National Bikers Roundup

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National Bikers Roundup
National Bikers Roundup logo.png
Genre Motorcycle rally
Date(s) August
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Kansas City, Missouri
Years active 35
Inaugurated 1977
Participants 30,000–40,000
Patron(s) Dallas Thibodeaux & Rozell Nunn, jnr
Website
www.nbrkcmo.com

The National Bikers Roundup is the largest camping motorcycle rally in the USA and is organized by a group of African American motorcycle clubs. Its location changes every year[1] but every decade it returns to its founding city of Kansas City, Missouri. More than 1,000 motorcycle clubs attend the event and black women make up close to half of participants.[2]

History[edit]

First organized in 1977 by Dallas Thibodeaux and Rozell Nunn, Jnr attracting 49 riders, it has since grown to a five-day event, with up to 30,000 participants, who enjoy camping, exhibition, parades, stunt shows, entertainment and a host of other motorcycle-related experiences including drag racing and a "biggest gut contest".[3][4]

The event serves to unite the Black motorcycle community and promote camaraderie. Starting from 1998, each year participants donate food and money to support local food paid programmes. By 2000, donations had reached 16,000 tonnes and $9,000.[5]

Due to the history of racial segregation in the USA, the event was largely ignored by the media and motorcycle industry for most of its history but is now supported by manufacturers such as Honda and Harley-Davidson, which was the first major company to attend,[3] and is both family friendly and open to all ethnicities.[6]

Media coverage[edit]

The Tulsa World featured coverage of the 2014 Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, held July 30 to August 3.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Motorcyclist Jul 1995
  2. ^ Samuels, Adrienne P (October 2007), "Black Bikers: the rides and the history", Ebony (magazine) (Chicago) 62 (12): 98–106, retrieved 2010-02-04 
  3. ^ a b Black Bikers:the rides and the history. Samuels, Adrienne P. Samuels. Ebony, Volumes 62-63, Johnson Pub. Company Oct 2007
  4. ^ Official website [1]
  5. ^ A Gathering of Friends. Kresnak, Bill. American Motorcyclist, Dec 2001
  6. ^ Road Signs, American Motorcyclist Jul 2001 P. 65
  7. ^ "National Bikers Roundup revvs up the fun in Tulsa", Tulsa World, retrieved 2014-08-02 

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