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Bubba Blackwell at the Gas Monkey Garage.

Bubba Blackwell at the Gas Monkey Garage.

If you watch Fast n’ Loud you know that Richard and Arron do hot motorcycles in addition to hot cars.  So I am not surprised when they have a motorcycle themed show or event.

Looks like, according to Bubba’s Facebook page, that the Gas Monkeys will host stunt man extraordinaire Bubba Blackwell.  I think the show is going to air on the 5th of January, but check your local listing to be sure.

After a great period of motorcycle themed TV there has been a real dearth of shows featuring our avocation lately. As we all know ratings rule and that is way I always mention shows that feature motorcycles, motorcyclists or bikers in any significant way.

from discovery channelI am not really sure what to make of this show. I “think” it was a pilot episode that Discovery Channel ran, even though they did not buy the series. This appears to be the only Heirs to the Dare episode.

The show follows three modern daredevils (each inspired by Evil Knievel of course) as they set about their business, well sort of. Of the three there is only one nationally recognized daredevil Bubba Blackwell (my friends and I met Bubba at last year’s Gettysburg Bike Rally and he spoke about this show). The other two are Henry “Pitbull” Rife a Midwest regional All Terrain Vehicle act and the retired, “I want to get back in but the wife is not happy about it”, Super Joe Reed.

The show begins with Pitbull wanting to go to the next level and actually make money for his stunts. He and his one man crew pay a visit to Bubba to talk about the business side of stunt shows on the day that Bubba is going to jump two helicopters. Bubba shares some of his business “secrets” with Henry and then proceeds to successfully jump the choppers (you can see the jump at the Heirs to the Dare link above)

While that is going on Super Joe regales with tails of his daredevil career including video of him jumping three helicopters without a landing ramp, which was impressive. But this quickly turns when his wife discovers that he has bought a bike and demands that he returns it to the dealership. That argument coincides with his discussion of how he wants to jump the Snake River and beat Evil Knievel.

This is where the show pretty much ends, you get the feeling that there was to be more but, unless I have missed it, this was the one and only. I give it three stars because it left us hanging.

3 out of 5 stars

Gettysburg Bike Week

Welcome to Gettysburg Bike Rally

This past weekend Debbie and I attended the 2013 Gettysburg Bike Rally.  The rally is split into multiple venues, the All Stars Complex and Granite Hill Campground and the American Civil War Wax Museum. While not part of the official rally, Battlefield Harley Davidson also hosted a good number of vendors. We did not make all the venues passing on the Wax Museum, but maybe next year.

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Debbie and Karma with Bubba Blackwell

On Saturday we met our friends Tim and Karma at the dealership and after checking out the store and vendors we then rode over to All Stars Complex to watch Bubba Blackwell, American Dare Devil.  We got there a little late but did get to watch him drift, wheelie and generally make several Harley Davidson bikes do whatever he wanted them to do.  I was impressed with this ability to bring an Ultra Classic bagger to a pipe dragging, all the way up wheelie!

But other than Bubba this venue was a bit….light on vendors and things to do.  We spent most of our time waiting to participate in the “Parade of Chrome” ride to the Granite Hill venue. I would have to guess that there were over 500 bikes lined up to ride in the parade through downtown Gettysburg.

It was apparent, as soon as we arrived, that the campground was the main base for the rally. The majority of the vendors were at the campground as well as the biker build off, bikini contest and the main stage for the headlining acts (War was the main band this year).

For diner we rode back into town looking for a nice place to eat, but it was clear that there was going to be a long wait no matter where we went.  We were referred to a local spot called “Sharpshooter Bar and Grill”.  When we arrived the outside was packed with bikers of all types, but indoors it was open and we got a seat as soon as we walked in.  The manager, Ed, was our waiter and he took great care of us.  The food was great, the service was great.  I would highly recommend Sharpshooter if you are in the Gettysburg area!

Apparently the heat and sun really took a toll on us.  Sunday morning no one moved until nearly 10AM. For breakfast we rode into town and ate at the Farnsworth House (a B&B that serves breakfast to the public). The House was there during the battle of Gettysburg and has over 100 bullet holes to prove it.

After our meal we decided to ride through part of the battlefield before heading home.  The easiest part of the battlefield for us to get to was the confederate line. We rode along the line stopping at several points to look at the monuments and history.  The view from where General Pickett started his march into the Union cannons was eerie, knowing that an entire Infantry division was destroyed.

After the riding the length of the Confederate line we said our good byes to Tim and Karma and we all headed home.  All in all it was a great weekend on the bikes and with friends.