High Country Motorcycle Camp
13th Annual Gathering of the Clans Rally
The 13th annual Gathering of the Clans Motorcycle Rally was hosted by High Country Motorcycle Camp on June 9-11, 2006. The approximately 165 Rally participants enjoyed 3 excellent days of weather in the mountains. New owner “Buzzard Brent” had the place in top shape for the weekend.
Saturday featured an Air Head Tech session in the Pavilion. Brad Shupe showed several eager riders how to adjust their valves. Legendary BMW mechanic and enthusiast Bob Reel was seen helping several owners sort out problems with their bikes.
Many found Saturday a great day to ride the twisty roads near the campground. Bob Beech led a group over to the Abington Va. area while another group rode up to nearby Boone.
Three minor mishaps were reported during the Rally. The most serious occured when young Jonas Shawanesse low sided on a sharp curve only 5 miles from the campground. Jonas said he just ran out of road. The beautiful Triumph Triple he was riding flipped and needed a truck to bring it back to the campground. Jonas ended up with a big raspberry on his leg; however he should be back riding as soon as he gets his motorcycle repaired.
Saturday evening featured prize drawings under the pavilion after dinner. Charley Smith thanked everyone for coming to the Rally and encouraged them to come back next year. New owner “Buzzard Brent” was introduced and the evening ended with a local group called “Stony Fork Band” playing Irish country music.
Pictures by R Jarrell
Registration Gazebo. About 160 Airhead BMW owners and friends managed to make it to Buzzard Brent's High Country Motorcycle Camp to help celebrate the 14th. "Gathering of the Clans" rally
Friday and Saturday brought excellent weather
Ducati riders John Friedriches and Glen Rivers on the left. Glen Bud and Richard Higging rear center in the black t shirts. Gary Fuller and Tom Burgess on the right.
View of the lower campground through woods leading to quiet section

SC Airmarshall Tod Parks pulled a blender out of his side car rig and began making
rally Margaritas! That's Chaz Benz, Airhead #52 patiently waiting for his frosty.

Ron Helm from Glen Birney Md. He began touring in 1969 on a honda before switching to BMW's. He rode a 2000 R1150 GS to the rally that has plenty of his personal enginneering touches incorporated into it.
Dick Green from Back Roads Triumph in Jacksonville, North Carolina on the right, Brian Hines in the center and Jacob on the left.
Dave rode all the way from Toronto Canada on his /5 and helped out in registration . He is wearing a classic Brocolli Rally T shirt
Nathan Mende from BoxerWorks. Nathan brought a lot of nice nice door prizes to the rally, including some really cool t shirts that were given to several lucky ticket holders.
These happy campers spent the evening in the quiet section and look well rested.
Tod Kenworthy from the Outer Banks of North Carolina testing the beer tap. Bob Beech from Virginia in the green t shirt. Bob led a group ride Saturday.
Joe Hawkins of Clarksville Tn. tting on his R1200 Cruiser. Paul Starry at the right from Hilton Head SC.
Bob Reel on the right helping Michael Christakos with a tail light problem at the tech session. Bob spent 8 years working on BMW's for Re-Psycle BMW in Ohio before moving back to Virginia..
Bob Potter on the left learing how to adjust valves on his 1994 R100GS.
Andy and Milisa from Greenville SC.
Getting ready to attack some twisty roads
L-R Richard Lee from Wanchese, North Carolina. High Country Motorcycle Camp owner Buzzard Brent and Barbara Fuller.
What a great way to travel.
Meeting new and old friends
The morning after !
WOW, What a night !
Michael Christakos from Egg Harbor NJ.
Allen Urbanic of the Outer Banks rode his Harley-Davidson to the rally.
Nothing beats a weekend in the mountains.
Jonas Shawanesse low sided on a curve about 5 miles from the campground. Jonas said he just ran out of tire!
Hugh and Grayce from Miami Florida. A great couple and a lot of fun to talk with. Grayce didn't start riding untill she was 65
Buzzard Brent welcomes Dave from Canada.
Rally organizer Charley Smith on the left calling out the lucky door prize winners. Charley is the Virginia Air Marshal for the Airhead BMW Club and has organized this rally since its inception. On the right is Brad Shupe handing out a door prize. Brad was invaluable during the rally, helping with the door prizes, and teaching an Air Tech session on Valve Adjustment.
Jim Glimpse rode in from Cary, NC. looking for beer. Jim is a sales rep for Scorpion motorcycle products
Stoney Fork Band at closing ceremonies

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