Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Boomerang Bagger by Celeste Culbertson


I have the most incredible story to share with you about Jeremy Tumblin’s Harley-Davidson Street Glide. But first, let me tell you about Jeremy. He is a native of Hickory Tavern in Laurens County, South Carolina. He graduated from Piedmont Technical College of Greenwood in 2006 with an associate degree in machine tool technology and welding. JT worked as a welder at Eaton in Greenwood for several years, then as a machinist at L&M Machine in Gray Court. Jeremy started a secondary business (his side hustle, as he called it) around 2014 at L&M, designing and milling big wheels (28-inch and 32-inch) for Harley motorcycles on a CNC machine. He found his niche in customizing wheels, modifying bikes and then perfecting his creative skills.

After a drunk driver turned in front of his dad while riding a motorcycle down Fairview Road in Simpsonville, Jeremy decided that he would powder coat his new 32-inch custom flip-six wheel on his personal bike a blinding safety green (neon yellow,) so people could “see me coming from a long distance away,” as he often articulated. JT included many other add-ons (mechanical and cosmetic) to that bagger, such as a two-tone custom purple paint overlayed with a grey lace pattern from a bridal veil, saddle bags with taillights from a Toyota Camry, air ride to extend the front forks and to raise and lower the bike. The bike was customized to the max, stereo and sound included.

As fate would have it, that big bright neon yellow wheel became Jeremy’s calling card and legacy, as it was very recognizable. It made him stand out. And he became well-known in the custom motorcycle industry and in the biker community across the U.S. He was even recognized by Orange County Choppers founder and reality television series, American Chopper, in May 2019. JT had to decline the opportunity to appear on the series due to a chronic illness, but gladly handed it off to a buddy in the industry. Unfortunately, Jeremy passed away a few months later in August 2019, after a fierce five-year battle with colorectal cancer.

JT's bike then exchanged hands (twice) and ended up in New Mexico. As his mom, I like to think that his bike continued to spread his legacy. The motorcycle was riding in territory that Jeremy’s eyes had never seen and somehow that represented freedom to me. But the strangest thing happened. I received a private Facebook message on June 26 of this year from a lady in Inman SC. I met this lady years ago in the Greenville H.O.G. chapter when I was employee of Harley-Davidson of Greenville and served as the liaison between the two entities. The lady wrote that her son and husband had driven out to New Mexico that weekend, bought a motorcycle and trailered it back home. They were told that it was a bike built out of Anderson. After asking around, they discovered it was a bike built out of Laurens County instead. And yes, as fate obviously arranged it, it was/is Jeremy Tumblin’s motorcycle! I can’t even begin to tell you how many gallons of joy and gratitude poured out of my eyes as I read that PM!

I recently visited the new owner of my son’s Street Glide. He’s a nice guy. I’m grateful the motorcycle is in the loving hands of a biker family. He and his wife are giving the bike a facelift and making some mechanical alterations. They have changed the paint scheme to raspberry (purple with pizzazz) and island boy, which is in the teal color spectrum. They are also adding many new parts, engine upgrades and a whole lot of TLC. I can't wait to see the final product, and maybe even write another post about it! 

The new owner said, “Out of respect for Jeremy and in memory of your son, I will keep the name of the bike the same.”  I quickly replied, “Her name is Defiance.”  And, she has defied the odds by traveling across a dozen states and over a thousand miles to make her way back home to Upstate South Carolina!  And I am convinced that one day, after she’s well-ridden and retired, she will make her way back home to Hickory Tavern, just like Jeremy did. Iykyk.

Jeremy's custom made urn

Pictured above:  Jeremy's custom-made gas tank urn. His crowning jewel, if you please. It passed through the hands of nine men (masters of their own skilled art) to make Jeremy's last wish happen.

Pictured below: A small variety of wheel designs by the late Jeremy Tumblin from blanks to finished products. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

The Tavern Breaks Ground, Dream Center

Hickory Tavern, SC - The Tavern broke ground Sunday, July 30, 2023 for their new Dream Center. Drinks were on the house, Living Water and New Wine, the only drinks that can quinch one’s thirst, says the lead pastor, Rev. Chad Jordan, repeating the words of the Master. Free coffee and snacks were also available in Guest Services. Live music was provided by The Tavern Praise Team and Band.

Before the groundbreaking ceremony, Rev. Chad Jordan preached his Sunday morning sermon (inside the current worship center/gymnasium) on the "Influence of Social Media."  He took his outline from a previous Sprite commercial, which stated: Image is nothing. Thirst is everything. Obey your thirst. He mentioned influencers and how they should positively influence others; that the right image is important; how Jesus offered the woman at the well living-water that would quinch her thirst; how salt (influencers) should make others thirst for God; and lastly, obey the (godly) thirst for things above.

The service then moved outdoors as the crowd gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Dream Center, which will be 15,494 square feet and seat over 420 people. It will be one of the largest worship centers in Laurens County. 
This project has been over seven (7) years in the making, as the previous building had been condemned by the county and torn down due to structural issues with the rafters.

To kick-off the outdoor ceremony, Pastor Chad, read verses from the book of Habakkuk chapter two, which instructs the prophet to write down on tablets the God-given vision…and to wait for it to come to pass. Rev. Jordan went on the explain The Tavern’s mission statement: Dream. Develop. Discover.

“The goal is to create an environment that encourages people to dream, which is interchangeable with the word vision, and to be better” says, Rev. Jordan, “to help develop that dream, to disciple them, to come alongside, and help people to discover how that is supposed to work, what that looks like in God’s plan for their life, whatever your talents and strength are...” 

The church elders joined the pastor with shovels in hand to break ground, then ended the ceremony with prayer. Now the grading and construction can begin!

Everyone is welcome to be a part of The Tavern. The church is located at: 18069 SC-101, Gray Court, SC 29645 (formerly known as Hickory Tavern Church of God.)  For more info call 864.684.2201

Article contributed by: Celeste Culbertson

The top two photos contributed by: Summer Walls

*The views of this organization may or may not line up with the views of the owner of the blog. The purpose of this blog is to share the positive things that are happening in our county, among our neighbors and in our neighborhoods. 

July Fireworks in Retrospect

Who can believe that almost one month ago, we were planning our 4th of July cookouts and trying to decide where to go to watch the fireworks displays? Some folks in Laurens County opted for the annual Lake Rabon Estate display, while others watched them from their pontoons on Lake Greenwood, as seen in the photo above, taken by a well-known photographer, Robert Vance. 

The writer of this post did neither, as in none of the above. My daughter, granddaughter and I shared a delicious meal at Senor Garcia in Laurens and came out (unknowingly) just in time to watch the fireworks show. We sat in the parking lot, where many people had gathered in their vehicles with their families, a few in golf carts riding around. We had a great time watching the bursts of brilliant colors explode in the sky, just over the Dollar General beside the Mexican restaurant at the old Laurens Plaza. Talk about dinner and a show, both were fantastic! Good times in our little home town. 

That all seems like a life time ago, way off in the past somewhere, but was less than 30 days ago. Now on to school starting today, August 1st, on a modified schedule in District 55. Go figure? It will be Christmas before we blink our eyes. Stop and enjoy the little things in life. 

Contributed by: Celeste Culbertson

Winner of the 2023 Jeremy Tumblin Memorial Race, Interview


Who won the 2023 Jeremy Tumblin Memorial Race back in June of this year at the Warrior Creek Speedway in Gray Court SC, you ask?  None other than Logan Tucker of the Justin McDonald Racing race team. Congrats (again) to the winner and the racing team who won four races that evening!

I was able to get a statement from Tucker last week. This is what he said when I asked if he had had the opportunity to meet Jeremy Tumblin and what it meant to him to win this race two years in a row:

“I met Jeremy Tumblin and he raced with our team on several different occasions at many of the different tracks we traveled to. Being able to win the race the first year was very meaningful, to not only myself but everyone who races with us and who knew Jeremy! Looking ahead to this year, being able to win it again against some stiff competition made it that much sweeter. While winning races at that event was important, we worked extra hard to win that memorial class because we knew Jeremy was looking down and smiling on us. It’s such a special victory to all of us at team JMR. I have the trophy checks and medallions set aside from the rest because of how meaningful this race is to me. Jeremy is greatly missed and played a great part in our racing family.”

Justin McDonald, the team owner, posted this on his personal Facebook page, shortly after the race: “JMR went to the Jeremy Tumblin Memorial Race this past Saturday and ended up with 4 wins, 3 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th place. It was an honor to be able to have a 1-2 finish in the Memorial Race for Jeremy Tumblin. We miss you bro. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their help and hard work in our program. Can’t beat a local Saturday night race.”

No need for my conclusion. These guys wrapped it up nicely. Here’s where I “drop the mic” and walk off the stage, feeling pretty darn good about my son, Jeremy Tumblin.

Contributed by: Celeste Culbertson

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Rainy Day Dreaming

This is a practice run to check out our new Google Blogger account and its features on this rainy day in June! Torrents of rain are coming down, but it has NOT hindered our foot traffic. What better thing to do on a rainy day than to get out of the house and check out the inventory at Destination Powersports in Clinton SC and dream?!  

And, if you are going to dream, then dream BIG! Select your dream machine. Which will it be, a Polaris RZR or Honda Talon? Maybe? Or, you can customize your dream machine. Pick out some accessories or riding gear. Once you decide, our sales team, parts team, service team and finance team can make it happen for you. The old saying reigns true, "Team work makes the dream work!"

Now sales isn't the purpose of this blog. Connecting with our customers, neighbors and surrounding counties is the purpose. We may from time to time introduce you to a new machine, talk about performance or new features, but the main goal is to get outside of the dealership, meet people and take notes on what's happening like the recent Memorial Go-Cart Race at Warrior Creek Speedway in memory of Jeremy Tumblin. JT was an avid Harley-Davidson rider and also loved everything that was dirt-track. Hold on to your slick tires and be on the lookout for our next post about the winner of that race in Gray Court!


Boomerang Bagger by Celeste Culbertson

  I have the most incredible story to share with you about Jeremy Tumblin’s Harley-Davidson Street Glide. But first, let me tell you about J...