The low bass rumble of motorcycles on Highway 5 returns this summer with the horsepower behind St. Gregor’s Shake Rattle and Roll happening on Saturday, June 22. The annual ride and festivities are a great fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease Research and the St. Gregor Community Club. This year, there’s a new added twist with the Shake Rattle and Race.  

It’s the 11th year for the summer staple that draws bikers from near and far riding as diverse an array of equipment as you’ll see at a huge rally. Wanda Kiefer talks about the origins of the event.  

“We started Shake Rattle and Roll eleven years ago with the goal to raise funds for Parkinson’s research as my husband has Parkinson’s Disease,” Kiefer explains. “Since then, we’ve partnered with the St. Gregor Community Club, so our funds are split 50/50 between Parkinson’s Disease research and the Community Club.” 

Kiefer says the Saturday event kicks off with the traditional breakfast followed by the show and shine of assembled bikes and the rally ride departure at around 11:15 am. Once the rally hits the road, the Shake Rattle and Race gets under way. 

“It’s a similar format to the TV show ‘The Amazing Race,’ but we’re putting a St. Gregor twist to it. We have six teams of four people entered. They all have challenges to do, and they race to get back to the hall. The winning team will win $1200 dollars.” 

The race should conclude around 3:00 pm, around the same time as the rally riders arrive back in town. Everyone joins at the St. Gregor Community Hall for a feast of burgers, a round of prize auctions, refreshments, and a concluding visit.  

There is no pre-registration or cost for the riders to enter the rally; donations toward the cause are gratefully accepted. 

The only other thing Kiefer is asking for is a Saturday of good weather. It’s bound to be a radiant time at the 11th St. Gregor Shake Rattle and Roll for the inaugural year of their Shake Rattle and Race.