowds are bigger, but many things remain the same. It has always been a free-spirited and fun-loving week of events, recreation, and excitement. It is a tradition, and part of the history of the area. This year’s festivities will continue the tradition.

There are a number of other motorcycle rallies, spread out all over the country.

Some of the biggest are as follows:

Daytona Bike Week (Held in March)

Myrtle Beach Bike Week (Held in May)

Laconia Bike Week (Held in June)

Sturgis Bike Week (Held in August)

Biketoberfest (Held in October)

There are other, smaller ones too:

Laughlin River Run (Held in April)

Americade (Held in June)

I've been to all of the aforementioned, save for the Laughlin Run.

OK, gotta go. I'll be back.

Well...I'm back. It was fun, as anticipated...


Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Sounds like fun. Have a great time my good friend.


June 09, 2006 9:22 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Have a great time, Jack! BE SAFE!!

June 09, 2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Watch out for the idjets and have a GREAT time!

June 10, 2006 8:22 AM  
Blogger JR said...

Enjoy the Ride... As for the Beach and Bikers it always bring to mind that classic "Surf Nazis Must Die"... hahaha

June 10, 2006 12:07 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Hi Camo,
As we have previously discussed per email,I lived in Laconia for 4 years and we(the residents)hovered in our homes,guarding our children and property during this time.We just called it "Biker Week".
Hope you had a great time and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery and lakes.

June 13, 2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

I'm jealous. Have fun!

June 14, 2006 8:45 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

What does a Laconia Bike look like; and hoo makes it?

June 15, 2006 5:32 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

OK, I survived. Thanks to all my well wishers...

(Who asked a direct question related to the topic)
Laconia Bikes come in all shapes and sizes; mine can be seen in my profile picture...it was manufactured by the Harley-Davidson™ Motor Company.

June 17, 2006 10:02 PM  

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