George’s Ride Brings Triumph from Tragedy


Bikers, chili cooks and chili aficionados packed the Middletown Elks Lodge parking lot.

Bikers, chili cooks and chili aficionados packed the Middletown Elks Lodge parking lot.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, October, 2014

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What do you get when you take 100 bikers, 30 championship chili masters and a sprinkling of zombies? The answer is the perfect recipe for George’s Ride and Zombie Biker Chilifest – held at the Middletown Elks Lodge on Sept. 21 – an event created from the tragedy of a father losing a son.

George Ryan’s son never got to live out his dreams. He died tragically just two days after turning 19. Continue reading

Motorcycle Mania Revs Up Middletown


Plenty of patriotism was on display at Motorcycle Mania.

Plenty of patriotism was on display at Motorcycle Mania.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, September, 2014

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The roar, rumble and burble of classic, custom and vintage motorcycles filled the air as the ninth annual Motorcycle Mania electrified Middletown’s downtown area on Wed., Aug 20. More than 5,000 bikes lined Main Street from Washington Street to the packed South Green, the municipal parking garage rooftop and the north end of Main Street for the gathering heralded as the largest one-day summer bike event in New England. Continue reading

Middletown Motorcycle Mania, August 14, 2013


Middletown Motorcycle Mania, August 14, 2013by Kathleen Pulek

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Presented by Hunter’s Ambulance, Hunter Limousines and the Hunter Family, the 8th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania was touted as the largest one-day summer bike event in New England.

It more than lived up to its billing. An overflow crowd from throughout Connecticut and beyond jammed downtown Middletown on a picture-perfect Wednesday evening, August 14th. They came for the classic and custom bikes, to meet up with old friends or make new ones, to visit favorite restaurants or try somewhere new and for the music that ranged from country to rock and roll. They came and they came and they came, totaling over 11,000 people and more than 6,000 bikes according to event coordinator Cathy Duncan of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading

26K+ For Sandy Hook


sandy-hook-angel-400x255The staff of Lime Rock Park wanted to tell you that the “Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook” benefit car show on Saturday, April 13th resulted in $26,000 in donations, with more to come after the organizers tally checks, vendor donations, t-shirt sales, pledges and matching funds.

George “Spikes” LeGrice, 27, an EMT and National Guardsman from Brockton, Mass., organized the event while Lime Rock donated the facility and its personnel. LeGrice recruited hundreds of volunteers for the cause, which he officially launched within a day of the mid-December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Continue reading

Frank Maratta Auto Show & Race-A-Rama, March 2, 2013


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Dave and I shook off the winter doldrums on Saturday at The Show of Dreams – Frank Maratta’s Auto & Race-A-Rama at the Better Living Center on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. And what better way than looking at a good cross section of hot rods, imports, vintage, classic and muscle cars and bikes to get the first show of the 2013 season under our belts than at the 54th Maratta Show?

Ralph Barbagallo’s fine yellow Superbird and green Hemi ‘Cuda drew lots of admiring gazes, including mine. I had to smile when I saw Ralph’s daughter’s kid-size Dodge Charger on display. What else would a young tot drive? Sad to say, we couldn’t seem to find Ralph. I’m sure we’ll see him at one of the Burger King cruises. Continue reading

Motorcycle Mania, August 8, 2012


MCM080812 163They jammed Main Street in Middletown, riders and spectators alike, on Wednesday, August 8th for the 7th Annual Motorcycle Mania.

“This was our best turn out ever. We had approximately 5,500 motorcycles and a crowd of about 15,000,” according to Cathy Duncan, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Membership Director and the Event Coordinator. “We raised over $11,000.00 that will be used by the Middletown Mentor program, which is run out of the Chamber of Commerce, and Middletown Parks and Recreation. We had approximately 8,000 people in 2011, so we kind of out did ourselves. We’re wondering how we can top this next year.

“As Motorcycle Mania grows, we need more volunteers. Anyone interested should contact Kent Levack, Volunteer Chairman, at klevack@comcast.net,” Duncan said. Continue reading