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By José Antonio Pérez
A total of 328 bikers completed the 2000 mile route (over 3200 kilometers) from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico for the 42nd Annual Three Flags Classic of the Southern California Motorcycle Association (SCMA).
The formal closing was held on Tuesday, Sept. 5th in Pueto Peñasco where the four day journey wrapped up, after having begun Aug. 31st in Abbotsford, Canada.
Oscar Palacio Soto, local coordinator for the event and founder of the traditional Rocky Point Rally in the Fall, detailed the 42 year old tradition involves riding from Canada south to Mexico one year, and from Mexico to Canada the next. This is the first time the ride has made its way to Puerto Peñasco, and the first time in over 8 years the ride has entered Mexico at all.
Chris White of the SCMA, who has done every TFC ride since 1980 except this year after his bike went down earlier in the riding season, thanked all the bikers and announced it had been a “long time since he’d seen a room filled with so many CMAers”.
Puerto Peñasco Mayor Kiko Munro welcomed the “bikers”, inviting them to enjoy all that Puerto Peñasco has to offer, including the natural beauty of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and other attractions. He underscored the importance of events such as this, particularly at such a relevant time with current negotiations of NAFTA underway. He added this type of event illustrates we share much more than we may know.
Victor Castañeda, one of the leaders of the “Three Flags Classic” explained the annual event generally attracts about 250 bikers, though this year sparked more interest and included the participation of over 300. Still, SCMA membership tops 1600 across the globe, therefore it’s an event with potential international impact.
In catching up with SCMA Chairman “Gonzo” Gonzalez at the closing event, he concluded by stating, “ride was great, we had one accident (though not too serious), an antelope, and two deer. See you next year!”