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The Queens Together Motorcycle Festival and Stunt Show

This past Saturday saw a portion of Salisbury Street closed off for the Queens Together National Motorcycle Club 7th Anniversary Reunion. It was a two day event in total, but the part I attended (Saturday afternoon) was a stunt show, festival, and showcase of tricked out motorcycles. The music, dancing, artwork, and various booths added a welcome splash of culture to a part of Raleigh that is usually quiet on weekends.

Best in Show

The first part I noticed was the contest for best tricked out bike. There were categories for chopper, harley, sport bike, etc. I think the Green Mile bike was my favorite in the trophy contest.

The Music

DJ Storm laid down the tracks that had the crowds dancing in between the parade and stunt shows.

Busting out a few moves before the stunt show

The view from the DJ booth

The Stunt Show

As one may expect, the stunt part was the most exciting part of the event. I saw the three stunt drivers pulling off tricks I didn’t think were possible on two wheels.

Motorcycle Art

I spent the most time admiring the creative and often breathtaking works of art on the side of various bikes. From humorous, to symbolic, to the simply beautiful, many owners make their mode of transportation a creative extension of their personality; not unlike the late Sho Nuff.

The Circus Sideshow

I don’t know for certain, but I believe the Convention Center had a crowd of circus performers for another event. A couple of them ventured into the festival outside and entertained the attendees.

Faces of the Crowd

“Boop”, so named for her bike and matching helmet. Had I been a judge, she would have won a best in show award.

Above is Dionne, founder of Urban Burnout Magazine, operating a vendor booth at the show.

Daryl is from Connecticut, shown here with his ’05 Harley with a one of a kind saddle.

“Black”, who owns an absolutely stunning black bike.

Into the Night

This was a two day event, with each day promising activities and entertainment late into the night. The area of Fayetteville Street around City Plaza was packed with bikes and revelers.

Now after experiencing the festival, I really want a motorcycle.

A description of the event from the flyer:

Raleigh is a city on the edge of everything new and hip and so is the QT’s 7th Anniversary; plenty of excitement, entertainment and fun. As you know southern hospitality is all the charm of the south so while you are here, relax, release, chill and enjoy!

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