BMW Motorcycle Riders Go After Guinness Record In Fundraising Endeavor To Beat Pediatric Cancer
Snarls of high-powered motorcycles will tear the morning quiet of Hatfield, Pennsylvania on May 2, 2010, as hundreds of BMW riders from 18 counties (in six states) converge on this suburban community with the intent of smashing one barrier, while taking steps to eliminate another. To be smashed is the current standing count of the “largest group and collective parade” of BMW marque-exclusive motorcycles, as stated by the famous book of Guinness World Records. And while the bikes are assembling for the count, their riders will be contributing to a local hospital dedicated to stamping out pediatric cancer. According to Todd Trumbore, the primary organizer for the record-breaking attempt and fund-raising effort, this is an opportunity for bikers belonging to a tightly-knit riding community to band together and contribute to an even tighter community: children with cancer.
“The purpose of this event is two-fold,” said Trumbore. “It’s an opportunity for BMW motorcycle riders to be counted, and a chance for them to contribute to a cause that really counts.” Trumbore brought his idea of breaking the existing Guinness record to Bob Jones, the CEO of Montgomeryville Cycle Center, who immediately saw the potential to benefit a worthy cause. Jones pledged the use of his facility, and his staff, while offering to host all participants with a complimentary lunch.
“The BMW motorcycling community is undoubtedly one of the country’s tighter-knit groups,” said Jones. “As a rule, BMW bikers tend to be a solitary lot, riding great distances at speed — but by themselves. You will find them at many fundraising events, but they represent a true minority and tend to prefer the background. This is one event where every rider will have two things in common... A desire to eradicate cancer in kids and a motorcycle made in Bavaria.”
In keeping with Jones's perspective, it's not surprising to discover that the record number of BMW motorcycles gathered in one place, and ridden together (according to Guinness), is a modest 128 which was staged in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, on June 12, 2004. Yet records of this nature are set to be broken. Grass Roots BMW, in Cape Girardeau, MO, is currently awaiting confirmation of 241 riders in a subsequent record-breaking attempt event last September. If Trombore has his way, that record will pass to the Mac Pac.
"This number is almost routinely challenged by several BMW riding clubs in the United States, that conduct regional rallies at campgrounds or other places," said Trumbore. "Except that most of these guys don't show up in a single line. We're going to convene the largest BMW-exclusive group of riders, that have been recorded by Guinness, and take them on a ride through the Pennsylvania countryside." Riders will be counted as they register at the rallying point, Montgomeryville Cycle Center. They will be counted at the beginning of the parade/ride, and at the end, he added.
Trumbore is expecting more than 250 riders and has planned a routing that is conducive to keeping a large group together. There are six chartered BMW riding clubs within an 80-mile range of Montgomeryville. The Mac Pac, which serves the southeast Philadelphia area, has 250 active members by itself. The fund-raising, record-breaking endeavor has already received the support of these groups, several of which are now organizing group rides to attend.
BMW riders are an eclectic lot and it is expected that the event will draw an unusually high number of antique and vintage bikes, as well as some of the most sophisticated modern motorcycles currently available to the US market. "There will be those arriving on the new S1000RR, and a few showing up with sidecars that are more than 60 years old," said Trumbore. He has been riding BMW's for more than 30 years and has a collection of 34 vintage bikes he enjoys riding regularly.
The event is open to the motorcycle-riding public arriving on licensed and insured BMW motorcycles.
Registration will begin at 9am, rain or shine, Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Montgomeryville Cycle Center, 2901 Bethlehem Pike ( Rt. 309 ), Hatfield, PA 19440. The telephone number is: 215-712-7433. The official count will begin at 11am.
For additional information, contact:
CEO Montgomeryville Cycle Center & Event Coordinator
It is with no small degree of pride that I signed my name to the growing list of Mac Riders who will serve as volunteers, helping to organize and administer the Guiness Record Book-breaking attempt described in the piece above. Mac Pac members have a true sense of compassion, and raised $1400 in 90 minutes, by sponsoring Leslie/Stiffie — my hot squeeze—in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. They routinely ride to the assistance of any member in extremis (be it a household move or working against rising waters in a local flood). And they have played pivotal roles in bringing training and technical events to riders across the country.
If you ride a BMW — be it new, vintage or antique — I urge you to turn out at Montgomeryville Cycle, on the morning of May 2, 2010. Your presence will make a “mark for the marque,” and your pocket change, $5’s, $10’s, or $20’s could make the difference to some kid battling pediatric cancer. This will be one of the greatest gatherings of “the Teutonic Unicorns” for a fun event benefiting a good cause. While “Twisted Roads” has covered some truly inane group rides, the one on May 2nd, 2010 may be the shortest, but it will certainly be the most memorable. I look forward to seeing you there.
Jack • reep • Toad
AKA The Lindbergh Baby (Mac Pac)
AKA Vindak8r (Motorcycle Views)
AKA The Chamberlain -- PS (With A Shrug)