Anyone who lives in Bullhead City knows what heat is.
The Desert Road Riders Motorcycle Club discovered that one way to escape the summer broiler is to head to Williams.
“We just wanted to get out of the heat,” said Judd Edwards, the events coordinator for the Great Escape Rally. “For six years we went to Hualapai but we outgrew the area and that’s why we contacted Williams. We really like Williams.”
In 2000, the Great Escape Rally left the Hualapai Mountain Park, just outside Kingman, and moved to historic Williams. The rally started nine years ago and has increased in size every year as more and more motorcycle enthusiasts attended the run, Edwards said.
“The weekend starts off with the Great Escape Rally rock-and-roll kickoff party on Friday night at the World Famous Sultana Bar,” said “Curly” Bill Vines, Desert Road Riders member and public relations director. “Then on Saturday, the events begin for the rally at the Williams — Bob Dean Rodeo Grounds, with the popular poker walk.”
Downtown locations on historic Whiskey Row, otherwise known as Railroad Avenue, and Route 66 have been selected as poker walk locations. The cost is $5 to play and the payoff is $150.
The rock and roll band, Pure Prophet, will perform in the Sultana bar starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday night’s dance at the rodeo barn will feature the same band and starts at 8 p.m.
“The whole community is invited to come out to our events and enjoy our activities, games, etc., with us,” said Vines. “You’re guaranteed to have a great time.”
A $10 colored armband will gain participants access to all the Great Escape events, which will be held at the rodeo grounds. There is also camping available for tents or recreational vehicles at the rodeo grounds for $10.
“There will be bike and trike games and this year a new game has been added to the events called ‘Biker Bowling,’” said Vines. “And we’ll have a bike show featuring Best of Show bike, Best Paint on a bike, and the Rat Bike class for the ugliest and dirtiest bike in the show.”
Saturday afternoon the club will host a biker wedding, which is open to all participants. There will also be vendors, food and alcoholic drinks will be available with proper identification. At the Saturday night dance a wet T-shirt contest will be held.
Any funds raised during the three-day event will go toward supporting annual events like the club’s Christmas toy run, which benefits more than 400 children, and the Christmas adopt-a-family program.
The Desert Road Riders are based out of Bullhead City and are a nonprofit club, incorporated in 2000.
“The motorcycle club was founded in 1993, and are dedicated to the well being of the biker community,” said Vines. “We are a family club that promotes safety, education, and freedom for bikers and their families.”
Sponsors for the event include the Sultana bar and Pancho McGillicuddy’s Mexican Cantina, and Golden Eagle Distributors of Flagstaff. The rally is open to everyone, and the entry fee allows access to everything for the weekend event.