If you like the feel of the wind in your face and the open road, then you’re sure to find an upcoming Shelbyville event interesting.
The Fifth Annual Spring Thaw Bike Show & Swap Meet is moving to Shelbyville this year and is looking like it’s going to be the biggest yet. Due to the purchase of the Tennessee Expo Center in Smyrna, the 2007 Spring Thaw has been moved to Saturday, March 31, at Calsonic Arena.
According to organizer Tom Williams, the new location is much larger and potentially will allow the show to expand into a two day rally, with such activities as a planned ride from the show, music and perhaps a motorcycle race next year.
About 3,000 people from across the country attended last year’s show. Participants bring their bikes to show, and vendors come in from all points to sell new and used motorcycle parts, riding leather and accessories, new products for motorcyclists.
There will also be custom painters and pinstripers on hand that can touch up your bike while you wait, or riders can discuss setting up a appointment to have their bikes completely custom painted.
The swap meet has customers buying and selling all types of parts for various models, and it is a good place to come find that certain part to finish a vintage restoration, or a full blown custom.
There is also vintage memorabilia and bikes on display. An unusual feature offers the opportunity to place your bike in the 4-sale corral where thousands of potential buyers can see it, all in one day for $10.
The show is also unique in that it is geared toward all bikes, with 26 classes, for anything to stock Hondas to custom Harley-Davidsons.
There will be trophies for first through third place in each class, which are voted on by the spectators, with the Best of Show winner receiving $500. Show trophies are being provided by Thunder Roads Tennessee Magazine.
Two classes are to be specifically geared toward the home-based motorcycle builder: the Horse Backstreet Choppers Magazine low-buck garage built chopper class, and the semi-pro chopper builder class. Winners of each of these classes win $500 as well.
Author Alan Mayes’ will be on hand Saturday to sell and sign copies of his book, Old School Choppers.
Also, Bikerdesigns.com and Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro have teamed up to bring spectators "Licensed to Win"; the first 3,000 people through the gate will have a chance to win a 2007 Harley-Davidson Big Twin, provided by Bumpus Harley-Davidson.
Participants must have a valid driver’s license, and if the last six numbers of your driver’s license match the last six numbers of the bike’s VIN — you win. If there is a match, the announcement will be made immediately after the 5 p.m. bike show awards, and you MUST be present to win. For complete details, visit Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Murfreesboro .
Organizers also support charity events each year at the show. This year they are supporting a poker run that will leave Saturday morning from Rutherford County and will have stops along the way, ending at the Arena. The ride will benefit a program from First Baptist in Smyrna, which benefits the Victory House Ministry for Women. For complete times and info call the ride coordinator, Brad Neas at (615) 477-2932.
Gates are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is $8 per person, with children under 12 admitted free.
For more information, contact Scooter or Doris at (615) 896-2708 or (615) 364-1828. There is also more information, including vendor and bike show entry forms, at www.bikerdesigns.com.