Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thunder in the Valley 2007 - Sunday

One of the biggest, most overlooked events during the Thunder in the Valley weekend in Johnstown is the hill climbs held in Beaverdale.

Sign-in starts at 9 a.m. runs to 10 a.m. Please don't be late.

Warming up.

Concentrating on the task ahead.

Hurry up and wait.

Now we're talking! This section of the hill is 60 degrees out of plum.

Warp Speed.

Three requirements for hill climb - concentration, control and a complete disregard for one's safety.

Up Hill. Two on the ground, two off.

Four wheeling at 70 degrees.

Dirt climber.

Waiting for my turn.

Almost There.

Brain Bucket.



Four on Two.

Girl Power. She actually had a full ride!

Go Fast!

Going Up.

Near Hit. Watch out for the photographer.

Over the top, no sweat.

Number 9.

On the line, ready to race.

Look, Ma. I made it!

Red Hot Honda.


If you are looking for good, clean, cheap thrills, visit the Beaverdale Hill Climb. It only costs $7 and you can sit there all day long and watch the show. This is hill climbing at its' grass roots.

Thunder in the Valley 2007 - Saturday

We are in day three of Thunder in the Valley and the weather is still holding together. The gods must be on our side.

An Early Arrival.

Bike Only Parking at the Train Station.

Ninja Chick.

Pocket Dog.

Keystone Choppers from Collegeville, PA unloads this beauty late Saturday morning.

Reaching for It.

Future member of the tribe.

The easiest way to lose you motorcycle license is to own a V-Max. After more than 20 years of production, this bike is still unchallenged.

V-Twin Wind Spinner. The only place I've ever found to buy this spinner is

A line of bikes facing the Johnstown Railroad Station.

The family that rides together, stays together.

A Roger Bourget entry level Bobber, $26,000.

Bobber and Rider.

Celestial Brides.

Captain America, BSA Chopper.

Off Street Parking.

Two-wheel Envy.

Thunder in the Valley 2007 - Friday

Pulled out for Johnstown at 8 o'clock in the morning from Hastings which would normally be a 35 or so mile ride. Today it took us almost 70 miles. Ok, so we went the long way. It's about the ride not the destination.

Yamaha Roadstar Custom Bike. Original MSRP was $11,400. By the time they got finished playing with it it now costs $58,500.

Rice Rockets.

"Oh my God! She was there before I hit the speed bump!"

Built by the Detroit Brothers for the Discovery Channel's 2006 Biker Build-off, is this 132 horsepower 106 inch shovel head. This is the second bike build by the Detroit Brothers for the Discovery Channel.

The Boys of Hastings, daydreaming.

The eyes have it on this custom bike shown by Extreme Custom Cycles out of State College, PA.

At first I thought this was a replica car but when I looked at other pictures I have of it, its' hood ornament and two badges on the front leads me to believe that this is an original Mercedes Benz.

A couple enjoying the music.

Eric Tesser Band.

Eric Tesser.

Munchie Time.

Glen Pavone

Glen Pavone on the Guitar. Yes, these are two separate photos.