After 32-yearsÂ on Sunday saw the last Love Ride event. The event started by Glendale Harley Davidson dealerÂ Oliver Shokouh, was a labor of love that brought out many of the stars and musicians to be apart of this farewell. Jay Leno was the grand marshall for this final event and accompanied by regular and honorary marshal,Â Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider”) and Robert Patrick (“Terminator” and TV’s “Scorpion”) as well as Harley-Davidson and Love Ride honorary chairman Willie G. Davidson.Â Also attending were Love Ride Foundation officer Lorenzo Lamas, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Kristy Swanson as well as Emilio Rivera and other stars from the show, ‘Sons of Anarchy.’
Jay Leno said about Love Ride and the Wounded Warrior Project,Â “We don’t do enough for those people.” “We’re happy enough to send them off to fight, but after that, we forget about them. It’s a good cause.”
13,000 participants either rode to the event or drove Â that help the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps military men and women when they return home.Â The ride consisted of a 55-mile trek from the Glendale Harley Davidson location to the Castaic Lake and when they arrived was a great festival featuring music from Social Distortion, Foo Fighters as well as money other acts.
Over the life of the ride Shokouh has been able to raise $24 million for military veterans, muscular dystrophy and autism. The ride was coming to a close as Shokouh will be retiring and passing the dealership to his daughter who was raised with the event.
“We’ve all gotten old. We’d like to spend more time with our families. I have six grandchildren! But I’m going to miss this,” said Shokough. Prior he was talking about how bittersweet their decision was to end the yearly event calling it his greatest legacy. They are currently Love Ride’s being held now around the world from Puebla, Mexico and Malaysia now have their own events and it all began with the original in Southern California.
Foo Fighters at Love Ride 32:
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