By: Everette “EZ” Short
This year the heat came on early when we came together on Saturday, February 25th to celebrate the 4th Annual SC Bikers Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The festivities started at 8PM sharp, with dinners of surf and turf on the table and previous members of the SCBHOF all about the room. Scattered local celebrities were in attendance and the mood was in full party motion when Bill Barber, the keeper of the Hall, stepped up to the microphone to call forth Reb Richardson, Ralph Bell (from SC ABATE) and Chad Fuller for the first three inductees.
Then, Joe Santana and his band worked their magic on the crowd for a lively set of sexy women dancing and guys looking like those blow up things you see at roadside car lots. Joe and his band are just plain awesome, with a sound that is unmistakable. Joe always gives the crowd more than they bargained for in a big rock and roll sound, guitar, and drum solos, as well as a personality that beams like a lighthouse on the shores of git down, old school rock and roll.
Later on in the night, Bill Barber finished the inductions for this year with James (JC) Childers and Leeanne Loveless (only the 2nd woman ever inducted) taking the stage to thank everyone for the honor with good speeches and a lot of hoo-hah whooping it up involved. I have covered this event since the first year and I have to say that the roster of heroes is an amazing group of people who have given back to the biker community for decades, without asking anything in return. This year's five inductees were all legendary figures, who showed humility and gratitude for the spotlight that they have rarely stood in through all this time.
Afterward, Joe Santana and his band continued to rock, as we danced and mingled the rest of the night away. The crowd was awesome and the atmosphere was phenomenal. I have to say the staff at SBB were, as always, gracious and quick with the refills of our glasses.
Throughout the night, there were smiles across the isles and no attitudes or incidents whatsoever. Of course, why would there be, when everyone there was like family and we've known each other over the decades of steel, rubber, tears, and laughter. All inductees received a beautiful SCBHOF patch and plaque, as well as our applause, love, and respect.
If you see someone with the blue patch on their back, be sure to take the time to listen to their story, because these are living legends that walk among us and be sure to tell them that you read about it in The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine. There were a lot of pictures taken from that night and, if you were one of those lucky enough to be there, go to www.FullThrottleMagazine.com to click on the 2017 EVENT PICTURES tab for this event and photos from a whole lot of other events.
I look forward to seeing more of you there next year and maybe you'll find a place among the stars at The SC Biker Hall Of Fame in 2018!