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By 100 Mile Mike I


t was another winning weekend at Gail’s Harley-


Davidson All-Ameri- can


Invitational


Motorcycle Show, in the 52nd Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, February 10-12, 2012.


More than one hundred twenty of the region’s


finest scoots were gathered under the roof of Bar- tle Hall. To be included in the show, each bike owner had to submit a photo of their bike, and be selected by the team at Gail’s. The selection process brought you the best of the best, and eliminated a lot of duplication from previous years. The bikes displayed this year were more repre- sentative of the current crop of newer bikes that people have been buying, building, and cus- tomizing.


44 Wide Open There was a crowd of people there the entire


weekend, eager to view all the wheeled vehicles on display. The show was definitely well worth it once you were inside Bartle. This year Steve Malley’s Trotta-built ‘Tattoo’


bike won Big Twin Radical Softail and Best of Show. Larry Sears’ Dresser Full won its class plus Best Paint and Best Engine. Kickstand Dickinson won both Softail FX Street and Pre Evo Mild, while Mike Wilson took home first in Dyna FX Street and Race Comp. Beautiful handmade custom trophies were awarded to all winners, along with a Harley-David- son T-shirt, and a share of more than $4,300.00 in prize money. All participants in The Gail's Harley- Davidson All American Invitational Motorcycle Show have been put on an exclusive mailing list and will receive special gifts throughout the year. Gail’s Harley-Davidson employees had a


chance to show off their favorite scoots at the show as well. Gail’s Team Three Top Picks this year were Duane Black, Doug Bolton, and Chris Pugh, and they each received a stunning trophy. Gale Holsman, founder and owner of Ameri- can Sweeping Inc. and a significant fixture with the


Gail’s Harley-Davidson team, had his own display in the center of Bartle. Gale’s 2006 Trick Super Comp Dragster, that stretches out at 245”, cranks out nearly a thousand horsepower and is his per- sonal ride in national competitions, was included in his display this year. Gale’s ’96 custom hardtail, built by ‘Dresser


Rick’, powered by a massive 98” S&S, and draped in an American Flag paint motif, was not included in the display this year. Back in the mid-90s, Gale was somewhat ahead of the chopper craze, and won trophies from major motorcycle venues such as Daytona, Sturgis, Laughlin, and Myrtle Beach. It was a dozen years ago when I first met Gale rid- ing his classic American machine. A dozen years ago All-American Invitational


Motorcycle Show was an unappreciated stepchild relegated to the lower level north lobby of Bartle. Now the All-American Invitational Motorcycle Show is in the center of the main floor in Bartle. Years ago while the show was still on the lower level, I entered my then two year-old Wide Glide road warrior with 46,000 miles showing on its odometer. I included a poster listing all of the mod-


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