The 34th annual J&P Cycles
Open House Rally was a thundering success as more than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country converged on a sleepy cornfield in Eastern Iowa, June 29-30, to celebrate their two-wheeled passion.
As always, J&P Cycles, the industry leader in the aftermarket motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel field, played gracious hosts to visitors from at least 20 different states, including California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York.
Those in attendance experienced a great weekend of motorcycle-themed fun, including appearances by Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan, who plays Filip "Chibs" Telford, and Ryan Hurst who plays Harry "Opie" Winston. The expert stunt team of 1 Wheel Revolution also wowed the crowd with their awe-inspiring wheelies and burnouts.
The J&P Cycles Open House Rally started out as a small Customer Appreciation Day held by co-founders John and Jill Parham. Now, as the world's largest aftermarket retailer of parts and accessories for Harley-Davidson, Cruiser, Gold Wing and Sport Bike motorcycles, the event has turned into a two-day rally and, aside from Sturgis, is the only place in the Midwest to see so many motorcycle manufacturers in one area.
This year's visitors were able to see some of the hottest new products in the motorcycle industry and benefit from exceptional on-site sales from the 110 vendors in attendance.
J&P Cycles General Manager Zach Parham, the son of co-founders John and Jill Parham, has been a part of the J&P Cycles Open House Rally since he was a boy.
"A lot of work goes into putting this event together, so seeing so many motorcycles roll onto the grounds was truly humbling," he said. "At some point, we thought we would hit a cap regarding visitors and each year we go above and beyond the previous year's record. In 2014, it's our 35th anniversary, so we're hoping to hit the 35,000 mark."
Silent auctions held each day raised more than $7,000 for the National Motorcycle Museum, and J&P Cycles was quick to thank the generous vendors and manufacturers who donated auction items. Additionally, thousands of dollars in products were donated and given away as door prizes.
Eastern Iowa non-profit Camp Courageous of Iowa also raised money thanks to the generosity of J&P Cycles customers. Water stations were set up throughout the grounds, manned by Camp Courageous volunteers, who accepted donations on behalf of the organization. When the event was complete, a total of $14,700 had been raised.
Next year's event is scheduled for June 28 and 29, and organizers are encouraging supporters to make plans to attend