FROM: BIKERNET.COM written by Sasha.
Watch out Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Laconia, there’s a new national rally in Texas. In a mere ten years, one hurricane, and a change of owners The Lone Star Rally 10th Anniversary is now a bright star in the line up of big motorcycle events. The difference is, the Lone Star Rally is only a weekend long whereas the other rallies last a week or more. Co-owned and produced by rally and event veteran, Melissa Penland and her incredible production crew, the rally is now a world class event attracting near a half million people.
The uniqueness of this rally is the relationship between the city and the rally officials. The City of Galveston rolls out the welcome carpet to a rally production team that is humble, professional, responsible, and respectful and they know the exact ingredients it takes to create a tasty fare of treats for everyone on two wheels. The best part is that year after year they keep on improving the mix. Adding genuine spice and serving it up is Jay Allen, the beloved founder of the legendary Broken Spoke Saloon, who is the rally Master of Ceremonies. His deep passion coupled with his history book knowledge of all things motorcycles continuously entertains the massive crowds. Allen brings his authentic motorcycle culture and industry experience and his years of operating a world class brand together to mastermind entertainment in a way that only he can do.
Rick “Dakota” Kempf of Motorcycle Cowboys was the organizer behind the debut of the very well attended Lone Star Rally All Star Roundup bike show on Pier 21. With over 100 entrants, there were bikes of all styles and makes including customs and backyard builds so incredible the judges’ (including Rick Fairless, Paul Yaffe, Jody Perewitz, and Puppy) enjoyed the challenge. Sons of Anarchy characters “Opie” and “Chibs” happily signed autographs for lines that wrapped around the block and one fanatic had the signatures tattooed. Mike Ballard and Angie, including Paul the Leprechan, from Full Throttle Saloon on TruTV photo posed for eager fans. Cheered on by a rambunctious audience, Jay Allen and Jody Perewitz went head-to-head in a bitchin’ burnout below the stage to welcome Buck Cherry. Rally music stars Jasmine Cain, Ryan Rolando, Farrell Webber and Big Engine, along with some awesome local acts, smoked the Budweiser and Jagermeister stages. Jared Blake, a finalist from NBC’s “The Voice” performed for the Long Star Rally Freedom Ride concert where he sang the National Anthem and then hauled off and kick started a country rock block of music that sent the Jager stage on fire.
Yes, all of these things, and that’s only a mere taste of the impressive activities that went on at Lone Star Rally 2011.
All in all success starts at the top and flows through the veins. With Melissa Penland as fearless leader of production operations, she is the perfect hostess of the rally. She’s keen on delivering a wonderful experience to the rally guests and the City of Galveston, one that creates lasting memories and friendships — and that type of leadership filters throughout the entire production family. Everyone’s goal in the rally team is for the customer to have a mega awesome time and for the city to feel the love. This is success. And it shows.
Now that the 2011 rally has wrapped, plans are now being sketched for 2012. With a renewed contract of several more years and the bonus of having the Seawall back to bring in the big rigs and more vendors, it looks like there’s going to be an even bigger smorgasbord of exciting new, motorcycle activities to enjoy.
P.S. Did I mention that I have a dream job working on the Lone Star Rally team? Thanks Melissa!
P.S.S. Thanks to Jay Allen for being the most awesome emcee and visionary.