Harley Davidson 1903-1988
updated 07/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The fashion theme was basic black: Harley T-shirts for the men, lace-edged Harley tank tops for the women, accented with leather, studs and tattoos. Here and there in the sea of black vests and red necks (from the cross-country trek), snowy-white T-shirts identified company employees. They tried not to gawk as bikers, eschewing scheduled events, indulged in some traditional biker entertainments, such as hoisting their sweethearts onto their shoulders for a little breast-baring to the sounds of Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
A $10-a-head entry fee, individual pledges and an auction of Harley memorabilia raised more than $600,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and MDA poster boy Mikey Neufeldt got a rock star's welcome. But the most sentimental moment came when thousands of bikers flicked their Bics in the darkness and sang "Happy Birthday, dear Harley." Even the guy in the I'd Rather See My Sister in a Whorehouse than My Brother on a Honda T-shirt got a little misty.