By: Michael Lichter, Peter Fonda .
In 1938, J. C. "Pappy" Hoel hosted a half-mile dirt track race in the sleepy Black Hills town of Sturgis, South Dakota. Nine riders participated in the race and had so much fun they decided to make the event an annual gathering. Sixty-five years later that humble gathering has grown into the Sturgis Rally and Races, an event that attracts over 600,000 bikers each August.
One of those 600,000 bikers is a man named Michael Lichter. He's made the annual trek to Sturgis each year for the past quarter of a century. A professional photographer by trade, Michael captured the rally on film, at first simply as an artist, and later as a professional photographer for Easyriders magazine.
Sturgis provides a stunning photographic record of the fabled motorcycle rally Michael's camera captures this seminal American event from the laid-back seventies right into the new century. Prepare to see Sturgis as you've never seen it before.