Polaris cancels 2014 American Victory Rally
The roar of bulldozers will take priority of the sound of visiting motorcycles for one year.
Polaris Industries on Wednesday announced that it has called off the 2014 American Victory Rally due to an extensive expansion at the Spirit Lake location.
The company announced its $22.5 million expansion at the 565,000-square-foot Polaris manufacturing facility in 2012. Manufacturing lines will be transformed over the upcoming summer, according to American Victory Rally committee chair Marcy Bosch.
"All of us at Victory are disappointed that we are unable to host the rally this year as we know our riders are passionate about their bikes and the opportunity to connect with each other, the Spirit Lake community and Victory employees at the annual rally," she said, in a company statement.
The rally has an 11-year history in the Iowa Great Lakes. The event encourages riders to bring their Victory motorcycle back to the place where it was assembled -- an "Experience Center" is traditionally set up in the parking lot of Polaris Industries at the Highway 71 and 9 junction in Spirit Lake. Vendors stage booths in nearby Arnolds Park and a high-profile concert draws thousands of riders and guests to the area.
"We won't be able to free up the facilities and dedicate the resources necessary to support a quality rally," Bosch continued. "We are grateful to our riders and the Spirit Lake community for their continued support and passion for the Victory brand."
Riders who have attended past rallies are encouraged to contact their local dealers -- Victory owners routinely organize local rallies and events across the country, according to the company.