The Harley-Davidson Road King Classic – grand prize in the Community Blood Center “King of the Road Summer Blood Drive” campaign – hit the road Thursday evening, July 18 for “Bike Night” at the Filling Station sports bar in Troy.
One lucky donor will win the Road King Classic at the end of summer. Everyone who registers to donate with CBC from May 28 through Aug. 31 is automatically entered in the drawing. (Must be 18 to win. Offical rules available at www.GivingBlood.org).
CBC’s Road King Classic spends most of the time on display at Gover Harley-Davidson in Piqua. Gover is a partial sponsor of the “King of the Road” campaign along with REACH Magazine and W Productions in Urbana. Bike Nights are held every Thursday at the Filling Station during the summer months and Gover has a booth at Bike Night once a month.
The Road King Classic made an appearance at the first Bike Night of the season back in May. It was a cloudy, cold and windy night – not the best conditions for riding and outdoor music. But Thursday night was just the opposite – hot, clear and sticky! The parking lot filled up with bikes (mostly Harleys of all vintage) and a country music band played live and loud.
Gover Operations Manager Greg Foughty is coordinator of all CBC blood drives at Gover, and the biggest Gover blood drive of the year is coming up Saturday, July 20 at the Piqua dealership. Greg does sign-ups for the blood drive at Bike Nights, but on Thursday night he soon learned all his 65 slots were filled. CBC Rep. Jon Thalman assured him there will be room for walk-ins Saturday.
“I want that 66th person in there,” said Greg. “My record is 66, so I really want to get 67!” A Bike Night visitor to the booth named John asked about making an appointment for the drive and was told it was full, but he could be a walk-in Saturday. “I’ll be there,” he said. “I’m not working Saturday and I want to donate. Maybe I’ll win that bike.”
All Bike Night riders made a point of stopping by the booth to get a ticket for the door prize drawings, admire the Road King Classic, and see what events are coming up at the Gover dealership. Greg welcomed them to write a personal message on special postcards for members of the Ohio National Guard 1487th Transportation Company from Piqua that is now on its second deployment to Afghanistan.
The 1487th is expected home in September. Hopefully they will be home in time for the Sept. 14 “Hero Day” at Gover that celebrates all military and public safety workers. It will also be the month that one lucky CBC blood donor becomes the new owner of a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle.