2009 BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster Owner's Event

Text: Ken Freund • Photography: Can-Am

In late June, BRP Can-Am Spyder owners from all over North America rode to Los Angeles for the "Ryde to the Red Carpet." This second annual Spyder owner's event celebrated the Spyder roadster's role in the movie Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, and up to 220 Spyder roadsters and 410 owners and passengers came to the affair and zipped around the streets of Los Angeles and Hollywood for three straight days.

Most attendees stayed at the Sheraton Universal, where hundreds of roadsters took over (the whole first floor of the garage was for Spyders only). And the fun really began Friday evening when more than 100 owners and passengers on nearly 70 Spyders went to Bob's Big Boy in Burbank for its famous cruise night. Spyder Ryders filled an entire section of the parking lot, and Jay Leno showed up in a turbine car, part of the vast collection he keeps in Burbank. After a couple of hours, a large group of owners rode over to downtown Burbank for a pleasant dinner and more camaraderie to wrap up the evening.

On Saturday owners headed to the festivities around 7:15 a.m. and were welcomed by Universal CityWalk, which provided them with VIP spaces - and to say the least, seeing 200-plus Spyders parked together was impressive.
After breakfast at the Hard Rock Café, BRP held a welcome presentation outside the AMC cinema, where Vice President of Can-Am, Yves Leduc, and Director of Marketing Marc Lacroix were on hand to announce the winners of the esteemed BRP Spyder Awards as follows:

Best Personalized Spyder
Sharon Diezmo from Nevada

Most Mileage on a Spyder to date
Doru Ticsa - 38,650 miles

The owner who traveled the farthest distance to the event
Jocelyn Noreau traveled 3,009 miles/ 4,814 km from Quebec City, Canada to Burbank, California.

Owners who demonstrate true Spyder passion on the web
Lamont Bryden - SpyderLovers.com
Marc Pukos and Craig Deats -
SpyderTalk.com
Lou Gutowski and Veronica Dunford - West Coast Spyder.com

Spyder Elite - Owners who have logged more than 25,000 miles on their Spyders
Doru Ticsa: Clearwater, FL
Lamont Bryden: Mosheim, TN
Mark Adams: Fanny Bay, BC Canada Ken Miller: El Cajon, CA
TJ Fischer: Simi Valley, CA

After much applause it was time to walk the red carpet, grab some refreshments and watch the Spyder roadster make its movie debut. In what some critics say is this summer's blockbuster hit, Transformers 2: The Revenge of the Fallen, Spyder roadsters played a role in the government's secret NEST force deployed to save the world from the Decepticons.

After the private screening, over 200 Spyder owners rode the scenic and challenging Route 2 Angeles Crest Highway up through the canyons for cool mountain air and some of the best views in California. Despite the infamous LA traffic, the group stayed together very well - considering its size - and even pulled over at a midpoint to gather for a photo op. Overall, the ride took about three hours, with gorgeous sunny weather and plenty of smiling faces in abundance. Owners rode at their own pace, with some taking aggressive corners and others choosing a slower "enjoy the scenery" speed. The Saturday event schedule concluded at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, with a BBQ cookout and lots of good food and storytelling.

The last day saw many Spyder owners trying to get an early start for a long ride home. However, quite a few stayed around to participate in a Poker Run and a special unveiling at the Peterson Automotive Museum. The run started at 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Universal with stops at five area dealerships: Jet World Powersports, Bert's Mega Mall, Del Amo Motorsports, Honda of North Hollywood and Honda of Hollywood. Participants had a blast visiting the dealers, each of which offered specials for Spyder owners wanting to pick up some parts or accessories. Bert's, at about 190,000 square feet, is one of the largest motorsports dealerships in the world and the farthest inland of the stops. While it was cool along the coast thanks to fresh Pacific breezes, summer was fully roasting with triple-digit temperatures on that portion of the ride.

Sunday's Poker Run finished at the Peterson Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, where Museum Director Dick Messer and BRP Marketing Manager Philippe Normand presided over the induction of the Spyder roadster used in the Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. The actual unit, a P2 prototype, was donated to the museum. Afterward, BRP representatives rolled the Spyder roadster into a large display to become the latest addition to the museum's movie collection.

For three exciting days, Spyder owners got to meet celebrities, walk a red carpet, enjoy a private screening of Transformers 2, ride great mountain roads, and help induct the Spyder roadster into one of the top automotive museums in the world. For these lucky Spyder owners it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But great as this year's "Ryde to the Red Carpet" was, BRP organizers certainly look forward to seeing just as many or more Spyder afficonados gathering at the 2010 event.