Bikers by the hundreds join in benefit for I-75 victims

August 18th, 2014 by Staff

ZUBER — Hundreds of bikers turned out Saturday for Bikes for Badges, a charity motorcycle event held at Bubba Raceway Park, with proceeds from the showcase going to the families of three people killed on the side of Interstate 75 several months ago.

Escorted by Marion County sheriff’s deputies and Ocala Police Department officers on motorcycles from the raceway park at 9050 NW Gainesville Road in Zuber around mid-morning, bikers rode through various Marion County communities for one hour, before returning to the point of origination.

The ride, which was open to everyone, cost $25. Each participant received a wrist band that gave the opportunity to eat food, listen to live entertainment, and later on, watch races at the raceway.

The event was organized by Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, a syndicated talk radio host heard Monday through Friday from 6-10 a.m. on 102.3 FM out of Tampa. The entertainer said he has been doing events such as Saturday’s bike ride for the last six to seven years.

Since the inception of Bikes for Badges following the death of a St. Petersburg police officer, Clem said he has raised in excess of $600,000 for families of fallen law enforcement officers and first responders who have died while protecting their communities.  Read more at


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