Irwindale's 'Harley's on the half-mile'

Irwindale, Calif. - - On Saturday, October 6 Irwindale will once again become the unofficial motorcycle capitol of California as an expected five to seven hundred motorcycle riders all converge on the Speedway for a day of two-wheel motorcycle...

Irwindale, Calif. - - On Saturday, October 6 Irwindale will once again become the unofficial motorcycle capitol of California as an expected five to seven hundred motorcycle riders all converge on the Speedway for a day of two-wheel motorcycle fun at "LA's Half Mile Super Speedway".

Originally conceived and sponsored by Laidlaw's Harley-Davidson in Rosemead, California, this is the third edition of the charity event aimed at having some great two-wheel fun while doing good for a pair of worthy causes. Maryvale orphanage for girls in Rosemead will be one of the beneficiaries and, in light of the recent tragedies, a portion of the proceeds from this event will be sent to the NYC Firefighter & Police Officer's Relief Fund.

This year's event will feature something very different for motorcycle fans, the first public use of the Speedway's brand-new 1/8-Mile street legal drag strip. A limited number of participating riders will be able to compete in the first-ever "Burn-Out" contest and motorcycle drag races from 10 am until 1 pm at $5.00 per run. Sign-up will take place at the track at 9 am. "This is something completely different for us," said Jerry Laidlaw of Laidlaw's. "We think that many riders will want to be among the first to try out the new Irwindale Dragstrip, its different than a "Ride" and we think that bikers will enjoy the change." For those not so competition-orientated, ride maps for local scenic routes will be available at registration.

"One of the most popular parts of 'Harley's On The Half-Mile' is always our victory lap around the race track and stopping if front of the grandstands for a group portrait. All riders are sent for a parade lap around Irwindale's banked NASCAR half mile oval paced by the track's Advantage Ford Mustang GT convertible. They then park and fill up the entire main straightaway ten-deep for a 'class photo'. It's a real highlight of the event," said Laidlaw.

In addition, there will be a bike show featuring the brand new Harley V-Rod and a drawing for a super Buell "Blast" motorcycle. Food, music, and an evening cheering for some hot NASCAR racing are all included in the $25 entry fee. Riders can pre-register at Laidlaw's (8351 Garvey Avenue in Rosemead) or at the track on Saturday from 9 am on.

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