Here is a update for all as 31 Jan 09!
Good Morning Family/Friends
There are many things planned to preserve the history of the RALLIES,
the most important thing we would like you all to note is the
collective UNITY that is represented on both sides of the rallies.
This press release was very short notice, (as in less than 12 hrs
notice). HOWEVER, collectively we are THANKFUL to have the visual
and written coverage to validate the collective efforts that are
being set forward on both sides of the rallies.
Hakim Harrell of Cycle Shoes International was in Town to meet with
several businesses to duplicate the same level of Vendors he
sponsored at the Convention Center in May 2008. In the mist of the
meetings the Press Release was launched and on short notice, both
black and white supporting both rallies came to deliver their
messages the RALLIES ARE NOT OVER.
Locally to our fellow bikers, we apologize for the short notice, as
we know by the emails, phone calls and text message you all were
planning to attend, and some of you arrived as it was ending.
Nationally for those of you all who think that we aren't fighting
here to preserve our history, we are continuosly fighting, our
efforts doesn't/didn't receive media coverage, at least until now.
As promised, we will keep you updated. (copy and paste links)
WBTW News 13
WMBF News 10
The Sun News
Sunday, Feb. 01, 2009
Bikers unite for rallies
Black, white motorcyclists stand defiant against MB
By Robert Morris - [email protected]
ATLANTIC BEACH -- Though they were defending separate rallies,
representatives of black and white biker groups united in a defiant
stand Saturday against what they see as a common enemy: harsh laws
and negative publicity from the city of Myrtle Beach.
"This ain't a white issue about white rallies. This ain't a black
issue about black rallies," said Rick Walls, a member of the Patriot
Guard Riders who normally attends early May's Harley-Davidson spring
rally. "This is a civil-rights issue for both colors."
A group of about 25 bikers, representing a half-dozen or so
motorcycle clubs, parked their Harley cruisers and Japanese sport
bikes together under a small stand of trees outside the Atlantic
Beach Town Hall on Saturday afternoon to issue their message: May's
rallies will go on.
"We are not going to lay down to the city of Myrtle Beach," said
Hakim Harrell, an event promoter from Philadelphia. "Our message to
the city of Myrtle Beach is, you should be thankful. These events
helped build the city of Myrtle Beach."
The show of unity comes after many area governments, led by the city
of Myrtle Beach, enacted new rules to limit the scope of May's two
major motorcycle rallies - the 10-day Harley-Davidson spring rally,
which attracts a mostly white crowd, and Memorial Day weekend's
Atlantic Beach Bikefest, which is popularly known as Black Bike Week.
Saying that the two events' half-million visitors overwhelm the city,
Myrtle Beach passed 15 new laws last fall, including helmet
requirements and decibel limits, and it has a new Web site stating
that this year the city "will no longer host motorcycle rallies."
Horry County is debating restricting vendors, which nearby Surfside
Beach banned outright for two years.
On Saturday, both groups touted the heritage of their rallies: The
Harley rally is 69 years old, and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest began
in 1980. John Glover, president of the Carolina Knight Riders club
that started the Atlantic Beach event, said neither rally is Myrtle
Beach's to end.
"Now they want to pull the plug on the bike rallies," Glover
said. "I'd like everyone to know, there's more to the Grand Strand
than Myrtle Beach."
In their promises to come to this year's rally, the bikers uniformly
said they would avoid Myrtle Beach. To some degree, that is part of
the city's goal, said Myrtle Beach city spokesman Mark Kruea in a
phone call afterward.
"The city has said it doesn't want to be the focus of these rallies,"
Kruea said. "If these rallies go elsewhere, Myrtle Beach would be
At the event, many of the motorcyclists said their good works and
charity fundraisers during the rallies are ignored. Instead, Myrtle
Beach city officials chose to blame violence and misbehavior by local
teens and spectators along Ocean Boulevard on bikers, said
Violet "Heels" Lucas of the Horry-Georgetown Bikers Association.
"A lot of the people on the Boulevard aren't bikers, but we're
stigmatized by their reputation," said Lucas, noting that she doesn't
visit Ocean Boulevard at all during rallies.
Myrtle Beach and bikers attempted to plan the rally together in years
past, but the city spokesman said rally organizers were unwilling to
shorten the rallies - leading to the city's new, harsher position
against them. Individual bikers only spend a week or so at a time at
the rallies, so they do not realize the events' cumulative effect,
"If we were talking about three or four days for each one, we
probably wouldn't be having this conversation," he said. "We're
talking about 20 straight days of motorcycle rallies, and that is too
much for the city."
Although the event was held on the front lawn of Atlantic Beach Town
Hall, none of the town's four elected officials were present, and the
only town employee there was Police Chief Randy Rizzo. Mayor Retha
Pierce has been hospitalized since feeling chest pains while waiting
for a court hearing Thursday, but spokesman Mustafa Abdullah of
Conway said at the event that Pierce supports the bikers.
Rizzo, who said he was not informed of the gathering beforehand, said
he is waiting on the Atlantic Beach Town Council to give him some
direction on this year's rally, so he can begin coordinating law
enforcement with other agencies.
"Their decision is vital," Rizzo said. "They're going to have the
bike rallies whether anybody sponsors it or not."
Representatives from Myrtle Beach are set to speak to the Atlantic
Beach Town Council at their Monday night meeting about the Bikefest,
town officials said. Contacted by phone, Councilman Donnell Thompson
said he is waiting to hear their comments before he decides how to
"This is a time when we can work with our neighbors," Thompson said.
In years past, costly contracts with promoters and entertainers
created deep debts the town has yet to climb out of, but in 2008,
former town manager Charles Williams restricted the town's
involvement to support for the officers in town, providing portable
toilets and hiring cleanup crews afterward. Interim Town Manager
Kenneth McIver said he will recommend the council continue that
"From a financial standpoint, we don't have it to spend. We cannot do
a lot," McIver said. "We just don't want to incur any more debt."
Thompson agreed that the town's spending should be minimal, unlike
the lavish plans of the past.
"I don't think we should ever go in that direction again," Thompson
said. "We shouldn't put the town out where we spend a bunch of money
and don't know if it's going to come back in."
OK guys let get afew things straight. Especially you "Superman10R". Memorial day Bike Week is not over at all. For those of you who might not know the festical originated and always has been at Atlantic Beach or North Mrtyle Beach Area and over the years has grown and extended down to South Mrytle Beach. The letter youall are reading is from the mayor of S. Mrytle. Whojust happens to be up for re-election and is making it a running issue. Really if you have been going to Mrytle for any real length of time you would know that all the main events with the excepiton of a few are on the N. Mrtyle side ie Dicks vendors along Atlantic Beach and out along 501 which is out in the county. Check out the website bellow and you will see that the party is still on!!