Over the last several years, Thunder Roads Ohio has worked to develop local and regional Bike Shows as a means of showcasing both the rides that our readers have and the amazing works of rolling art that local shops and builders have been producing. Along the way, we discovered that many local riders had never participated in a Bike Show – never considering that their bikes were “show worthy”. It turns out, though, that most riders have an appreciation – even a love of motorcycles that goes beyond the amount of chrome on a bike or if there are water spots and dust on them. We’ve hosted Bike Shows at indoor venues that have often showcased bikes with less than a dozen miles on them – and we’ve hosted Bike Shows at outdoor venues ranging from dealership parking lots to grass fields with countless entries still hot from riding in from across the state! Throughout we’ve discovered that it’s not always the most polished that gets the attention, but it’s the love and work that goes into the bike that everyone appreciates. Even if you’ve never participated in a Bike Show before, we encourage everyone to participate and have fun with the shows! Chances are that you’ll discover a greater appreciation for what makes your bike unique and meet some other folks with a similar passion. And we’re certain you’ll have a blast!
For 2019, Thunder Roads Ohio will once again host an extensive schedule of Bike Shows – ranging from local community shows and Bike Night Shows, to festivals and rallies, and culminating in our Championship Shows. We are looking to spread out into new areas, with a number of new shows being held in Southeast and Northwestern Ohio this year. We are currently scouting new locations and scheduling new shows through the end of the year. If you have a venue and are interested in hosting a TRO Championship Bike Show – or you’d like to recommend a location – we’d love to hear from you! Just send us an email at BikeShowInfo@gmail.com
Piston Power Show March 15-17, 2019 I-X Center, Cleveland
Come on out and join the Thunder Roads crew as we host the THUNDER ZONE at the largest indoor custom vehicle show in the WORLD! More on this event on page 14, 32-33, and 55 in this month’s magazine!
OHIO BIKE WEEK CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW! 6/1/2019
The Midwest’s Largest Motorcycle Event will host the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP w/ TRO!
If you are interested in participating in the Championship Bike Show in Sandusky, as part of Ohio Bike Week, please be certain you register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at ThunderRoadsOhio.com – select Bike Shows from the Menu Bar. A select number of Bikes will be accepted for the Championship Row – which does require you to apply in advance by submitting photos and some background on each bike being considered. You can email us at BikeShowInfo@gmail.com with photos and information on the bike. Make certain that you include a listing of any awards received at TRO BIKE SHOWS.
The Piston Power Show has undergone a number of changes the last several years, adopting the ISCA Ju55.dging and changing up the Awards and Prizes. Thunder Roads Ohio, though, will still be hosting a Thunder Zone Exhibit area for motorcycles and presenting the People’s Choice Award for favorite overall bike at the show. Series Exhibitors interested in participating in the Piston Power Show and exhibiting in the Thunder Zone motorcycle area should email us at BikeShowInfo@gmail.com and include photos of the motorcycle(s) you’d like to bring. Priority will be given to those already placing or winning at TRO Bike Show Series events previously, but consideration will be given to all submitted. This show will now be a qualifier for the TRO Championship Show held at Ohio Bike Week.
Stay tuned for some exciting announcements regarding the OBW Bike Show and this year’s Rally!
ATTENTION MOTORCYCLE SHOPS / CUSTOM BUILDERS / PAINTERS:
For shops interested in participating and possibly exhibiting customer and shop bikes, a limited number of shop displays are available. To reserve space for group bike displays (ie., shops, clubs, race teams, etc..) email BikeShowInfo@gmail.com
Email BikeShowInfo@gmail.com TODAY to reserve your spot with TRO for Ohio Bike Week!
SIDE BAR –
UPCOMING TRO BIKE SHOWS
Spring Biker Bash – Veterans Benefit BIKE SHOW & SWAP MEET Saturday, May 11
Kent American Legion Post 496 1945 Mogadore Rd, Kent OH 44240
Vintage and Military Themed Bike Show w/ classes for all bikes! Thunder Roads Ohio photo booth shooting for magazine and features! Register now at ThunderRoadsOhio.com or by emailing BikeShowInfo@gmail.com
Other shows you don’t want to miss!
June 1, 2019 Ohio Bike Week TRO CHAMPIONSHIP BIKE SHOW, Sandusky OH
June 15, 2019 National Road Bike Show, Cambridge, OH
June 23, 2019 Newton Falls Bike Show, Newton Falls OH
July 5-7, 2019 Hot Rod Super Nationals, Canfield OH
July 18, 2019 Quaker Steak & Lube Sheffield, Sheffield Village OH
July 30, 2019 Wild Eagle Bike Show, Broadview Heights OH
August 14, 2019 Quaker Steak & Lube Valley View, Valley View OH
August 17, 2019 Finks Harley-Davidson, Zanesville OH
September 7, 2019 Thunder on the Strip, Geneva-on-the-Lake OH
September 14, 2019 Hot Rods & Handlebars Show, Akron OH w/ GAMC
October 13, 2019 Devil’s Staircase Bike Show, Oregonia OH
*Tentative dates. Date and details to be finalized and will be announced in future editions of TRO or at ThunderRoadsOhio.com
Standard TRO Show Classes
MILITARY THEMED BIKE (Specialty Class)
US / PATRIOTIC THEMED BIKE (Specialty Class)
VINTAGE MILITARY MOTORCYCLE (Specialty Class)
Vintage Import Stock (European / Asian)
Vintage Domestic Stock
Vintage Custom (Resto-Mod)
Stock Domestic (V-Twin)
Custom Domestic (V-Twin)
Rat Bike / Garage Build
Touring / Bagger
Performance / Racing
Adventure / Off-Road
BEST OF SHOW
A class must have at least 3 entries in order to qualify for a BEST OF CLASS Award. Subcategories and Specialty Classes (show in italics) must have at least 3 distinct entries within in order to be broken out, but is done at the discretion of the event organizers. Judged Shows will include both a BEST OF SHOW and a PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD. Thunder Roads Ohio and show organizers reserve the right to consolidate or add classes at their discretion.