It’s going to snow all weekend, so I’m trying to put myself in a warmer state of mind and am turning my attention to things that remind me more of those warm, bright, sunny, summer days that seem so far away right now. One such thing on my mind right now is motorcycles. I don’t know, there’s something that just screams “summer” about watching people ride their bikes down I-83 or I–95 to destinations like the Inner Harbor or across the Bay Bridge, where there is beer and good music, and where the leather jackets are fashion statements, not worn out of necessity with mittens, scarves, and hats. And though I’ve never ridden a bike myself, I still appreciate the beauty of bikes, their colors, and their power.
Which is why, next weekend, I’ll be at the Timonium Fair Grounds at the Timonium Motorcycle Show checking out the newest, as well as classic bikes. Beginning Friday, February 12 through Valentine’s Day, the fairgrounds will be a Bike Lover’s paradise all weekend long. This three day affair celebrates the very best in motorcycle mania, from Maryland and around the country. But don’t you fret if you don’t know the difference between a Hog and a Hell’s Angel- there’s enough to see and do for everyone to have a great time at this unique winter festival.
Opening each day at 10 a.m., the Timonium Motorcycle Show features custom bikes from some of the best known bike builders, racers, and enthusiasts in the country. The highlight of the festival is the bike show, where these mobile sculptures are on display for everyone to enjoy in a multitude of classes, including full, mild, or radical custom, antique, nostalgic, and special interest. Trophies will be awarded in the classes and all classes that have more than three entries will be eligible for cash prizes. New for 2010, the show will not accept entries into the stock class; entries that were previously classed in the “stock” category may be entered into the “mild custom class.”
The other highlight of the Motorcycle Show is the appearance of celebrities and bike personalities. Law & Order:SVU’s Ice-T and his wife, swimsuit model, Coco Austin, both motorcycle enthusiasts, will appear all day on Friday, February 12. Just added to the appearance schedule is Jenni “ J-Woww” Farley from the new MTV hit Jersey Shore, who will appear on Friday, February 12 from 3-8 p.m. and again, briefly, on Saturday, February 13 (time TBD). Others on the appearance schedule, appearing all three days, are racing legend Gary Nixon, former speed channel host Michele Smith, and innovative motorcycle builder Vince “Nobody” Doll.
The Timonium Motorcycle Show starts each day at 10:00 a.m. Admission to the show is $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 10-15 and children under 10 are admitted free of charge. You can buy your tickets early (a practice that is actually encouraged by the show, which, oh, so helpfully, posts photos of ticket lines at previous shows on its website) at any Pete’s Cycle location, Bob’s BMW in Columbia, and the Harley Davidson Store on Pulaski Highway in White Marsh. $5.00 discount coupons for adult tickets can be found online at the event’s website, www.cycleshow.net.