RALEIGH, NC – September 17, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – North Carolina’s largest motorcycle festival, Capital City Bikefest, will take place again this September 21-23. This year, all the action at Raleigh’s popular biker event will be filmed for History Channel’s “ToyMakerz” television series and will include some big changes in its 14th year. Activities that traditionally took place on Fayetteville St., including the street fair with thrill shows and motorcycle club meet-ups, will move to the Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson dealership. Bikefest’s national custom bike show competition, tattoo festival for charity, and vintage car show will again highlight events at the Raleigh Convention Center.
“For the past 13 years, Capital City Bikefest has attracted motorcyclists and their families from across the Southeast who make downtown Raleigh a unique destination to celebrate motorcycle culture and friendship,” said Mark Hendrix, festival organizer and general manager of Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson. “We’re excited to host the History Channel, along with Dave Ankin and his ‘ToyMakerz’ television show, as they film an entire episode dedicated to our community.”
Capital City Bikefest is a southern tradition for attendees who enjoy motorcycles, live music and local culture. Over the years, the event has raised more than $135,000 for charity. “ToyMakerz” filmed at Bikefest 2017 for a segment that highlighted the custom bike show and tattoo festival. The “Rally in Raleigh” episode aired earlier this year on Velocity television network.
Changes this year will move the festival’s live music, food trucks and thrill shows to Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson, Sept. 21-23. Running concurrent, Sept. 22-23, the custom bike show competition and tattoo festival will take place indoors at the Raleigh Convention Center, with a vintage car show outdoors Saturday.
“Capital City Bikefest is attracting builders from across the country to compete in the public bike show competition, plus the Baddest Bagger, Softail® Showdown, and Sound-Off competitions. Downtown Raleigh will be filled with exotic motorcycles, vintage cars, and fun surprises for families to enjoy,” said Hendrix. “We’re excited for all the builders competing and for a nation-wide television audience to experience our diverse and enthusiastic motorcycle culture here in Raleigh.”
Admission to the bike show and tattoo festival at the convention center is $10 for the full weekend. Proceeds will be donated to nonprofit charities the USO of N.C., and the U.S. Veterans Corps. All events at the dealership are free.
About Capital City Bikefest
Raleigh’s motorcycle culture dates to the early 1900s when “24 enthusiastic motorcyclists of this city organized themselves into The Raleigh Motorcycle Club,” according to a February 12, 1916 article in The News & Observer. Nearly a century later, Ray Price channeled that spirit to form Capital City Bikefest in 2005 as a downtown motorcycle rally in Moore Square. The next year, Bikefest became Raleigh’s first large-scale festival on Fayetteville St. created by a local business, attracting 65,000 attendees. By 2013, attendance grew to 100,000 and Bikefest was named the nation’s “Best Motorcycle Event” by powersports industry magazine Dealernews. The family-friendly festival has drawn more than one million people downtown in its first 13 years and has donated over $135,000 to charity. Watch the ToyMakerz “Rally in Raleigh” segment that aired on Velocity earlier this year: https://youtu.be/OqMICKeV85U
About Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson and Triumph Raleigh
Raleigh, N.C. is a top motorcycling destination thanks to 35 years of powersports leadership at its Harley-Davidson and Triumph dealerships. Capital City Bikefest is organized by Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson and Triumph Raleigh to actively support motorcycle riding, cultural diversity, community growth and nonprofit fundraising.
“ToyMakerz” is based on the life and creations of Reidsville, N.C. native David Ankin. The show embodies a modern definition of its title, featuring “unique toys for big boys.” Ankin is a former stunt man, motorcycle racer and custom fabricator who specializes in creating unique race cars, custom motorcycles and trucks.
Source: Capital City Bikefest