SMC Carrollton’s Monthly Gathering at Canton’s BBQ, Brews, and Boos 10/26/2019
Saturday morning started out looking pretty bleak with cool temps and a misty rain falling out of the sky! Tommy Harper and I met at the Waffle House in Villa Rica at 8am with Kent Bennett on his way from Lagrange to arrive around 9am. We gassed up after Kent arrived and headed toward Canton with mist continuing to fall all the way to Cartersville, where we stopped at a gas station for a break. While there Tommy and Kent spotted SMC Huntsville Ambassador Dorsey Uptain with his 1976 Harley sidecar rig in tow. After a brief chat with Dorsey, empty bladders and some antifreeze added to the system, we all headed on to Canton with more drizzle in the face.
Once in Canton, SMC Huntsville member Erik Bahl spotted us and followed us to the event site. During more drizzle, SMC Chattanooga member Doug and Patty Jones arrived as well as SMC Carrollton member Billy Russell. SMC Marietta members, Charlie Drummond and Stan Anderson came out to join in the fun as well. The weather actually cooperated in the afternoon with no more drizzle and the event had a pretty good turnout. Good food, music, brews and Boos fun was had by all! Please see pics!
Barber’s Vintage Festival 10/4/2019
Well, we had another hot one at the Barber Vintage Fest this past weekend! Despite the elevated temperatures there was a pretty good turnout for the 15th annual event. SMC members were well represented at this years event with members from all of our associate chapters, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Birmingham, Carrollton and Marietta.
We had several members who placed in the AMCA peoples choice bike show on Saturday out of 96 bikes on the field. In the custom class, SMC Birmingham's Troy Coleman placed second with his 1972 Honda Four chopper, and SMCCarrollton's Tommy Harper placed first with his 1962 FLH Panhead chopper. In the 30's class, SMCCarrollton's ambassador, yours truly, placed third with my 1938 ULH Flathead. In the 20's and earlier class, SMCHuntsville's Erik Bahl placed 3rd with his 1913 Excelsior Twin.
Congratulations to all who placed in the show and a "BIG THANKS" to all who participated!!! A "HUGE THANKS" goes to those who volunteered and helped out where needed during this busy event, Billy Russell, Ali Russell, Joe Morris, Tommy Harper and Kent Bennett!!! If I missed anyone, my apologies! A great time was had by all!!!
A short video shared by SMC member Dorsey Uptain crossing the Bixby Creek bridge in Big Sur, California on his recent trip to participate in the Monterey Roadrun.
Pics from SMC Carrollton’s monthly lunch gathering. 9/28/2019
Look for pic of Erik Bahl, Chase rider #63 from SMC Huntsville. Erik came over for lunch with SMC Carrollton. He gifted a tube of “goop” which he used to help plug up a inlet nipple leak on the front head of his 1947 FL during “The Chase”. You can read about Erik’s journey on the SMC Blog. Thanks Erik!!!
Coverage of “The Chase” from SMC President Mike McCloud
I followed them to Macon and Tallahassee from Chattanooga. Tuesday afternoon (9-10-19) a few SMC members came to Chattanooga to see the bikes and riders and our own SMC riders Erik Bahl and Mike Carson. Stanley Krawiec, Roy Chapman, Joe Casola, Doug and Patty Jones, Dorsey Uptain, Jake Segars, Cecil Frost and myself were present. Wednesday morning (9-11-19) the riders were preparing to make their way to Macon via a west Georgia route. The arrival in Macon was quite hot! The evening was filled with hotel parking lot maintenance and preparations for the ride to Tallahassee. Some riders took advantage of Tallahassee HD for maintenance and the hotel parking lot was the same as the nights before busy with preparations for the next day.
When I came out of the hotel in Tallahassee Friday morning, the rear tire on my bike was flat. The tube had a small split at the seam on the inside of the tube about 6" from the center valve stem. Took the wheel off while all of The Chase riders were leaving. Thanks to SMC member HD Liz, a bike shop nearby was the morning destination for a tube change. So I got a ride from a friend, Arley to Florida Motorsports. We got there before they opened and luckily they had the correct size tube. I had a spare tube and wanted to keep it for the rest of my trip, just in case! They got right on it as soon as the first tech arrived installing the new tube. Got the wheel back on and about 2 1/2 hrs later, Liz and I were headed to Lakeland. We arrived at Lakeland HD while all the riders were there. The morning, Saturday, Liz and I saw all the riders leave for Peterson's HD in Miami and we headed toward Tallahassee.
SMC representing at the Nashville Music City Roadrun.
Pictured SMC members: Pam Chapman, Roy Chapman, Dorsey Uptain, Kent Bennett, Keith Kizer, Kendall Kizer, John Linberg (not in photo)
SMC Carrollton Monthly
Kent came up from Lagrange and we met at the Circle K at Hwy.27 and Linda Lane in Carrollton. We gassed up and headed toward Rockmart to Knucklehead Café. Not far after leaving the “K” Kent’s primary belt lost some teeth, so he was out for the ride. Kent dispatched his wife to pick him up with the trailer while I proceeded to Knucklehead’s. Billy, Allison, Roy and myself enjoyed the afternoon lunch gathering.
SMC member Kent Bennett out for a ride to local pub on the ‘61 Panhead
SMC Member Cecil Frost out for a ride on the ironhead chop