First of all, what is the Seattle 100? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brian Orton, Co-owner of 2Fast Motorcycle Track Days & Instruction, is co-founder and Vice President of the non-profit NephCure Foundation (www.nephcure.org), the only organization in the world dedicated solely to the cause and cure of glomerular kidney disease which affects his young son, Christian. Christian was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome at the age of only 10 months. This condition occurs when kidney filters malfunction and protein needed by the body is instead lost though urine. Swelling occurs throughout the body, especially around the eyes and limbs, cholesterol soars, and hospitalization is generally required. Long-term effects of Nephrotic Syndrome can cause Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), kidney scarring that can require daily dialysis, or a kidney transplant. Although Nephrotic Syndrome (estimated to affect only five out of every 100,000 children) has no established cure, Ortons son responded positively to steroid treatments. These treatments do not always prove effective; thus, Orton also utilized naturopathic therapies... and a lot of prayer. Thankfully, Christian has been in remission for 4 years now, and doctors are amazed with how well he is doing. Yet Brian wants to insure that a cause and cure are found for those who have not been as fortunate. Thus, 2Fast and Brian Orton will together promote the third annual Seattle 100 motorcycle endurance event, which will take place on September 7, 2005 at Pacific Raceways in conjunction with a 2Fast trackday. All patrons who would like to participate in the Seattle 100 (invitation open to anyone who would like to ride) will attempt to complete 100 laps around the road course of Pacific Raceways before the day is over, with pledges / donations raised for each completed lap. While not a race, the event is meant to be a challenge to riders of all kinds fast or slow, racer or non-racer with the goal of raising thousands of dollars for scientific research in glomerular kidney disease. As you may have heard, last years second annual Seattle 100 was incredibly successful, and 2Fast would like to give special thanks to Renton Motorcycles, Kibble & Prentice, Ride Motorsports, Ricci Motorsports, Eastside Motorsports, Bellevue Kawasaki, and the long list of motorcycle shops and customers who supported 2Fast and the Seattle 100 riders in the second annual Seattle 100. Whereas the first ever Seattle 100 had only 12 riders and raised pledges totaling $18,000, last years event had 65 riders and raised $70,000. For all who participated in the last Seattle 100, it was a wonderful time, and all of us can hardly wait for the 2005 Seattle 100 expecting that well have even more riders and donations on September 7th, 2005. Proceeds from the sale of The Seattle 100 T-shirts, as well as rider pledges and donations, go directly to NephCure and are tax-deductible. If you are interested in riding in the 3rd Annual Seattle 100 this coming summer, please contact Brian Orton at (206) 715-4161, or at email firstname.lastname@example.org. 2Fast would love to have your support in this unique and unconventional fundraiser allowing motorcycle enthusiasts to make a difference in someone elses world. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, the idea: Washingtonriders.com and its members will band together, using our mad marketing and advertising skills to raise mucha moolah for these kids. How? First of all, we finish our business cards - which I'm currently working on the generic versions to hand out/place on bikes just to get the name of the website out. There could also be an option - if we decide to go for this - of placing on the business card that we are proud participants of the Seattle 100, raising money for the Nephcure Foundation. We use our business savvy - once we've signed up to participate in the Seattle 100 - to talk to possible donors and raise a total of AT LEAST $500. This is the requirement for participation FOR EACH RIDER signed up to do laps. This is a huge opportunity to publicize the forum. To pique the interests of donors - which includes any and all motorcycle-related businesses, and/or any business you know of that are simply willing to donate to a good cause - we will provide advertising for them. Advertising can be provided here on the site, in the form of banners. If we print ANYTHING - flyers, brochures, maybe even on business cards - we can print advertisers' logos and business names on them. We can do the same with shirts and hoodies, with Washingtonriders.com across the front and all the business logos on the back. On the day of the Seattle 100 we will have a booth where donors can provide business cards, flyers, posters that will be put on display for people to take. And the best part, if we can get people to donate bodywork for the participating bikes (ie Hotbodies, Cheetah Racing, Armour Bodies, or any shop willing to order them for us) we can have the business' logos as vinyl decals showing off the names of each donor. For this to work, there has to be organization and professionalism. Advertisers' amount of donations will determine what kind of exposure they get. ie, Bike Shop A donates $50 dollars. This allows them to have a display at our booth and their logo printed on our flyers. Bike Shop B donates $200 dollars. This gets them a display, logo on the flyers, logo on the shirt. Bike Shop C donates $300 dollars and they get all of the above plus, their logo on our business cards and a decal on the participating bikes. You get the idea. Keep in mind this is for charity. If you are willing to participate in this, it will be out of the goodness of your heart and not for profit. ANY money not used for flyers, business cards, shirts, etc goes directly to the Nephcure Foundation. This is not a race. Other than bodywork for participating bikes, THERE WILL BE NO MONEY SPENT ON PERFORMANCE PARTS USING DONATION MONEY. The owner of the participating bike can do so at his/her own expense and discretion. Any bodywork obtained will be sold/auctioned after the event and the result of the sale will go to the Nephcure Foundation as well. We will give free advertising for printshops, shirt companies, etc, who are willing to let us use their services free of charge. Again, I think this is a great opportunity for Washingtonriders.com to get exposure and to appeal to EVERYONE. We are not a pack of stunters on sportbikes. All of us are equal riders simply enjoying our toys. The hard part is determining who will represent us on the track. I'm more than willing to donate Madison, a set of tires and a whole day of fatigue and soreness for 100 laps around Seattle Pacific Raceways. Finding out who should go, we'll get into more detail about. Now that I've written a book - hopefully it's somewhat comprehendible - some feedback would be cool. Good idea? Bad idea? Suggestions? SPEAK OUT.