It's The First Motorcycle Painted By The Artist Of The Freedom Rock®
DES MOINES, Iowa - A one-of-a-kind motorcycle custom painted by a well-known Iowa artist is up for grabs in a lottery promotion this winter in support of our state's veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund.
The Iowa Lottery, which has raised more than $14 million for veterans' causes since 2008, has teamed up with artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II on the motorcycle project. It's the first time that Sorensen, the artist best known for his annual artwork on the huge "The Freedom Rock®" boulder near Greenfield in western Iowa, has painted a motorcycle.
"We were lucky enough to work with Bubba back in 2009 to produce 'The Freedom Rock' instant-scratch game and we’re thrilled that he agreed to lend his talents to this motorcycle project with us," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said as the motorcycle was unveiled to the public Monday at an event in downtown Des Moines. "We couldn't wait to see the artwork he'd dream up. And we're excited to give this bike away as part of our efforts to raise money for Iowa veterans and their families. Someone will win a true masterpiece on wheels."
It took Sorensen about five days to hand paint the motorcycle's gas tank in early December. He weaved into his patriotic artwork an eagle's head and the letters "USA" on the top of the tank; the motto, "All gave some, some gave all," on the tank's sides; and undulating red and white stripes representing an American flag blowing in the wind as the motorcycle drives down the road.
"Red, white and blue are my favorite colors and I've always been inspired by eagles," Sorensen said. "The motto, 'All gave some, some gave all,' is so impactful and I thought it should be included on the bike. You can see some of my brushstrokes in the finished product, so I think it represents my style of painting even though it is on a new surface for me."
In keeping with an Iowa theme, the lottery purchased the one-of-a-kind Victory Boardwalk™ motorcycle from Victory® Motorcycles in Spirit Lake.
Col. Robert King (Ret.), Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, complimented Sorensen and the lottery for working on another innovative state project to help veterans.
"Iowa is really doing its homework to support our military veterans," King said. "From the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund to provide help for veterans and their families in need, to the new Home Base Iowa initiative to match veterans with jobs across the state, I'm proud of the efforts we're making and the success we've achieved for veterans who call Iowa home."
Here are the details about how lottery players can enter for a chance to win the motorcycle, valued at an estimated $31,000, in the lottery's "Veterans Victory" promotion, which began Monday:
In addition to the unveiling event Monday, the Lottery is making arrangements for the motorcycle to be at the Statehouse on Jan. 22 for the 2014 Veterans Day at the Capitol to give people a chance to see the eye-catching motorcycle in person.
Since its first games to benefit the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund debuted in July 2008, the Iowa Lottery has raised more than $14.1 million for the IVTF and thanks its players for their continued support of this noble cause.Return to top↑