Laconia or Bust: Group ride hits Laconia for 50th Anniversary

G. Smith Motorsports kicks off the Laconia rally with a nice, long ride into town from New Orleans. The ride was conceived as part of a 50-year anniversary celebration for their parent company, The Magnolia Companies of Louisiana, LLC. This year, for the 1,700-mile ride north, G. Smith temporarily shelved its collector Bourget and V-8 Choppers and opted to ride Indian and Victory bikes to test their mettle. Glen and Gary Smith, accompanied by other friends riding an assortment of other brand bikes and choppers, will create a colorful posse, working its way up to America's Oldest Riding Rally. Professional photographer, Images by Robert T., will document the trip en route and the adventure can be followed on the photographer's Facebook page and on the NASWA's page. #LaconiaOrBust

The group's ride will culminate with a reception at Manchester Harley Davidson at approximately 4 pm on Wednesday, June 10. There, owner Steve Talarico and his team and an assortment of other riders will provide hospitality and accompany the Louisiana riders on the 1-hour cruise along scenic highways to The NASWA Resort-their home for the next week. G. Smith's bikes, rigs and vehicles, including a 2015 Lamborghini and Ferrari will reside at Chrome Hill, a new venue located on Weirs Boulevard in the parking lot across the street from The NASWA. The public is welcomed to meet at Manchester Harley and join in the ride. A "Welcome Back!" reception at The NASWA Resort's waterfront NAZBar & Grill will take place at approximately 6 PM.