Motorcycle Mania expected to draw 6,000 bikes to Main Street

August 8, 2016

By: Larry McHugh

Main Street Middletown is ready to rock as the 11th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania is scheduled for this Wednesday evening. This event, presented by Hunter’s Ambulance, Hunter Limousines & the Hunter Family, is held in memory of a founding sponsor, Dan M. Hunter, and is driven by Haymond Law.

Over 6,000 bikes are expected to converge on Main Street for the 11th installment of this annual city event which will showcase custom and vintage motorcycles. All bikes are welcome to come out for what has become the largest one-day summer motorcycle event in New England, and this year’s version is sure to be a fantastic time for everyone involved.

In addition to Hunter’s Ambulance, Hunter Limousines, the Hunter Family, and Haymond Law, event sponsors also include: City of Middletown, Middletown Downtown Business District, Liberty Bank, Bank of America, Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, Gengras Motorcycles, Home Team Supply, All American Productions, Middlesex Music Academy, Lyman Orchards Golf Club, Mezzo Grille, Middletown Area Transit, First & Last Tavern, Untouchable Towing, and WMRD/WLIS Radio.

Motorcycle Mania benefits Middletown youth programs, and past proceeds have supported the Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentor Program, Middletown Recreation and Community Services Department youth programs, and the Middletown Summer Youth Employment Program. There is a suggested donation of $5 per motorcycle, and $10 for bikes entered for awards. 

Bike Awards at the 11th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania include: The Vern A. Hunter Vintage Bike Award, in Loving Memory of Vern and Barbara Hunter - presented by Hunter's Ambulance and Hunter Limousines, Favorite Vintage European Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Favorite Vintage Japanese Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Favorite Vintage British  Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Favorite Vintage American Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Dan M. Hunter "Functionality with Style" Award - presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Liberty’s Choice Award - presented by Liberty Bank, The Haymond Law Award – presented by Haymond Law Office, The Gengras Elite Award – presented by Gengras Motorcycles, The DBD Farkle Award - presented by Middletown Downtown Business District, The All-American Bike Award - presented by Bank of America, The Fat City Cycle Award – presented by Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, The Rock ‘n Roll Bike Award – presented by Middlesex Music Academy, Best Home Team Motorcycle Award - presented by Home Team Supply, and Mayor’s Choice Award - presented by Middletown Mayor Dan Drew.

Entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by WMRD/WLIS Radio, which will broadcast live in front of The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, “Screamin Eagle Band”, playing original, classic rock with a southern flair, will perform on the Showmobile in front of Bank of America from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and 104.1 Radio will broadcast live by Brewbakers and iCRV radio will broadcast by South Green. Also, the Middlesex YMCA “Kids Fun Area” in Riverview Center will offer a number of exciting activities for people of all ages.

I want to take a moment to offer a special thank you to the Middletown Motorcycle Mania Planning Committee, led by Chairman Rich Greco, for all of its hard work in putting this major event together. Finally, I want to once again thank the City of Middletown for its strong and enduring support of the event. From Mayor Drew, to members of the Common Council, to the Police, Fire, Parking, and Public Works Departments, the city’s support is critical to the operation of this event, and it is very much appreciated. The Rain Date for the 11th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania is next Wednesday, August 17, 2016. 

It is hard to believe, but the Travelers Championship has come and gone once again, and it was another fantastic week at TPC River Highlands. Huge crowds made their way to Cromwell to watch some of the best golfers in the world competing at the highest level. The course and the surrounding areas, fresh off a major renovation project, looked terrific, and the staff and volunteers were professional and helpful as always. Tournament Director Nathan Grube and his team did a fantastic job once again, and we of course have to recognize the continuing support of Travelers Companies led by Chief Executive Officer Alan Schnitzer, Executive Chairman of the Board Jay Fishman, and Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bessette. I was honored to attend the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Travelers Championship which was held last Monday morning at The David & Geri Epstein Learning Center at The First Tee of Connecticut in Cromwell. Speakers at the event included Gov. Dannel Malloy, Andy Bessette, Nathan Grube, and the co-chairs for the 2016 tournament, Jay Fishman, and a gentleman by the name of Brian Savo. Jay and Brian have both been diagnosed with ALS, and their remarks showed the true character of these brave men who are battling this terrible disease. All of us who attended last Monday’s Opening Ceremony were moved by the event, and I am so proud that the ALS Clinic at Hospital for Special Care will be the Primary Beneficiary of the 2016 Travelers Championship.

The chamber’s 2016 Travelers Championship Member Breakfast was held last Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell. The event featured as guest speaker, PGA Tour Pro and 2012 Travelers Championship winner, Marc Leishman. I would like to thank Marc for speaking to our chamber; and we wish him continued success on the PGA Tour and look forward to seeing him back in Cromwell next year. Another great Travelers Championship week is in the books, but the countdown to the 2017 version is already underway, and it is certainly comforting to know that this tournament will continue to call Middlesex County home until at least the year 2024.

Our August Business After Work Networking Reception for members and their guests is scheduled for next Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook. This annual event on the shoreline has become very popular with our membership over the years. The Water’s Edge team puts out a delicious spread of food and drink which always includes a little extra shoreline flavor, and the views of the beach and water are remarkable. Water’s Edge Resort and Spa is a strong and active member of our chamber and we appreciate it. I want to take a moment to especially acknowledge Director of Sales Keith Lindelow, Corporate Sales Manager Karen Robidoux, and the Dattilo Family for their constant support of the chamber. We look forward to a successful networking reception at their outstanding facility next Tuesday evening.

The chamber’s August Member Breakfast Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25 with UConn Head Football Coach Bob Diaco. This annual event, sponsored by People’s United Bank, will feature an update from the coach on the upcoming season of Husky football which begins on Thursday, Sept. 1 vs. University of Maine. I will have more on the Member Breakfast with Coach Diaco as we get closer, but I do want to thank him once again for speaking to our group, and thank People’s United Bank for its support of this and of many other chamber initiatives.

The chamber is now accepting nominations for the 2016 William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award. This prestigious award will be presented at the 15th Annual Support the Troops & Honor the Veterans Member Breakfast Meeting which will take place on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell with guest speaker Captain Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base New London. The William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award is presented to a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces in recognition of his or her distinguished service to the citizens of Connecticut, and selfless commitment to public service. To nominate a candidate for this award, the name of the individual, a detailed resume and/ or a biography, supporting documents detailing their military and community service, and any other information you believe the committee should have must be submitted by Friday, August 26, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to the chamber office or to To be considered for the award, candidates must live or work in the following Middlesex County towns: Chester, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Middlefield, Middletown, Portland or Westbrook; must have served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces and continues to promote Veterans Affairs; and must participate in local and state community organizations and/ or initiatives. The award will be selected by a committee of previous award winners. The William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award is a special honor, and we look forward to collecting these nominations in the coming weeks.


The summer is moving right along, the 2016 Travelers Championship was a success, and the chamber is on the move.