2005 Ride / Chili Cookoff
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to Unca Zed, Jerry D, and many others for all the photos this
were so many we just picked 9 to give a feel for the event, we
are making a master of all the others. You will want one these
are some great photos! If you have any from this year and would
like to add them get them to me in CD form. I will have a finished
master ASAP just let me know and I'll get one to ya! Thanks all
for making this a great event!!!
sure you read the recap at the bottom!!!
No surprise - the Eighth (can
you believe it??) Annual Team Cramp Reunion Ride and Chili Cook-Off
was a GREAT success! Thanks to the Team Cramp Crew - Ben Coffman,
Jerry Dietsch, Randy Heideman, Ed Hixon, Bill Newkirk, Darren
Porter, Randy Porter, Greg Schaefer, Brad Whitworth, and Mike
Williams - whose effort and hard work make the reunion possible!
Special thanks to Ed Hixon, Glyn Holland, Ron Kent, Rob Brandon,
Randy Sullivan, and Jack Huggins for serving as judges this year;
to Brad Whitworth, Mike Williams, and Randy Sullivan for donating
the great prizes; to Terry McNally for donating, once again,
the First Place Chili Trophy; to Mark Watson for organizing the
golf game and for all his many many other contributions; to Jill
Tinkham for those delightful Jillo® shots; to Mike Williams
for his first rate bar services; to Pam and Cole McDonough for
the pre-ride track prep and for the post-party cleanup; to Dru
Phelps, Buddy Byrnes, Collin Byrnes, Bill and Jodie Hance, Randy
Heideman, Bill Blackburn, Shannon May, and the Gordon family
in its entirety, for all their help with pre- and post-party
preparations; to Bill Steitenroth for the party pictures.
It's possible that we say this
every year, but this was one of the best reunions we've had!
The weather could not have been better. It was perfect from the
Friday morning golf outing all the way through the ride and party
on Saturday, to the Sunday Survivors Brunch! With so many memorable
moments and good times, it's difficult to list them all. The
vintage theme this year gave us a great opportunity to reminisce,
share stories and pictures from the good old days, and actually
ride some vintage bikes. Yes, believe it or not, you DID see
Gary Goertzen out on the track! And what a great ride we had
this year! The Mulholland crew was out in full force, Rob Riner,
Paul Burnett, Kirk Spencer, Kirk Dillon, Buddy Byrnes, Tom Aylett,
David Lux, Ron Munson, Randy Heideman, Team Cramp Crew, Rob Brandon,
and as ole' Lynn Nickerson would say....and many others, had
a great time in even the dusty dry conditions!
We had a record 18 entries in
the Cook-Off this year! In the Chili Category, Team Cramp's own
Chili Team of Bill Newkirk and Jill Tinkham took First place
again this year (and are already making claims on next year's
trophy!), with Roger Boisjolie taking Second place, and J. R.
Ott taking Third. In the Beans Category, Garvice Risinger took
the First Place trophy back to Madison County, and Jerry Dietsch
swept the Mystery Category with a life-saving* potato salad.
(*Note from the Judges: After tasting JR's Hotter-'n-Hell-Can-Even-Imagine
Unbelievably Scorching and Blistering Hot & Spicy Chili from
Hell, the Chili Judges would like to express their gratitude
to Jerry Dietsch for entering his deliciously cooling, thankfully
cold and refreshing potato salad!) The First on the Track Award
went to Rob Brandon again this year. And in the Best Dressed
Competition, Kevin Felle took First Place in the Vintage Category
(i.e., that's clothing, not age) and Buddy Byrnes placed First
in the Fashion Faux Pas Maximus Competition. Other honorable
mentions were Collin Byrnes and Mike Hance showing their After
Five Vintage Party Line. In fact, Hance's couture was so hot
that Tim Akers used it to start the bonfire. Did we say bonfire?
Yes, despite the Burn Ban, with 90 percent of the Bedias Volunteer
Fire Department in attendance, not to mention Dallas Firefighter
Mark Watson, we felt safe in burning Mike's clothes. Thankfully,
Kevin Powers was back this year to keep the bonfire burning!
Team Cramp's Official Spokesperson and award winning speaker,
Bill Newkirk, eloquently opened the festivities with a few Well
Chosen Words. TC's Master of Mixology, Mike Williams, manned
the Team Cramp Bar and served up an exceptional array of drinks
and surprise spritzers, and Jill Tinkham served her signature
Jillo® Shots to an appreciative crowd, including Rick James.
And in true Team Cramp style, and with a little help from his
friends, Kirk Spencer demonstrated the Team Cramp Motto, "if
it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing!" Great friends,
great fun, and great memories! Is it Oct 2006 yet? CU Then!