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November 4, 2000
Paul Andersen, Weekend GLENDALE -- It's not often that a rock band will play a concert beginning at 7:15 in the morning. It's even less often that 20,000 fans are expected to be there to bask in the experience. The idea is not so farfetched in this case, where the group is legendary rockers John Kay and Steppenwolf and the audience is made up of bikers participating in the charity-driven Love Ride. Harley-Davidson of Glendale is the starting point for the 17th annual ride Nov. 12 that will culminate with a concert, barbecue and trade show at Castaic Lake.
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By Max Zimbert | October 8, 2009
GLENDALE — A lack of funds, not a lack of love, doomed what would have been the 26th annual Love Ride. Organizers of one of the largest one-day motorcycle charity events in the world announced Thursday that it had been canceled due to poor ticket sales and other financial worries. “The numbers were scary dismal to where we thought, ‘Gee, this thing is going to bomb,’” said Oliver Shokouh, Love Ride founder and the owner of Glendale Harley-Davidson, which organizes the ride.
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November 14, 2001
David Silva It was bad weather to be riding in, particularly if you were an inexperienced biker and more particularly if you were an inexperienced biker riding in a caravan of 15,000 other bikers. It was a good thing I wasn't one of those bikers. Not that I didn't try to be. One of the event organizers had asked a few days earlier if I needed to borrow a motorcycle to participate, and the part of my brain I reserve for truly stupid moves immediately came alive and said "Sure!"
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November 22, 1999
Buck Wargo OLD MAN, LOOK AT YOURSELF Glendale Mayor Ginger Bremberg got a chance to participate in the Love Ride by riding on a motorcycle through Glendale. Her experience didn't stop there when she got to meet actor Fonda of "Easy Rider" fame. Fonda had done television interviews a few minutes earlier telling people he didn't consider himself too old to participate and didn't like to use the word "old." He said people mature and advance rather than get old. Fonda then introduced himself to Bremberg and asked if she knew him from "Easy Rider," as others often mention to him. Bremberg said she remembers his father, Henry, in "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Trail of the Lonesome Pine."
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 29, 2012
Though the city can'tgive the Love Ride, an annual charitable motorcycle event, the same monetary support as in years past, the City Council gave the event a solid endorsement this week. “It's great for the local economy. It's great for the charities,” Mayor Frank Quintero said about the motorcycle caravan that begins at Harley-Davidson of Glendale and continues to Castaic Lake. Glendale used to give the charitable event $15,000 annually to cover police and other city support.
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October 15, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum It took a decade to lure the legendary beards and biker attitude of ZZ Top, but the Love Ride finally has "Legs." And it knows how to use them. Legendary biker band ZZ Top will headline the Nov. 9 concert for Love Ride 20 at Castaic Lake, topping off a daylong fund-raising biker celebration that includes a 50-mile motorcycle parade from Glendale to Castaic Lake. "ZZ Top is the quintessential biker band," said Walter Moore of Roland and Associates, which has been doing marketing and publicity for the Love Ride for 12 years.
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November 13, 2000
Tim Willert GLENDALE -- Jason and Jodie Cregar of Ontario straddled Jason's white Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail, waiting patiently for their chance to pull out of town. They were surrounded by a stream of bikers that stretched along San Fernando Road from Los Feliz Road to Brand Boulevard. "It doesn't matter where you're from," Jodie said. "Everybody fits in here." Love Ride 17, which has evolved into the world's largest motorcycle fund-raising event, attracted an estimated 20,000 bikers Sunday.
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November 15, 1999
Robert Shaffer TROPICO -- Gary "Tigger" Finnerty woke up at 4:30 a.m. Sunday in his Sierra Madre home, took a shower and shined his black leather boots. He put on his Freedom Warrior jacket, also black leather. Finnerty, a roofing contractor who years ago drank hard and raised hell, has something else in mind this morning. Coffee. The Freedom Warriors are one of several Southern California motorcycle gangs popular with recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, and troublemakers, a 12-step group that keeps them on the straight and narrow.
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By Max Zimbert | October 20, 2009
GLENDALE — The official ride may have been canceled, but the love’s apparently still there. While poor ticket sales and anemic corporate sponsorships may have killed what would have been the 26th annual Love Ride fundraiser, organizers at Glendale Harley-Davidson have made plans to accommodate what could be hundreds of bikers who turn up Saturday anyway, officials said. Allstate Insurance Co. has announced it will donate $10,000 to the Love Ride alternative, which city officials said would include three days of events in which bikers could drop in and still donate to the cause.
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December 14, 1999
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- While the "Easy Rider" generation in Hollywood was imbibing in sex and rugs and rock 'n' roll, Glendale teenagers challenged the system with (gasp!) long hair. "I remember one summer in particular when we came back to school. All the guys let their hair grow all summer long," said Andrea Humberger, recalling her days at Hoover High School. "There was this incredible feeling of liberation and breaking the rules and we all wondered, 'What's going to happen?
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By Max Zimbert | October 8, 2009
GLENDALE — A lack of funds, not a lack of love, doomed what would have been the 26th annual Love Ride. Organizers of one of the largest one-day motorcycle charity events in the world announced Thursday that it had been canceled due to poor ticket sales and other financial worries. “The numbers were scary dismal to where we thought, ‘Gee, this thing is going to bomb,’” said Oliver Shokouh, Love Ride founder and the owner of Glendale Harley-Davidson, which organizes the ride.
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November 14, 2001
David Silva It was bad weather to be riding in, particularly if you were an inexperienced biker and more particularly if you were an inexperienced biker riding in a caravan of 15,000 other bikers. It was a good thing I wasn't one of those bikers. Not that I didn't try to be. One of the event organizers had asked a few days earlier if I needed to borrow a motorcycle to participate, and the part of my brain I reserve for truly stupid moves immediately came alive and said "Sure!"
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November 4, 2000
Paul Andersen, Weekend GLENDALE -- It's not often that a rock band will play a concert beginning at 7:15 in the morning. It's even less often that 20,000 fans are expected to be there to bask in the experience. The idea is not so farfetched in this case, where the group is legendary rockers John Kay and Steppenwolf and the audience is made up of bikers participating in the charity-driven Love Ride. Harley-Davidson of Glendale is the starting point for the 17th annual ride Nov. 12 that will culminate with a concert, barbecue and trade show at Castaic Lake.
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