Laconia Harley-Davidson aims for parade fundraising record

Publish Date: 
May 28, 2013

MEREDITH, N.H. - Laconia Harley-Davidson has teamed with New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) to make the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week even more historic through an effort to raise more than $76,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Hampshire and set a new Guinness World Records title.

Attendees at Laconia Motorcycle Week June 8 to 16 and New Hampshire residents will play a key role in the fundraiser by buying tickets for a Community Appreciation Parade at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the final Saturday of Bike Week, June 15.

Participants will have the opportunity to ride around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway track, continue on a police-escorted, scenic 32-mile nonstop ride around the Lakes Region, set a new Guinness world record for “most money raised for a charity in 24 hours by a motorcycle parade.” The current record is $76,036.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs, more than any other organization, are working to put all children on a path to meaningful and productive lives. Their programs have a positive impact on the lives of young people and in some cases, have been credited with saving them,” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “There is no better way to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week than attempting a philanthropic act of historic proportion. Motorcycle riders from across the globe and those here in New Hampshire can take part in a once-in-a-lifetime riding opportunity, but more importantly, make a difference by supporting this remarkable organization.”

Riders can pre-register online at http://www.newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org, in person at Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith, or sign up the day of the event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tickets are $35 per bike and $15 for an additional rider. Fifty VIP tickets will be offered for $150, which will enable a rider and passenger to get priority spot in the first 50 spaces behind the pace car. Participants will also receive one free ticket to the Loudon Classic Weekend that evening at NHMS.

Individuals and businesses, whether they ride or not, may also contribute to the effort by making a donation of any amount between 7 and 10 a.m. June 15 at NHMS.

Participants will enter NHMS at the south gate by the Shell gas station and line up on the "5-lane" from 7 to 9 a.m. The ride will depart at 9:30 a.m. with a ride around the speedway track followed by a scenic 32-mile, police-escorted, nonstop ride around the Lakes Region, concluding at the American Police Motorcycle Museum in Meredith.

Posted by Holly Wagner