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While the industry has gravitated toward cookie cutter automation with standard operational processing to produce magazines, we take a different approach.
We put a lot of effort into our magazine. Every contributor was selected as a great fit for the puzzle we put together every issue. They take pride in sharing experiences and thoughts from their lives with all our readers. Each issue we carefully select a cover photo that is representative of what is contained inside.
Rather than presenting a neon circus tent hoping to grab your eye – which is ok in itself – we set ourselves apart beginning with the first thing you see. I believe we have hit the absolute dead center bulls eye with this one. Here is a preview of the next issue due out Sept 1 2018. What do you think?COVER M.T. SEPT_OCT_2018
5th Annual and Final Dale Murray Memorial Benefit Ride
The Law Dogs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter, held the 4TH Dale Murray Memorial Benefit Ride on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The memorial benefit motorcycle ride, started in 2014, is held in memory of member Dale Murray, who died from Pancreatic Cancer in May of 2013. All proceeds have been distributed in Dale’s memory as follows:
2014: $3,500 to Johns Hopkins University Pancreatic Research Center
2015: $3,000 to the Emergency Patient Cancer Fund, Western MD Regional Medical Center
2016: $3,600 to the Emergency Patient Cancer Fund, Western MD Regional Medical Center
2017: $3,700 to the Emergency Patient Cancer Fund, Western MD Regional Medical Center
The Law Dogs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club was established in 2000 to offer brotherhood and motorcycling benefits to active, retired or vested Police Officers, active Police Reserves, Corrections Officers, as well as Fire Fighters and EMS Personnel, to raise money for charitable organizations and to raise money for a fallen brother/sister fund of Emergency Personnel. Chapters are located in Texas, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Delaware, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota and Romania.
President: Joe Neder; Vice-President: Daryl McCarty; Treasurer: Steve Wilkinson; Secretary: Sharon Leasure; Road Captain: Jake Twigg; Sergeant-at-Arms: David Penrod
NOTE: this group picks a charity and supports it a number of times, then picks another. They are still going strong in Maryland and other locations! – Mark
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For the July/August 2018 Issue I was hand delivering Motorcycle Times magazine to about 140 locations in PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, DC and DelMArVa, randomly picked from our delivery list. I like to stay in touch with our customers so I can listen to them and remain focused on their needs. This is the best method I’ve found, so it is what I do every couple of months. Along the way, I’ve encountered many useful bits of information ranging from closed stores to demolished and/or missing locations to new employee’s and even new owners and new locations!
It’s all normal and I wasn’t surprised, though in some cases there is a familiar sadness and the usual questions and wonderment’s accompanying a long established business changing hands or even just closing for good. This is another reason I put myself out on the road every so often. Our magazine was founded as a grassroots operation, literally being hand typed and physically cut and pasted then photo copied, manually assembled and then stapled in Jerry Smith’s living room. Through the years as Motorcycle Times has grown and weathered the industry and social changes, technology continued to advance until today Motorcycle Times is printed on state of the art computerized machines by an old and well established industry leader selected by me with a nod to their same grassroots tradition. Through the years, Motorcycle Times has kept pace with our industry while retaining it’s grassroots connections despite almost 30 years of expansions and contractions that created so many changes in our culture of motorcycling.
2019 is officially Motorcycle Time’s 30th year in production. This alone ranks us with the likes of Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Bike, and a few others in terms of longevity. Another thing we have in common with other industry leaders is that we are not a sugar coated, eye candy, bikini and chrome infested magazine…of which there is nothing wrong with and I myself will sometimes flip through one. Which is another big difference. Our customers actually read our magazines. There is a time and place for most things and our time and place is motorcycles and motorcycle news and events and motorcyclists and getting the word out. It’s what we’ve done best for almost 30 years so far.
And it’s what I’m continuing to do. In fact I’m doing it right now.
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So, some of our grassroots are in Clearbrook, Va at Winchester Motorsports. I pulled in just as they were closing down for the day. Not knowing me from anyone, or even why I was there, the new owners Mike and Melissa greeted me and showed me genuine hospitality. It was very refreshing to meet two people who weren’t in rush to just GET OUT of there and go home. As we talked it became clear that Mike and by default Melissa have experience in the motorcycling field and aren’t just on a buzz from new ownership. It’s nice to see a store change hands to other motorcyclists and not some faceless corporation that rotates clerks through it to keep the numbers up. It’s a grassroots store.
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Barbara Hauer was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of German immigrants. She later married John Casper Fritchie, who was a glove maker, on May 6, 1806. Soon after they faded into relative normal obscurity in Frederick, MD as most people did then, simply going about their everyday lives.
However, Barbara would soon become famous – allegedly undeserving so – for waving the Union flag in the face of an advancing Confederate army. Whether or not this actually happened remains debated and unresolved to this day.
The story goes that while marching out of town into the hills on September 10 the troops passed Frietschie’s house, and she may have waved a small Union flag from the porch or a second-floor window. Barbara Fritchie was a Unionist and did have a Union flag. Friends of Barbara Fritchie stated that she shook a Union flag at and insulted Confederate troops, but other neighbors said Barbara Fritchie, who was over 90 years old, was ill at the time. Whatever the actual case, the story soon took root in town that Frietschie, who was known to be intensely patriotic, had somehow defied the Confederate army.
She became famous as the heroine of the 1863 poem Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier, in which she pleads with an occupying Confederate general to “Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country’s flag.” The General is shamed and orders his troops not to shoot!
No firsthand account of the incident survives, and disputes over the poem’s authenticity came up almost immediately after it was published. The poet, Mr. Whittier was a Quaker and some say his beliefs certainly colored his war time writings in as much as figures were often forced to face and wrestle with the humanity or lack thereof of war. Thus was the dispute of the occurrence of the incident given even deeper roots.
However, her descendants successfully promoted her reputation, and the city of Frederick has used her name and image to attract tourists ever since the early 1900s. Today one can find her name and historical significance attached to many events in Frederick, MD. The Barbara Fritchie House is located at 154 West Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland. It is a 1927 reconstruction, based on the original house, which was washed away during a storm or flood.
So, this is what I have found out, in my own words and excerpts from Wickipedia, Google and other web locations. It’s interesting to know this background. I had been imagining some old grey haired lady that used to race motorcycles might be the namesake, but no. A simple, patriotic wife of a glove maker who may – or may not have – defied and insulted opposing wartime troops in her own little town.
Whichever side you take on this historical story, we can all agree on our love of motorcycles and especially Flat Track Racing! I love all motorcycle racing and riding yet I must admit there is just something extraordinary seeing a pack of motorcycles speeding around the track almost always sideways and in such tight formation. It’s really sort of magical. I’m getting excited and can’t wait to celebrate the 4th at this race! How about you?BFC_18_85x11_MC times
Finally, after many days of rainy weather the forecast cleared. The event was advertised as “Rain or Shine” so I had made plans to drive the cage and bring a rain suit if need be. I was just overwhelmed with gratitude to the Cosmic Universe that the weather finally moved on to bother other peoples and I could ride the bike instead! Everything was aligning for a great day. I did have to delay my departure a few moments – about 45 minutes – to allow the last few sprinkles to pass but then I was off on two wheels!
It was about a two or two and a half hour ride straight over on the super slabs and highways but I cared not for I would soon be immersed in the rich and vibrant history of these classic British and European motorcycles and the swap meet, I tuned in my satellite channel on the phone, set the cruise when I could and as is the saying…”Let The Good Times Roll!”
When I arrived I was pointed to the parking area and there were only a few bikes there but that was soon to change. Within minutes, as I removed my helmet and jacket and stowed them, retrieved my camera and so on the bikes began to arrive.
This certainly held much promise for a fun day!
Just as I was about to walk to the swap meet area I overheard a couple guys talking and one said I really liked the show “Two Fat Ladies”. That stopped me in my tracks. For those of you not in the know, this is a relatively obscure PBS cooking show from England. Yes, it is literally about two old, fat ladies. They travel about the countryside cooking regional dishes and critiquing them and pretty much anything else that catches their eye or ire! What really makes it special though and initially caught my eye is that they travel in a sidecar rig! Now I’m not just rambling, there is a point to this. The two guys I overheard talking were discussing a sidecar rig based on a modern Triumph, but using a sidecar from the same company that made the Two Fat Ladie’s rig! You see, I had parked right next to it. The owner and I soon struck up a conversation and this was indeed an imported unit attached here by an authorized outlet of sidecar installers. I was more than duly impressed especially with the paint job on this daily driver. You can see me taking the picture in the reflection on the paint! In fact, in the original picture I downloaded, the individual blades of grass are distinguishable. This is more a comment on the quality of paint application and selection of materials than the camera. I was using an off the shelf Kodak digital something or other set on auto everything.
So, I began to really get excited with all these good omens being laid in my path.
As I traversed the grounds on my way to the swap meet area I spied a pavilion with some bikes in it so I thought I’d better take a look thinking they might be show bikes. They were just some bikes, VIP parking maybe, I didn’t know. Just some nice daily drivers, a bike with a Flux Capacitor and stuff like that. It turned out to be a pretty cool Steam Punk style bike so I snapped a few pictures and a video of the Flux Capacitor. Click the link.
On to the swap meet! We had to walk through some gaps provided in the tree lines to get to the next area and when you arrived, the British and European Classic Motorcycle Day revealed itself in full glory! As I said it was early yet, just look at the video and you can see this was promising to be a great day indeed! https://youtu.be/GpAYmaYAQEI
I spoke to Blair Chapman, one of the principals of the event and he said:
“The quality of the motorcycles that turn up at B&E CMD always amazes. There are a lot of seldom-seem bikes, both restored and original, and the workmanship that goes into the custom builds is outstanding. You never know what is going to turn up — from brass-era machines to the latest trends in tricked-out one-off bikes that must have taken hundreds of hours to build. We hope to see a steady interest in these old machines and keep classic British & European machines ridden and seen.”
I kept that in mind as I browsed the tables and I must admit, I was impressed. There is no doubt these vendors contribute greatly to the overall restoration and correctness of these bikes. Many many items were available which, if a bike had to do without simply could not be considered complete. Please enjoy the pictures and if you do spot something you require, perhaps an email to the organizers may put you in touch with a supplier.
There were food and drinks available, plenty of seating in sun or shade (pavilion), music and general good camaraderie. One particular highlight was the Norton Tech Talk given by Chris Greenbacker of the Nation’s Capital Norton Owners, an expert Norton mechanic with over 35 years of experience repairing and restoring classic motorcycles. The word is that Chris is the GOTO GUY on Nortons. Just these tips and tricks alone were worth the cost of admission!
Blair also says:
“Our all-volunteer Board of Directors have held this event for 17 years, the last 7 years at High Point Farm in Clarksburg, MD. We try to have a relaxed atmosphere that welcomes like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts. We have a judged concours for 1983 and older machines, a swap meet area geared toward classic Brit & Euro bikes, parts, accessories and services, and Tech Talks from knowledgable mechanics. This year’s Tech Talk on Norton engine building tips was given by Chris Greenbacker of the Nation’s Capital Norton Owners, an expert Norton mechanic with over 35 years of experience repairing and restoring classic motorcycles.”
The board of directors says:
“Our purpose for holding Classic Motorcycle Day is to present a venue to display classic British and European motorcycles for the enjoyment of the public and other enthusiasts, and to meet and trade with others interested in our hobby. Our goal is to favorably impress the motorcycling community and advance our good image.”
In closing, I asked Blair to sum it all up for us. This is what he had to say:
“We give back to the community by donating to the Montgomery County Police Explorers (a local youth group that gives teens a chance to explore law enforcement as a career path). The Explorers also help us with logistics and security at the event. The swap meet area is populated by local motorcycle shops, bike clubs, small businesses, and riders like us who are looking to sell bikes & spares. Each year, we feature a different category or make of motorcycles. This year was Norton Commando (on its 50th anniversary). Last year was BMW, and next year Triumph will be the featured marque. We couldn’t put on our not-for-profit event year after year without the help of our volunteer workers (most from NCNO) – it’s a lot of work, but worth it.”
All in, I’d say he summed it up quite well. My summary is much simpler of course. Even if all you are looking to do is get away and do something on your motorcycle for a day, put this on your calendar for next year. Do it now. When the day comes, gas up, set the GPS for no highways or tolls, leave early, have a nice ride, walk around, meet people and see things and learn things about the history of motorcycles, have some food and take the long way home. That is what I’ll be doing. Again.
Here is the list of all the class winners…CONGRATULATIONS!
Between Gmail security, WordPress and other malicious electronic programs, widgetry and general deviousness, the security programs and settings all somehow conspired to tweak my classified ad’s email response capabilities just enough so they didn’t work.
Of course they worked fine every morning as I tested them from inside the system. Only this morning I happened to use a fresh browser because of a restart and so as is my habit, I cleared all cookies and whatnot before the restart.
Email problem was revealed. It’s fixed now.
Really. It is.
You can use the classifieds again.
JUST FIVE MORE DAYS TO THE BRITISH & EUROPEAN CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE DAY!
From their website www.http://classicmotorcycleday.org
“British & European Classic Motorcycle Day is one of the largest events of its kind, with a field full of all types of Classic British & European motorcycles; swap meet vendor area; Tech Talks; and much more. We are located in the rolling countryside of Maryland, close to Washington, DC and Baltimore. The all-volunteer staff has planned and produced this event for 15 years (30 years if you count the previous incarnation, ‘British Motorcycle Day’). We give back to the community, and have donated thousands of dollars to Montgomery County Police Explorers, a organization that gives our local youth a chance to explore what it is like have a career in law enforcement.
For 2018, British & European Classic Motorcycle Day featured marque is Norton Commando, commemorating its 50 year anniversary. There are over 15 Brit & Euro classes for the judged concours and over 75 plaques and ribbons to be awarded, and door prizes awarded to select Concours winners. The vendor area has Classic British & European parts and accessories, complete bikes, project bikes, maybe even that elusive piece you need to finish a bike you’re working on. The 2018 event poster (left) features a 1968 Norton Commando. We will have event T-shirts and posters available for sale the day of the event. We will also have a Tech Sessions presented by a classic motorcycle pros during the event.
The 2017 British & European Classic Motorcycle Day was well attended, guesstimates of 1350 attendees and 130 concours bikes. The quality of the concours was impressive, with original machines mingled in with full restorations and custom fabricated motorcycles of the highest caliber. A list of the 2017 Concours winners and a link to pictures and videos of earlier years’ events are on the ‘Past Years’ page. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and had a safe trip home, and we can’t wait to see you in 2018.
Please browse our site for more information. Your comments and questions are welcome.
—Members of the Board of Classic Motorcycle Day.