Lake O’ the Pines
October 5, 6, & 7, 2007
Rally Chairman – Dennis Tackett
The 23rd annual Lake O’
the Pines rally is now history.
Despite unseasonably warm
temperatures and high humidity the overall conditions for the rally
were excellent. Nearly 400 enthusiasts came out to enjoy the
event, which included spirited rides along the area’s excellent
roads, remarkable scenery and of course a gathering of extraordinary
motorcycles. As usual, around one hundred outstanding machines
were entered in the Peoples’ Choice show. These bikes ran the gamut
from Clay Walley’s freshly minted Ducati to Mike and Jessica
Thompson’s pristine 1913 BSA. Competition was keen, particularly
in the prestigious Concours class, which included first place
winners in various categories from last year’s rally.
After the Bike show, rally
participants enjoyed an opportunity to listen to Grand Marshal Brian
Slark speak on the decision to restore or not restore vintage
machines. As the man in charge of making such decisions at the
world famous Barber Motorcycle Museum, Mr. Slark’s credibility was
of the highest caliber. He then held an informal question and
answer session with the audience covering a wide variety of topics.
Mr. Slark’s friendly and approachable demeanor, along with his
extensive knowledge of motorcycling in general and Nortons in
particular, made the session most memorable for all in attendance.
We all hope to see him and his wife Diana at many LOPs to come.
As the NTNOA and the Lake O’ the
Pines rally nears their silver anniversary it is important to
remember that these events don’t just happen. Our rally is the
culmination of countless hours of preparation. The revenue
generated by the rally pays for itself, and is the reason our club
dues are so low. A small number of volunteers do the majority of
the work to make sure there are all the ingredients for a successful
event. In particular, President Clay Walley and Rally Chairman
Dennis Tackett devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to
ensure everything came together at the right time. The club
membership owes them and all the volunteers a debt of thanks.
Additionally, special thanks go to Audrey at MotoLiberty for
bringing her bus full of great gear, everyone who contributed door
prizes, and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce for their usual
invaluable service at the registration booth.
The rally continues to evolve and
improve each year. Preparation for next year’s rally has already
begun. Be a part of it. The club can use your help, please
Brian Slark, inducted to AMA Hall of Fame.
Seven historic figures took their places among motorcycling’s greatest legends Friday, Nov. 16, at the
2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Hosted by actor motorcyclist Perry King, the event honored the Hall of Fame Class of 2012: the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary; world
championship roadracing tuner Nobby Clark; off-road racing champion Ty Davis; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and the late iconic
race starter Al Wilcox.
Brian Slark, who was born in London, England, on Feb. 2, 1938, was a moving force in the creation of a vibrant motocross-racing community in the United States in the 1960s.
Slark helped organize motocross tracks, promoting the sport by teaching famous people-including then-teen heartthrob Bobby Darin-to ride motorcycles and importing and building Rickman Metisse and Cheney motocrossers.
Slark later helped the late-Dave Mungenast, who is a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, create a motorcycle museum in St. Louis. Slark also helped create the world-class Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in
“First and foremost, I would like to thank my wife, Dian, who is always supportive and buys me motorcycles, how cool is that!” said Slark, as he accepted his honor. “I’d also like to thank Bud Ekins, for giving me the
opportunity to come to this wonderful country; Nick Nicholson, who gave me motorbikes to ride and inspired me to ride the ISDT; Dave Mungenast Sr., a mentor and a friend; and last but not least, George Barber, who gave
me the opportunity to be part of creating a world-class museum.”
Lake O' the Pines 2007 Bike Show Results
Most photos are courtesy of Paul Valentine. Click on the
LINK to view the photo.
If you have photos you would like to add send them to
This year's Rally T-shirt design.
Artwork by Robert Opel
2006 Rallye Events & Schedule
CATFISH DINNER RIDE
6:00 PM - FRIDAY NIGHT
RIDE CAPTAIN: Dennis Tackett
CONCOURS DISPLAY / BIKE SHOW
SATURDAY 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
AWARDS BY POPULAR VOTE
Special Awards For Bikes Ridden to the Rallye!
1972 Norton Combat Commando – Runs & rides!
Tickets $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00
Obtain tickets @ LOP and club meetings.
You do not need to be present @ LOP to win the Raffle Bike. Winner
is responsible for transportation from the rally or Dallas, Texas.
Swap Meet Saturday
CAMPING – Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
AWARDS CEREMONY AND DOOR PRIZES SATURDAY NIGHT
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
3:00 PM – 4:30
Brian Slark – Current fastest man on two wheels (355mph) and
builder/rider of the world’s fastest Norton (208mph) will narrate
his account of building and racing this amazing machine for the 1970
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
This year's Rallye Raffle Bike was a 1973 Norton Combat
Commando. It's street legal and runs. It was won by Mike Mcgill.
All paint work donated by Jason Small
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For an overview of the rally click on "Pines Needles and Chrome".
This year the Lake O' the Pines
Area Chamber of Commerce under the direction of Judy Stafford handled our registration desk,
food service and after hours security.
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November 23, 2012
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Revised: November 23, 2012