Korczak’s 100th Street Glide on drawing block
The Korczak-themed 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide is again the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation raffle drawing bike – this time for 2012.
The pearl white motorcycle features commissioned airbrush work by Arizona artist Charles Armstrong. The custom-detailed illustrations honor the 100th anniversary of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s birth in 1908.
The bike raised more than $120,000 when it was the prize for 2008-2009. The winner of the 2009 drawing sold the bike by Internet bidding. Black Hills Harley-Davidson of Rapid City acquired the Street Glide, which is again on display in the Crazy Horse Welcome Center.
Proceeds from the yearly motorcycle raffles sponsored by the nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation aid the Memorial’s educational programs and carving of the mountain. The bikes and their winners so far include:
- 2006 – “Warrior,” created and donated by Elite Custom Motorcycles of Prescott, AZ. The 2005 custom bike toured for a year and sold more than 13,000 tickets that generated $217,300 for the nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. The bike, valued at $26,755, was won by Andy and Brenda Bober of Avon, CO. They never rode it. Instead, they gave the bike, displayed at Crazy Horse even after the drawing, for permanent display at the Memorial on Ruth Ziolkowski’s 84th birthday in 2010.
- 2007 – Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic, donated by Ray and Debra Croghan of Denver, CO. Paul Poissant of Whitingham, VT, won the specially-painted touring bike, which sold 6,141 tickets and raised nearly $110,000.
- 2008 – A Heritage Softail Classic, acquired by the Memorial from Black Hills Harley-Davidson of Rapid City, SD, generated more than 7,700 ticket sales that grossed $138,000. James Sokolik of Santa Clarita, CA, won the bike.
- 2009 – Bob Gilchrest of Mineral Wells, W.Va., won the 2008 model Harley-Davidson Street Glide that featured a custom paint theme celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982). Ticket sales totaled $120,570.
- 2010 – “Commitment,” the custom chopper created and donated by Eric Gorges of Voodoo Choppers of Clinton Township, Michigan. The bike, valued at $32,000, generated $44,000 in ticket sales and was won by a Missouri National Guardsman, Bryan Crabtree of Pineville.
- 2011 – A classic 2003 Indian Chief Roadmaster, given by Jon Marshall of Rapid City, SD. The bike had 9,013 actual miles and was valued at $16,090. Raffle ticket sales generated about $117,000, Aczael (pronounced Ex-cel) Valdez Jr. of Kennewick, Washington, a pipe welder working in Wyoming, won the bike.