Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2021: Grand Marshal Gives Update Before Riding Into Sturgis for Welcome Ceremony

by Matthew Memrick

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Grand Marshall Jody Perewitz gave a quick Instagram update heading to the welcome ceremonies on Friday. The event continues through Aug. 15.

In a quick video Thursday, the New England native said she was at Lake Yellowstone on her fifth day of riding. She planned on making the 480-mile trip to Sturgis by noon for the opening.

“I will make it for opening ceremonies at noon,” Perewitz said. “So I hope all you guys will be there.”

In April, The Rapid City Journal reported on Perewitz’s selection. She is one of the most recognizable women in the motorcycle industry. She was the first woman ever to jockey an American V-Twin-powered motorcycle into the record books, going at well over 200 mph.

Notably, Perewitz now holds 16 land speed records, one of which is a world record.

Huge Numbers Expected in South Dakota

Incredibly, NBC News reported that around 700,000 people would show up for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota raising fears of Covid-19 infections.

Many were indifferent. It was almost like a regular Sturgis Rally to them on the positive side.

Sturgis attendees often let loose, walking around in little clothing or body paint. On Thursday, a woman walked around with a goat on a leash. Nearby, a man sat on a bench with a rifle as folks smiled and walked by.

Many consider it their yearly pilgrimage.

“It’s just a great big family atmosphere, everybody’s out here for the same purpose — we all love motorcycles,” Aaron Harper said. “If you’re a motorcyclist, you have to see it at least once in your life.”

On a positive note, Perewitz told the Associated Press she was “ecstatic” to see how many came for the opening ceremony. Motorcycles went for blocks as crowds roamed Main Street, the heart of the rally, too.

Sturgis Grand Marshal Perewitz Has A Riding History

Three years ago, the 2021 marshal notably became one of three women take part in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run, a Sept. 8-23 run from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. Ultimately, she rode 3,400 miles on a 1926 Harley-Davidson JD.

To elaborate, the fifth organized race used only pre-1929 motorcycles with 100 riders from 32 states and ten countries.

Similarly, Perewitz competed in the “Motorcycle Chase.” To enumerate, the Chase is an endurance race from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Key West, Fla. For that race, she rode a 1936 Harley-Davidson VLH.

However, her day job includes handling the marketing and day-to-day activities at Perewitz Cycle Fabricators in Massachusetts. She works there with her father, Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Dave.

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