Daytona Biketoberfest History

Background. Janet Kersey, a Daytona Beach native is considered the official “Birthmother of Biketoberfest®” . She was hired as the director of tourism events by the DBACVB to create new festivals and events that would attract visitors during the off-season periods. Her first assignment was to create a special event, similar to the ever-popular Daytona Bike Week, centered on the American Motorcycle Association’s annual fall races held each October at Daytona International Speedway.

In 1993 the Daytona Convention & Visitors Bureau registered the name Biketoberfest® with the US Trademark office, marking it the first US trademark registered motorcycle event in the country. Janet Kersey was named a few days ago Director of the soon-to-be Bruce Rossmeyer Store & Museum on Beach street.

Under a solid blue sky (a few clouds this Saturday) with temperatures in the 80’s, from Main Street to Beach Street, from The International Speedway to Destination Daytona via Willie’s , The Boardwalk & Rat’s Hole Shows, a few pictures of this 2011 Biketoberfest edition


10 Responses to “Daytona Biketoberfest History”

  1. 1 colemanfu Oct 15th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Another good show – Thanks Willie!

  2. 2 Patrick Hemery Oct 16th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Weather was very nice, crowds were light, had a good time.

  3. 3 Lambo Oct 16th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Weather perfect – decent crowd – which is why I favor Biktoberfest over Bike Week… You can actually ride Main Street and find a place to park. Look forward to it next year.

  4. 4 bigalyts Oct 16th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    To Short, need to be 2 weeks. The best weather, just no Mountains.

  5. 5 Tropical Willie Oct 17th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Great show as always thanks to all who support this show as the funds go to the veterans fund ,Special thanks to NIKI LYNN ,WORLD FAMOUS ROADSIDE MARTY ,THE HORSE BACK STREET CHOPPERS, DAVE,ROGUE,AND ever one who comes out to support this great fund raiser for the veterans support fund. these men and woman deserve our support ,also thank you CYRIL for keeping the motorcycle industry informed GOD BLESS THE VETS AND FAMILIES ,THANKS REV AL PARQUET for being there ,JEFF SPEED KING YOU TOO THANKS TO GUYS LIKE YOU AND ROADSIDE MARTY FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE YOU GUYS ARE GREAT FRIENDS IF YOU WAS AT THIS SHOW YOU HELPED SUPPORT A VET SO THANK YOU ALL …

  6. 6 Chopperjohn Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Seeing as I moved from Southern California now live in Daytona Beach, I get ot enjoy Bike Week and Biketoberfest every year. It never gets old. I’m out riding every day and every day during the Bike Events. I must put a couple hundred miles on my Bikes just cruising around. This event was great. Unfortunately there were 6 motorcycle related deaths.

  7. 7 Khris Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    They are passionate craftsman! Our owner, Sam Nehme of Broward Motorsports, just came back from Biketoberfest where he displayed some of the amazing pieces of art he created, including the world famous Nehmesis custom bike. He takes his work seriously and considers each piece a personal representation of him and of Broward Motorsports commitment to the power sports community. Featured builder at the Yamaha tent at the Daytona Speedway. There were many other “art shows” at Daytona and much to see! Thanks to all for making us feel welcomed!

  8. 8 1 DWB Oct 19th, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Willie you keep giving the best show every year.. AGAIN AND AGAIN I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU AND CREW. Waiting for next year

  9. 9 Michael Erthal Oct 19th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Again another great show! Perfect weather, good people, good music, food and great time. Thanks to Willie for allowing us the opportunity to support our Vets, Well Done!

  10. 10 jatinder pal Oct 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Cyril please more on the bike in the top right pic with amazing rear wheel.

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