Bob “Tim” King looked out over the street machines gleaming in the noonday sun. Most of them were Harley-Davidsons, but Indian, Suzuki, Triumph and various models of racing bikes also were lined up outside Papa Louie’s Italian Kitchen and Motocross Cafe in Brookfield.
“Wow,” King said of the turnout for the Joey Clark Memorial Poker Run.
King, of Masury, said he had participated in many poker runs before, but had never tried to organize one. For a “spur of the moment” idea, he was pleased with the more than 75 bikes that had lined up Sept. 26 to start the run, knowing that more people would join them along the way, and that others would stop by the spaghetti dinner planned later in the day at Fisherman’s Cove in Orangeville.
“I think it’s (turnout) phenomenal,” said Kim Weiser, mother of Clark’s significant other, Nicole, and grandmother of Clark’s son, Connor, the beneficiary of the poker run, T-shirt sales, 50-50 raffle and spaghetti dinner.
Clark, 24, of Brookfield, was killed July 17 in a motorcycle-car crash – Clark was the motorcyclist – on Warren Sharon Road, near where the poker run began.
“This was Joey,” King’s wife, Kimberly, said of the gathering of bikers.
“He always had a smile on his face,” Weiser said. “He was a jokester. He loved his family. He was a hard worker. All around good kid.”
Kimberly King said Clark and her son, Dakota, were friends, so she’d known Clark from a young age.
“He was a very good kid, great personality,” Kimberly King said. “You gotta support your community, and we lost one of our own.”