Wings in Texas

From the GWRRA:


The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is pleased to announce its 26th annual Wing Ding will be in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Opryland Texas in July 2004. The world’s largest Gold Wing convention has been expanded to five days from its previous four-day duration. It will open on July 4 and run through July 8, 2004.

Next summer over 16,000 Gold Wing motorcycle owners will ride into Grapevine and Texas for the first time to share their event with the state and local community. It will be five days of fun, riding, eating and camaraderie. This exciting event is anticipated to generate $5-10 million dollars in direct economic impact to the Grapevine area.

GWRRA’s President, Mike Wright says, "We are looking forward to a dramatically different and exciting concept for Wing Ding in 2004 in Grapevine, Texas. The opportunity for the entire GWRRA family of delegates to stay in one hotel for a week of inspired fun and activities will not only be historic, but a trend setter for Wing Ding extravaganzas of the future."

“We are anxious to welcome the thousands of Gold Wing enthusiasts to Grapevine, Texas. From the first time we met the Gold Wing Road Riders Association leadership, we knew that the Association and Grapevine would be an excellent match. Next July 4th through the 8th will be an exciting time for our citizens, and it will be an all-out motorcycle enthusiasts’ extravaganza in Grapevine, including our annual Independence Day fireworks display -- and we are ready,” says Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate.

Bob McPherrin, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Gaylord Opryland Texas states, “We are honored and delighted to be the premier site kicking off the new "Wing Ding" experience. Gaylord Opryland Texas looks forward to welcoming GWRRA next summer and through our first-class service and amenities creating one of the best Wing Dings yet!”

According to Edward Price, event manager, “This event will mark a new level of status and service for GWRRA’s Members as well as any event within the motorcycling industry. Our Members will be able to arrive at the hotel on their magnificent machines, check into the hotel and Wing Ding all at the same time. They will be able to relax in a luxury resort, attend the world’s largest trade show for Gold Wings & Valkyries, enjoy dances, seminars, rider education programs, eat at first class restaurants and meet with their friends from all over the world--all without leaving the hotel! It is an incredible facility and our partnership with Gaylord Hotels has been a wonderful venture. There is so much to do in the Grapevine area, what with the beautiful riding areas, the lake and all the surrounding attractions, we had to add a day to this event. We are looking to rebrand Wing Ding and show Members who may not have been to a Wing Ding in a while, that this is a “new” event. This is truly a first-class, luxury, “Family Vacation!”

GWRRA, whose motto is “Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge,” is a non-profit organization that has over 85,000 Members in 50 countries, and 4,000 volunteer leaders providing rider education, social structure, organizing events, rallies, rides and meetings throughout the year. Call (800) 843-9460 for more information or check out the website at www.wing-ding.org
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