THE 15th ANNUAL Honda Hoot, scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tenn., has been designated a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
"We love to see the thousands of motorcycles that flood into town every June, and we are delighted that this event has won the recognition it deserves," said Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corp. (KTSC) President and CEO Gloria Ray.
"Knoxville is a fantastic destination and also happens to be the gateway to motorcycling paradise," says Bill Savino, manager of the sponsoring Honda Rider's Club of America (HRCA). "And to celebrate our 15th year, the 2008 Honda Hoot will have lots of new events with something for everyone."
Headlining the new events this year is a concert by country music legend Wynona Judd, who will be performing in a special private concert at the Civic Coliseum as part of the Hoot's closing ceremonies. Only fully registered Hoot attendees are eligible to attend closing ceremonies and the Hoot Concert.
A special 15th Anniversary Grand Prize will be awarded this year: A trip for two to the 2009 MotoGP of Japan, held at the Twin Ring Motegi racetrack, also home to Honda's Motegi Collection Hall museum, where the winners will see an amazing collection of production and racing machines, followed by additional days visiting Tokyo.
The Honda Hoot is known for the number and variety of rides offered, including favorites such as the Cherohala Scenic Skyway Ride, the Cumberland Gap Ride, the Best Dam Ride and Fish Fry (at Norris Dam) and the Bush Bean factory tour. New outings for 2008 include a mystery ride to a famous underground cavern and a trip to Ghost Town in the Sky in nearby Maggie Valley, N.C. In-town events include the Welcome Party at the Knoxville Marriott, Bike Night at World's Fair Park and-new for 2008-the HRCA Members Day at Smokies Baseball stadium. The Honda Hoot also hosts a huge vendor show at Chilhowee Park, plus demo rides and a very special event, the Knoxville Ride for Kids benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Event pre-registration opens this month. Pre-registration prices are $55 per person ($60 per person on-site) or $48 for HRCA Members ($55 on-site). Interested parties may register online or request a free brochure by calling (800) 347-1289.