R Bike Week will attract tourists, money to area

Dirk Nakazawa, a 37-year-old Rutland resident, has a plan for putting Rutland on the map. Nakazawa introduced his plans for R Bike Week to a crowd of Rutland-area business leaders last week at South Station.

R Bike Week is designed to fall between Americade, during the first week of June, and Laconia Motorcycle Week during it's 10-day run at end of the first and second weeks of June.

According to Nakazawa, there will be a dead week in between the two big regional motorcycle events.

Nakazawa is planning the First Annual Rutland Motorcycle Week from June 8 through June 13, 2008. The event is slated to be centered at the Vermont State Fairgrounds.

Nakazawa invited area business people to get ideas. "What would you like to see? he asked.

Nakazawa "hopes the community can work together and do what each does best, this is our event not mine. Lets make this a family friendly event.

R Bike Week is meant to compliment other cycle events, not take the place of or be a composition with the Killington Classic.

Bill Gillam, owner of South Station, said, "The bikers are already here; the key thing is to keep them here. Spread the wealth around the community; start small amd down the road it could be a wonderful thing.

Tim Tuttle, a Rutland City police officer, said The Chief would support the event as long as everyone works with the police department for safety issues.

Bruce Turco, owner of Dan Turco and Sons, said, "If we could pull together an event like this it could pull in families, it does not have to be a muscle event this could be a family event, promoted properly this could be a big event. This could be a kick of to the summer."

Harold X (WHATS HIS LAST NAME????), owner of Wandering Cowboy, a western apparel shop in the Diamond Run Mall, said the bikers are coming through here they need to have a reason to stay."

X said he noticed a decline in the bikers staying in the Lake George area in recent years.

Nakazawa has compiled a list of potential vendors interested in the event. He hopes to contact area business owners for support with this event. For more details see: www.RbikeWeek.org . To get involved, contact Nakazawa at 747-8989.

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