Deming Gathering 2008

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  No better way to celebrate Veterans Day than to take a ride out to Deming, New Mexico for the annual Deming Gathering.† The weather was beautiful and brought out a great crowd.† Over 125 riders and co-riders made it.

†††† Many of the regulars were there to help set up and take down.† Steve, Darryl, Mark, Jay, and many more.†† Thanks to everyone who jumped in and helped.† Really makes it easy.†

††††† Lots and lots of SEAT members, some 46 strong.† The folks from Arizona know a great Gathering.† Every where you looked there was a SEAT shirt!

†††† The BBQ dinner was terrific.† The meat fell apart with a plastic fork.† The beans and potato salad were right there as well.† Mary Lou made so many deserts, I couldnít taste them all.† If you went away hungry, then shame on you!

†††† This year Chuck and Kyla Maddox of Alamogordo Cycles brought two small dirt bikes for the slow race.† They were pretty quick little bikes.† Darryl Richmond was rewarded a bottle of New Mexicoís finest wine for winning the race; and SEAT member Bob Thompson took home a bottle of New Mexico wine for being the most interesting rider!† Way to go Bob!

†††† The piston toss was a hoot with none other than Door Prize Queen Heidi Still winning the ladies toss with only two points.† Joe Russo made it a bit harder with six points for the guys.† Both took home some of the best wine New Mexico has to offer.† It was a lot of fun, for sure!

†††† Thatís not all the SEAT members won.† Pat Walsh won the 50/50 ($256 wow!) with the other $256 donated to the Veterans Transportation.† Also SEAT member Ron Santos won a beautiful bike cover donated by Iron Horse Motorcycles.† Nice prize!

†††† A big round of applause to Alamogordo Cycles for donating the Sy-Max II helmet.† Jim Davidson got to take it home to Texas with him.† Lucky guy!† It was a really nice helmet.

†††† Lots more pictures at† See if you can find yourself in the video clips.† First try at video, let me know what you think.

†††† Everyone who came was a winner.† Most excellent group of folks!† See you there next year.† Ride safe. 

†††† Members present:† Marina Ackerson, Dick Bartasek, Ed Birch, Gary & Deborah Blomstrom, Don & Mary Lou Cameron, Dave Delie, Ron & Mary Gary, Craig Littlefield, Menachem Lorber, Chuck & Kyla Maddox, Phil Marvin, Mick & Linda McKinnon, Deryle & Wanda Mehrten, Ed Mulgrew, Dan Neal, Richard & Cheryl Osburn, Dick & Sioux Prince, Mike Proctor, Joe Russo & Sherry Daniels, Tony Sanell, Ron Santos, Bill Schink, Bryan Seneviratne, Richard Sivilli, Terry & Cheryl Smart, Butch Smith & Bev Grosh, Alan Speert, Stan Thibaut, Bob & Karen Thompson, Pat Walsh, Mark Weger, John Willmann, Samuel Zaitlin, Tim Zierman.††††

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