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a caffeine and bacon grease breakfast, then set out on the short trip to The Family Arena. I always try to get into the venue a couple hours before gates open so I can get unobstructed shots of the bikes along with the vendor and sponsor booths. When I walked in I was caught off guard almost immedi- ately. While it seemed the majority of entries at our Kansas City bike show were baggers, here in St. Louis there were just as many choppers as bag- gers. In fact there was a good mix of bobbers and pro-street type bikes as well. It is always an eye- opener to see what the local flavor of bikes is from one area to the next even when the two cities are only on opposite sides of the state. Victor from VG Media performed his usual


magic shooting digital images of every single show entrant as they checked in before the show. These images are then displayed on an 8’ x 12’ screen. The images run on a loop over and over through the entirety of the show. As winners receive their trophies, the area in front of the stage becomes jam packed with bodies. Fortunately the projector set-up allows the winner’s family and friends as well as their peers to see the winning scooters as their owners accept their trophies. This works out great for winners and the audience as well. Our much coveted trophies were created again by none other than Brad Brooks of Consultechs. Victor served double duty this year. Not only


did he keep the electronic video setup rolling, he also acted as master of ceremonies. He kept everyone aware of the day’s events, raffled off a ton of swag including the ever popular gas cards that Ralph buys in mass quantities. After whipping ass and taking names as an emergency fill-in at our Kansas City show, the Quinn Harvey Band was secured for our St. Louis show while the K.C. show was still in progress. Quinn and Quinton McDan- nald brought Kent Burnham with them on drums for this show. Once again the music these guys make was the topic of tons of compliments and


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