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Dennis Hopper Day in Taos and new ownership for Mount Cheaha Harley-Davidson

Dennis Hopper Day in Taos and new ownership for Mount Cheaha Harley-Davidson.
Dennis Hopper Day in Taos and new ownership for Mount Cheaha Harley-Davidson.
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On Friday evening a close associate of Texas Governor Rick Perry was involved in a one-person wreck while riding in his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Jay Kimbrough has been a close associate of Perry’s for years and has provided valuable insight into a myriad of situations during that time.

According to investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Kimbrough was riding his bike within the grassy median of highway Texas 6 which is south of Navasota. There were witnesses to the crash who stated that they did not see anyone force the rider off the road and the reason for his riding within the media remains unclear.

Once Kimbrough hit the paved turnaround between two sides of the highway, the motorcycle went down. Paramedics were called and he was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, TX., where he remains in critical condition.

Kimbrough has served in a wide variety of government roles including deputy chancellor of Texas A&M University; he now works for Texas Health and Human Services where he is a valued adviser on veteran services.

He served in the Marine Corps and annually rides to commemorate an incident in the Vietnam War in which he nearly died after his helicopter was shot down in 1967.

Additionally, he was the assistant director of Homeland Security for the Department of Public Safety and a conservator for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Kimbrough resides in College Station.


Mount Cheaha Harley-Davidson in Oxford, AL hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday to recognize the new ownership under Toni and Mark Christopher. They bought the dealership after being approached by the previous owners and it was an opportunity that “was too good to pass up” according to Toni. Since 1992 the couple has also owned Motorcycle Sports in Munford.


Film fans and motorcyclists from all points descended upon Taos, NM to celebrate Dennis Hopper and the legendary film EASY RIDER to kick off what town officials are dubbing “Dennis Hopper Day”.

While 2014 marks the first year of the ride and rally, organizers are planning on making it an annual event with music and film offerings in the future.

Hopper would have turned 78 on Saturday and lived in the area for many years; he is also buried in Taos.

RIDE TIP: For riders that wish to pay their respects to Hopper, his final resting place is at Jesus Nazareno Cemetery in Ranchos de Taos, NM. From Hwy 68, go east on NM518 toward Talpa. About 1/8 mile, turn left on Espinoza Rd. Cemetery will be on the left after about 300 yards, down a dirt road.