Corbin Appreciation Day recap: May expand to two days in 2013

Publish Date: 
Jul 26, 2012

HOLLISTER, CALIF. — Everything came together perfectly — the weather, the crowds, the food, the entertainment — to make Corbin's 3rd annual Rider Appreciation Day the perfect event, the company announced this week.

Thousands of people from all over California — and most of the rest of the western states — to attend the one-day event June 30 at Corbin's workshop in Hollister, Calif., the company stated.

Mike Corbin sent his personal thanks to the thousands of riders for supporting Corbin in their efforts to keep Independence Day alive in Hollister. “The rider's support is very much appreciated and is the most important element in the pursuit of the American biker's right to celebrate the Fourth of July in the birthplace of the American biker, Hollister, California," said Corbin. “I promise you next year will be even bigger and better, so plan ahead. You may be surprised to hear that we’re considering making this a two-day event so keep in touch throughout the year."

Anyone who didn’t have a motel reservation this year got stuck staying outside of Hollister, and some stayed as far as 20 miles from the event, the company stated.

A vendor show included Samson Exhaust, Barnett Clutches, Ride Wright Wheels, Mid-USA,  Arlen Ness, Renegade Classics, Custom Chrome, Cycle Gear, and about 40 other industry-related companies.

The Backyard Blues Band and the Jay Gordon blues / blues rock band provided non-stop live rock-and-roll music throughout the day.

World land-speed record holder Rocky Robinson and his 21 ft. record-holding streamliner, Ack Attack, owned by Mike Akatiff, was on display. Robinson is the current holder of the Unlimited Motorcycle World Land Speed Record, a distinction he's earned more than once. He spent the day answering rally attendee questions.

Biker Bob emceed the bike show, which produced six different class winners as well as a Grand Prize recipient winning, among other things, a multi-page feature photo-shoot and article in IronWorks Magazine. Marilyn Stemp, the magazine's publisher and managing editor, awarded Juan A. Gutierrez of Watsonville, Calif., the magazine's IW Editor's Award for his 1997 FLHR Road King (see image, left), a bike that reportedly took three years to build.

There were free factory tours throughout the day. Corbin also offered a 10 percent event discount and free installation to anybody who attended the rally.

Information and press images courtesy Rick Raus and V-Twin Marketing. Posted by Dennis Johnson