Driving home a longheld Granite State tradition, thousands of riders will take to the roads throughout New Hampshire in coming days for the 90th Laconia Motorcycle Week, set to run from Saturday, June 8, through Sunday, June 16.'Motorcycle enthusiasts come from every corner of the country and around the world to celebrate this rally with us for various reasons -most significantly they come here to ride,' said Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association. 'New Hampshire's majestic terrain offers bikers spectacular riding options. In a matter of hours you can explore covered bridges and quaint towns in the Upper Valley, ride along New Hampshire's picturesque Seacoast, take a 'Ride to the Sky' up Mt. Washington's famed Auto Road, explore the beautiful Lakes Region and after all that, let loose with your brethren in bustling Weirs Beach.'New this year are two campaigns created by Laconia Harley-Davidson that will raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Hampshire. The Lakes Region shop aims to raise $30,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region through a donation and raffle of a custom-painted 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide by pinstripe artist Russ Mowry of Candia. Since 1958 Mowry has hand-painted hundreds of motorcycles from Sturgis to Daytona and was recently given a lifetime achievement award by Willie G. Davidson, son of former Harley-Davidson president William H. Davidson and head of Harley-Davidson's Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center. Tickets are $10; log onto laconiaharley.com for details.In addition, Laconia Harley-Davidson and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have teamed up in hopes of raising more than $76,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Hampshire, and setting a Guiness World Records title in the process. Laconia Motorcycle Week attendees and New Hampshire residents can purchase tickets for a Community Appreciation Parade at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the final Saturday of Bike Week, June 15. Participants will have the unique opportunity to ride around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway track and continue on a police-escorted, 32-mile ride around the Lakes Region. Event organizers are hoping to an existing record for 'most money raised for a charity in 24 hours by a motorcycle parade.' The current record is $76,036. Log onto newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org for details. Tickets are $35 per bike and $15 for an additional rider, with 50 VIP tickets available for $150.Fueling the Fun
Also an integral part of the annual motorcycle rally, the seventh annual Peter Makris Memorial Run will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 9, at the NAZbar and Grill at NASWA Resort on Weirs Boulevard in Laconia.The event gives riders the chance to take in scenic views of Lake Winnepesaukee without stop lights and traffic, thanks to state and local police escorts. The memorial ride and gathering is a fundraiser for the Laconia Fire Department and Easter Seals New Hampshire's 'Veterans Count' program, which aids active military and families, before, during and after deployment. To date, the ride has raised more than $185,000. The event includes continental breakfast, commemorative T-shirt, lunch buffet and live music. A patriotic kick-off with the Singing Trooper, Sgt. Dan Clark, will precede a blessing of the bikes.For more information, call 888-55-NASWA or 366-4341 or visit naswa.com. Cost is $55; $75 VIP ticket includes onsite parking and front-of-the-pack ride positioning. For additional details about bike week, log onto laconiamcweek.com.NH Weekend Editor Julia Ann Weekes contributed to this report.