To all current and future sidecarists, you are invited to the 7th Annual Informal Gathering of Sidecars, at the Americade Tour & Rally in Lake George, NY USA. We will gather Friday June 8th between 3pm and 6pm, on the grounds of the Adirondack Camping Village, to kick tires, share stories, take pictures, ask questions, see and be seen. All sidecars are welcome, new, antique, high performance, home built, one off, unique, and bizarre. If it has one wheel on the side, we want to see it.
Please note that this is a new location for the event this year. The campground is located just 21/2 miles north of Lake George Village on Route 9. Head north out of Lake George Village and bear left where Rt. 9 & Rt. 9N split. Follow Rt. 9, 2 miles and watch for the campground sign on your right. If you go under the overpass for Interstate 87, you just missed the entrance. We will be gathering in their recreation area just outside the campground proper and you will not incur any fees to attend. Their office/store will be open for drinks, snacks, soda, etc. By the way, this is a full service campground that welcomes motorcyclists, if you’re looking for a place to stay. You can check them out at www.adirondackcampingvillage.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 518-668-5226 or fax: 518-668-4256.
This event has grown from 11 sidecars the first year, to 50 in 2005. Last year we still had 40 sidecars even with all the rain. From the early inquiries, we should top that this year. In addition to the reasons we gather listed above, the Gathering has also become a source of information for people wanting to get involved in this part of the sport, but want to see and ask questions before taking the plunge. Everyone at the Gathering has been most helpful in sharing their experiences and knowledge. If this applies to any of you, drop on by and say hello. Ask all the questions you want, we’ll be glad to provide answers the best we can.
We have been getting a nice selection of rigs, from antique to modern, cruisers to tourers and high performance sidecars. If you’re not sure the type of sidecar you want, you will get a good idea of what’s out there, from what shows up at this event.
We plan to have a nice selection of door prizes to hand out this year, as well as some new sidecar product brochures and sidecar event information. I thank the following door prize sponsors for supporting this event last year. Hack’d Magazine, United Sidecar Association, Progressive Suspension, Works Performance Products, inc., Operating Technical Electronics Inc., Harley-Davidson, Texas Sidecar.
On Thursday June 7th, I will lead sidecarists on a leisurely informal ride through the Adirondacks. We will leave from the parking lot of the Prospect Mountain Diner at 9am. The diner is located on Canada Street (Rt. 9) just south of the Holiday Inn on the same side of the street. All sidecars and solo’s are welcome, try and arrive a half-hour early with a full tank of gas and an empty bladder.
If you have never been to Americade, check out www.tourexpo.com for the weeks activities. Attendance is holding about 50,000, and a good portion of them attend the Vendor area called TourExpo. Here are some other sidecar activities for the week and they will all be held at Roaring Brook Ranch. Sidecar/Trike judging on Wednesday at 9am.
Even if you can’t spend a few days at Americade, don’t let that stop you from dropping by the Gathering on Friday and spending a few hours with like minded motorcyclists. We’d love to see you.
For additional information, contact Bruce D. Stephens at B_L_Stephens@netzero.net or 610-866-1611.