Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

3rd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends - Lee's Summit, Missouri

Written by  May 29, 2016

The 3rd Annual Radar's Run for Fallen Friends took place on Sunday May 1, 2016. This memorial ride and poker run is a celebration of life in memory of our friend Carl Brent "Radar" Estep who left us too soon at the age of 45, as well as many other friends who have passed on, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


The event began with a delicious Chris Cakes breakfast that was served at Iron Eagle Customs in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and provided by Schmitt Mulhern, LLC -- Personal Injury Attorneys.  Registration fee was $20 per rider and $10 per passenger and included a poker run card and event T-shirt. Extra poker run cards and T-shirts were only $10 each. Poker run prizes included a leather jacket for the high poker hand, $50 for the low poker hand. The 47-mile all-Missouri ride included stops at Knobtown Cycles in Kansas City, Deadye Choppers in Claycomo, Bear’s Hiway Classics in Avondale, Hardcore Customs in Gladstone, and The Landing Eatery & Pub in Liberty where the ride concluded. At the Landing, Old No. 5’s provided live music, live and silent auctions featured many nice items, raffle prizes were drawn for, and there was a bikini bike wash.

Thanks go to the sponsors-Schmitt Mulhern, LLC, The Landing, Bear’s, Deadeye Choppers, Iron Eagle Customs, Bad Seed Motorcycle Company, Hardcore Customs, Ghost Productions, and Knobtown Cycle. Thanks also to all of the riders and volunteers. Personal thanks to Margaret for being my passenger. Special thanks to co-chairs Pete Zibers and Andrea Westcott. According to information provided by Pete who was one of Radar’s best friends, the top hand prize went to Debbie Carter (Club flush-ace high) and the low hand $50 winner was Frank Carrillo. There were 69 riders, 23 passengers, and 24 volunteers, and St. Jude’s received $2,300.

In spite of a very pessimistic weather forecast, the day began with warmth and clear skies and gradually clouded up and cooled off. By the end of the event, a light drizzle was just beginning to fall. It was a great day and raised funds for a very worthy charity. St. Judes is a leader in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Mark your 2017 calendar for next year’s ride on May 7.


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Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com