Rodizio Grill, Mesa, AZ

by El Presidente

Our 4th annual holiday get together was a very fun night!  The food and atmosphere of the new location in Mesa proved to be a great choice!  The night started off with many of our members and guests arriving early to basically take over the bar area while waiting for our 8:00 PM reservation in a private room.

Once the restaurant had all of our tables ready, we all enjoyed a Brazilian steakhouse style dinner.  After dessert, we started our program by acknowledging the members of our Board of Directors in attendance along with Alan and Darlene who drove out from California just to attend, Brian & Kathy Norrie from Calgary, AB Canada and Brian Reuitermann, General Manager of GO AZ Motorcycles Scottsdale.  We then proceeded to hand out the 2017 GO AZ Motorcycles Ride Series awards.  Recipients were:

Aluminum Award – For participating in all 3 single day rides this year.

  • Chuck Erickson
  • Allen Kelley Jr.*
  • Dave Palmer*
  • James Jewell*
  • Luis Bartolome*
  • Philippe Murat
  • Regitze Murat
  • Rod Ramos*
  • Stephanie Cave*
  • NJSteve Arnoldi

Carbon Fiber Award – For participating in all 3 multi-day rides this year.

  • Daniel Kelly*
  • George Mansor
  • Steve Stoops

Titanium Award – For participating in all 6 rides this year.

  • Alan Hirst
  • Dagame Dominguez
  • Darlene Fong
  • John Hilty
  • Mei Lee Jackson
  • Phillip Jackson
  • Victor Castaneda Jr.

We then gave out a few recognition awards for members that gave us some unique memories during the course of the year:

  • Phillip Jackson – The Brillo Award:  For coming up with a creative way of scrubbing bugs off of his front fairing sacrificing his paint in the process.
  • Dagame Dominguez – The Alien Fuel Award: For trying to run premix in his Triumph Thunderbird on the Alien Abduction Tour.
  • Allen Kelley Jr. – The Getting Passed By A Gold Wing Award:  For getting passed on his KTM 1290 Superduke SE leaving Rachel, NV by Phillip on his Gold Wing two up.  Sneaky that Phillip!

Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you for participating and supporting our club this year!  A big thank you to GO AZ Motorcycles for fabricating the unique trophies and hosting our rides this year!

*Those of you that were not in attendance that won an award can pick up your trophy from El Presidente at:

Spooky Fast Customs

15275 N 83rd Pl

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

M-F, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

To make other arrangements, you can email

2017-12-28 4th Annual Holiday Meatfest & Awards Banquet

Published by El Presidente

Riding since 1983, I've owned a variety of bikes over the years, I have done all sorts of riding! I started in the motorcycle industry in 1999 at Fast By Ferracci in Willow Grove, PA, winners of World & AMA Superbike Championships and AMA Supercross race winners. I now work as the Assistant Operations Manager at Spooky Fast Customs and Yamwood Foundry after a stint from 2009 to 2013 at the GO AZ Scottsdale parts department.