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Thursday, 25 May 2017 07:23

Local Motor Corps Wins Again! Featured

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Last year, we reported that the Araba Motorcycle Escort Team took first place in the Shriners Statewide Motorcycle Drill Team Competition for the Florida Association of Shrine Motor Corp (FASMC).
This year they participated in the 2017 Shriners Statewide Motorcycle Drill Team Competition representing our local Araba Shriners Center, to defend their first place title.....and defend their title they DID !!
You have probably seen the Araba Motor Escort Drill Team performing their signature figure 8's, criss-crosses, circles, and other exciting maneuvers during the local parades. Making their home here in Fort Myers at the Araba Shrine Center on Hanson Street, they are a favorite with parade goers throughout Lee County.  
These daring riders from Fort Myers the City of Palms competed this month in the Statewide Shrine Competition and once again the Araba Motor Escort Team has taken first place in the State Drill Team Competition.  The State Drill Team Competition can be best described as synchronized motorcycle maneuvers, like that in synchronized swimming, only with Full Dresser Harleys.  For the second year in a row they have also taken first place in the "Overall" Team Competition which encompasses the drill maneuvers and the inspection of the team and their motorcycles.
The "traveling trophy" which comes with that honor, will once again reside at the Araba Shriners Center on Hanson Street for the year of 2017.  It will be up for grabs in the 2018 Shriners Statewide Competition when the local team will ride with anticipation of a win for the third year in a row.
Members of this years Drill Team are Captain Ed Lawler, Dodd Skipper, Gary Manning, Dave More, Fred Peterson, Gill Drake and Bobby Mimmo.
The team would like to thank all of those who have supported them through their training and preparation.  Captain of the Drill Team, Ed Lawler added, “I want to thank the team members for all their hard work and a successful weekend, and I'd like to also Thank all the Shriners that came out to support our practices and those that were there for our victory,  it takes a team working together to do great things.” 
Last year this team went to the International Shrine Association Competition (ISA) to represent the state and came in third place in the Drill Competition and third place in the obstacle course.
On July 9th, 2017 at the Daytona International Speedway the Araba Motorcycle Escort Team will be competing at the International Shrine Association Competition (ISA).  As the State of Florida Champions for FASMC Araba Motorcycle Escort Team will be competing with all Shrine Centers Nationally and Internationally.  All event will be held in the infield at the Daytona International Speedway.     
As a fundraiser, the speedway will allow all desirous racing "wanna-b's" to do a lap on the track in the vehicle of your choice for only a $25 donation to the Shriners Hospital For Children.  I don't know about you but that is definitely on my bucket list.
All are welcome to come out and support your local champions and take part in this fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital For Children by taking a spin on the track. 
Shriners have long been known for their charitable work, particularly with their well-respected Children's Hospitals and Burn Units. There are over 22 hospitals in North America alone and it is estimated that the cost to operate these medical facilities is in the billions of dollars annually.
Al DiPasquale
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