6th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania, August 10th, 2011

MBN081011 112Wednesday, the weather held off and more than 4,000 motorcycles, from Baggers to Busas and everything in between – converged on Main Street, Middletown for a bike night of spectacular proportions.

My first taste of a large-scale bike show had been in mid-January at the Springfield Motorcycle Show. I enjoyed it so much – so many hot bikes and maybe the men in leather had something to do with it – that I couldn’t wait to go to Middletown.

The New London Motorcycle Club was out in force, spreading the word on their six chapters in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island. Vinnie wouldn’t let me leave their booth before I had taken a couple of key chains and literature about the club. He also got some of the members together for a photo – thanks guys! I see you have a Hartford County Chapter…that gives me ideas!

Tony Schiavone, owner of Cromwell’s Vindicator Cycles, and Sherrie Secondo arrived in style, on Tony’s Alan Pastrana-airbrushed Harley Bagger. It didn’t take much convincing later on to get Sherrie to strike a pose on that eye-catching bike, which earned the Best Home Team Motorcycle trophy, presented by corporate sponsor Home Team Supply. Kristen McPhee looked at home perched on a glorious copper-colored chopper from Vindicator.

Victoria Mancarella made quite an entrance on her sexy yellow 2008 Can Am Spyder. When I heard Lt. Mark Statchen and Corrections Officer John Mancarella, who had ridden in with Victoria, talking about the photo Cruisin’ had just taken of Victoria, I knew I had to ask them to pose, as well. They were glad to oblige and that brought Dave and me up close and personal with John’s 2006 Big Dog K-9.

Carole Culver, a member of Women in the Wind Nutmeg Chapter, and her daughter Clara Behnen, rode up from Woodbury on Carole’s 2002 Yamaha V Star. What a great mother-daughter activity.

Dave and I met four members of Twisted Sisters CT MC, out of Bristol. Road Queen/President/Founder Brenda Martin filled us in on the club’s charitable endeavors. It turns out Twisted Sisters are strong supporters of the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, a shelter for battered women and their children. PCC has long been near and dear to my heart since I’ve spent a good many years on the board of directors and on various committees.

All too soon, it was time to leave. Middletown sure knows how to throw a party on Main!

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