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Charitable motorcycle blowout draws thousands of people

By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Thousands turned out at the Gulfport Dragway for the annual Memorial Day Blowout. Once only for Harley riders, the Asgard Motorcycle Club now welcomes other bikers. For 28 years the Asgard Motorcycle Club has lured bikers to its annual blowout.

Smokey Stepputat has organized the event from the start.

Smokey Stepputat said, "The key factor for us is the economy and the weather."

Neither was perfect this year, still, the 80 acres of the Gulfport Dragway gave bikers ample space to race, swap stories and maybe try out a new tattoo or two.

Sedrick Wright said, "Top fuel bikes. To hear all the noise from all the dragsters running down there."

Sedrick Wright has been coming to the blowout for five years and said this kick starts his summer.

Sedrick Wright said, "Meeting different people and seeing all the bikes. They have a custom bike show. You just can't beat it."

When it comes to crowd numbers, Smokey said this Memorial Day weekend didn't necessarily top the charts, but he was impressed.    

Smokey Stepputat said, "The crowd was a little better this year because we didn't have the storms coming. We did have a little bit of rain, but the crowds still doing a lot better because of reduced prices."

Sunday's drag races featured the top fuel bikes. These rides don't guzzle gas. They run on nitro methane and some can reach speeds up to 180 miles per hour.

Smokey said if you missed blowout 2010, there's always next year.

Smokey Stepputat said, "The event will continue. We've had experience for over 28 years of good weather, bad weather. We started this whole event with two or three hundred people and so we know how to upscale and how to down size."

Blowout organizers said the charitable event brought in about two or three thousand people this year. 

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