Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BMW Motorcycle Rally Pin of the Day

This is the pin from the first, and as far as I know, only Southwestern Indiana BMW Riders Rally at Elnora, Ind. in 1996. It’s a classic example of why there is no such thing as a “first annual.” It’s not annual until the second event occurs. That’s why we had a style rule at The Indianapolis News that forbade the use of the term.
The rally was intended to replace the long-running Shakamak rally that was held for several years at Shakamak State Park. That is until the part superintendent decided he didn’t like motorcycles and refused to let the rally continue there.
The county fairgrounds in Elnora proved to be a really crappy venue and the place was overrun with mosquitoes.Here’s the patch (there was no pin) from the final Shakamak Rally, held in 1995.

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