HERSEY \u2013 When Sheila Teesdale watched eight 1,000-pound motorcycles come within inches of crashing into one another, she couldn\u2019t help but cheer on the riders. The Reed City resident was amazed by the accuracy of the Great Lakes Wings Motorcycle Drill Team during the group\u2019s performance in Hersey on Saturday. \u201cI thought they were just outstanding,\u201d Teesdale said. \u201cIt was the equivalent to the thunderbirds flying in the sky, but on land.\u201d More than 100 people lined Main Street in Hersey to watch the precision skills team maneuver their Gold Wings motorcycles, performing stunts including riding in the shape of the letter \u201cV,\u201d the letter \u201cS\u201d and a butterfly. \u201cYou have to know where you\u2019re going and trust that your partner next to you knows where he\u2019s going so you don\u2019t overlap,\u201d said Terry Hammond, drill team lieutenant. \u201cYou have to pay attention. You have to know what you\u2019re doing and just be careful.\u201d During the show, each rider wore an earpiece to hear instructions from captain Bill Neubeck - the only person who speaks while the bikes are in motion. \u201cIf two of us talk at the same time, we\u2019ll get bleeding on the CB and we can\u2019t have that,\u201d Hammond said. The team is in their 19th year performing together and practices twice a week from mid-March to the end of the summer. This year, the group will perform in Missouri and Pennsylvania as well as participate in local motorcycle events, automobile and air shows, and parades. The event in Hersey was the group\u2019s first performance this year. Ernie Clark, of the Hersey Group - a nonprofit organization focused on building up the Hersey area - said holding the event in Hersey served as a great way to bring people to the growing town. With the opening of Q\u2019s Plants earlier this year, River Junction restaurant and the Hersey Roller Mills store in 2011 and Blodget Landing campground a few years ago, the town has a lot to offer visitors, Clark said. \u201cEvents like these (help) business owners. They\u2019re the ones who brought people back to Hersey,\u201d Clark said. \u201cWe\u2019re just trying to get people to come to sample what Hersey has to offer.\u201d The performance was part of the state Gold Wings Touring Association Rally, held in Evart for the 10th year in a row. Hammond, who also serves as a co-director of the Gold Wing Touring Association, said 120 bikers came to the annual state rally at the Osceola 4-H FFA fair grounds. The group made a special appearance at the Osceola County Relay for Life, took a 120-mile ride around the countryside and spent time visiting with fellow riders from nine chapters around the state. The GWTA will hold their state rally in Evart again next year. The drill team may perform in Hersey next year as well.