Bike Night a big hit
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS David and Darlene Shelly of Coopersburg sit on a custom radical trike, which was constructed by David. The vehicle, consisting of an F350 truck bed body and a 350 Chevy engine, was displayed publicly for the first time at the Lehighton Bike Night on Saturday.
The 12th annual Lehighton Bike Night in Lehighton had a great turnout on Saturday of both motorcyclists and spectators.
The event was held at the downtown Lehighton Park under partly cloudy skies, but mild temperatures.
There were well over a thousand motorcycles that attended the event.
Bike Night raises funds that are split between the Lehighton Fire Department and the borough's police department. In addition, $1,000 is given each year to Lehighton borough for use of the borough park.
One of the most attention-getting bikes was a custom radical trike displayed by David Shelly of Coopersburg. The orange, over-size vehicle was a year in the making and was displayed publicly for the first time at the Bike Night event.
Shelly said he used an F350 truck body bed, added custom cowling for lights, built a 350 Chevy engine, and installed an Air Rider with air bag.
"It's a one of a kind," Shelly said. "You won't find one like this anywhere else in the world."
He said it was a spontaneous decision to attend Bike Night. He said he was looking at his computer, saw the Bike Night website, and decided he would attend.
Les and Lori Metzger of New Columbia, Union County, rode their motorcycles to Bike Night. Lori is formerly of Slatington.
Looking over Shelly's trike, Les said, "That's pretty wild."
Back at Bike Night this year was Don Zellner of Danielsville with his 1946 Indian Chief bike. The motorcycle, a rarity, was rebuilt using original parts. It was a project that took Zellner four years to complete.
He displayed the red antique bike at last year's Bike Night, which was its first public showing.
Throughout the day, the thundering noise of motorcycles could be heard as bikers came and went.
Lehighton Police said once again the entire event was held without any incidents.
Besides raising funds for the police and fire departments, numerous local organizations use Bike Night to raise funds.
The Lehighton Pool Pals, which were instrumental in raising funds to rehabilitate the Lehighton Community Swimming Pool, had an ice cream stand.
The Carbon-Schuylkill Marines Corps league had a stand to assist with its annual Toys for Tots campaign.
Churches, civic organizations, and other groups were present at the event with food stands and other concessions.
There was free live entertainment in the Lehighton Band Shell throughout the day.