Recently, Dutcher has fought an uphill battle against motorcycles with loud pipes, both in general and particularly at his event. He recognizes the damage that loud pipes do to motorcycling and events. His efforts to keep them out of Americade have been motivated both by a desire to protect his event and, as he told us a few years ago, "because I live here too." However, he has been thwarted to some degree by his own success as a promoter. In recent years, the number of motorcyclists attending the premiere northeast touring event has become so large that many vendors have set up facilities outside of the areas that the Americade event controls. So, while Dutcher can ban loud pipes from the sites where the rally's core events occur, he has not been able to completely keep them from the event and the town. However, local enforcement has been rigorous, making Americade one of the quietest major motorcycle gatherings in the country.