Jay Leno returned as the Grand Marshal of the 29th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Love Ride on Sunday, October 21, at Castaic Lake, California. This year’s Love Ride benefitted the USO that provides critical support and morale-boosting programs and services to troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured, their families and the families of the fallen. The Love Ride is the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world and has raised $24 million for charity in 28 years. The Love Ride was founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale.
Love Ride 29 was supported by 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships in Southern California and many of them featured pre-Love Ride promotions and group rides to Castaic Lake on October 21. Harley-Davidson of Glendale featured The Strawberry Alarm Clock in concert at 7:15 a.m. followed by a press conference with Leno and other celebrities, including Robert Patrick, the Cast of Sons of Anarchy, Antonio Sabato Jr., Willie G. Davidson, Karen Davidson, Perry King, George Barris, Mickey Jones, Keith Emerson, and Lorenzo Lamas, who will sing this year’s National Anthem.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Canned Heat headlined the Castaic Lake concert at 11:45 a.m. Other Castaic Lake festivities included a trade show, Peter Fonda ride-in bike show, USO displays and a food truck fair.
The minimum donation to participate was $50 and included a free opportunity ticket to win six prizes that included a 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.
All motorcycle brands and automobiles were welcome. For more information, visit LoveRide.org.