Crooked River Ranch Roundup

by: PHOTO BY RAGINA ANDERSON - A contestant navigates around an obstacle during trials at the 'Premier and Classic' motorcycle event at Crooked River Ranch last weekend. Judy LaPora, Crooked River Ranch administrator, characterized last weekend’s first "Premier and Classic Motorcycle" event at the Ranch as "a truly community event."

Pete Fisher, founder of Ranch-based Powroll Motor Performance, brought the event to the Ranch for the first time from its former home in Chehalis, Wash.

Fisher brought his company, Powroll, to the Ranch in 2005, from Redmond. Powroll makes and sells motorcycle parts of all kinds.

He also convinced the Ranch to host an event he coined “The Steel Stampede,” which completed its seventh annual event last year. Over the years, the Steel Stampede has contributed roughly $5,000 annually to Ranch coffers, with no strings attached to how the funds are used.

by: PHOTO BY RAGINA ANDERSON - The 'Premier and Classic' motorcycle event, formerly held in Chehalis, Wash., has moved to Crooked River Ranch. The event involves newer, larger and heavier motorcycles, with better equipment, than the motorcycles used in the Ranch's Steel Stampede.The Steel Stampede is essentially a series of competitive events for motorcycle riders spread over two days of competition. It consists of “trials,” which are run over a rough course which tests riders’ motorcycle handling skills and endurance. The trials are held on Saturday. Sunday is devoted to races broken down into distinctive classes of motorcycles.

The Premier and Classic event of this past weekend is different in the age and type of motorcycles which compete. They are generally newer, larger, heavier, better equipped, and more expensive than those which compete in the Steel Stampede.

When Fisher heard the news that the Premier and Classic event had run its course in Chehalis, he thought it would make an interesting fall event at the Ranch. First, he made a pitch to the Ranch Club and Maintenance Association Board of Directors on the merits of bringing the P&C event to the Ranch. Given Fisher’s credibility with the board, due to the success of the Steel Stampede series of events, they approved his recommendation.

Next, he went to Chehalis and told the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association and the event managers he would take it off their hands and keep it alive at the Ranch. The former jumped on his offer. AHRMA approved the move, and last weekend's event is the result.

According to LaPora, the inaugural Premier and Classic event was “extremely successful.” Pete Fisher and his daughter Nicol Fisher, president of Powroll, agreed with LaPora’s assessment.

The association board will, of course, be the ultimate judge. The P&C event’s Ranch future is up to them. All the pertinent figures that accrue from such an event have yet to be counted and assessed.

Everybody who was involved in the decision to run the Premier and Classic event at the Ranch this past weekend made that decision knowing full well that its bottom line would be like the first Steel Stampede event seven years ago — not a raging success but a promising start and worth a repeat performance.

The Premier and Classic event has some extra baggage; its appeal is to a more select group of participants and attendees. Also it’s late in the season when people are looking forward to the holidays and next year; 2013 is virtually over for many people, and they are done attending 2013 events.

One of the important sidelines of the P&C event is the annual banquet attended by many of the participants. This year, it was held at MacPherson Park, attended by roughly 60 people and hosted by the Ranch. Everybody involved said it was a very good time and worth being there.

AHRMA told Pete Fisher and LaPora they rated the tracks on which events were run as excellent and overall management of the event “very professional and well done.” Anybody standing next to Fisher after his closing remarks on Sunday observed and heard a long string of participants thank him “for putting on a first class event.” Not one of them complained about anything.

The rest is up to the association board. Incidentally it’s worth noting that this is the first year that a majority of board members performed much of the work preparing for a major Ranch sporting event. They did the clearing and grooming of the tracks and managed the operations over the weekend by selling and taking tickets and directing traffic. It in fact was a “truly community effort.”

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