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Thunder Struck's Street Party 17 Raises Big $$

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Sound of the drums
Beatin' in my heart
The thunder of guns
Tore me apart
You've been – thunderstruck.
- AC/DC

“Soul Shaker” gets its thunder from the 120 cubic inch Accurate Engineering Outlaw engine slung low in the stretched, golden-hued frame of the radical chopper built by Thunder Struck Customs Mark Daley. Spindly fork legs at an ungodly rake are supported by springers, the tall front hoop balanced out by a tank mounted high on the backbone swooping down to a drop seat that squats on a thick chunk of black rubber. A drilled-out design on sideplates, foot controls and
The streets of Medford between Porters and Habaneros was filled with hundreds of motorcycles in town for the 17th annual Thunderstruck Customs Xtreme Bike Show and Street Party.
The streets of Medford between Porters and Habaneros was filled with hundreds of motorcycles in town for the 17th annual Thunderstruck Customs Xtreme Bike Show and Street Party.
The band a.k.a. kept the atmosphere festive with a steady stream of classic rock tunes.
The band a.k.a. kept the atmosphere festive with a steady stream of classic rock tunes.
Thunderstruck brought out several of its bikes to the 17th annual gathering  to showcase its custom building skills.
Thunderstruck brought out several of its bikes to the 17th annual gathering  to showcase its custom building skills.
The Ruckus Nation representin! A burly Ruckus rider proudly rockin his customized Honda scooter.
The Ruckus Nation representin'! A burly Ruckus rider proudly rockin' his customized Honda scooter.
open primary team with sharp edges of the chin scoop, tank, and swingarm to give the bike machismo. This is no surprise considering Daly built it for a Marine vet out of Grants Pass, Oregon, who wanted a tribute bike to ride in memory of his brothers in arms at various veteran-related events. This past weekend though, it was the marquee bike for Thunderstruck during its annual Xtreme Bike Show and street party in downtown Medford, OR.

The road between Porters Train Station Restaurant and Habaneros was blocked off Saturday as hundreds of two-wheelers lined the avenue and filled the streets. Eighty customized motorcycles, from fully-loaded Harley baggers to ground-pounding Pro Streeters came to compete in the Xtreme Bike Show. A band called a.k.a. kept the party going with a steady stream of rock classics. A barker’s voice bellowed above the crowd as he busily hawked raffle tickets for the 2007 Harley Heritage Softail that was up for grabs. Relic rides like a Sunbeam next to BSA’s and Nortons, the collection brought by the Oregon Vintage Motorcycle group out of Southern Oregon, were real conversation starters between enthusiasts. Nearby stood motorcycles from the opposite end of the spectrum, fire-breathing, nitro-fed Harley drag bikes competing in the Top Fuel class. Vendors, food booths, a beer garden and good weather gave Thundstruck’s street party all the ingredients it needed to be a successful biker gathering.

And successful it was. Daley has been putting on the event for 17 years now, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County the beneficiaries of money the annual shin-dig raises. Daley was aiming to raise $20,000 for the group this year from his one-day event, but eclipsed expectations by raising $26,000 instead. The record-breaking number was fueled in part by the raffle of the 2007 Harley, the motorcycle provided by local Minute Markets, with 100 tickets sold at $100 a-piece.

Joe Fernandez of Eagle Point was the lucky winner of the raffle bike. Fernandez shared the story of how the night before the street party he was out celebrating at one of his favorite watering holes, won $500 playing video poker, and decided to plunk some of that money down on a $100 raffle ticket to help support the cause. According to Fernandez, he got the last ticket available. He had his new wife kiss the ticket for good luck, and would later have another stroke of good luck when his name was drawn as the winner of the motorcycle.

“I met my new wife on the 17th, got married on the 17th, and won the bike on the 17th,” Fernandez said.

The number 17 also stands for the number of years Thunderstruck Custom Bikes has thrown a little street party for bikers and friends in downtown Medford, Oregon. Sunny weather brought in just about every motorcyclist within a 100-mile radius. There was a wide range of polished up rides, 80 in all, competing in the custom bike show. It was a rare Harley 125 in immaculate condition that earned the appreciation of the judges the most to earn “Best of Show,” the little classic owned by Kevin Barr of Grants Pass. The other lucky winner of the day was a gentleman that went by the name J.W. who won $550 in the 50/50 raffle and quickly donated half of that back to the Boys & Girls Club. The big winners overall, though, are the Boys and Girls Clubs of Jackson County and Mark Daley and Travis Linebaugh from Thunderstruck whose big hearts and hard work benefit a lot of people.
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