You might say the ThunderStruck Xtreme Bike Show has come of age.
In its 21st year, it has outgrown its annual takeover of downtown Medford’s Front Street and will be held at Rogue Regency Inn & Suites, 2300 Biddle Road.
On Saturday, Aug. 19, hundreds of motorcycle owners from all over Southern Oregon will grace the parking lot with everything from factory stock to wild and outrageous custom-built motorcycles.
"The merchants on Front Street have been very good to us,” says Mark Daley, “especially Habaneros and Porters. We have always appreciated their generosity and support, but as the event continues to grow, this new location offers us a chance to expand even more.”
The show features a variety of classes for extreme customs, stock bikes, metric cruisers, vintage bikes, a lady's division and a specialty class for the most unusual. The entry fee is $10, and all proceeds go to local Boys and Girls Clubs. Show registration begins at 11 a.m., with judging from 1 to 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded around 3:30 p.m.
"If you ride it, bring it to the show,” Daley says, because it’s not just about fancy paint or radical customs, although there is plenty of eye candy for motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s about having fun and supporting a good cause.
Daley, a custom motorcycle builder and owner of ThunderStruck Custom Bikes in Medford, and his wife, Betsy, started the bike show in 1996 as a fundraiser to benefit local kids. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and sponsors, they have donated well over a quarter-million dollars to the Boys and Girls Clubs in Jackson and Josephine counties.
"We’re very excited about this new location,” Daley says, thanks to Scott McCollum and his family, who own the Rogue Regency Inn.
"They are long-time supporters who have always been generous in donating weekend getaway packages as raffle prizes. We were talking about how much the show has grown, and Scott mentioned the big, shaded parking area behind the Inn. The downtown area has always been so hot with all that pavement, so the idea of more room, better parking and more shade trees totally sold me on the idea.”
Daley says the change of venue has sparked renewed interest in the show and opened the door for adding some new vendors.
Look for a Cigar Den booth for the first time this year and Trollee Korn Gourmet Popcorn. In addition to the Regency Grill and Chadwick’s Pub & Sports Bar, the hotel will offer an outdoor barbecue and a variety of adult beverages. Or grab an Uncle Al’s hot dog as you cruise the show. Music will be provided by the Perry Road band, and Daley says this year’s raffle prizes are worth the price of a ticket.
"Every year we get more and better raffle prizes and a bigger payout in the 50/50 drawing,” he says.
There also will be hot rods and more classic cars this year, Daley says.
"Since we have the room here, we’re adding a small invitation-only car show. We’ll also have some tricked-out semi trucks from JTD Trucking, Oregon Vintage Motorcycles, and booths representing D&S Harley-Davidson, Hansen’s BMW Motorcycles, the Combat Hero Bike Build and a few others.”
"So many people have contributed to the growth of this show," Daley says. "Betsy and I could never do it without all of them and the show participants who show up every year. It’s always a good time, so even if you don’t have a bike to bring, there are fun things to see and do. Buy a raffle ticket or two and you have done your part for a very worthy cause.”
— Cindy Quick Wilson is a freelance writer living in the Rogue Valley. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.