If you have lived in Seattle for more than a year you understand the feeling that comes over you in the months of December through February. The dark days, endless rain and early nightfall. This year the Lemay ACM held an evening of blues music, alcohol, hors d’oeuvre and of course cars. The event was titled “Drive the Blues Away”.
Of course, it was dark and rained endlessly during the event. The weather outside, didn’t slow the event down because it took place inside the massive main hall of the museum. Just a few hundred car enthusiasts enjoying craft beer and liquor while wondering the huge collection. The whole time the sound of blues could be heard coming from the live bands.
As band after band played, we wondered the ramps admiring the classic cars and listening to music. Occasionally, we grabbed a bite, refreshed our drink and watched a song or two being played by the bands.
This classic Cadillac greated the visitors in the main lobby with its Arizona themed paint job. This car was big enough to serve a blues band as they toured the bar circuit.
The Gibson guitar company was also there with a collection of instruments to browse and play if you felt so inclined. The star of the collection was a special guitar (50 unit production run) they built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Corvette.
The Lemay ACM is a great place that is always looking to do different and unique events. It also does a great job of keeping the displays fresh and new.
“Believe it or not”, we bought a Can Am Spyder late in the fall of 2013. Unfortunately, it then began to rain for the next several LONG months.
Finally, the days have started to become clear and sunny in the Pacific Northwest as Spring and Summer approach. This past week we had the opportunity to take the bike out on the local roads and start to get some miles under our belts. The Spyder RT Limited is a perfect bike for touring with lots of storage and comfortable features for long rides.
Our first adventure is a Twin Peaks themed ride. The ride started just as the series did with a visit to the wonderful Snoqualmie Falls. People travel from around the world to see this 268 ft tall natural wonder and we are lucky enough to have it in our back yard.
One of the roads we traversed is depicted in the mural below and is also from the show’s opening credits. Sadly, there is no Twin Peaks welcome sign just a great view of Mount Si. In lieu of the actual Mount Si/road photo, we supplemented the shot with this mural and the carefully positioned bike. It seems we were not the only ones stopping for photos here as we witnessed some others (in Twin Peaks t-shirts) doing the same thing.
The real surprise is that the mural can be found on the back side of Twedes Diner; that was where the Double R Diner scenes where filmed during the show.
Inside the diner, we helped ourselves to a slice of warm cherry pie with whipped cream and a damn fine cup of coffee as Agent Cooper use to say.
Twedes Cafe even pay homage to the show and embrace the past. This map and display can help you identify other great spots to search out if you see so fit to hit the road. The local area is also rich in history of Indian peoples, logging and trains; many sightseeing spots along the rides prominently feature these themes.
Look for more adventures as the summer arrives and we hit the roads.
Tucker inside the LeMay ACM
Buddy Stubbs is as close to an Arizona Harley legend as you can get. He has had a motorcycle shop here in the valley since 1966 and has represented the HD community in movies and TV over the years. His dealership is located off of Cave Creek Rd features a large museum that he opens up once a month to the faithful that want to learn more about the heritage of Harley and the man himself.
Buddy was born into the Harley tradition. His dad owned a dealership in the mid-west and he grew up with a motorcycles in his life from childhood. He did what came natural; Ride and Race–Sell and Service. He built a museum attached to the dealership and twice a month he cracks the vault like door and lets the faithful into his glass walled heaven. Like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the people await entry into paradise; some are tourists while others are hard core fanatics of motorcycles. Buddy’s collection stretches from almost the beginning of motorcycling through the modern period.
These are Buddy’s bikes! All of them run. Some he raced, others he just owned and rode and some he even challenged in a cross country ride of pre-1916 motorcycles. The collection ranges from Harley Davidson (of course) to British and Italian motorcycles. Buddy has even been in movies and TV shows as a stunt driver. The Harley below was featured in the “ElectraGluide in Blue” movie featuring Robert Blake.
Check out the Photo Gallery of the Museum to see more great bikes. If you happen to be in Phoenix on one of these special days the museum is open–Stop in and Enjoy the Tour. Buddy is quite the showman and motorcycle fanatic!