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Run to the Redwoods

A friend of mine was doing web searches using my name and came across a site that has back issues of long out of print magazines from the 70's. I purchased the issue and have attached printouts of an article that ran in the October 1974 issue of Custom Chopper magazine. While I claim no credit for the success of the "Redwood Run" in later years, I was the one who was it's initiator. Bob Dron was at "The Run to the Redwoods" and is the guy parked by the side of the road watching the passing bikes in the first photo above the title. 4 years later he purchased the Oakland Harley-Davidson dealership from the surviving Self brother. At the Northern California Dealers meetings he began lobbying for a revival of the TTT event and suggested they follow the format I had established, ie. live band, food and drink provided and use the same (now improved) campsite. When it was finally approved sometime later he called and told me they had decided to call it the "Redwood Run", a slight variation on the name I used. The call was a courtesy to see if I objected and of course I did not. I attended the first event and for many years afterward. As the run grew in popularity it became profitable to a small degree. The dealers had begun contracting with the local Kiwanis Club for all site services. The local sheriff announced the dealers where going to have to begin paying for his departments "overtime" costs incurred by policing the event, to the tune of $40,000, the dealers canceled the event. The very next year the Kiwanis took out ads in several newspapers and motorcycle magazines and announced the continuation of the "Redwood Run" just as everyone had know it before. The 25th Anniversary Redwood Run was a huge success several years ago and the event also sells out early each year.

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Scanned from a copy of Custom Chopper magazine, August 1974


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Taken on March 7, 2009