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6 Wide Open


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR www.wideopenmag.net


Wide Open Well folks, we made it through another round of Wide Open


Bike Shows, and we came through them with our spirits sky high. Plenty of factors helped make our shows even more successful than last year. Of course the weather was a big factor. We had no winter to speak of at all. My snow shovel only moved once, and it was a false alarm. A bigger factor in our Kansas City shows’ suc- cess was our change in venue. The move to the more centrally located Overland Park Convention Center proved to be a mon- ster success. Everyone from contestants, to vendors, and even ad- vertisers had nothing but great things to say about the new location. It looks like we have found a new home for our K.C. Show. Inside you’ll find the play-by-play from each show along with tons of photos of class winners and their entries. It’s always been our opinion if your entry wins, you need to be recognized for your effort. We also have features on our best of show winners from Kansas City and St. Louis. I hope you all like it hot. With our lack of winter and record-


setting highs in the 80s for March, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet the almanac’s prediction of plenty of triple-digit days this riding season is going to be dead on. With that kind of heat you are really going to get some use out of our all new bike night section. In this section we will not only let you know where the best watering holes offering bike nights can be found, but we will also update you on what’s new for 2012 from each of the listed hot spots. Speaking of which, inside you’ll also find a little reminder about St. Joe Harley-Davidson’s 2012 edition of their always popular Classic Rock and Chrome Rally. You will be sorry if you miss it. We have gained more friends and advertisers as you’ll see inside. We strive to bring you the best products and services and our new additions continue that trend. We have a couple of really special features for you in this issue. Wide Open roving reporter Norm Cooper will take you to sin city for the Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction. We also have a Daytona report from another of our long haul reporters. Bob Johnson will bring you cover- age from Daytona including the drag races, the hot ladies, and all the great scooters. Best of all you’ll get this Daytona coverage well before other publications get it to the newsstand. You might think things slow down for me a bit after the bike shows, but you’d be wrong. Believe it or not,


I have been up to my eyeballs scheduling all of our appearances at shows and events for this riding season. You might be more surprised to find out our calendar is nearly full! We are also beginning to make prepara- tions for our yearly pilgrimage to Sturgis this fall. I know what you’re thinking. Sturgis is five months away. Those five months will be gone before you know it. The early bird might get the worm, but the early rider gets a place to sleep at the Full Throttle Saloon. Get it? We are also working on our next calendar. We are always on the lookout for friendly outgoing ladies to join our amazing group of Wide Open Calendar Girls. If you think you’ve got what it takes, look us up at the next event we attend. Speaking of the Full Throttle Saloon, we’d like to give a big thanks to Mike Ballard, Angie, and the Flaunt


Girls for coming down and hanging out with us at our K.C. show. Angie was the road warrior this year and brought Goat with her to our St. Louis show as well. While we were in St. Louis, Loney and Stephanie man- aged to sneak out of the show long enough to get photos of the all-new St. Charles Harley-Davidson to go along with our article from the last issue. I am sure you folks on the eastern shores of the Midwest Coast are not only going to love the new store, but also be pleased as hell with the ability to shop it seven days a week. Like I said earlier, our spirits are high. Everywhere we turn there are indications that this riding season,


along with this year as a whole, is our light at the end of the tunnel. We have survived what the doom and gloom crowd referred to as “the fall of the Roman Empire,” and we are all stronger and better for it. Since we are already working on our July issue, I’ll give you a bit of a preview. Longtime friend and ad-


vertiser Shawn McClenny has conjured up a new “place to be” in Overland Park. I’m not going to lay it all out for you now but think 10,000 square feet of space to move and mingle along with a 60’ long bar. You know if it’s Shawn’s place it’s going to be wall-to-wall good times. Wide Open is in the process of building not one but two new scooters for 2012, both of which will be


off the hook cool and featured in our July issue. Well, I’ve got places to go and people to see so we can keep the Wide Open train on the tracks. I do want


to take a minute though to thank all our sponsors, advertisers, entrants, and vendors. Each and every one of you had a hand in making our shows the best the Midwest Coast had to offer once again. To all of our friends and readers that attended our shows, thank you! We do it all for you and the kind words and e-mails make it all worthwhile. Last but not least, thanks go out to the prettiest ladies out there, the Wide Open Calendar Girls, the staff of writers and photographers that are second to none, and to Sandy who sifts through it all to put every issue together. Strap in, buckle up, or hold the hell on, 2012 is going to be a ride to remember.


Ralph Roades, Editor


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