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

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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

Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook at Lime Rock Park


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On Saturday, April 13, one of the biggest “Show and Shine” car-and-bike-and-truck shows in New England is coming to Lime Rock Park. It is a first-time event, and it’s one of the largest efforts to benefit victims and the first responders of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. There will be huge convoys of vehicles from states as far away as Maine and Maryland, coming together to show their support for Newtown.

It’s called “Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook at Lime Rock Park” organized by George “Spikes” LeGrice, who lives in Raynham, Mass. At least a dozen other convoy leaders, including Walt Lemet of Torrington, Conn., have donated much time and effort to the cause. (Lime Rock Park is donating the facility and its staff to help make this happen.) 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

Peter J. Lavery Memorial Run, September 16, 2012


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by Kathleen Pulek

Newington Master Police Officer Peter Lavery wore badge 2523. His end of watch came tragically on December 30, 2004.

And though Newington residents Jennifer Webster and Kristen Johnson never knew Lavery, they brought their daughters to watch the procession of motorcycles in the 8th Annual MPO Peter J. Lavery Memorial Run on September 16th. They joined a large group of spectators who waved and applauded as 500 motorcycles headed along Main Street and onto the Berlin Turnpike.

“It’s important for Samantha to know that people put their lives on the line for us every day, so we came to show our respect. I also want to foster her senses of community and compassion,” Jennifer said. “We’re here to show respect for the people who protect us. My uncle is a police officer and my dad was a Newington volunteer fireman,” said seven-year old Samantha. 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