As usual, the morning started with breakfast for over 400 people at the Expo. While the food was still hot on the plate, Larry Maiers and Eric Anderson directed the show in a most entertaining fashion. Memorabilia from past champions was auctioned off to a packed house with the help of Mark Woodward, also known as the "Mile High Mouth." Notable attendees were interviewed, stories were told, short movies of legendary racing were shown, and laughs abounded throughout the morning as champions jovially exchanged stories and picked on each other.
Among the many famous champions at this year's event were John Penton, Malcolm Smith, Bob Hannah, Tony Distefino, Danny Laporte, Chuck Sun, Jeff Fredette, Scot Hardin and 1993 Moto GP, World Champion, Kevin Schwantz, plus many, many others. This is one of the very few events in the nation where so many champions come together in one place to share and be interviewed. And, it benefits the common cause of preserving access.
At the end of the day, all in attendance were treated to a remarkable program and the auction turned out to be the biggest in the ten-year history of the Breakfast of Champions. BlueRibbon Executive Director Greg Mumm was very pleased with the event and pledged to make it even better next year.
Mumm was quick to point out that, "None of this could happen for us if it weren't for our great sponsors. The BlueRibbon Coalition owes a big thank you to Michael's Action Art, Arai Helmets, Motion Pro, Mikuni, FMF, Six-Six-One, the Motorcycle Industry Council, Dealernews, WPS, EBS Brakes, Warn, Tucker Rocky, Scorpion EXO, Motorcycle Stuff, KTM Adventure Tours, Parts Unlimited, Southern, Top 50 Rally Park and Legend Off-Road Air Suspensions, Scott USA, Rocky Mountain ATV-MC, AMA, The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, Polaris, Kenda, LiveNation, Susuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and the many great champions and others who so generously donated auction items. Thanks to them, we had a great event and fundraiser."
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