News Sons of Anarchy Stars to Iowa Motorcycle Rally

Sons of Anarchy Stars to Iowa Motorcycle Rally

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2012 Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally

The town of Newton, Iowa, will be alive this summer with bikers from around the country attending The Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally at the Iowa Speedway this July 25 – 28.

Kicking the inaugural Iowa Grand Rally into high gear is a meet and greet with stars of the hit FX Network TV series Sons of Anarchy, Katey Sagal “Gemma” and Charlie Hunnam “Jax” and the History Channel’s American Pickers star, Danielle Colby Cushman who will also host the Iowa Grand Tattoo Competition.

Headlining music acts include Joe Diffie and Rev Theory, and the pyrotechnic ‘80s tribute band Hairball, with more headliner acts to be announced. Gallagher the Comedian is also bringing his smashing show to the Speedway rally.

Conrad Clement (Chairman of Iowa Speedway) says: “The Iowa Grand Rally is picking up steam every month, and I know all bikers will enjoy the inaugural IGR. The lineup of entertainment from bands to motorcycle events keeps growing weekly. Vendors and sponsors are lining up for the event. The city of Newton is really pushing this event, too. They are planning rides, a pig roast and other events around the city square during the rally.”

Jay Allen (Rally co-producer and emcee) says: “The Iowa Grand is uniting riders from all walks in life. We’ve got sport bike riders, long distance mile eaters and custom builders all coming together to throw down at this rockin’ Speedway venue. From world class motorcycle events to smokin’ music and more, this is going to be an off-the-hook four-day party.”

Other Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally event highlights include:

  • The Wall that Heals and a Military Tribute Ride sponsored by J&P Cycles
  • John Lehman Tribute Ride
  • Baker Smoke Down Show Down the Ultimate Race to Fifth Gear
  • Miss Iowa Grand with cash prizes
  • National Motorcycle Museum and J&P Cycles Vintage Bike Show
  • S&S Cycles Circle of Honor Tribute to the Troops
  • Jay Allen Bike Builders Invitational
  • Iowa Grand Tattoo Competition
  • Iowa Grand Ride-In Bike Show
  • Ride the Speedway and Da$h for Ca$h Drag Racing
  • Motorcycle Cowboys Bike Rodeo and Grand Swap Meet
  • The Northeast Sportbike Association (NESBA) Track Days, and much more!

Conrad Clement says: “Everyone involved is working to make this rally one you will remember forever. One event we are really looking forward to is the ‘John Lehman Tribute Ride,’ which is in honor of John Lehman who is considered the founder of the modern trike industry.”

The Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally will be held Wednesday, July 25 – Saturday, July 28 at the Iowa Speedway, Exit 168 off I-80. Tent and RV camping is available. Accepting both general vendor and swap vendor applications online. More events and acts to be announced.

Visit iowagrandrally.com and facebook.com/iowagrandmotorcyclerally for more information and to buy tickets on sale now. Early bird special pricing: $75 for 4-day pass includes free tent camping. Offer ends April 15th. Self-contained RV camping is an additional $50. Day passes are also available. Ticket price is $110 4-day pass at the gate. 866-787-8946.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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