July 18, 2005, Grand Junction, Colorado:
The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Gold Rush XVIII of the Gold
Wing Touring Association (GWTA), Indianapolis, Indiana, took place
at the Two Rivers Convention Center, starting sharp at 10 AM.
Manick Sorcar's laser show "Back to the Future", combined
with live action on stage, was the highlight of the event. Built
on the concept of the 1985 hit classic movie of Steven Spielberg,
the eccentric scientist Old Doc took off in his Delorean which
was magically changed into a Gold Wing for an astonishing time
travel. The live action was done by Bruce Keenon (executive director
of GWTA) where he was the driver for the Delorean. After he entered
the Delorean, the laser screen took over showing him taking off
at high speed - and the Delorean changing into a Gold Wing motorcycle
shooting fire-sparks from its skidding, rear tire. From the top
of the hill it leaped into the vast open space where it morphed
into a bald-eagle (USA natonal bird) flying through the space
and arriving into the golden era of the 50's - amidst Elvis Presley,
Marilyn Monroe, Luis Armstrong and the others, all done with the
cutting-edge, magical technology of laser!
The fun-filled event of the world famous club hosted an estimated
2000 members, and ran for four days, July 18 through 21, 2005.
The GWTA is a not-for-profit organization of touring motorcyclists,
predominantly with Gold Wings. Their annual gathering, Gold Rush,
gives the international members an opportunity to tour many exciting
places to and from a four day event loaded with fun and friendship
with lots of vendors, rides, activities, seminars, a bike show
and a whole lot more.
Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction, CO
Theme of Gold Rush XVIII:
"Back to the Future".
Above: Old Doc takes off
in his Gold Wing. Below, an original scene from the 1985
super-hit Spielberg movie.