West Coast Thunder was founded in May of 2000 by founders Pat Delahunty, Steve Cifelli, Steve Aragon, George Helton, Lucky and Theresa Delaney, Richard Greenberg and D.J. Quinn after Delahunty became inspired by the documentary film, “Letters from the Trenches.” Delahunty organized a small group of motorcycle riders from his Inland Empire H.O.G Chapter to ride to the Riverside National Cemetery for their annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony.
Starting from a small group of eight riders, in the beginning, it has turned into an event that attracts upwards of 7,500 motorcyclists, becoming an honored and celebrated annual tradition.
The West Coast Thunder event starts early with a performances, vendors, guest speaker, and a Commencement Ceremony by the West Coast Thunder Color Guard. The riders begin their ride from the Riverside Harley-Davidson dealership and continue their journey to the Riverside National Cemetery for the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony.
What started out as a small gathering, has turned into a proud tradition held by the West Coast Thunder organization. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee (RNCSC). These donations help fund the Riverside National Cemetery projects which include purchasing flower cones, assistance in monthly burials and help erect monuments in honor of those who served the United States of America.
The West Coast Thunder has donated in excess of $600,000 to the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee and continue to raise funds for the support committee in assistance to the Riverside National Cemetery.
Projects that West Coast Thunder has assisted in funding include the construction of the National POW/MIA Memorial, repairs to the Medal of Honor Memorial, financial support to the RNC Memorial Honor Detail and funding the annual Concert for Heroes event.
For more information or registration please go to the West Coast Thunder official website www.westcoastthunder.com.