Following up from last week’s edition with my friend Jay Lynch is another motocross friend. I don’t go as far back with Kevin as I do with Jay, but it is really cool to watch him evolve in the stunt business. This week’s Friend Stuff Friday is Kevin Rogers as the Stunt Coordinator on the new HBO Max Original Film – Charm City Kings. I’ll have to admit, I haven’t seen the movie yet, probably this weekend, but this was Kevin’s first shot as the stunt coordinator, and from the highlights that I have seen, he’s done a great job. It is even cool that Jay Lynch and his daughter Brionna are stunt drivers in the film as well.
Here is the trailer.
What is Friends Stuff Friday?Ok. Here’s the deal, I am fortunate to have some incredibly talented friends and acquaintances, and I got to thinking, how can I let the world know about them and what they do? That’s where this post comes in. Each week, I’ll gather up some of the cool stuff people I know have done or are involved with and post it here for everyone to see. If you like what they are doing, give them a follow, drop them a message, and let them know how cool what they are doing is. I have to admit, this isn’t an original idea, I did something on social media a long time ago, I just felt it was the right time to get it going again.
Ok. I am fortunate to have some incredibly talented friends and acquaintances, and I got to thinking. How can I let the world know about them and what they do? That’s where this article comes in. Each week, I’ll gather up some of the cool stuff people I know have done or are involved with and post it here for everyone to see.
If you like what they are doing, give them a follow, drop them a message, and let them know how cool what they are doing is.
I have to admit; this isn’t an original idea, just something that I’d like to start doing again.
Jalil Lynch Kia TV Ad
I’ve known Jay Lynch for what seems like a million years. From the early days racing his 44H Honda to watching him on the movie screen, Jay could always do things on a bike or in a car that mere mortal couldn’t do. His IMDB resume is pretty extensive Jay Lynch IMDB so when I saw his stunt for Kia that aired during the Emmy Awards, I knew I had to share it.
As always the images are in alphabetical order by the riders “last name”.
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Each year, the IMS shows take place in convention centers across the country. With the limit on indoor activity, it was only a matter of time before the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2021 shows. However, the team behind the shows came up with a great alternative. IMS Outdoors.
The details are not yet complete but if the early press is any indication it looks like it will be quite a series of events.
Here is the press release from the show organizers.
The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS), the industry leader for connecting Powersports’ top brands with enthusiasts and buyers, today announces progressive IMS Outdoors, the only program available for manufacturers and brands to reach both new and existing riders in exciting, interactive, central locations. Backed by IMS’ title sponsor of ten years Progressive Insurance, Progressive IMS Outdoors represents the revamp of the tour’s nearly 40-year stint that will not only transition IMS from the traditional convention center setup to a new open outdoor experience but will also create a festival-like atmosphere that promotes enthusiasts of all ages and levels to come together to better engage with products, each other, and the industry. While continuing its presence as the nation’s largest consumer motorcycle tour, Progressive IMS Outdoors will support the growth of the Powersports community by offering a unique experience the industry has yet to see.
Commencing during the summer of 2021, Progressive IMS Outdoors will stop in a number of cities across the U.S. bringing Powersports enthusiasts multiple days of entertainment, learning, and interactive activities. In addition to showcasing the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, and ATVs as well as the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, the new outdoor format will feature market adjacent products from micro-mobility to electric bicycles, overland and RV products, and more, thus welcoming potential and qualified riders into the industry. Attendees can also expect the remodeled tour to be more interactive than ever with an array of on-road and off-road demo opportunities for all ages and riding abilities, including the continuation of the successful Discover the Ride program. The reimagined tour, which has been five years in the making, comes at a perfect time as 2020 has seen off-road product sales soar.
“At IMS, we have always placed an emphasis on evolving our shows to better support the community and enthusiasts,” says Tracy Harris, SVP, IMS. “Progressive IMS Outdoors will be the greatest evolution in the brand’s 38-year history. Taking IMS Outdoors not only changes our venues but opens up an array of opportunities for our team to deliver a truly first-of-a-kind experience for the community as the only event in the nation taking the proactive step to actively serve both the new rider and core audience.”
Progressive IMS Outdoors is made possible with the support of IMS’ title sponsor, Progressive. “As the #1 motorcycle insurer in the U.S. and IMS title sponsor since 2010, we look forward to working alongside IMS to deliver an innovative, new type of event to the industry,” says Eric Doubler, Recreational Vehicle Business Leader at Progressive. “With this fresh and reimagined approach, IMS Outdoors is an exciting opportunity to transform the tour and grow the powersports community.”
Dates and locations for Progressive IMS Outdoors will be announced in December. As Progressive IMS Outdoors is an evolution of IMS’ traditional tour, the shows traditionally held in various cities from November through February will not take place this year. To stay connected with the world of motorcycling, powersports, and all things two-wheeled conveyance, check out ContinueTheRide.com, IMS’ platform that hosts a slate of digital content all designed to reach and support the industry.
I am completely disappointed in the news that came down this week from my friends at the AIMExpo. The 2021 show has to be postponed to 2022. Originally scheduled for this weekend, it was moved to Q1 2021 and with the current state of the world they have decided to pull the plug on a 2021 version and work instead on making 2022 even better.
Here is the full press release from the AIMExpo team.
Following the third-quarter meeting of the MIC Board of Directors, AIMExpo issued the following statement from Cinnamon Kernes, vice president and general manager, MIC Events:
“We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 AIMExpo, the industry’s annual trade show, and while this wasn’t an easy choice it is certainly the right one.
“With local directives limiting gathering size, travel restrictions, and a myriad of other obstacles created by the pandemic, there are too many unknown factors limiting our ability to create a safe environment that will also deliver the experience and ROI our exhibitors and attendees expect. We do not want to deliver a show that doesn’t live up to their high standards. Also impacting our decision to postpone are the dealers working to rebuild their businesses after suffering devastating damage from fires, hurricanes, and floods that have hit both the East and West Coasts.
“There is tremendous value in face-to-face meetings and in-person events and we believe in their ability to create irreplaceable opportunities to connect with people and businesses to drive commerce. The AIMExpo team will continue to work with key industry partners, including Tucker Powersports, to explore options that deliver relevant and important educational content for dealer attendees in 2021. Likewise, the team will be looking for opportunities to connect the powersports brands through quality networking events later this year. We look forward to bringing AIMExpo back in 2022 and will celebrate the industry of powersports and everyone that makes it great.”
Earlier this year AIMExpo and Tucker Powersports announced co-locating shows. Tucker supports the decision to postpone and has made a separate announcement regarding their plans for 2021. In it, Marc McAllister, CEO of Tucker Powersports stated: “While we at Tucker were very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the AIME show this year, the health and safety of our dealers and supplier partners has to be our first priority. We want to respect public health restrictions and we don’t want to put anyone at risk. We are now looking forward to reconnecting with the MIC and AIMExpo in 2022.”
I’ll miss seeing all of my industry friends in Columbus. Stay safe.