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girls tagging along. So, naturally, we had to tug on Superman's cape and snuggle up with the big- feathered ladies for some photo-ops. Meanwhile, back at our home away from


Felica tugging on Superman’s Cape


home, the South Point Casino and Spa, we found ourselves wondering what Captain America and Billy would think if they came walking down the plush, carpeted hotel corridor. The South Point, run by the masterful Michael Gaughan, is absolutely the finest place for an event like Mid-America Mo- torcycle Auction. In addition to the 500 item bike sale, there was also some hot action on the track with none other than Gene Romero's Indoor West Coast Flat Track Motorcycle Races. The deafening roar coming from the luxurious


Equestrian Center where a wild bunch of motorcy- cle riders had been invited to get crazy and race around the oval track was quite impressive. We’re pretty sure the characters from the 1969 movie “Easy Riders” would have been pleased with the welcome they would have received here, which would have been a long ways from the “No Va- cancy” sign they saw in the cult classic. Biker's from around the world were greeted with open arms for this motorcycle themed weekend in Vegas. The guest of honor this year was Ms. Barbara


Norm & the girls


McQueen who was offering autographs of her book, “The Last Mile.” She was present as they auctioned Steve McQueen’s motorcycle, a 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross, which graced the Sports Il- lustrated Cover in August 1971. This was a cool shot where McQueen, all buffed and bronzed, was out moto-crossing thru the hot sun of southern California with a devil may care look. We watched as the high bid of $137,000 came and went, not having met the reserve. I think the 1915 Iver Johnson Twin Cylinder was running with the big dog's at $299,600. How'd you like to take that for a spin on the 2012 Cannonball!! If I had come to town looking to get a new


Steve


McQueen’s 1940 Indian


1912 Henderson 4-cyl. motor. I'd be leaving happy but with $32,500 less in the bank or how about $3,750 for a original 1912 Indian Twin muf- fler, glad I didn't need a carb for my Indian Hed- strom $3,250!! Down the road at the Rio Casino Chris Angel


the crazed magician/mindfreak, was having a mo- ment of clarity at the RM auction as he offered 9 motorcycles from his personal Mindfreak collec- tion to benefit his favorite charities. Watching these auctioneers hammer out a re-


ported 8 million dollars in collective proceeds over the weekend brought on a sense of pride thinking about the mystic, bygone era which has lead us to the elegant and glamorous existence that is known today as “motorcyclism.”


62 Wide Open


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