Billy Lane’s U.S. Air Force Commemorative Motorcycle

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Billy Lane’s U.S. Air Force Commemorative Motorcycle to be Unveiled at Rolling Thunder 25th Anniversary Tribute on May 26, 2012

A commemorative motorcycle built by famed builder Billy Lane of Choppers Inc., and honoring the U.S. Air Force, will be one of four custom bikes to be unveiled at C*A*M*M*O’s tribute to Rolling Thunder’s 25th anniversary on May 26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Lane’s bike joins three others built by internationally recognized bike builders to honor each branch of the military, including:

  •     U.S. Marine Corps – built by Brigitte Bourget of Bourget’s Bike Works, who was the first one to sign on to the project,
  •     U.S. Navy – built by U.S. Air Force veteran Dar Holdsworth of Darwin Motorcycles,
  •     U.S. Coast Guard – built by Mike “Kiwi” Tomas of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Company, based on a 1945 Indian Chief that he hopes to ride to the event.

The commemorative bike build is being facilitated by Jay Allen, creator of the legendary Broken Spoke Saloon, whose custom built U.S. Army bike inspired Rolling Thunder to include all branches of the service in a unique, collaborative show of respect. Bourget, Holdsworth and Tomas will attend the May 26 tribute to unveil their bikes with Allen. Members of the Lane family will also attend, representing Billy Lane and Choppers Inc. at the unveiling and throughout the Memorial Day Weekend celebration.

After the Rolling Thunder event, the bikes will be toured around the U.S. with the traveling "Wall that Heals,” at various military installations and events, Veteran Affairs locations, major motorcycle rallies, and potentially taken overseas to the troops.

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C*A*M*M*O is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 by U.S. Navy veteran Cathie Lechareas and U.S. Army veteran Victor Hurtado that believes in the healing power of music. Run by veterans for veterans and active-duty service members, C*A*M*M*O develops military and veteran artists, technicians, writers and musicians at its C*A*M*M*O centers. Concurrently it is developing military-specific music therapy programs providing qualified music therapists who can assist past and present service members who are suffering neurological impairments such as traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. For more information about C*A*M*M*O, visit

Rolling Thunder-Washington, D.C., is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to make certain that we, as a nation, neither neglect our prisoners of war nor forget our missing in action.

Founded in 1987 by four Vietnam veterans—Cpl. Ray Manzo, Sgt. Major John “Top” Holland, Staff Sgt. Ted Sampley, and 1st Sgt. Walt Sides, the organization’s most visible outward symbol is the annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run through the nation’s capital every Memorial Day weekend. The rally began in 1988 with just a few hundred motorcycles and now attracts hundreds of thousands of participants from all over the world. A less visible, but equally important, expression of our mission is our legislative efforts. We strive to affect national policy in a way that will assist POW/MIAs. We wrote, got introduced and passed, the Missing Service Personnel Act of 1984. For more information, visit Rolling Thunder Washington, D.C., Inc.’s web site at

All media will need credentials to obtain access to the stage area; no media will be allowed backstage or in the green room area. Pre-registration is preferred; press badges will be prepared and available for pick up on Saturday, May 26 at the Media Tent beginning 10 a.m. To register for credentials, send the following information to Christine(at)cammomusic(dot)org. You will receive an email confirmation once registration has been confirmed:

Full name, date of birth, ID number (valid US driver’s license, US-government-issued ID card, Passport, number, etc.), as well as company/media name and address, contact phone number and email address, web site/blog address.

Questions about media credential applications should be e-mailed to Christine(at)cammomusic(dot)org.


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