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2008 Laughlin River Run Photo Gallery
With a river gambler-style steamboat casino providing its backdrop and historic Route 66 close by, the Laughlin River Run has all the ambience of an old spaghetti western.
Photos at 2008 Laughlin River Run.
Laughlin River Run Reflections 2008
Brass knuckle hand controls - guaranteed to get the respect of the cagers.
As the sun went down, the LEDs came on.
You could spend an entire day on vendor's row and still not be able to check them all out.
Instead of mirrors, Custom Cycle Control Systems devised a rearview camera system that made plenty of curious onlookers stop to check it out.
Trisha and Kendall were serving up some of Tennessee's finest at the Jack Daniels' tent.
One of the few guys I know that might have an even better job than me.
The Purrfect Angelz are a high-energy dance troupe that has been featured in numerous videos and have done a long list of TV appearances.
This Purrfect Angelz performer was the cat's meow.
Honest officer, I've only had one beer. Of course, this guy's bottle was so big, it took almost a six-pack to fill it.
My vote for hat of the night. Joe was obviously enjoying himself.
I got a chance to rap with Phil McCormack, lead singer of Molly Hatchet.
They may be old school, but Molly Hatchet can still deliver some hard charging Southern rock.
First ass-less chaps, but now shorts too?
This motorcycle had plenty of high end electronics, like Custom Cycles proprietary air ride suspension, electronically-adjustable foot controls and an onboard rearview camera system instead of mirrors.
The crowd was rockin' at the free Molly Hatchet show.
We came across this vintage-styled chopper at Chica's booth.
No, it's not American Idol River Run style. She entertained the crowd while the girl got into their bathing suits.
As soon as the first contestant came out, the crowd new that there was going to be some serious competition for Miss Hawaiian Tropic River Run.
There was a good turnout for the Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest at the Aquarius.
Similar to a beauty contest, each girl was asked to answer one question.
Sometimes you just have to turn the other cheek.
The winner of Miss Hawaiian Tropic River Run was Kristy Dennis from Reno, Nevada.
I wonder if he got his horns after his wife kept calling him bullheaded.
Laughlin is definitely one of the few rallies that is still primarily the domain of V-Twin powered motorcycles.
Chica made the trip over from Huntington Beach with some of his creations.
It'd be a tease to just show you the tank, so here's the rest of Chica's custom chopper.
Clear wheels - what a concept.
Valet parking for motorcycles? I don't know about you, but I ain't handin' my keys over to nobody I don't know.
Leave it to Matt Hotch to put a modern spin on a cult classic.
It was a V-Twin stampede into the old Western town of Oatman, AZ.
There's a certain slant of light in the morning that is calming before the Run heats up again.
Wanted - one ornery Motorcycle USA Editor, Dead or Alive. Sorry, no reward.
The saloon girls in Kingman know how to show wayward cowboys a good time.
Oatman is a scene straight out of the Wild Wild West.
I kept looking for Jack Palance and the posse to ride in and clean up the town.
Mike Toupin with Chopper Design Group out of La Habra, CA won third place at the River Run Custom Show.
I could feel the history of historic Route 66 with every bump on the road.
Saturday was the last big day, so vendor's row was elbow to elbow as everybody looked for a last minute bargain.
The Best of Show came all the way from Granbury, TX to participate in the River Run.
A 110 cubic inch S&S engine and sweet-looking MLB pipes were a winning combination for Michael Owens.
Michael Owens stands with the Best of Show in hand and $2500 in his pocket after winning the Laughlin River Run Custom Show.
It was husband vs. wife at the Teresi Dyno Drags.
Second place in the Custom Show was a bike built by Arlen Ness.
It's almost always bikini weather in Laughlin.
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Koichi Kojima and Zero Engineering have a bike featured in the 'Ironman' movie.
Brother Jawbone and his company Nightrider Jewelry do awesome work. Good enough that I came close to dropping $350 bills for one of his Eternity Crosses.
Girls from throughout the West came with hopes of becoming a Hawaiian Tropic model.
The Colorado Belle was the starting point of the Poker Run and scene of the Custom Bike Show.
Tan courtesy of San Diego sun. Curves courtesy of good genes.
Chrome - a custom builder's best friend.
Kingman, Arizona's Mother Road Harley-Davidson was a miniature Laughlin, with booths, vendors, food, and live entertainmant. They really went all out to be the first stop of the Poker Run.
Hooch's was the antithesis of the Mother Road stop. If it weren't for this sign, I'd have ridden right by it and probably ended up lost in the desert.
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