One of our biggest events is West Coast Thunder (WCT).
WCT is a ride on Memorial Day that leaves at 9:11 a.m. and consists of riding to the Riverside National Cemetery (RNC) and continues to a venue where participants can eat and enjoy entertainment ranging in past years from Uncle Kracker, Marshall Tucker Band, Aaron Lewis, and The Farm. All proceeds from the event benefit RNC. Since the inaugural ride in 2000, we have raised and donated over $350,000 to the cemetery. WCT was the largest private donor in erecting the NATIONAL POW/MIA Memorial statue at the RNC. WCT is currently raising funds for the planned Vietnam Wall West at RNC. Memorial Day 2013 will be WCT XIV, and we estimate 8,000 to 10,000 riders to participate.
Watching this parade route led by the Mayor of Riverside are thousands of patriotic Riverside citizens. The cause and mission of this event is to give the motorcycling community a way, on the west coast, to honor and pay tribute to the men and women of the military who have fought and died for the freedom that we, as Americans, experience every day of our lives, as well as, to honor our current troops and all veterans who have dedicated themselves for the greater good that is the United States of America.