May 1- May 31, 2021
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
To coincide with the 2021 Steel Horse Rally, the Fort Smith Museum of History will display “Motorcycle Memories,” an exhibition designed to explore the “motorcycle culture” of our local and regional areas. The Fort Smith Museum of History is a selected charity of The Steel Horse Rally scheduled for May 7 and 8, 2021 in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas. The exhibit will be on display starting May 1, 2021 at the Fort Smith Museum of History.
The exhibition, which was first presented in 2008, features vintage motorcycles and photographs exploring the “art of the motorcycle” in Fort Smith and the region from the 1940’s through present day. Fort Smith has an historical association with motorcycle culture. Learn about the people and places that places that put the region on the map for motorcyclists.
Quin Winters Bike shop on Towson Avenue was the nexus of motorcycle culture in Fort Smith from 1939 until 1975. His sons, Leroy and Robert Winters, gained national fame for their accomplishments in the field of motorcycle racing. In 1940, Fort Smithians Ercie Gann, Kathryn Johnson and Jean Fivekiller became charter members of the “Motor Maids,” a national organization of female motorcyclists. The annual “Razorback Run,” a one hundred fifty mile round trip ride from Fort Smith to White Rock Mountain near Mulberry, Arkansas drew motorcycle enthusiasts from a regional area from 1952 to 1955. Otis Spiker played a vital role in the area cycling culture. As one of the few manufacturers of Henderson motorcycle parts, Spiker gained national recognition as well as becoming a local motorcycle legend. Fort Smith native Danny Hammond raced motorcycles professionally from 1959-1969. After retirement, Hammond raced in the Vintage Dirt Track Racing Association winning the National championships 2004-2007.
These stories and more come to life with the Motorcycle Memories exhibition.
Motorcycle Memories is designed to unite the “art of the motorcycle” with the generation of Americans that enjoy a lifestyle peculiar to the American mainstream. The exhibit will strive to educate future generations about a fascinating spectrum of Americana.
After careful consideration and recommendations from public health and public safety officials, the Steel Horse Rally will be rescheduled for May 7th and 8th, 2021. The charity motorcycle rally is dedicated to all who serve and helps local charities and the community. In less than five years, the Steel Horse Rally has grown into to one of the largest two-day events in the region and is one of the fastest-growing motorcycle rallies in the country.
“The safety of our attendees, volunteers and all who attend the Steel Horse Rally is paramount,”said Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity President Dennis Snow. “With the current health emergency restrictions and uncertainty about the future, the decision to reschedule the rally was really out of our hands. We are devastated to have to make this announcement on behalf of our board, volunteers and sponsors.”
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity relies on donations and sponsors to keep the rally operating from year to year. You can make a charitable donation online at www.TheSteelHorseRally.comThe Steel Horse Rally on May 7-8, 2021 will benefit four local charities: The Buddy Smith Home for Veterans, the Fort Smith Museum of History, Antioch for Youth and Family, and the Children’s Service League.
The newly rescheduled Steel Horse Rally will feature the inaugural Cops & Cones Motorcycle Exhibition, Thunder through the Valley Motorcycle Parade, the Miss Steel Horse Rally Contest, a new entertainment location in the heart of downtown Fort Smith, plus many other events.
“The only thing predictable about the future, right now, is that it is unpredictable,” Snow said. “As individuals, we must continue to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones by washing our hands, social distancing, and following recommendations that will help us put this virus in our rear view mirror!”
The Steel Horse Rally Adds Exciting New Event
The 6th Steel Horse Rally roars into downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas on May 7th & 8th, 2021. The rally continues the tradition of adding new and exciting events. The Steel Horse Rally is proud to announce the inaugural “Steel Horse Rally Cops and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition.” This exhilarating new family-friendly event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8th in the 1100 block of Garrison Avenue.
The annual charity motorcycle event is dedicated to all who serve: military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders, and this new event will showcase the riding expertise of motorcycle officers from all over the state of Arkansas. This event will not only highlight the riding talents of the host department, the Fort Smith Police Department, but also Van Buren, Fayetteville and other departments and agencies throughout Arkansas.
“This is an exciting event to watch for all ages, plus children will be able to take photos on the motorcycles after the event,” said Steel Horse Rally Inc. President Dennis Snow. “This is a great public relations opportunity for all law enforcement to interact with our community, plus it gives our community an opportunity to get to know officers in a relaxed setting.”
Snow said the SHR Cops and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition will take place right in the middle of Garrison Avenue making it easy for crowds to watch law enforcement officers navigate a precision course through orange cones.
Fort Smith Police Department Motorcycle Supervisor Sgt. Steven Creek added, “We are so proud to strengthen our bond with the Steel Horse Rally, showcase our riding abilities, all while getting to know our community.”
The Steel Horse Rally is scheduled to debut its new entertainment headquarters in the 600 block of Garrison Avenue, right across from First National Bank of Fort Smith, the Official Bank of the 6th
Steel Horse Rally. This new location will feature the main entertainment stage showcasing the best of local talent, a VIB (Very Important Biker) Area, vendors, and sponsors.
Snow said the 6th Steel Horse Rally promises to be the most exciting rally yet.
“Crowd favorites like the Thunder Through the Valley Parade, the Vendor Village, and the Miss Steel Horse Rally Bikini Contest are all scheduled to return for this year’s rally,” Snow said. “Attendees of this year’s rally will be able to park their motorcycle in the middle of Garrison Avenue and walk to all of these events now centered on Garrison Avenue. This ultimately adds to the sizzle, sound and excitement of the 6th Steel Horse Rally.”
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit charity that is dedicated to honoring all who serve and helping local charities and the community. The Steel Horse Rally Inc. board of directors has selected four local charities to benefit from the rally: The Buddy Smith Home for Veterans, the Fort Smith Museum of History, Antioch for Youth and Family, and the Children’s Service League.
The inaugural Steel Horse Rally was held in 2015. Over the span of 5 short years, the rally has had a total estimated attendance of nearly 300,000 visitors, donated more than $100,000 to local charities and has had a total estimated local economic impact of more than $60 Million.
“The Steel Horse Rally Board of Directors takes great effort to make this annual charity motorcycle rally a family-friendly event,” Snow said. “The addition of the new Steel Horse Cops and Cones ensures that the tradition will continue for the 6th Steel Horse Rally.”