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     J. C. "Pappy" Hoel founded the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club in Sturgis, South Dakota in 1936. Two years later the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began with nine racers. During World War II the rally was suspended for two years and resumed in 1938. 2006 is the 66th annual Sturgis Rally. The rally attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. In 2006 the attendance was estimated over 525,000.

     On August 7, 2006, the Rally was the setting for the first day of issue for a block of four stamp featuring American motorcycles.

.Motorcycles 2006

    The four motorcycles pictured are described on the back of the stamps.

Chopper c. 1970

"Especially prominent during the 1960s and 1970s, choppers are extensively customized motorcycles that earned their name from the process of removing, or "chopping," unwanted components. Typical chopper features include a stretched frame, raised handlebars, and long forks leading to the front wheel."

Harley-Davidson 1965

"With its whitewall tires, extensive chrome, large fenders, and fiberglass saddlebags, this Harley-Davidson is considered by many to be one of the company's most iconic motorcycles. Known as the Electra-Glide, this model was first manufactured in 1965, when its near features included a push button electric starter."

Indian 1940

"The 1940 entry in a series of deluxe, four-cylinder motorcycles knows as the Four, this streamlined bike from the Indian Motorcycle Company featured skirted fenders that partially covered the wheels, a controversial design innovation that soon became an Indian trademark."

Cleveland 1918

"Lightweight and affordable, this Cleveland was popular motorcycle with a single-cylinder, 2.5-horsepower motor. Advertisement claimed that it could travel 75 miles on a single gallon of gas and reach speeds of up to 35 to 40 miles per hour."

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