2007 Ride / Chili Cookoff
Of Over Doing It!!!
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TENTH ANNUAL TEAM CRAMP
Thanks for a great time with
REUNION RIDE & CHILI COOK-OFF
OCTOBER 13, 2007
THE TEAM CRAMP CREW - BEN COFFMAN,
JERRY DIETSCH, MIKE HANCE, RANDY HEIDEMAN, ED HIXON, BILL NEWKIRK,
DARREN PORTER, RANDY PORTER, GREG SCHAEFER, BRAD WHITWORTH, AND
MIKE WILLIAMS - would like to thank everyone for making the Team
Cramp Tenth Annual Reunion Ride and Chili Cookoff a truly great
experience! Special thanks go to Mark Watson for organizing the
golf outing; Terry McNally for donating the Chili Trophy and
Medallions; Ed Hixon, Mark Watson, Shannon Thompson, Bill Stietenroth,
and Jeff Bintliff for serving as chili judges; Leslie Holland
for serving as this year's Secret Fashion Judge; Kirk Spencer
and the Dallas Death Row Moto Squad for the Team Cramp Reunion
Cake; Ed Hixon and Greg Schaefer for stocking and attending the
Team Cramp Bar; Jill Tinkham for her delicious JilloShots and
barback assistance; all who made generous monetary donations
for the party, track prep, TC bar, supplies and food; all our
family and friends who helped set up and clean up; and everyone
for all the great food and good company!
Early Friday morning, Team Cramp Golf Pros Mark Watson and Jack
Huggins led two teams, including Mike Hance, Loretta Spence (along
with her personal caddy, Shannon Thompson), Bill Newkirk, Ed
Hixon, Bill Hance, and John Morrison, in the Tenth Annual Watson-Huggins
Golf Classic. Reports of golf scores being much exaggerated,
we understand nonetheless that a good time was had by all!
By late Friday afternoon, the
Team Cramp crew & friends were out celebrating the great
weather and prepping for the weekend festivities. The pre-reunion
reception and party was hosted by the Spring Branch Chapter of
Team Cramp in the Boisjolie Party Tent & Tiki Lounge. Entertainment
was provided by the comedy team of Bill Hance and Jack Huggins.
Later in the evening, Brad "The BRadical" Whitworth,
taking advantage of the low humidity and clear skies, led a stargazing
expedition in the meadow, sighting "stars, lots of stars."
Despite the revelry and merrymaking that took place Friday evening
and into the early hours of Saturday morning, Rob Brandon was
out on the track at sunrise to reclaim his First on the Track
title for 2007! (Last year's winner, Buddy Byrnes, redeemed himself
by cooking & serving a delicious breakfast Saturday morning.
Although not making an appearance on the track until late in
the day, Byrnes-fully regaled in The Li'l Prick's gear-made his
trek onto the track in honor of Chris Hance who was unable to
attend this year.)
The Team Cramp Crew was fortunate
once again to enjoy the privilege and pleasure of riding with
some of the greatest motocross riders in Texas! We were honored
with the first time appearances of Billy Click, Craig Knight,
Jeff Kring, David McClaskey, Rocky Miller, Tony Mosley, and Mike
Shelby! Doughboy's Death Row Moto Squad of Kirk Spencer, Pete
Rowen, Steve Mulholland, Greg Mulholland, Kirk Dillon, Mark Rakestraw,
and Ron King, hit the trails with Paul Burnett, Buddy Byrnes,
Tom Aylett, David Lux, Randy Heideman, Roger Boisjolie, Rob Brandon,
Shannon "ShanMan" Thompson, Tibby and Batesy Horvath,
and "others." Despite the dust, the crew enjoyed some
riding, but most of all enjoyed the experience! Everyone enjoyed
the awesome display of vintage motorcycles, along with the vintage
riders and their vintage stories!
We had 16 entries in the cook-off this year, including several
first timers! Our superb panel of Judges diligently deliberated
and ultimately named the winners: in the Chili Category, Jill
Tinkham and Bill Newkirk returned to the podium taking the First
Place Trophy once again. Team Cramp's own, Jerry Dietsch, took
2nd place, and first-timer, Mike Shelby, took 3rd. In the Beans
Category, 1st place went to Lonnie "Señor Pollo"
Hardamon. Uncle Fritz Wieghot placed 2nd, with 3rd place going
to Dan Smith. As usual, the Mystery Category caused the judges
a bit of confusion, but after much tasting and opining, the judges
polished off both entries and declared a tie between Leslie Holland
for her decadent raspberry chocolate cake and Dru Phelps for
her tasty Taco Soup.
At the 2007 Team Cramp Tres
Chic Fall Fashion Show, the crowds were spellbound by the Fall
Collections of Team Cramp's top fashion designers. After carefully
critiquing the runway action, Secret Fashion Judge, the stylish
Leslie Holland, made her selections for the podium. Craig Knight
took first place with his King of Rock & Roll Evening-in-Vegas
sequined jumpsuit, complete with Elvis signature sunglasses and
fully functional microphone! In a close second was the Byrnes
Design Dream Team of Buddy and Collin Byrnes showing their Prêt-a-Porter
Palm Springs Afternoon-at-the-Club duo of dumpster-divin' designs.
Honorable mention goes to Megan McDonough for her Princess Leia
Organa Solo of Alderaan Gown from her Star Wars Couture Design
Line. Another honorable mention goes to a late entry by coyly
coquettish Billy Click showing his Belle-of-the-Ball satin cerulean
gown with plunging neckline and matching motocross boots.
As for the 2007 First Man Down
Award, we saw another stellar performance by ShanMan Thompson,
and his Wingman, Dave-O Clack! In a tag team effort, they attempted
to empty the Six Shooter at the end of the night, resulting in
a crippling standoff between the two contenders. A tie was declared
and the First Man Down Clean-up Committee hauled ShanMan and
Dave-O off to the pits.
And finally, after ten long
years, Bill Newkirk, holder of many Team Cramp titles, was recognized
for his long standing ability to ward off all attempts by Mike
Williams, Team Cramp's Official Barkeep, to take Sweet Willie
down. There was a tense moment Friday night when Bill momentarily
stumbled as he left the Boisjolie Tiki Lounge. After some precise
measurements by the Team Cramp First Man Down Committee of Ed
Hixon and Jerry Dietsch, and a careful viewing of the Instant
Replay Cam, it was determined that the 3-Second Rule would apply
in this instance as Newkirk's knees touched the ground simultaneously
for less than 3 seconds. Once again, Ben Coffman would like to
reiterate... "Sweet Willie's not going down
After graciously accepting his
award, Newkirk, in his role as Team Cramp Official Spokesman,
addressed the crowd and eloquently expressed the pleasures of
the enduring friendships enjoyed by the Team Cramp Crew over
the past ten years of the Reunion and eighteen years of Team
Cramp! As always, in a few well chosen words, Sweet Willie enumerated
the outstanding events of the past year-most notably the first
Texas-hosted AMA MX National in 19 years at Freestone, Texas-and
then officially declared the Team Cramp Bar open for business!
A much welcome respite after the dust on the track and trails,
the Team Cramp Bar was under the care and guidance of Apprentice
Barkeeps Ed Hixon and Greg Schaefer, offering an extensive and
diverse buffet of Six Shooters, surprise spritzers, and cigars!
Maintaining the integrity of
the Team Cramp Motto, "if it's worth doing
overdoing," Kevin Powers, Chairman of Team Cramp's Combustion
Committee, lit the bonfire with what was undeniably the best
bonfire detonation in TC history!
Like a moth to a flame, so to
speak, Pyromaniac Paul Burnett pirouetted through the flames
on his pit bike, as Firefighters Mark Watson and Liz Ledgerwood
led the water brigade to stanch the overzealous blaze from taking
out bystanders and nearby forests.
The Saturday evening celebration
soon mellowed into a pleasurable experience among family and
friends in the Team Cramp tradition of camaraderie, frivolity,
The Tenth Annual Reunion drew
to a close Sunday as Crampers rose early to enjoy a community
breakfast buffet served up with Mike Shelby Private Reserve Bloody
and to hit the trails for one last ride
See you next year!