Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 15, 2014

Memorial ride promotes motorcycle safety

TAZEWELL, Va. – — Almost 80 motorcycle riders paid tribute Sunday to a local businessperson by hosting a commemorative ride in his honor.

The Jimmy Ramey Jr. Memorial Ride concluded the fourth Back of the Dragon festival in Tazewell County. Approximately 78 riders met at Tazewell High School to travel the designated route across the county.

“We’re really happy,” Larry Davidson, one of the vice presidents for Drag-A-Knee Inc., said of this year’s Back of the Dragon. Wet weather dampened the festival’s first day, but it improved Saturday and Sunday.

“And the Lord’s going to bless us with some nice weather today,” he said.

Corbin Ramey, son of the late Jimmy Ramey Jr., thanked the riders on behalf of his family for their participation.

“It’s really nice to know the community could get together for motorcycle safety and the memory of Jimmy Ramey,” he said.

The memorial ride was organized by A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE) of Virginia, Inc., which lobbies for laws that do not restrict motorcycle riders’ freedom to ride and works to promote a better image for motorcyclists.


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