OFF-ROAD BUSINESSES AND CLUBS MAKE A "CASE FOR ACCESS"
from BlueRibbon Coaliation
MORGAN HILL, CA (Aug. 9, 2006) - Powersports businesses teamed up with local motorcycle clubs on a successful grassroots promotion to raise funds for ongoing legal actions to protect public land access. Repsol and Motorcycle Stuff partnered with the American Motorcyclist Association District 36 and local off-highway vehicle (OHV) clubs and raised over $10,000 dollars for the BlueRibbon Coalition Legal Defense Fund's (BRCLDF) court actions in Northern California.
The program titled "A Case for Access" encouraged motorcycle enthusiasts throughout Northern California to purchase Repsol lubricants and a portion of the proceeds from sales were donated by Repsol and Motorcycle Stuff to the BRCLDF. Over $10,000 dollars were raised in direct oil sales plus other promotion-related activities for legal efforts at the Clear Creek Management Area and the Eldorado National Forest.
"Repsol is proud of our part in helping local clubs at the grassroots level raise funds for legal efforts to protect our rights to use public lands in a responsible manner. I think this program shows our commitment to the sport and the rider," states Ignacio Belloni, USA representative for Repsol.
Tim Dodd, Senior VP of Motorcycle Stuff, said, "I believe the OHV Industry has an important role to play as a partner with local motorcycle clubs and off-road enthusiasts to help them in the battle to keep riding areas open and managed for future generations. Our company wants the riders to know that we are committed to helping them raise funds to successfully challenge unwarranted land closures."
Dave Pickett, President of AMA District 36, said, "District 36 worked with our member clubs, specifically the Salinas Ramblers Motorcycle Club and the Timekeepers Motorcycle Club, on this promotion. This was a product specific fundraising effort to raise funds to help champion the case for continued OHV opportunities in the Clear Creek Management Area and the Eldorado National Forest."
"Many other clubs were involved in this effort to secure funding for the legal challenges presented to the OHV community. Numerous D36 volunteers helped in securing donations through product support by Repsol SA Lubricants at specific events, as well as product purchases from Repsol stocking dealers. These efforts returned valuable funding needed for our legal actions spearheaded by the BRCLDF," Pickett concludes.
Ed Tobin, spokesperson for the Salinas Ramblers Motorcycle Club, said, "The Salinas Ramblers worked closely with Repsol and Motorcycle Stuff during the promotion. In order to rapidly launch the program, the Salinas Ramblers created a web page for the promotion and notified the public about the program via e-mails and articles posted in on-line forums. Members distributed handbills at the International Motorcycle Show in San Jose in December 2005 and at the entrance to Clear Creek from December 2005 through March 2006. Our volunteers worked many other venues as well to help raise funds."
"This was an excellent opportunity for the off-road business community to
partner with the users to help support the ongoing legal actions of the BRCLDF at the Clear Creek Management Area and Eldorado National Forest." Tobin stated.
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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. www.sharetrails.org