Donna “Ladybug” Beyer said her friends and family called her crazy when she decided to go out and pick up a motorcycle at 70 years old. That was three years ago, and she hasn’t looked back since.
“My youngest son always rode crotch rockets,” Beyer said. “When he finally got a cruiser, I rode with him, and I finally decided to get my own. It’s never too late to start riding.”
Beyer’s 2009 Thoroughbred Stallion was one of 13 motorcycles that drove into Arrowhead Mall on Saturday morning and set up in front of Sears for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Mall Show.
Dan Scott, the Chapter I director, said the focus of the show is to promote Chapter I, based out of Bixby, and Chapter M, which is located in Muskogee.
“The GWRRA started in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1977,” Scott said. “Our chapters are relatively new, but we have 47 members. We are all very active in riding, and we usually ride every weekend.”
The show went from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to give everyone passing through the mall a chance to look at the motorcycles. The owners of the cruisers were all on hand and were ready to show off decals, trophies and even the places they had driven on the bikes.
Ken Frazier, a Farmer’s Insurance agent in Muskogee, said he’s been riding his 2003 Goldwing for seven years, and it all started when his wife tried one of them out.
“She got on the back seat and told me this was the one,” Frazier said. "For us, it’s all about riding comfort, and this provides it. We also love the people in our chapter. We’ve traveled all over the U.S. with them.”
There were awards to be handed out during the show as well. Prizes for first and second place in 1500 and 1800 cc two-wheels and trikes, and also a People’s Choice Award that the show attendees were able to vote in.
Cristin Spear, marketing manager for Arrowhead Mall, said she was excited and honored to have the show at the mall this year.
“Dan called me one day and asked to set it up,” Spear said. “He’s been incredible to work with, and he’s worked tirelessly at promoting it. We want to bring different events to the mall because we want a wide variety of people to be able to come enjoy our facilities.”
Scott reciprocated those feelings towards Spear and Arrowhead Mall.
“We don’t have any good places to do this around Bixby,” Scott said. “Cristin has been very accommodating to us and our chapter. She was here at 9 a.m. this morning asking us if we needed anything else.”
Frazier said he was glad the event was held in Muskogee this year.
“Events like this bring people that want to help local economies,” he said. “That’s good for Muskogee, and it’s good for the GWRRA.”
1500cc Two Wheel
• First: Mark Boatman, Chapter I, Bixby.
• Second: Norm Hoelting, Chapter I, Bixby.
• First: Wayne Foyil, Chapter E, Tulsa.
1800cc Two Wheel
• First: Dan Scott, Chapter I, Bixby.
• Second: Ronnie Foyil, Chapter E, Tulsa.
1800 cc Trike
• First: Alen & Edna Foster, Chapter M, Muskogee.
• Second: Anna Clayton, Chapter E, Tulsa.
Donna Beyer, Chapter I, Bixby.
• Donna Beyer, Chapter I, Bixby.