Again, we all wonder if this year’s Daytona Biketoberfest is going to show some signs of renewed life and street energy. I remember the first edition in 1993, saw the event grow until 2005, then slowly decline in terms of frequentation until now. It doesn’t mean less interest for those participating and those working the event. Hotels and restaurants are cheaper, service is better, a lot of vendors offer discounts and or free installations, and the weather is usually very pleasant.
I forecast an attendance on the same level than last year, which would be good news at a time when all Americans wonder if we are on the verge or already in a double-dip recession. Anyway, I will be there to report and summarize after the jump some of the main events.
Harley-Davidson plans to set up their pin stop on Beach Street. A lot of vendors and the Original Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson, the last time you visit it as a Harley bikes selling place befiore it is turned into a museum. All brand demo rides, as usual at the International Speedway Boulevard. Vendors, races, bikini contests, etc. Major custom part vendors at Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach.
Oct. 13-Oct. 16: The 7th Annual Motorcycle Swap Meet Extravaganza & Bike Show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds provides the perfect opportunity to buy, sell and trade your motorcycle gear from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Fastlanes Chopper Show, Fri. Side Car & Trike Show, Sat. Antique Bike Show. Cash and trophies awarded! Free Registration from 12:00 – 2:30, Judging @ 3:00pm. Call Troy Rentz 386-801-1810
Oct. 14: Ben Prestage, known for his unique musical techniques (fingerstyle guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, resonator guitar, foot-drums, vocals, and award-winning original songwriting), at Riverfront Park from 1-5 pm on Friday, October 14.
Oct. 14: The Boardwalk Classic Bike Show will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. All bikes welcome.The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and trophies will be given out at 4.30 pm.
Oct. 14-Oct. 15: The 2-day Poker Run for Autism Speaks. This 2-day poker run will start at the Racing’s North Turn at 11 am on Friday, Oct. 14. Route will be printed on the back of your poker card, cost to enter is $15.00 per hand. Last stop will be Racing’s North Turn on Saturday, Oct. 15 where there will be a live band, raffles and 50/50 drawing starting at 6:30 pm. Payout is $200 for best hand, $100 for second best hand and $50 for worst hand! All proceeds will go to Autism Speaks. Racing’s North Turn is located at 4511 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet, FL. Contact: Desiree at 386-299-4177 or Michelle at 386-689-6716.
Oct. 15: Blue Oyster Cult will be performing a free concert at 6:30 p.m. at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona. View details here.
Oct. 15. The 19th annual edition of the Biketoberfest Rat’s Hole Bike Show at the Daytona Lagoon 601 Earl St Daytona Beach, FL. What’s new this year? Not surprisingly, the return of a “Cafe Racer” Class that the show included in the 70′s. Registration is open online or Saturday October 15 from 8 to 9am on Ora Street where the custom bikes will be lined up for entrance and must be fired at the gate to be able to compete.