Ride raises record amount

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I don’t normally ride with 75,000 other people … that part is a little unusual,” Leno said backstage in Glendale, exaggerating the number of riders. “But it’s OK; the women are attractive, the men are handsome,” Leno said. As he lined up along San Fernando Road in Glendale with thousands of other riders, Rod Kendricks of Newhall said he has been riding motorbikes since he was 11, when he put a lawn mower engine on a Schwinn Sting-Ray bike. Now the 50-year-old telephone splicer rides a custom-built Harley-Davidson with a replica 1962 frame. “Just being in the air, being in the wind is almost like flying,” he said. More than 22,000 motorcycle buffs hopped on hogs Sunday for a record-breaking charity ride – rumbling from Glendale to Castaic Lake, where B.B. King and his guitar Lucille took the crowd all the way to Mississippi. The 22nd annual Love Ride raised nearly $1.5 million, the most ever for the event. The money will go to Hurricane Katrina relief, a literacy program for children, groups that help victims of muscular dystrophy, autism, Down syndrome and others. “The Love Ride is very much what it is. You love to ride your bike and you love to give back to your community,” said Assemblywoman Cindy Montaez, D-Mission Hills. A regular ride participant, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno joined other celebrities, including Peter Fonda, on the 36-mile trip. When they got to Castaic Lake, King thrilled the crowd, which grooved as the celebrated blues icon played with the lake in the background and a seven-man band backing him up. Leno joked with the crowd on a stage in Glendale before getting on his bike and kicking off the trip to Castaic. The event was organized by Harley-Davidson of Glendale. The total amount raised in this year’s charity event surpassed the previous record by more than $200,000. King, who recently turned 80 years old, sat down as soon as he got in front of the microphone and mused about what the crowd might think of that. “Now I’m a diabetic; got bad knees, bad back, head ain’t much good either, can’t remember anything,” King said. “But I’m feeling good today.” King played the Mississippi-brand of blues he is famous for, going through a set that included “The Thrill is Gone” and “All Over Again,” and plenty of talking and joking with the crowd. “It’s just a wonderful event. The weather, the setting, the crowd,” said Larry Porche, 50, who rode up on a 1992 Harley-Davidson FXE. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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