It was a pleasure to meet Bryan Lape at the recent Chapter E Fundraiser.
What a dynamic (and charming) gentlemen. Bryan Lape is the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Region F Individual of the Year and was honored at an event in St George, Utah earlier this year.
At that event he coined the phrase “Pins, Patches and Little Dangly Things” as documented by this YouTube video:
What did this speech mean? A visual representation for those of you not acquainted with the Gold Wing riders’ love for sparkly bling:
I believe the goal is to fill your vest up with sparkle and patches until no leather can be seen.
Some of the dangly stuff are pins for yearly completed different events, some are for classes, ralleys in the different States, national events, well you get the picture (a ton of like really exciting I can’t explain until I learn more events). These riders are out for community and a fun time with their fellow Gold Wing enthusiasts. They focus on conducting all events in a safe and in a supportive environment. Education is also an a prime focus.
The GWRRA Mission: “Dedicated to our Motto; Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge, GWRRA Members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-political organization.”
Congratulations Bryan Lape, 2014 – 2015 Region Individual of the Year!! May your days be ever filled with the knowledge that your wonderful self reaches beyond the Gold Wing community.
I know Christine from the Yoga group. As the slender (read between the lines in my mind “not able to handle a huge motorcycle” boy was I wrong) and calm Yogi.
We got to talking one day and she told me she was working on a fundraiser for the local Honda Gold Wing club. I volunteered to help her and signed up as her assistant for the silent auction.
Turns out Christine is the owner of the Honda Gold Wing parked in front of her house and a regular rider. Believe me she can handle her motorcycle! Here is a picture of her in her vest at the fundraiser. The picture of the front of her vest is missing from my photo library (I am such an amature took several pictures which are now evaporated) so until I can get another you will have to wait but she had what I thought was a ton of pins and patches on the front of her vest until I saw some of the other vests that night! (Christine really has a mind-boggling amount of pins and patches but she is still a pup and it is not extreme yet😱)
Christine is the Individual of the Year for Chapter E of Region F of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, an International Association with members world wide.
When Christine was growing up her dad was an instructor for the California Highway Patrol in the 60’s. She has been around motorcycles her whole life and really enjoys owning a Gold Wing. She and her dad have had some adventures with their Gold Wings and I am looking forward to meeting him and hearing these unusual father – daughter stories.
I think they would both tell me that Christine’s true identity is: Christine the Honda Gold Wing Rider practices Yoga.