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Derek Garland, a rider with the Metal Mulisha Troops, pulls off one of many aerial stunts Saturday aboard the Combat Center for those in attendance to the Commanding General’s Car and Bike show. The Troops did three shows Saturday.::r::::n::

Photo by Lance Cpl. M. C. Nerl

Metal Mulisha Troops take Combat Center for wild ride

25 Oct 2010 | Lance Cpl. M. C. Nerl

Metal Mulisha Troops, along with car and bike owners from around the Combat Center community, dazzled the installation Saturday during the Commanding General’s Car and Bike show and Metal Mulisha performance here.

Metal Mulisha is a group of professional stunt riders who travel and perform large venues and for service members.

The Troops performed three shows during the day, adding a kinetic display to compliment the elegant exhibit of rare and custom vehicles displayed across the way.

Performing for service members is a rewarding experience for the riders, said Jimmy Fitzpatrick, a member of the Mulisha, from Temecula, Calif.

“The team is glad to be back here,” Fitzpatrick said. “We all like putting on a show for the military guys. It’s cool to do these military shows, because we’re the Metal Mulisha Troops, but [service members] are the real troops.”

Fitzpatrick said the high winds in the desert had proved problematic before, but during the show all was clear, and the riders put on a show to remember.

The car show had its share of sights to behold as well, one of which was a 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster hot rod, owned by Gunnery Sgt. Tim Warren, a watch commander from the Provost Marshal’s Office.

“I always take it to a show when I get the chance,” said Warren, from Binghamton, N.Y. Warren, who placed third in the car show for his category, Under Construction, said he plans on entering his vehicle again next year as well.

Lance Cpl. Mike Marra, who attended the event, said he’s been a huge Metal Mulisha fan for a long time and was excited to hear about the show.

“If they were selling tickets, I would have camped out to get one,” said the Atlanta native. “It was great getting to see them riding out here. It’s also awesome that people who have all that going on take time to come out here and do a show.”

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