Tucson, AZ – In May of 2012, Sky Island Riders hosted their third annual scooter rally known as For A Few CC’s More. This three-day, Tucson-based rally is western themed and family friendly. The SIR club members weren’t just looking for a way to gather local scooter enthusiasts for a fun weekend; their main goal was to raise money for a local charity known as Ben’s Bells (www.Bensbells.org).
The rally itinerary was action-packed with rides, food and a night of bowling. They planned some great activities such as the Poker Run and Scooter Rodeo. The Poker Run took riders to several exciting destinations including a well-known Tucson overlook, an airfield, and a hot-rod show at a local casino. The Poker Run’s last stop was where the next big activity began, the Scooter Rodeo (AKA gymkhana). Most participated and everyone enjoyed watching riders navigate the obstacles.
Of course, scooter enthusiasts enjoy the activities, but it’s the rides that really make a rally something special. The Sky Island Riders had that covered, too. This rally began with a full-moon night ride and ended on Sunday with a vista ride to Mt. Lemmon, nearly 7000 feet above the city.
Let us not forget one of my favorite parts of any scooter rally, the raffle. For A Few CC’s More was no exception. With over 60 sponsors and 75 prizes, including two Corazzo prize packs, their raffle was a huge success. The Corazzo winners were Sean Lynch, the club’s “best mechanic” and Meta Mason, who also won the Rodeo. Congrats to all the winners!
The club raised more than $740 for Ben’s Bells when the weekend was all said and done. Raffle winners walked away with tons of great prizes, and the rest tried not to be too jealous.
There was plenty of time to check out Tucson throughout the weekend and a few opportunities to hang out at the local shops, Scoot Over and RideNow Power Sports. This rally truly had everything. Thanks Sky Island Riders for hosting another great rally and remember, always “Ride with the Shield”.
Text Submission from Sky Island Riders, Howard Rains
“For A Few CC’s More II” (FFCM II) was the third rally conducted by Tucson’s Sky Island Riders Scooter Club. For A Few CC’s More is a 3-day, in-town, western-themed, family-friendly event held in the Tucson area every spring. We use this not only as a way to gather scooter riders together for a weekend of fun, but also as a fundraiser for a local charity.
We decided that money raised in our raffle would go to help, Tucson-based, Ben’s Bells (www.Bensbells.org) Last year we were able to donate $545. This year we donated $742! Corazzo, along with over 60 other businesses supported our rally this year. We consider that to be the sign of a promising future for this rally.
Approximately 40 scooter and motorcycle riders attended our rally. Most were from Southern Arizona, but we had one couple ride all the way from Idaho, specifically for the rally.
Friday was our Meet & Greet at Scoot Over, our local scooter dealer. After dinner we did a night ride through the foothills of the Catalina Mountains on a beautiful night lit by a full moon. We enjoyed the lights of Tucson then stopped for gelato.
Saturday – We started with breakfast then did our first ever poker run! Stops were at the top of Sentinel Peak where there is a great view of Tucson, then on to a hot rod show at Casino del Sol. Stop #3 was at a local airfield and #4 was at a Sonic Drive-In for some refreshment. Stop #5 was at the church where our scooter rodeo (aka gymkhana) and the raffle were to be held.
The gymkhana had many participants and was enjoyed by all. This was followed by our huge raffle where the grand prized was a custom designed quilt made by a local textile artist. Approximately 75 items were raffled off.
NOTE: We were pressed for time so the raffle went as quickly as possible. I had an attendee taking pictures, but he didn’t take very many. I have none of the Corazzo prizes being received.
We divided your generous gift into “two Corazzo prize packs.” The winners of these packs were Sean Lynch, our club’s best mechanic, and Meta Mason who also won the rodeo. It is her church that allows us to use their facilities for the Saturday part of the rally. Lori Powers won the grand prize.
After the raffle we went to RideNow Power Sports where there were door prizes, hot dogs and burgers. We enjoyed their hospitality, and then went to Bed Roxx Bowling Alley for bowling and fun into the night.
Sunday – We have many good riding areas around Tucson, but the best is Mt Lemmon Scenic By-Way. It is 26 miles of climbing, twists and turns, taking you from 2000 feet in Tucson, to over 9000 feet at the top. We rode up as a group with stops for photos and lunch. Then we ride down individually, so that people can ride to their own ability and desire.
We met up again at the bottom. We had coffee and snacks at a local coffee shop and said our goodbyes.
Photo Credit : Howard Rains