[Love Ride] – Jay Leno will be the Grand Marshal of the 29th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Love Ride on Sunday, October 21 at Castaic Lake to benefit the USO and their veterans programs in 160 locations in 27 states.
The Love Ride is the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world and has raised $24 million for charity in 28 years. Leno will be joined by celebrity motorcyclists who in past years have included Steven Tyler, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Robert Patrick, Lorenzo Lamas, Ann-Margret, Nancy Sinatra, Larry Hagman, Willie G. Davidson, and hundreds of others. The USO is the preferred veterans charity of many celebrities, including Charlie Sheen who just this week donated $1 million to the USO.
Love Ride participants–which have exceeded 20,000 in past years–will sign-up at Harley-Davidson of Glendale before arriving at Castaic Lake for a trade show, bike show, stunt show, food truck fair, and a concert featuring George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Canned Heat, and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Past performers have included Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sammy Hagar, and many others.
The Love Ride was founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale, with 400 motorcyclists who raised $42,000 for charity.
Love Ride 29 is supported by the 23-dealership Southern California Harley-Davidson Dealers Association and numerous major sponsors to be announced. The minimum donation for admission is $45 and all motorcycle brands and automobiles are welcome. Advance tickets and limited edition Love Ride 29 merchandise are available at www.LoveRide.org or Harley-Davidson of Glendale at 3717 San Fernando Road in Glendale, California.