Girl's Best Buddy

More than 40 years ago, Buddy Stubbs won the Daytona 100 and finished his motorcycle racing career. And he's still got a way with the ladies.

On Thursday, June 9, Stubbs and his Arizona Harley-Davidson dealership in north Phoenix host the Buddy Stubbs Ladies' Night, yet another indicator of women "graduating to the front seat," as Andreanne DePape, the dealership's manager, puts it.

"We're moving forward and riding our bikes," she says. "It's very American."

DePape came up with the Ladies' Night idea. She expects local chapters of female Harley connoisseurs -- including Women in the Wind and the Ladies of Harley -- to be out in full force at the event, which is both a hawg-lovin' hoedown and a workshop, of sorts, for more novice riders.

In addition to a "Stubbs Studs" fashion show -- featuring Buddy, his sons Jack and Frank, Harley mechanics and Channel 3's Scott Pasmore, all modeling Harley leather jackets and jeans -- and a tour of the Buddy Stubbs Motorcycle Museum, led by Buddy himself, ladies can participate in a "tech clinic" with DePape on the basics of motorcycle maintenance.

But most of all, DePape says, it's all about the ladies.

"I expect the girls to be hootin' and hollerin'," she says. "Men will be serving drinks and hors d'oeuvres, we've got an all-male fashion show, and Buddy wants to feature bikes that were made specially for women in the 1950s and '60s on his tour of the museum."

The museum also features 111 motorcycles manufactured between 1903 and the 21st century, from manufacturers including Triumph, BSA, and Harleys, of course.

"Buddy knows a little bit about each one of them," DePape says.

Ride on, sister.

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Joe Watson