14, 2006 - For the sixth consecutive year, Knoxville welcomes
more than 17,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to town June 21-24 for the
13th annual Honda Hoot, one of the largest organized multi-brand motorcycle
rallies in the nation.
While Honda Hoot creates a wonderful reunion-like atmosphere for
attendees on vacation from across the country, the variety of activities
and events from vendor exhibits to demo rides, from organized
self-guided tours to street parties offer lots of fun for
area residents, too. In fact, June 22 is Tennessee Day.
Guests presenting a valid Tennessee drivers license can purchase
a daily pass for just $7, more than half off the regular price.
There are several parties in downtown Knoxville that the general
public may attend. On June 21, Bike Night revs things
up at Knoxvilles Worlds Fair Park at 6 p.m., where all
attendees may have fun to benefit a worthy cause. Bike Night
will feature a carnival-theme with games and food, with proceeds
to benefit the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life. This
fun-filled evening will close with the spectacular Fire in
the Sky fireworks show. While attending the event is free,
there will be a nominal charge for games and food.
An On Any Sunday movie screening will be shown at the
Tennessee Theatre on June 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. Malcolm Smith, star
of this classic motorcycling documentary, will host the evening.
Smith, the Grand Marshal of the 2006 Honda Hoot, was inducted into
the Motorcycling Hall of Fame in 1998, and is an eight-time gold-medal
winner in the International Six Day Trials, a European cross-country
motorcycling event. Tickets for the On Any Sunday showing
can be purchased at the Tennessee Theatre box office.
To top off the Honda Hoot, on June 24, downtown Knoxvilles
Gay Street will close for Saturday Night on the Town.
The thoroughfare transforms into a street party with three different
stages, live music, a variety of food and beverages and a children's
activity area on Market Square.
Additionally, Honda Hoot features pre-planned rides every day and
all registered rides include lunch. Planned rides include tours
to Roan Mountain, Oak Ridge and Douglas Lake just outside Dandridge,
Tenn., where riders will see speedboat demonstrations and a Honda
Marine watercraft display. The brand-new Hooty Owls
Wild Ride, is a fund-raiser ride benefiting the Pediatric
Brain Tumor Foundation, where riders will choose their own destination.
The demonstration rides at the Honda Hoot offer a unique opportunity
to experience dozen of brand-new bikes. On-site motorcycle professionals
will show off all the neat bells and whistles of new BMW, Buell,
Victory and Honda models and will also provide guided tours.
Also offered at the Honda Hoot are youth familiarization rides
for children, ages seven to 12. Staff will provide riding gear and
riding tips from MSF and SVIA instructors. The childs legal
guardian or parent will need to be present and sign required waivers
at the Honda Hoot headquarters at Knoxvilles Chilhowee Park.
Information on exact times and locations for rides are available
by calling the Honda Hoot information line at 800-347-1289.
Honda Hoot general activities begin daily, rain or shine, at Knoxvilles
Chilhowee Park at 8:30 a.m. Daily passes are $15 and include a one-day
pass to the vendor expo, demo rides, and access to other activities
within the park. To reach Chilhowee Park from Interstate 40, take
exit 392. For general information about Honda Hoot, please call
the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporations (KTSC) information
line at 800-727-8045.
Officials with the KTSC project that the 2006 Honda Hoot will bring
approximately $24.5 million of economic impact into the Knoxville/Knox