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Middletown Motorcycle Mania 2017 Award Winners Announced

Submitted by Michael Fallon, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

Chairman Rick Morin of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, along with Event Chairman Rich Greco, announced that the 12th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania, presented by Hunter’s Ambulance, Hunter Limousines & the Hunter Family and driven by The Haymond Law Firm was held August 9, 2017 on Main Street in Middletown. This annual event is in memory of Dan M. Hunter, a founding sponsor of Middletown Motorcycle Mania.

More than 6,200 bikes and over 12,000 spectators filled the downtown Middletown area for what has become the largest one day summer motorcycle event in New England.

Chamber President Larry McHugh noted, “The 12th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania was a huge success. I want to thank our sponsors, our vendors, City of Middletown personnel, especially the police, fire, public works and everyone who came out to support the event. Finally, I want to express my sincere appreciation to Event Chairman Rich Greco and our over 50 volunteers for their unbelievable support of Motorcycle Mania. This event gets bigger every year, and we are proud that its proceeds go to support Middletown youth programs. We are already looking forward to next year.” The show bikes that were entered for awards were impressive, and the following motorcycle owners were named the winners:

Middletown Motorcycle Mania Awards – 2017

Vern A. Hunter Vintage Bike Award, in Loving Memory of Vern and Barbara Hunter – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance and Hunter Limousines, Winner – Charlie Warzecha of Essex, CT – 1966 Harley Davidson FLH

Best Vintage American Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Winner – Bill Yeske of Newington, CT – 1958 Harley Davidson FLH

Best Vintage British Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Winner Jay Egan of Suffield, CT – 1959  BSA Super Rocket

Best Vintage European Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Winner – Ted Smith of Cheshire, CT – 1936 BMW R12

Best Vintage Japanese Bike Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines, Winner – Jason Jerome of Hackettstown, NJ – 1980 Honda CX500

Dan M. Hunter “Functionality with Style” Award – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance & Hunter Limousines- Winner – Adrian Soto of Meriden, CT – 2010 Harley Street Glide

The Haymond Law Award – presented by Haymond Law Office, Winner – Tony Schiavone of Cromwell, CT – 2007 Harley Davidson Ultra

Liberty’s Choice Award – presented by Liberty Bank, Winner – Kevin Fitzgerald of Southbridge, MA – 2000 Harley Davidson XCH1200 Sporster

The Gengras Elite Award – presented by Gengras Motorcycles, Winner – Brian Solito of Vernon, CT – 2016 Harley Davidson Ultra Slim

DBD Farkle Award – presented by Downtown Business District, Winner – Daniel Cusano of Bethany, CT – 1997 Harley Davidson Softail

The All-American Bike Award – presented by Bank of America, Winner – Keith Barthelete of Springfield, MA – 2015 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special

The Fat City Cycle Award – presented by Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, Winner – John Uvino of Meriden, CT – 1981 Harley Davidson FLH Police Special

The C. Oscar Hedström Award – presented by Brookfield Indian Motorcycle, Winner – George Gilbert of Portland, CT – 1951 Indian Chief

The Indian Motorcycle of Springfield Choice Award – presented by Indian Motorcycle of Springfield, Winner – Jason Miele of Hartford, CT – 1975 Honda CL360

Best Home Town Motorcycle Award – presented by Home Team Supply, Winner – Johnny Moore of Middletown, CT – Harley Davidson Road Glide

Mayor’s Choice Award – presented by Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew, Winner – Joe Delmonaco of Wallingford, CT – 2005 Short Tail Deluxe

For more information on chamber events and activities, please visit www.middlesexchamber.com

Photo: Donna Hunter, Diane Hunter-Kranich and Dana Hunter-Moyer and Chairman of Middletown Motorcycle Mania Rich Greco pose with motorcyclist Charlie Warzecha of Essex, CT at the 12th Annual Middletown Motorcycle Mania. Warzecha’s 1966 Harley Davidson FLH was the winner of the Vern A. Hunter Vintage Bike Award, in Loving Memory of Vern and Barbara Hunter – presented by Hunter’s Ambulance and Hunter Limousines. De Kine Photo LLC.

 

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