One Moto Show!
Veterans Memorial Coliseum has hosted some pretty big events, and the One Motorcycle Show — or One Moto Show — promises to be another one, as motorcyclists converge on the historic Portland building.
One Moto Show has been held for the past 10 years at a warehouse in North Portland, but organizers have sold out every show and wanted to expand. So, they rode to the Coliseum with their art-meets-motorcycles show Friday-Sunday, Feb. 7-9. Thor Drake, founder of One Moto Show, expects about 60,000 people to attend. There'll be motorcycles, vendors, dirt racing, concerts and art shows; virtually every room at the coliseum will be used.
Drake calls it a show unlike anything else, with its blend of culture and motorcycles.
"We want to create a multilevel show with (dirt) races attached, a trade show experience for different motorcycle companies, and all the custom and classic and rare bikes we showcase," he said. "Having a pretty stout sponsor like Indian Motorcycles has given us the support needed to grow the show."
Indian Motorcycles first sponsored the show last year, and they help stock it with classic, vintage and stock bikes.
There'll be some 200 customized motorbikes by about 150 builders representing all eras.
More than 100 vendors will line the coliseum's concourse, with bikes dispersed among the entire space. The coliseum's rooms will be filled by sponsors, an art show (50 artists in painting, sculpture, mixed media and more) and even music, with four concerts planned.
Motorcycles included are a Carey Hart custom bike and Drake's Indian Springfield Dark Horse bike that he made into a "Traeger" bike — a motorcycle literally with a Traeger grill installed on it. Last year, Drake introduced an espresso machine bike to the show.
In the coliseum's bowl on Saturday there'll be national-level professional and amateur races on a flat dirt track. Included are the Super Hooligan championships. Motorcycles racing will include electric bikes.
Drake's See See Motor Coffee Co., located on Northeast Sandy Boulevard, is the event's operator. But, ironically, Stumptown Coffee will be served; See See doesn't brew its own.
Although Indian is involved, several bikes will be represented — Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, BMW, Husqvarna and more.
Ten years ago, when One Moto Show started, it was about presenting motorcycles as art pieces. Then organizers added art, such as with the 21 Helmets painting show.
Said Drake: "We built the One Show as a bonfire stoked by motorcycles as art, sport and culture. This leap to the Memorial Coliseum makes room for more attendees, which was needed, and the message now more than ever is, 'Everyone is welcome.' The One Moto Show is for riders, nonriders, moto-curious, and everyone in between — young and old. It's a celebration."
For more: www.the1moto.com.
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