This family-friendly event is free for everyone!
“The really neat thing about this event is that it’s absolutely free to attend,” said Tim McKeever, marketing manager with Gowanda H-D. “If you own a classic car or pre-1985 American-made motorcycle, especially Rat Rods, Street Rods, Hot Rods, Bobbers and Choppers, and want to show it off, it’s free to register, but all classic cars and pre-85 American-made bikes are welcome.”
He continued, “If you own a business that has a professional set up and you’d like to be a vendor, it’s free to come. Best of all, it’s free for everyone in the family to attend, too. We want this show to be a great day for the entire family, and making it free is the best way we know how.”
But that’s not all. Back by popular demand is Buffalo Music Hall-of-Famer Bobby Lebel and the Damn Fine Rebels.
“It’s a Rockabilly show, and we couldn’t think of anyone better to set the mood than Bobby. He’s one of the best, and his awards show that,” said McKeever, who also mentioned that food will be on hand throughout the day.
He said, “We’ve teamed up with our friends from Goode’s Restaurant, who will be offering food on site for purchase. Hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausages and, if you’ve ever been to Goode’s before, you know what I’m talking about when I say that new this year is their homemade pie stand. It’s going to be an amazing feature.”
Pin-up dresses for the ladies and garage shirts with pomade for the guys are a necessity.
According to McKeever, “Our guests and staff go all out for this. They dress the part! We highly encourage dressing up and having fun with this.”
Several vendors will be on hand throughout the event.
“Our vendors have something unique for everyone. This is truly a great classic car and bike show that’s all about custom culture. But we open it up to any businesses out there that wants to get their product in front of our customers and fits the feel for the event. It’s free to do it, but space is limited,” he said.
Gowanda Harley-Davidson is throwing in a special twist to entice you to attend this year.
“On top of offering some of the coolest awards to participants, which feature pistons mounted on wooden frames, we will be giving those who attend the chance to sign up and win a free 30-second shopping spree at the dealership during our Open House on Sept. 14. Anything you can put on in the MotorClothes Department in 30 seconds you can keep. There are only a couple of exceptions, helmets and boots. And we get this quite often from some of the guys, but, no, you can’t put on a motorcycle,” McKeever laughed.
If you are interested in attending for free as a vendor or as a vehicle owner, you can pre-register by contacting Gowanda Harley at (716) 532-4584, or emailing Tim McKeever at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is not required for vehicle owners, but appreciated. The event is also listed on their social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.
Registration starts at 10 a.m., music goes from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., and voting from noon until 3 p.m., with awards to follow. There will be a New York State Police escorted ride to the Dunkirk Pier at 3:30 p.m. following the awards ceremony for all classic cars and bikers in attendance. Learn more by logging on to www.GowandaHarley.com.