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Visit the Ninth Annual Riding Into History!

by Landon Hall

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Riding Into History, one of America's premier motorcycle events, will return to the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida on May 17, 2008. The event will feature Charity Rides, a Concours d'Elegance, the Biker's Ball and the Historic Ride. All of the proceeds from Riding Into History will benefit the Buddy Check 12 breast cancer charity, a partnership between Baptist Health and First Coast News.

The event is presented by the Riding Into History Committee, which is comprised of volunteer members from organizations such as the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Northeast Florida (BMWNEF) and the Historic Motorcycle Society (HMS).

Between 300 and 400 antique, vintage and classic motorcycles from all over the country are expected to enter the Concours, which will feature Racy Competition Motorcycles. Thousands of spectators are once again expected to enjoy the event which also includes exhibitors, entertainment, clubs and a variety of food. Admission is still only $10 at the gate for the Concours. Various packages are available for the Biker's Ball and the Charity Rides.

The Grand Marshal for this year's event will be Mert Lawwill, former Grand National Champion and star of On Any Sunday. He will be available to meet patrons at the Concours and he will speak at The Biker's Ball.

Kel Carruthers, 2007 Grand Marshal said after the event that he "Enjoyed it so much he would like to attend every year."

Peter Egan, the 2006 Grand Marshal said, "The big shaded circular promenade at World Golf Village is the best place I've ever seen for a bike show."

The 2005 Grand Marshal Dennis Gage noted, "With the World Golf Village as its backdrop, this is the premiere motorcycle Concours d'Elegance in North America."

Perhaps Craig Vetter, the 2004 Grand Marshal summed it up best when he said, "A good cause, good people and good bikes. It doesn't get any better than that."

Internationally known motorcycle artist Don Bradley will once again provide the original artwork for the posters, which have become collectors' items. Posters, t-shirts and other items will be available at and at the event.

Sponsorships are available by contacting the RIH Committee. Current sponsors include Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine, as well as Miller BMW of Tallahassee, Sargent Cycle Products, First Coast Honda, Ron Turner Cycles, Jacksonville PowerSports, Vespa of Jacksonville and Mercedes-Benz. The media sponsors are RoadBike and American Iron magazines. Riding Into History is an AMA sanctioned event.

The World Golf Village is located just north of St. Augustine on I-95, exit 323. For more information visit