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40th Falling Leaf rally a great success By Larry Floyd #59663


THE 40TH FALLING LEAF RALLY IS in the history books. The Gateway Riders of St. Louis, Missouri, hosted 612 rally goers, served lots of coffee, hot dogs, and lemonade; saw several anvils rise and fall; and, of course, raffled off a beautiful R 75/5. Forty years ago, a small group of BMW enthusiasts decided to start a rally to give back to all


the MOA


clubs who sponsored events that were enjoyed by all. The Falling Leaf


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Rally was born. According to the recollec- tions of Phil Sulfstede, one of the founding members, the first


five or six years the


event was held at Jasper’s Hollow, a private campground owned by Club members not far from Bland, Missouri. After outgrowing that facility, the rally was moved to the city park in Bland. Facilities were still sparse; shelter from the elements consisted of a large tent, and showers were only available at the local high school. Club members would go down to the site the week before


the rally and cut firewood, a perk much appreciated for a fall camping weekend. As attendance increased to over 400, once again relocation was required. Fortunately, we found the Lion’s Club Fairgrounds in Potosi, a perfect place for a growing motor- cycle rally. The Lion’s Club and town of Potosi are great partners, and the event could not be staged without them. The fairgrounds boast a meeting hall,


several outbuildings, and plenty of fenced area for camping, while Potosi is adjacent


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