Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

4th Annual Radar's Run - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  May 20, 2017

The 4th Annual Radar's Run took place on Sunday May 7, 2017. The memorial ride and poker run is held in loving memory of our friend C. Brent "Radar" Estep who passed too soon in 2014 at the age of 45, as well as many other friends we have lost, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Radar was loved and respected by many during his years as a motorcycle parts guru in Kansas City.

The event began at 9 a.m. with a free Chris Cakes breakfast served at The Landing Eatery & Pub in Liberty, 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, souvenir poker chip, and event T-shirt. Additional t-shirts and poker cards were available for purchase. After watching the Chris Cakes lady skillfully flip a few pancakes onto plates held by hungry bikers, I sat down to enjoy the meal. I was fortunate to hook up with Billy, Guy, and Pam for the ride. The stops, all in Missouri, were at Deadeye Choppers in Claycomo, Hard Core Customs in Kansas City, Bear’s Hiway Classics in Avondale, Knobtown Cycle in Kansas City, and Knuckleheads Saloon. Over 100 people joined together to celebrate the life and legacy of Radar Love while raising money to help fight childhood cancer. There were 70 riders, 30 volunteers, and many friends who joined in at Knuckleheads where Old No. 5's was the host band for the Sunday Jam. Billy Bob Thornton who was performing at Knuckleheads that same evening with his band, The Boxmasters, dedicated a song titled “Beautiful” to Radar. A link to this moment can be found on the ride’s Facebook page. A live auction, raffles, ticket sales, merchandise, and public donations brought in more than $5,000 in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a leader in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Special thanks go out to Built-to-Spec, Ghost Productions, Fosburg Graphics, The Corner Bar, Aaron Thomas with Gear Brokers, Old No. 5's, Brian Williams, Frank & Mary Hicks, Ben Schmitt, all of the shop owners who graciously host riders on the route, and, of course, all of the wonderful volunteers that help make Radar's Run a success each year.  We at Cycle Connections thank Andrea Wescott for providing information for our article.

Radar's Run is generally held on the first weekend of May. For inquiries, or to volunteer for future events, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information can be found at www.facebook/radars.run

Anyone who missed the Radar’s Run but would still like to donate, please send a check or money order made out to “Radar's Run Foundation” to Radar's Run Foundation, 208 W 19th Street, Kansas City, MO 6410.


Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

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