Hurricane Ike postpones Lone Star Rally

Galveston not ready for an event of such magnitude

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 24, 2008, Photography by Katefan0
The American Motorcyclist Association has rescheduled the 2009 Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas as the city continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Ike.

The Lone Star Rally, an AMA National Convention and part of the AMA Premier Touring Series, will now be held Dec. 11-14.

Though the city has made great strides since Ike landed in Galveston on Sept. 13 as a Category 2 hurricane, city officials told event organizers that the downtown area would not be ready for the originally scheduled dates, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

A marker on a building that survived the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 which hit the city almost 108 years to the day before Hurricane Ike landed.The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston Chamber of Commerce estimate that over 400,000 riders attended the rally in 2007. Many of the city’s hotels and restaurants will need more time to accommodate the number of visitors expected for this year’s rally.

The rescheduled Lone Star Rally will continue with its planned pirate theme and will feature a leather and lace ball, live concerts, poker runs, demo rides and a ghost ship tour. The event will also raise funds to support Galveston’s recovery efforts. Rally organizers are asking for donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, clothing and school supplies. Donations can be made at area motorcycle dealerships.