The Top of Texas Chapter of the Brothers of the Third Wheel, International was formed in 1995 and has become a very active BTW Region in the state.
State Director and Top of Texas, local director, Margie, "DOC" Benson is a driving force in the group who works tirelessly in organizing a variety of monthly, seasonal and annual events for Chapter members and those in surrounding states where BTW Chapters are found.
LABOR DAY 1999 was the third Annual Top of Texas TRIKE-IN staged by "DOC", her husband "BONES" and members of the Chapter. Over 45 trikes from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas were in attendance for the three day event.
Arrival of trikes began on Friday at the KOA Campground in Amarillo. A Poker Run was held at 10:00 AM on Saturday with an Auction and Raffle for members on Saturday Afternoon.
Saturday evening featured Trike Games for all.
The weather was cooler than 1998 and many folks from the Dallas/Ft Worth area were glad to "come to the mountains" and cool off. An unexpected rain on Saturday night surprised everyone.
Breakfast Sunday Morning was at The Big Texan Steak Ranch - Home of the FREE 72oz. Steak Dinner ( FREE, that is, if you eat it ALL, including a potato the size of a football - must be consumed in under one hour, without getting up from the table.) Scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, country fries, mixed fruit, coffee and cake served in an Old West Atmosphere.
Following the breakfast
ride, the trikers returned to the KOA to prepare for a trike show at 1:00
Awards and presentations were made at 3:00 PM and the remainder of the evening was spent with saying good by to those who had to get an early start for home. Others staying overnight visited until way in the AM and pulled out before noon on Monday.
Second Place - Shermaine Hadley - Ft. Worth
Third Place - Jack Hunt, Amarillo - Red w/spoiler
Fourth Place - "Duke", Oklahoma - Red with Hearts
Fifth Place - Steve, Arizona - Blue with trailer
Sixth Place - "Animal" - Ft Worth - Blue Sorry,
No Picture Available
Seventh Place - "Dr. Duck" Hadley, Ft. Worth - Black w/flames
Eighth Place - Lynda Haynes, Ft. Worth - Lt. Met. Blue
Ninth Place - James Bell, Dallas - Green
Tenth Place - Carol Florence - Paradise - Black w/yellow flame tank.
Ladies Choice - Shermaine Hadley
Oldest Rider - "Dad" Armor 72 - Black w/red seats - Sorry, No Picture
Jack Hunt - Red - Amarillo, Texas
9' Wheelbase 975 lbs. White Powder Coat, Teal Blue Vinyl
Hub Center Steering, Firestone Air Ride TYPE IV Bus Engine
Wichita Falls, Texas ?????
Geno, Beaumont Texas Others???
Places to Visit: American Quarter Horse Museum, Alibates Ancient Indian Flint Quarries (State Park), Palo Duro State Park, Lake Meredith, Panhandle Plains State Museum, Wonderland Park, Thompson Park, Old Route 66 Historical District, 6th Street "Magic Mile" of antiques, restaurants, shops and activities.
The Memorial Day FUNFEST at Thompson Park is an annual event, and we will open the Tri-State Fair on October 1st this year at the Fair Grounds.
Amarillo hosted the Summer 1999 Texas H.O.G Rally for the Harley Davidson group, with activities and events at the Civic Center and a mile long "block Party" on "Old Route 66" in the historic 6th street area. Depending upon which count you accept, 3000-4000 Harleys and their owners visited Amarillo for the event.
Worlds Largest Cattle Feed Lot - Hereford, XIT Ranch in Dalhart.
Places to Eat: Authentic Tex-Mex, Upscale Mexican fare, Numerous Steak houses, BAR-B-Q of the highest quality, Deli's, and every Fast Food franchise known to man.
Once called, "The Worlds Largest Truck Stop" by a disgruntled oil company executive who was leaving Amarillo after a disagreement with his boss, Amarillo has a diverse industry and economic base. In addition to being a rail hub for Burlington Northern/Santa Fe RR, the city also has:
1. The BELL-TEXTRON Osprey, V22, VTOL aircraft assembly plant.
2. The DOE Nuclear Weapon disassembly Pantex Plant
3. The Regional health care center which includes the Northwest Texas
Healthcare System, The Baptist - Saint Anthony's Hospital, The Texas
Tech University Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy and a regional
4. Numerous agricultural related industries and services - farming, ranching,
cattle and swine feed lots, and a variety of food processing plants.
5. Nearby West Texas A&M University and the oldest community college
system in the state - Amarillo Community College.
6. The Amarillo International Airport.
and, for the really strange, the William E. Clements campus of the Texas Prison System. One of the first maximum security facilities built outside of the main prison at Huntsville, the Clements Unit is under continual expansion and upgrade. Soon to be completed is the Extremely High Security Facility for the criminally insane. The " Charles Manson Wing" to house the Texas Chain Saw Murderers is a "Welcome Addition" to the economic prosperity of the city??????
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