Laughlin River Run: April 27-May 1

 

Riding Route 66 down the Colorado River can take your breath away…then again so can the entertainment at the Laughlin River Run. Every year motorcyclist come from all over to Laughlin, Nevada to make the biggest gatherings of it’s type. In 2007, a record 70,000 participants came to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wild nightlife.

Brief History: The name for the event comes from the fact you ride out to the Colorado River on Route 66, going thru Oatman, AZ. and Kingman, AZ. then down to Lake Havasu City, AZ.Other riders go across the river to Laughlins sister city, Bullhead City, AZ.

Among the non-riding public, LRR is probably known more for the first multiple murders in a casino in history when a brutal fight broke out between the Hells Angels and the Mongols in Harrah’s Casino on April 27, 2002.

Click here to learn how the brawl changed history.

Events include:

  • Custom Bike Show – $1,500 prize
  • Poker Run – Proceeds to benefit American Veterans
  • Cheech and Chong Comedy Tour
  • Free Outdoor Entertainment
  • Leather, Lace, Bikini Swimsuit Party
  • Bedroom Babes Lingerie Contest

Attractions within comfortable riding distance:

  1. Hoover Dam
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. The London Bridge – near Lake Havasu

Casino Held Liable for Injuries During Biker Shootout

Laughlin Harrahs, site of 2002 biker club shootout Associated Press Graphic

A civil jury has said that Harrahs Casino in Laughlin Nevada is liable for injuries suffered by patrons during the 2002 brawl between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle clubs.

Las Vegas attorney Brent Bryson on Thursday told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the same eight-person Clark County District Court jury that found for his clients late Wednesday has returned today to begin determining the dollar amount of damages.

“We obviously disagree with the finding of liability.” said the lead defense attorney, James Olson.  Olson indicated the Casino may appeal.

“This wasn’t going to be stopped,” he said of the incident, in which he said Hell’s Angels members stormed into the casino past two armed police officers.

One of the plaintiffs, Michael Bower, claimed in the lawsuit he was caught in the crossfire between the Hell’s Angels and Mongols, with the bikers armed with guns, knives and other weapons. Bower said he dove off his gaming chair to seek cover and suffered a back injury as well as emotional trauma and flashbacks to combat during the Vietnam War.

(excerpted from the Las Vegas Sun News)