Like a hurricane, Rick Fairless and his Victory Vision creation “Natasha” blew into “Roar On The Shore” in Erie, Pennsylvania over the past weekend and created quite a commotion. The psychedelia of Rick’s shirt and “Natasha’s” paint were the only bight spots in the town hard along Lake Erie on an otherwise cool drab summer day. Although “Roar On The Shore” draws tens of thousands of visitors every year I doubt if they’d ever seen anything like Rick and “Nat”.
It was fun to watch the now older more conservative “Baby Boomers” look at the outstanding details on “Natasha” and recall those days of their youth when their favorite cartoon characters were on the TV. Many could still remember all the quotes their favorite animated figures uttered on those Saturday mornings so many years ago.
While Rick may have been the focal point for many there were quite a few other things going. Various demo rides were available, there were many vendors, all kinds of entertainment and of course lots of food and beverages could be had. To be honest this was the first year during the rally that I made it downtown where most of the activity was centered.
In past years I’d always just gone to the Harley dealer. Well, even though I’d just been there a few weeks ago, I had to go find the new shop since they’d moved. The new shop is quite impressive and not that hard to find. Since I went on Friday I gave the directions to my friends who were heading up on Saturday. Even though it was a cool wet ride home I have to say I had a good time at “Roar On The Shore”. I made to and out of downtown Erie, I got to see Rick and finally meet “Natasha”. BTW she’ll be posing in the September/October issue of IronWorks.
Images and post: Sam Kanish