Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bikers run Roeder Memorial, possibly for last time! Sports Article
BY DON HOHLER - Reflector Sportswriter
Saturday, June 13, 2009 1:27 AM EDT

JEFF VAN NATTA/REFLECTOR Aaron Sheid from Willard competes in the open amateur class at the George Roeder I & Don Martin Memorial 1/2 mile flat track motorcycle racing show Friday at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk.

It very possibly was the end of an era at the Huron County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. The 20th running of the Don Martin-George Roeder Memorial Race may well have been the last.

Although two of the sons of George Roeder, Geo and Jess, were present, neither rode. Both are now business partners at what was the original Harley-Davidson dealership in Monroeville.

A fine crowd witnessed a regional event that had 79 entries.

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    May 18, 2009 - 01:21 PM

    Roeder's Harley-Davidson Closes

    The Ohio dealership calls it a day.

    By: Paul Carruthers

    Today's edition of the Sandusky Register in Ohio features a story on Friday's closure of Roeder Harley-Davidson, the dealership owned by Will and Julie Roeder and founded by the late George Roeder in 1972.

    According to the report, National City banked filed a forecloser lawsuit against the dealership on April 29, alleging that the Roeders have defaulted on roughly $2.5 million. Harley-Davidson, meanwhile, followed that with a lawsuit of its own, saying the dealership owes the Motor Company $2 million.

    In addition to its financial woes, the dealership serves as the main sponsor for Ohio Bike Week, which is scheduled to start on June 5. The Sandusky Register says that signs on the dealership window directed customers to Shifters Bar and Grill, which is located next to Roeder's, to purchase passes for the event there.

    Steve Ernst, who runs Ohio Bike Week as the president of Advantage Entertainment and Consulting, told the newspaper that the event would continue.

    "We're certainly affected," Ernst told the Register. "They are our lead sponsor. They are the ones who started all this."


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