Thundering Beauties women biker rally set for July

Publish Date: 
Feb 10, 2014

MARION. Va. - Charlotte Ammons wants to give a whole new meaning to term “Dragon Lady.”

The riding instructor for two Harley-Davidson dealerships is behind plans for the Thundering Beauties Biker Rally, a women’s motorcycle rally set for July at Hungry Mother State Park.

Ammons hopes to make the rally an annual event to raise funds for charities related to women’s issues. This year, it will benefit Go Red For Women, an effort to raise women’s awareness about heart disease and wellness. Next year, Ammons said, the focus may be domestic violence prevention.

She got the idea for the rally last year while riding with her daughter on the Back of the Dragon, the 32-mile stretch of Rt. 16 that crosses three mountains between Tazewell and Marion.

The rally will include riding the Back of the Dragon through Smyth and Tazewell counties, self-guided rides, live entertainment, an appreciation banquet, and a vendor show. Several bands will be playing at the rally, including Acoustifried, a country rock band from the Tri-Cities; Cash Revisited, a rockabilly band from Kingsport, Tenn.; and Rock & Roll Freakshow, a classic and origin rock band from Kingsport, Tenn.

Ammons told SWVaToday that Charlie Cole, the owner of multiple Harley-Davidson dealerships where she teaches riding, including Top 100 Dealer Charlie's Harley-Davidson, encouraged her to go forward with planning a rally. Ammons expected about 50 people to sign up, but the number is already 200 and growing.

Posted by Holly Wagner