Relive the 2013 Mods vs. Rockers Chicago event taking place in Uptown Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. The guys at Steel Toe Press throw a mean party, or in this case, the “largest urban vintage motorcycle rally in the United States.” We were there for the entire Saturday and captured this video-sampling of bikes, hot rods and rock n’ roll. There were top acts indoor and out, with a nice mix of rockabilly, psychobilly, roots rock and a little punk sprinkled in. If you missed this killer gathering of mods, rockers and rockabilly rebels, mark your calendar for next year: June 13th & 14th, 2014!
They said it was gonna be bigger and better. They said the entertainment was gonna be top notch. Man, did it rock. The guys at Steel Toe Press upped the ante this year at the 9th Annual Mods vs Rockers Chicago. Featuring the same great focus on vintage motorcycles and scooters, this was the first year at a new location that more comfortably and safely fit bikes, hot rods and vendors. More buzzworthy was the ability to offer an indoor and outdoor stage of killer bands at the historic Aragon Theater. If you missed it, check out this photo-feature to live vicariously through our lens…
Yep, it’s the biggest MvR event in America, but that hasn’t stopped Steel Toe Press from making it even bigger in 2013. The top-notch motorcycle and scooter rally will expand to include hot rods among thousands of vintage bikes n’ scoots. With the addition of the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago’s premiere venue for live entertainment, attendees will experience an indoor and outdoor mix of motorcycles and music, featuring Reverend Horton Heat, ‘Stray Cat’ Lee Rocker, the Supersuckers and more great bands.
Chicago’s Mods vs Rockers has grown to the biggest event of its kind in the USA. Attendees will see European, Japanese and American motorcycles of all types show up for this top-notch motorcycle and scooter rally. Vintage, custom, modern, and unique bikes line the curbs of North Lincoln Ave and thousands of people fill the sidewalks outside Delilah’s. At this year’s event, Lee Rocker and his band-mates capped off the night with some bass-slappin’ Rockabilly at the Bottom Lounge.
The scene found at Chicago’s Mods vs Rockers goes far beyond the cafe racer craze. Sure, the event is inspired by vintage British motorcycles and Italian metal-bodied scooters, but the curbs are endlessly lined with all types of old, custom and unique bikes. For the eighth year, the small trees and lampposts along busy Lincoln Avenue are flooded with motorcyclists and pedestrians-turned-admirers. Here’s just a sampling of what it looked like through the lens of Good Spark Garage…
Hey, Rockers. Hey, Mods. Mark yer calendars for June 15th and 16th, 2012. We just cut this teaser vid for Martin and Larry, the guys at Steel Toe Press, who are putting on the 8th Annual Chicago Mods vs Rockers Vintage Motorcycle and Scooter Rally. Word on the street: it’s gonna be the best one yet.
Classic European and vintage Japanese motorcycles line the curbs of North Lincoln Avenue in downtown Chicago along with a sprinkling of streetfighters, choppers, bobbers and modern bikes. There’s also a strong contingent of old and new scooters mixed into the Mods vs Rockers event hosted by Ton Up Club of Chicago. While it’s a wonderful bike show, it’s great for people-watching as well.
Every Father’s Day weekend for the past seven years, Larry Fletcher and the Ton Up Club of Chicago have hosted one of the coolest motorcycle and scooter gatherings in the country. If you haven’t attended Chicago’s Mods vs Rockers, watch this video for a mere taste of what you’d experience on North Lincoln Ave and the surrounding areas.
Just seven miles from Pole Day qualifications at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 19th, motorcycle engines dominated the soundscape at Indy’s Rockers Reunion. The thumping and buzzing of over 300 4-cylinders, parallel twins, triples, old singles and screaming two-strokes confirmed the increasing popularity of this event. Check out our pics for a mere taste of the cool found at Indy’s best vintage bike gathering of the year.
MOTOBLOT Chicago has rounded the corner on its second year. Once again, it lived up to its billing as one of the Midwest’s best bike shows, featuring top-notch music, quality vendors, a hot rod show and a pin-up contest. Saturday’s outdoor festival on Fulton Street was rich in motorcycle culture; here’s our photographic summary of this vibrant scene…