Vendors, entertainment planned along MLK and Bethune boulevards
BY JAMES HARPER
Hundreds of thousands of bikers will be invading Daytona Beach March 8-16 and among them will be a number of Black bikers, including members of the Steel Stallions of Central Florida Motorcycle club.
The club was established in 2007 and today many of its members live in Daytona Beach.
Dee “Lendog” Leonard, who lives in Deltona, is the vice president of the group.
“We enjoy the sport of motorcycling as well as the desire to serve Central Florida communities,” Leonard told the Daytona Times this week.
Leonard said one of the goals of the group is to discredit the typical stereotype of the urban biker.
“We pride ourselves on not only being a multicultural club but also open to both men and women who ride both sport and classic cruisers,” explained Leonard.
“Our current membership expands the spectrum of law-abiding members who hold titles such as CEOs, entrepreneurs, corporate managers, retired military and civil service. We are strong believers in quality rather than quantity.’’
Leonard noted that the group does a number of projects. The group has fed the homeless at the John H. Dickerson Center, provided school supplies at Derbyshire Park, and organizes the annual Steel Stallions Cancer Motorcycle Ride every October.
“These are only a few of our efforts we’re involved in the Daytona Beach community. We continue to look for opportunities to remain ingrained in the city’s culture,” Leonard said.
The approximately two-dozen members of Steele Stallions will be participating in many of the Bike Week festivities that will be taking place throughout the city on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Beach Street, and Main Street, and along A1A.
Activities at Speedway
A number of activities will be taking place at the Daytona Beach International Speedway.
The “World Center of Racing” has several fan activities on tap during Daytona 200 Week, which runs Saturday, March 9 through Saturday, March 16.
The activities include free demo rides. Outside of the Daytona International Speedway, motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the latest motorcycles from top manufacturers with free demo rides March 9-16.
Riders must have a Department of Transportation-approved helmet and motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license to participate.
A complete list of Bike Week activities can be found at www.officialbikeweek.com.