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On a chilly, rainy day in Austin an AMAZING group of folks both volunteered and participated in our 1st Max’s Ride Car & Bike Show for ALS.  We had 30 Participants! 26 Cars/Trucks and 4 Motorcycles braved the elements to take part in the fight to Strike Out ALS. Even Guinness Book of World Record Rider, Carl Davies made it by with his bike which had been untouched since he rode in off his 31 day Adventure.

With Cowboy Harley-Davidson donating some pretty cool trophies, we awarded 19 of the 22 categories.  Music played by Matt Begley and Bitter Wiskey and they were awesome enough to allow us to utilize their sound system prior to having to pack up due to the rainy weather.

A Big Thank You to our Donors on the Silent Auction Items:

Ashley England

Chuck Nash Auto Group

Cowboy Harley-Davidson of Austin

Gloria Mirick

Mary Ellen

Matt Mirick

Snap On

Tim Wilkerson

We are on the schedule for 2015 at Cowboy Harley Davidson, so mark your calendar November 14, 2015 for the 2nd Annual Max’s Ride Car & Bike Show for ALS.  I’ve also put in an order for nicer weather.  Thanks to All who made it by! Stay tuned to this web page for more upcoming Max’s Ride ALS events!  TOGETHER WE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Be sure to check out our pictures on our Facebook page: Max’s Ride for ALS

To see all of the categories/classes, download the 2014 flyer here: Car Show


Car and Bike Show Bun

What an incredible day! Beautiful weather and amazing support from the Community!  This was our largest Max’s Ride yet and a record breaking year for donations, number of Riders and what a huge turnout for the “Rock the Garten” concert!  From all of the ALS Community, THANK YOU ALL-Volunteers, Sponsors, Riders and Concert Goers!


A Bikers View-Max’s Ride ALS

My uncle Joel Porter was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2006. Joel has been blessed to be able to continue to ride and to feel that unmistakable freedom we may sometimes take for granted. So when I learned about Max’s Ride in late 2012—a ride to raise awareness and funds for ALS and those suffering from it— I was determined to join him and my cousin in a show of support for this wonderful cause. The only problem: I didn’t yet know how to ride.

You know those bumper stickers that read: “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could”?  I feel that describes me about becoming a motorcyclist. Thirty-seven years had passed before I ever climbed on the back of a bike. It was a Thanksgiving trip to Austin in 2012 in which Joel gave me my first thrill of being in the wind. I was hooked from the start. The second week of December, I was at my local H-D dealer in Raleigh, NC (Ray Price Harley-Davidson) learning how to ride as part of their Rider’s Edge program. A couple months later, I was the proud owner of a 2008 Nightster, learning all of the backstreets and by-ways of my part of the country. Now, with just a little over a year riding experience, along with multiple group rides with my local HOG chapter, I felt the call to join Joel and Rod (my cousin) for Max’s Ride, 2014.

On the day before Max’s Ride, I visited Cowboy Harley-Davidson and Rick sorted me out with a 2014 Fat Bob. From there, Joel and I went on our own two-wheeled adventure, taking several of the routes that we would be riding the next day, even going by The Salt Lick, where the unmistakable smell of pit-cooked BBQ flooded the night air.

On the morning of the ride, I was thrilled to see so many come out to support and to participate in Max’s Ride. I enjoyed hearing the anthems of all the Armed Forces played as tribute was paid to all veterans.  After some quick instructions and a touching invocation, our group of 100 bikes was on the road. After an exhilarating ride through Texas hill country, we roared into downtown Austin rolling on our throttles as we made our way through busy downtown intersections. It was a roar unlike any I’ve ever experienced. With smartphones in the air, folks lining the sidewalks were documenting our thunderous approach to the Capitol, and thunder we did.

The official ride was now over, but the party was just getting started at Scholz Garten! And what a party it was! Live music, live and silent auctions, and cold, refreshing beverages awaited us. I enjoyed meeting and talking to so many different people that afternoon, from fellow riders to other supporters of the cause for which we ride. I remain in awe of how this one singular event brought so many people from all walks of life together. I can’t begin to list all the volunteers involved in making this year’s event a safe and successful event, but these events don’t run themselves, I do know that! THANK YOU!

In parting, I want to thank my Uncle Joel for the unmistakable gift he’s given me. That gift: the passion for embracing life on two wheels. Thank you. A thousand times, thank you.~Kevin Porter

Whitney, Joel and Kevin Porter

Whitney, Joel and Kevin Porter


An amazing turn out!

Thank You Banner

Check out Natural Causes bringing the house down during 8th Annual Max’s Ride on April 20, 2014:

Video courtesy of Rocio Rios on Facebook.

Check out this awesome video of the Riders departing Cowboy Harley during the 8th Annual Max’s Ride on April 20, 2014:

Video courtesy of RexDoc Holliday on Facebook.


Do you have a business or company that would like to be a sponsor for Max’s Ride VI?  Please take a peek at our Corporate Sponsorships forms for ideas 0n how your company or business can participate.  “In Kind” donations are also always welcome for our door prizes and silient auction on the day of the event.  Please feel free to shoot us an email with any questions or suggestions on making the 6th Annual Max’s Ride and Concert for ALS Research and Patient Services the best event yet.

Download the 2012 forms below!

Corporate Sponsor Forms
Download PDF Corporate Sponsor Form Download Word Corporate Sponsor Form
Rider Forms
Download PDF Rider Form Download Word Rider Form

Scholz Garten

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