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Bikers cruise to Castaic for ride

Thousands attend concert, fundraiser for USO, a nonprofit organization that supports military

Posted: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Vietnam war veteran Tom Mehl, 61, of Saugus, listens to the national anthem. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/For The Signal)

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An estimated 3,000 bikers converged on Castaic Lake for the 29th annual Love Ride charity event for autism Sunday.

The roar of engines echoed across the lake as bikers celebrated to the sound of headliner George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

All proceeds are to go to the USO, the nonprofit that helps support our troops.

Veteran participant Jay Leno returned to as grand marshal, as well as honorary grand marshals Peter Fonda and Robert Patrick.

“It was great to see the Love Ride 29 at Castaic Lake,” said longtime biker and event supporter Chuck Koro.

Koro handed out two business cards when asked about this year’s event — one for Charles E. Koro, attorney at law, for the firm Brown, Koro & Romag LLP, which specializes in working with motorcyclists and another as Chuck Koro, biker.

The Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys said they were proud to be the official attorney sponsor of Love Ride 29.

Motorcycle lawyer Russ Brown has been serving the motorcycle community for more than 30 years and continues to do so through motorcycle events and by offering free roadside and legal assistance programs for motorcyclists.

Penny Wanjon and Penny Viscovich of K P Exclusive, vendors of sparky T-shirts, said they sold a lot of merchandise and had a lot of fun.

“It was the energy that made it fantastic,” Viscovich said. “People came in — they all wanted a good time.”

Rosie Quadros traveled from the city of Ontario to be at the event.

“It was great,” she said, promising to come back next year.

The annual ride makes a ritualistic journey from Glendale to Castaic Lake. Prior to last year, however, participants rode to a destination other than the Castaic Lake.

Many said they were glad to be back at Castaic Lake.

For 12 years, Tanya Torres has manned the Love Ride for the event.

This year, organizers made sure she had a chance to enjoy the fun.

“I got a chance to go backstage, see some celebrities, see George Thorogood, take some pictures, have some good food, see all my friends,” Torres said.

“It was so wonderful.”

In 28 years, the Love Ride has raised $20 million for charity.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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