REPORTING · 28th August 2015
The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce held their 2nd Annual Man’s Best Friend Show and Shine on Saturday, August 22nd. During the show, the weather turned to rain, but people still had a good time.
“A group of guys got together, a group of people who like motorcycles and hang out and meet other people. It’s all for the Humane Society, it was the main push for it all. We did good last year, we hope to do almost as good this year, but other than that, it’s all about the dogs and the cats,” said Shaun Barbosa.
Smithers Harley Davidson came down to help out as well. They set up there booth to do oil changes. Over 30 bikes were entered in the Show and Shine. They hope to have more bikes next year as well.
“Thanks to all the businesses that supported us and furthered the cause and all those brave people who braved the weather,” said Barbosa.
For third place, there was a three way tie between Jeff Douglas with a 2012 Blackline Soft Tail, Noah Lopes with a 2009 Harley Davidson Rocker C and Jeff Kaines with a 2012 Royal Enfield CS.Darren Bjorgaardtook home the second place for his 1950 Harley Davidson.
First place went to Chris Rose, From Prince Rupert for his 2004 Custom Deuce. He customized the bike following a bad bike accident.
“I crashed a bike in Ketchikan about eight years ago and was pronounced… I was revived three times, I died three times, revived three times. Then they medivacked me to Seattle. I spent 11 days in a coma. I spent 11 days in Seattle Washington and three weeks in Vancouver [where they] rebuilt my face,” said Rose.
Painted on the bike are images of the Grim Reaper. The Reaper flipping off Rose has been etched into the seat and even the kickstand is a boney arm, middle finger raised. The paint tells a story, the Reaper came to claim him, but he got away, but the image on the seat is a reminder, Death will claim him eventually.
Rose is the president of the Prince Rupert Harley Riders. He stated, at the moment, the club is raffling off a Harley to help the Prince Rupert Hospital get a portable X-Ray Machine and they are helping a society called: The Anti-Poverty Society, which feeds people and is setting up a garden where people can plant food. The draw for the raffle will be on October 3rd, at the Toy Run Dance.
Of course, the real winners were the Kitimat Humane Society which raised $4,597 and 15 cents. This includes a $700 donation from the Smither’s Harley Davidson from their 30th Anniversary Barbeque which took place in Smithers the weekend before the Show and Shine.
He thanked everyone for the community support.
Chris Rose from Prince Rupert took first place
From Harley Davidson in Smithers, Alana Visser, Chelsey Graf and Russel Graf.
Johnny Lundbeck and his bike.
There were bikes new and old, including these two bikes from the 70's and 50's respectivly