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March 2014 Newsletter

Diamond Chapter March meeting will be at Perkin's on Central Ave. Be there at 1:30 to eat, meeting at 2:00. Lots of things coming up, lots to talk about. Bring your motorcycle friends.

Diamond Chapter Officers:

President: Michael Thomson safari100usa@yahoo.com
Vice President: Greg Bright thebrights@hotmail.com
Secretary: Elizabeth Plunkett faultless8@yahoo.com
Treasure: Linda Bright thebrights@hotmail.com
Sgt. at Arms: Russell Plunkett faultless8@yahoo.com
Director: Mike Parker mikethebike@cablelynx.com

Gordon Smith club member and motorcycle enthusiast, I am sorry to say, passed away on March 23rd. Those of you who knew him will remember his smile and great personality. Gordon was involved with AHRMA all over the nation. I wish I knew more about his motorcycle accomplishments. Please send me any information on his motorcycle history. He was a great man and I will miss him. I can email a copy of his obituary. The family has asked for donations to cancer research. The club will make a donation in his name. Our condolences to the family. We have all lost a good friend.

Diamond Chapter February Minutes:
The regular February meeting was called to order at Razorback Pizza in Hot Springs. There were 6 members in attendance. No minutes read. Treasures report was accepted. The Club received a Thank You award for our ABATE Toy Run Donation.

Regarding the election of officers, a slate of existing officers was approved in January. Mike opened the floor for any nominations or changes, and none were offered. The slate of current officers was approved by a show of hands and will remain the same for 2014. Mike T reported on the ABATE Swap Meet in Little Rock. We had the video of the September show showing at the booth and Greg B. had 2 bikes on display. The crowds were not great, but we had some interest in the club, and several people from Hot Springs that were not familiar with our show. We talked to Johnny Ramsey and invited him to the 2014 show. We will keep in touch with him and encourage his participation.

2014 Motorcycle Cannonball will be the same time as our September show, but we can support it as a club. Scott Byrd from Arkadelphia will be riding as well as Buck Carson from Texas. The Carson team has promotional T shirts for the team as well as calendars. Mike suggested the club purchase some as a club and will contact the Carson Team about this.

Events: See events calendar in this newsletter. Respectfully submitted, Linda Bright

March Birthdays:
Michael Thomson, Russell Plunkett

Cannon Ball Run:
Byrd to participate in run, Carson Classic Motors recently announced the addition of Dr. Scott Byrd, of Arkadelphia, to the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball team. Byrd, 51, is a member of the city's Board of Directors and is well known for his dental practice. Byrd is the proud owner of multiple antique Harley Davidsons and recently signed on to be a member of the Carson Classic Motors team for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball, a 4,200 mile endurance ride for motorcycles manufactured prior to 1937. Byrd will be piloting a 1931 Harley Davidson V model that he calls “Kimberly" from coast- to-coast during the month of September 2014 as a part of the “Hardest Motorcycle Race in the World." The route will stretch from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Tacoma, Wash., and is set to be completed in 17 days with one rest stop in Junction City, Kan. The Motorcycle Cannonball currently has an entrant list that includes more than 100 pre-1937 motorcycles and riders from 11 countries worldwide. For more information about the event, visit http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/.

The Back Straight:

Web sites of interest:
Cherokee Chapter: http://www.cherokeeamca.org/  Great reading and info on their April Road Run.
What's in the Barn: www.velocity.com/tv-shows/whats-in-the-barn/
Antique Motorcycle Club of America: http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/  Lots of info. Great info on facebook.
Carson Classic Motors: http://www.carsonclassicmotors.com/  Info on Carson Cannonball team, also on facebook.
Cannon ball ride:
http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/.  Info on the Cannon Ball Run.
OK. Swap meet: http://www.jwswapmeet.com/  Info on Swap meets in OK.

FYI: You can order “WHY WE RIDE “DVD, also on facebook

Motorcycle Quotes:
Motorcycles don't sand alone; they are two tired. Every motorcycle will out preform its rider. Sometimes it is a little better to travel than to arrive.

BMW ABS BRAKE SPECIALIST to help me trouble shoot my 02 BMW RT ASB brakes. HELP!!!!!! Call Mike at (501)525-9833, cell # (214)557-6012. HELP me please!!!!!!

For Sale:
Click here for Thomson's collection of motorcycles for sale. 501-525-9833
2002 Honda Shadow, 750cc, 8,000 miles, call 501-429-4338

March 30- Diamond Chapter March meeting at Perkin's on Central, 1:30 to eat, meeting at 2:00
April 5 - Hillcrest Children’s Home Ride. Meet at National Park Med. Center on Malvern Ave. at 1:00 Leave at 1:45 to home. Please bring a box of cereal for the kids.
April 5 - 4th Annual Summit Bank poker run in Arkadelphia. First bike out at 9:00 am. Meet at bank 409 Main Street. Proceeds go to America Cancer Society. Contact Lisa 870-246-9420
April 4-5 - Arkansas vintage scooter state meet at Greenwood AR fair grounds
April 10-12 Diamonds Don's Vintage MX Racing, Jefferson Texas http://www.diamonddon.com/
April 14-16 Cherokee Chapter Road Run, Kerrville Texas. http://www.cherokeeamca.org/
April 25-26 Caddo River Fest Glenwood, AR
April 27 Tri Lakes motorcycle Swap Meet, Forsyth, MO. Call 417-334-0775
April 27 Diamond Chapter Meeting TBA
May 24 MT. Ida Good Ole Days, Call 870-867-2311
May 24 Diamond Chapter May Meeting at The Good Ole Days Event.
June 5-7 Hog Rally, State rally in Hot Springs.
June 6-8 Route 49 Rally, Jefferson Texas
June 29 Diamond Chapter Mini Road Run, Details to follow.
June 27-28 Malvern Brick Fest
July American Iron Kick-Start Classic Ride, Maggie Valley NC.

Bike of the Month:
Greg Bright's new project bike 1976 Harley Davidson SS 250 Ready to ride after some paint and a new seat cover.

New Feature:
Bike Of The Month!  Please send in a picture of one of your antique motorcycles and a few words about it. Only one bike will be chosen each month. I think it would be fun if you have a picture of you with your first bike.

Closing Comments:
My friend Gordon Smith had been fighting cancer for a long time and has passed away. I would like for the club to donate some money in Gordon's name to the cancer society. I will bring this up at the meeting. I have a copy of his obituary from the Glenwood paper, if anyone would like a copy I can email it to you. He will be missed by all of us who know him and our condolences to his family.

Well it is officially Spring, where is the warm weather? It has been winter to long, hopefully we can say good bye to winter and get some riding in. Ride your bike to the next meeting. How about a little ride before the meeting weather permitting. Let me know ASAP.

Ride em, don't hide em.
Michael Thomson
President, Diamond Chapter of Arkansas
Antique Motorcycle Club of America