Rick Claar was having a late breakfast when the phone rang. Since he had both hands full at the time and didn’t recognize the caller, he let it go to voicemail. Once he got a free moment, he checked the message and returned the call.
“Do you have any idea why I’m calling?” said Janet Kersey, Executive Vice-President and COO of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“The only reason I can think of anybody’s calling from Daytona is that I won something, but that’s kind of hard to believe,” said Claar.
Kersey said “You did win something.”
That something was the Official Motorcycle of Bike Week 2017, a beautiful customized Harley-Davidson Ultra featured on the cover of American Iron Magazine Issue #347. We’ve chronicled every step of its customization in our pages and online and are beyond happy that a life-long rider won this wonderful machine.
“It’s unbelievable. Like I told her, over the years I’ve bought a lot of raffle tickets. But I usually only get one. I don’t know what, something made me buy two and she said it’s a good thing you did because it was the second one that won,” he said.
Claar traveled down to Daytona Beach last week to pick up his new bike and broke it in properly by riding it back to his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
“It’s got about 850 miles on it already,” Claar said. “Best weather I’ve ever had coming home from Daytona.” He said it ran nice and smooth and he easily did 10 hours the second day.
“Everybody that’s seen the bike loves it. The first rest area I stopped at this young woman comes up and wanted to know if it’d be all right if she got her picture taken with the bike. I went on in to the rest area and when I came back, it turned out she was with a traveling soccer team and they all got their picture taken with it,” he said.
While winning the Official Motorcycle of Bike Week is incredible in and of itself, it’s extra special for Claar. The first and only time he ever got to ride with his dad was at Daytona. Last year, quite a few of his family members went down there for the 75th.
“My bike, I took parts from a bike I rode down there for the 50th and put it on the bike I rode to the 75th (an Ultra Classic) so I had parts on it that had been going down there for 25 years.” The winning ticket also happened to be drawn on his sister’s birthday. Destiny, maybe?
American Iron sends a huge “Congratulations” to Rick. We hope the motorcycle provides many happy miles in its saddle.
We’d also like to say thank you to the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce for letting us once again be a part of the Official Motorcycle of Bike Week. We can’t thank Street Stuff Cycles enough for all the hard work they put into it as well as our long list of sponsors who made the project happen.
Arlen Ness Enterprises, ASA Electronics, Badazz Creative Coatings, Coastal Moto, Cobra USA, Dakota Digital, Harley-Davidson Genuine Accessories, Headwinds, Hill Country Customs, Hog Tunes, House of Kolor, J.W. Speaker, K&N Filters, KlockWerks, Kuryakyn, Lindy Bar, Metzeler, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, Prokop Signs, and Spectro Oil.