This year’s Love Ride in Southern California celebrates the 40th anniversary of Easy Rider, which placed actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper on a chopper to the stars in 1969.
The Love Ride is the largest single-day motorcycle fundraiser in the world. It will be held October 25 at Glendale, and as usual, Captain America — Peter Fonda, that is — will be there as honorary grand marshal. He’ll be joined by Jay Leno, who is grand marshal, and Robert Patrick (he played the Terminator cop in some movie) as secondary honorary grand marshal. Willie G will be honorary chairman. And a non-famous guy, Oliver Shokouh, will be the actual chairman. The ride raises money for a large number of charitable foundations, such as the Scleroderma Research Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
But that’s beside the point. What really matters is that Sony is reissuing the movie in digitized form and has authorized the production of 3,000 Captain America jackets, all of which will be signed by the Captain himself, and they’ll sell for only $459 and will be available at Harley-Davidson shops around the world. Fonda will also sign the American flag on one jacket at each dealership carrying the Captain America jackets, and that will be raffled off.
Fonda’s vest and the T-shirt from Easy Rider will also be available in 40th anniversary replica editions. So if you’re really, really sure that you want to be Peter Fonda, now’s your chance.