The Red River Rumble Bike Show is looking to spice up its lineup with a little variety this year.
“For the last couple of years, it’s been a lot of (Harley-Davidsons),” said show volunteer and bike enthusiast Doug McMillan. “We want to get as big a variety of possible in here. It’s the only bike show in town really where you can come see the motorcycles.”
Although Thunder Bay has many car shows every year, the Red River Rumble is the only motorcycle show that runs in conjunction with Rib Fest is the only bike show in the city.
“There’s thousands of bikes here,” said McMillan. “The majority of the people are riding stock bikes right out of the showroom, but there’s a huge number of bikes now that people are putting a lot of money into.”
McMillan is one of those motorcyclists who is always upgrading his ride.
He owns a 2013 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic that has been extensively modified.
“The only thing that’s stock on that bike is the key,” he said with a laugh. “Otherwise, it’s been a total remake.”
“I really like letting people look at it and ask questions,” he added. “The bike show is a great venue for that.
“People get a kick out of that.”
McMillan’s bike has won best in class at both Chicago’s World of Wheels show and the Donnie Smith Bike Show in Minneapolis and last year it won the people’s choice award at the Red River Rumble show.
He noted the focus of the Red River Rumble is about the people of Thunder Bay enjoying a day of looking at bikes and cars.
“We want to get as many entrants into that bike show as we possibly can, cover all sorts of motorcycles,” he said, adding in the past they had a motorcycle in the show that was built in 1941 and the rider had driven it from Atikokan.
There are about 75 entry draw prizes and a cash prize for the people’s choice award.
All money raised from the car and bike show goes to Our Kids Count and McMillan said all money raised stays in the community.
The Red River Rumble car and bike show takes place Aug. 27 on Red River Road (downtown).
Anyone looking to enter a bike or car can contact either McMillan at 251-8416, Keith Taylor at 621-4585 or John Trevisanutto at 474-7601.