Harley’ Davidson’s CEO Elected to Constellation Brands, Inc. Board of Directors

To learn more about Constellation, visit the company's website at www.cbrands.com.

VICTOR, N.Y., July 25, 2011 – Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), the world’s leading premium wine company, announced today that its board of directors increased the size of the board from eight to nine members. In addition, the board elected Keith Wandell, 61, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Harley- Davidson, Inc., effective the close of business on July 21, 2011.

“We are very pleased to welcome Keith to the board of directors and believe his experience in a diversified, consumer-driven industry, will provide excellent guidance as Constellation continues to focus on building its premium wine and spirits brands,” said Constellation’s Chairman of the Board, Richard Sands. “We look forward to the contributions he will make to the organization.”

Wandell joined Harley-Davidson, Inc. as CEO in 2009. Previously, he spent 21 years with Johnson Controls, Inc. in a variety of leadership roles including president and chief operating officer. Wandell earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ohio University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

World’s Premier Amateur Motocross Event Set Next Week for Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) congratulates the nearly 1,500 qualifiers who’ve earned a start at the world’s premier amateur motocross event: the 30th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Amsoil, at the Loretta Lynn Ranch Monday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 6, in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

“The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship holds a unique place in the hearts and minds of motocross racers not just in America, but the world over,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “For 30 years, this event has provided amateur riders a world-class venue to showcase their skills against their peers. For some of those racers, this race will launch them on careers at the highest levels of the sport. For others, it will be the race of a lifetime — a rare moment in the spotlight among the world’s best.

“The AMA is proud of all the racers who earned a spot on the starting line at the Loretta Lynn Ranch this summer,” Bromley said.

Dave Coombs Sr. and Paul Shlegel founded the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in 1982. Since then, the event has upheld the virtues of fairness, safety and fun. It has provided tens of thousands of families a priceless motocross experience every summer since.

“I can’t believe it’s been 30 years since the first AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Ranch,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow, himself a former amateur national champ. “It seems like yesterday that I was competing against the likes of Jeff Matiasevich, Mike Kiedrowski and Ty Davis in the 125 A class when, in fact, it was back in ’86!

“So many riders who have done so well in the pro ranks raced at the Loretta Lynn Ranch,” Bigelow added. “Whether it’s a rider in the 50cc shaft drive class or a Pro-Sport rider, you know that some of them will become top riders in the years to come, and you just can’t help to wonder which of the riders it will be. Without any doubt, the Ranch has the best amateur riders in the world, and I look forward to a week of outstanding racing.”

Event promoter MX Sports manages a nationwide qualifying system that ensures equal representation from AMA members all over the country, while the world-class track is reserved for this one event, providing a level playing field for all competitors.

“The success of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, its longevity and its reputation, hinge on the experience of MX Sports,” Bromley said. “We wish the riders, their families, as well as the track and operations crew, a safe and fun week of racing.”

To see that future as it plays out in 37 classes running 99 motos, keep an eye on MXSports.com for the latest results as they become official.

 

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com

Victory Storm Sturgis

Victory Motorcycles is making its presence
felt at the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally in
2011. In addition to their unique, downtown Sturgis
location, Victory will have its largest ever test fleet
available for demo rides. As an official Sponsor of
the Sturgis Legendary Buffalo Chip, Victory will be
participating in Chip activities all week and donating
a bike to be given away at the end of the rally. Here’s what
Victory owners and other rally goers can look forward to:
• Demo Rides on all Victory models, August 6-12 9:00 -5:00, I-90,
Exit 30
• A Victory Owners Ride and Reception at the Buffalo Chip August 11
- 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. self-guided ride
- 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. reception
• A Chance to win a Free Klock Werks customized Victory Kingpin
(register @ buffalochip.com)
• A Unique Display of Victory Products at 1100 Main Street,
August 6-12 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• VIP visits from Victory partners Arlen, Cory and Zack Ness, Roland
Sands, The Klock Werks team and Survivor TV Series star Rupert
Boneham
The historic bank building that Victory occupies at First and Main in
downtown Sturgis will showcase their latest models including the
early release 2012 High-Ball that was introduced in January. Rally
apparel and complete information on the entire line of Victory
Motorcycles will also be available.
Three 18-wheelers from Victory’s six-truck national demo fleet will
provide more than 30 bikes for free demo rides. The demo site is
located less than a mile from downtown Sturgis at Exit 30 on I-90.
Victory manufacturers more than 16 models – all powered by the
Freedom 106 engine with 6-speed transmission. Most models from the
value priced, blacked-out 8-Ball series to the Victory Vision Tour
will be available to ride from Saturday August 6th to Friday August
12th from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Downtown hours for the Victory Store will
be Saturday, August 6th until Saturday, August 13th from 9 a.m. until
9 p.m.
A Victory Kingpin, customized by the pros at Klock Werks Kustom Cycle,
is being provided this year for the Buffalo Chip Bike Give-Away. The
lucky winner will be chosen from a group of finalists and awarded the
tricked out custom live on-stage Friday of Rally Week. As always,
Victory will host a ride-in during the Rally for Victory owners. “The number of Victory’s
grows every year and with our corporate headquarters so close to Sturgis, we view the Rally as
an annual event for our employees and customers,” states Steve Menneto, Victory GM. Victory’s
offices are located in neighboring Minnesota and manufacturing is in Iowa.
The 2011 Victory Owners Ride and Reception for will take place Thursday August 11 from
3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting in Deadwood, and ending at the Buffalo Chip and will include
food and soft drinks. As an official sponsor of the legendary Buffalo Chip, Victory will provide
free Special Guest parking. Victory owners will also have access to the Buffalo Chip Events
Center with the 2011 Motorcycles as Art display and Chip Gardens on the evening of the Ride-
In. Victory is also a sponsor of the Buffalo Chip Legends Ride which will take place on August
8th. Celebrity’s may include Arlen, Cory and Zack Ness, Roland Sands and Rupert Boneham,
Survivor TV Series star as wel as many other motorcycling celebrities.
For more information, on Victory at Sturgis, including updated times and dates, go to
www.victoryatsturgis.com.
About Polaris
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers,
manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including
allterrain vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris RANGER(r) Side x Sides,
snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and
utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric
powered neighborhood vehicle. Polaris is a recognized leader
in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers
of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and
representing the first all-new American made motorcycle from a major
company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads
into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances
the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at
Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and
the Company is included in the S&P MidCap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris
products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris
homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

Riders Rumble Through the Woods in Tomahawk, WI this September

TOMAHAWK, Wis., July 20, 2011— The Muscular Dystrophy Association kicks off the Tomahawk Fall Ride with the 2nd Annual Rumble Through The Woods Friday, September 16.

This year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association will host a scenic, 60-mile ride across the Northwoods, stopping in Merrill before returning to SARA Park in Tomahawk.

“The Rumble Through the Woods showcases the dedicated motorcycle enthusiasts that are involved in the fight against neuromuscular diseases.” Krystal Westfahl, Ride Coordinator, said. “We’re excited to see last year’s participants along with new ones as well!”

Festivities begin Thursday, September 15 with registration at SARA Park from 4-7 p.m. followed by Bad Boy live in concert at the Ice Arena. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

The Rumble Through the Woods departs from SARA Park at 11 a.m. sharp Friday, September 16. There will be a midway stop at Dat Bar in Merrill, where riders can enjoy music, awards, food and door prizes before returning to SARA Park.

Registration is $30 per rider Thursday, 4-7 p.m., and Friday, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.. All proceeds benefit local MDA clients.

Riders can also waive the registration fee and earn great prizes if they become “Pledge Riders.” Riders who raise over $100 receive a Rumble Through the Woods T-shirt and pin. For every $100 raised, riders will be entered into a raffle for the 2011 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic Custom or 2012 Daytona Bike Week getaway.

Pledge Riders who raise over $1000 will receive a $100 VISA Gift Card in addition to the previous prizes and the top overall Pledge Rider will receive a Harley-Davidson Gift Card for any Harley-Davidson Dealership.

Participants can sign up to become a pledge rider at http://www.joinmda.org/rumble2011

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.

To volunteer or for more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (920) 499-4571. For more information about the Tomahawk Fall Ride, visit http://www.tomahawkfallrideformda.com

  or find us on Facebook: Tomahawk Fall Ride at SARA Park.

Betsy Berens |  Regional Public Affairs Coordinator

Muscular Dystrophy Association | (608) 222-3269

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S&S Hires Former CFO Stephen Iggens as President

(Viola, WI) S&S Cycle Inc. of Viola, Wisconsin is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen K. Iggens as company President. The duties of President have been handled by Executive Chairman and CEO George B. Smith since late 2008. Iggens first official day on the job will be August 8, 2011 and he is planning on attending the rally in Sturgis, SD for a few days to meet customers and other industry leaders.

George Smith will continue as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at S&S Cycle and lend his industry expertise and experience to Steve to effect a smooth and seamless transition.

Iggens is no stranger to S&S Cycle and the motorcycle industry having served as Executive Controller, Director of Finance/CFO and CFO/Vice President of Finance at S&S between 2003 and 2006. The management team is very pleased to welcome Steve back to S&S in his new role as company President.

Iggens, a licensed CPA in the state of Wisconsin and MBA graduate from Marquette University, has obtained broad business experience with company COO leadership positions in diverse industries of printing, die casting, machining and non-ferrous metals casting. Those experiences shared many similar challenges to S&S Cycle in the recent economic downturn and give him an excellent perspective to capitalize on current S&S Cycle opportunities.
According to Chairman and CEO George B. Smith, “Steve Iggens is a very competent and capable guy and knows S&S Cycle and our industry. I don’t think we could have found a better match to lead the S&S Team to take advantage of the opportunities facing us and the positive initiatives currently in the works. With his past experience here at S&S and additional business and manufacturing experience he gained the last five years, I’m confident that he will be able to continue the growth exhibited the past year and help develop effective future strategies.”

Iggens enjoys traveling and spending time with this wife Kate and his young son Mick. He is also a bit of a motor head and in his spare time rides his S&S powered Harley-Davidson® Road King® and works on his classic cars. According to Steve, moving back to the beauty of southwest Wisconsin and leading S&S is a dream come true.

“My family is very excited to be moving to beautiful southwest Wisconsin, and I am personally very honored to have the opportunity to come back to a first rate company like S&S Cycle as President!”

S&S Cycle has been a leading manufacturer of performance engines and replacement parts for v-twin motorcycles for over 50 years. The company’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are based in Viola, Wisconsin. More information can be found at www.sscycle.com

 

Mecum to Auction Yamaha R1 for Charity at Monterey Event

MARENGO, Ill. – Mecum Auctions will sell a one-of-a-kind Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle at no reserve during their upcoming Mecum Monterey Auction, Aug. 18-20, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course.

The R1 motorcycle will cross the Mecum auction block, Lot T190.1, on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6pm PST.  Designated “auctioneers” for this bike are celebrity Jay Leno and three-time 500cc world champion motorcycle racer “King” Kenny Roberts. The special GYTR-equipped R1, ridden by “King” Kenny in several parade laps around the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit last weekend during, features a unique 50th anniversary red/white paint scheme and various genuine Yamaha custom performance accessories.

“The proceeds for this Yamaha R1 will go directly to Bailey’s Café, a fantastic school of the arts for kids in the Bronx,” said Jay Leno. “Once the bidding is over, I’m sure that the performance of this R1 will only be matched by that of the kids in this great school!”

“This is an outstanding addition to what has shaped up to be considered the greatest collection of motorcycles ever offered at auction, and to have both Kenny and Jay involved with helping the charity puts it over the top.” said Gavin Trippe, who heads up Mecum’s motorcycle division.

Mecum’s daytime Monterey Auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with free admission and convenient general parking.  Attendees can be part of the action while the auction broadcasts live on Mecum’s national TV show “Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More” on Discovery Communications’ HD Theater.  For complete auction details or to consign a motorcycle today, visit www.Mecum.com or contact Gavin Trippe directly at gavin@mecum.com or 949.337.5307.

For more information on Bailey’s Café, visit www.baileyscafe.org

Mecum 2011 Monterey Auction
August 18-20, 2011
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA   93940
Preview: Gates open Thursday-Saturday at 8 a.m.
Auction: Auction begins Thursday- Saturday at 10 a.m.
Live TV Times: Thursday-Saturday 1-5 p.m.
(All times Pacific)

Ener1 Announces Supply and Distribution Agreement with Lightning Motorcycles

Ener1's lithium-ion battery solutions to be used in Lightning's growing product line of racing and commuter motorcycles and scooters

NEW YORK, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ener1, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEV), a leader in lithium-ion energy storage solutions, today announced a supply and distribution agreement with Lightning Motorcycles, the maker of the world's fastest production electric motorcycle.  As part of the agreement, Ener1 will supply Lightning Motorcycles with its automotive-grade, lithium-ion battery cells -- designed for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles -- for use in its Lightning SuperBike.  Ener1 will also supply cells for Lightning's commuter motorcycle and scooter, which will be developed over the next few years.

Consumer demand for e-bikes is expected to continue its growth trajectory.  According to a 2010 report published by Pike Research, the global market for electric two-wheeled vehicles, including e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-motorcycles, will grow at a compound annual rate of nine percent through 2016.  Lightning Motorcycles is expecting to answer some of that demand by first introducing a street-legal version of its record-holding Lightning SuperBike, which became the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle with the FIM and AMA official world record of 173.388 mph during the world finals in October last year.

“We’ve tested many different battery solutions over the last year, including Ener1 and several of its competitors,” stated Richard Hatfield, founder of Lightning Motorcycles.  “The Lightning data and test results showed us that Ener1’s lithium-ion batteries far out-perform those from competing companies, which is why we’ve switched to using their cells in our electric motorcycles.  Lightning Motorcycles is committed to using what we believe to be the most powerful, safest, best-of-breed batteries on the market, which is why we’re also extremely pleased to be representing Ener1 as an official distributor.”

Lightning Motorcycles has been distributing electric parts and components for several years with a strong focus on and knowledge of serving the electric motorcycle and light-duty vehicle markets.  In addition to the supply relationship, Lightning Motorcycles will also serve as an end-user distributor for Ener1’s PHEV and EV lithium-ion cells.

“Lightning Motorcycles has an impressive pedigree in designing and developing electric motorcycles that win races, including the inaugural American TTXGP championship last year,” stated Chris Cowger, president, Ener1, Inc. “It’s that kind of experience that will help propel electric motorcycles to be on par with gas-powered motorcycles.  We’re pleased that Lightning has chosen Ener1’s lithium-ion batteries to power their record-holding SuperBike, as well as future e-bike development projects.  We also anticipate that Lightning’s knowledge and relationships in the industry will help us sell more PHEV and EV cells and energy storage solutions into the growing e-bike market.”


Roadsmith Gives Away Trike Conversion at Wing Ding

Knoxville, TN (July 26, 2011) – Roadsmith has a couple of wonderful traditions that they follow each year at the Wing Ding Rally, no matter where it takes place.  This year’s rally in beautiful Knoxville, TN was certainly no exception.  In addition to an incredible customer appreciation barbecue luncheon for over 100 of their customers (aptly called the Roadsmith Rendezvous), they presented one of their premium trike conversion kits to a lucky winner at the rally’s closing ceremonies… a fellow by the name of Lloyd.

But the really interesting part came when Lloyd explained to the Roadsmith team that he really didn’t want the conversion.  What?!?!  Well, it turns out that Lloyd already owned a trike and was hoping that his buddy, Charlie, would win the new trike conversion as the two had been talking about “triking around” together for some time now.  In the end, the two were able to “work something out” and Charlie ended up with the new trike which will be converted at well-known Niehaus Cycles in Litchfield, IL.  It’s a good guess it won’t be long until we see Lloyd and Charlie rolling down the road together on their Roadsmith trikes.

Roadsmith is based in White Bear Lake, MN where it manufactures and distributes twelve different trike conversion kits for Honda and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. They are also represented by over a hundred dealers in the U.S. and Canada as well as their own retail locations, The Trike Shop at Destination Daytona and on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, FL.

Poker Run Bikers to Travel Florida Keys’ Overseas Highway Sept. 15-18

KEY WEST, Florida Keys Motorcyclists from throughout the United States are to travel one of America s most scenic highways to raise money for charity during the 39th annual Key West Poker Run, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 15-18.

Traditionally drawing riders on up to 10,000 bikes, the popular ride features a unique route down the 113-mile Overseas Highway from mainland Florida to Key West. Offering long vistas of breathtaking sea and sky, the roadway incorporates 42 bridges spanning the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

Beginning Sept. 1, bikers can register to ride at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson of Miami, 19400 N.W. 2nd Ave., and Peterson’s Harley-Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway. Online registration is accepted before that date at www.petersonsharley.com

 Participating bikers receive poker sheets when they register, and draw cards at designated stops along the route to Key West. Entrants who draw the 10 best poker hands are eligible to play in a winner-take-all round of Texas Hold Em, competing for a new Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle.

A section of lower Duval Street, Key West s famed main thoroughfare, is to be closed to car traffic during much of the Poker Run so bikers with weekend parking passes can park on the street to display their bikes. Other attractions include a Thursday night Duval Crawl for early arrivals, bike merchandise market, Biker Bash street party, custom bike show and parties at Key West resorts and watering holes.

The Poker Run is a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute and charities of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club.

Events conclude Sunday, Sept. 18, with a brunch and survivors party.

Event information: www.petersonskeywestpokerrun.com

 Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY

Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest

 

Hall of Fame Supporter Wins 1973 Kawasaki Z1 and 2010 Z1000 in Motorcycle Hall of Fame Raffle

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — When he was growing up in the late 1970s, riding a Kawasaki KZ650, Scott Carey from Pecatonica, Ill., considered the 903cc Kawasaki Z1 the quintessential superbike of its day. Now, 40 years later, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame supporter has his dream bike. Carey won a restored 1973 Kawasaki Z1, as well as a new Kawasaki Z1000, in the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle on Saturday, July 23.

Carey’s winning ticket was drawn by event Grand Marshal and Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“When I was growing up, the Z1 was the big boy,” Carey said. “I was talking to a friend about getting one just a few weeks ago. And the Z1000, just this spring I was looking at that as a new bike. This is just great. I’m very excited to win both of these bikes.”

Carey said that he donates to the Hall of Fame regularly, and considers the tickets another way of supporting the organization’s mission to preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.

“I really think the Hall of Fame is a fantastic idea,” said Carey. “You never really expect to win these things. It’s good to support the Hall of Fame. It’s something that has to be done. Motorcycling is a big part of history.”

Carey, who competes in amateur roadracing, said that his Z1 — which has been expertly restored by Johnny’s Vintage Motorcycle Company — will probably see a few miles, but, for the most part, “it’s going to be added to the collection and admired.”

While Carey prepares to enjoy his Z1 and Z1000, Hall of Fame supporters can start planning for next year with the newly announced 2012 raffle bike, a stunning 1947 Indian Chief. The Indian Chief is an iconic masterpiece of Americana, representing not just America’s longtime love for big V-twin motorcycles, but riders’ passion for the open road. The winner will be selected at a drawing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in July 2012.

A minimum donation of $5 per ticket, or $20 for five tickets, is suggested. Donations can be made online at MotorcycleMuseum.org

or by phone at (614) 856-2222.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found atMotorcycleMuseum.org