In its ninth year, the Rockers Reunion Vintage Motorcycle Show pulled up roots from their historic location at the Melody Inn in midtown and descended on their new spiritual home—Fountain Square.
The day kicked off with The Rolling Bones, a 75-mile ride for motorcycles 30 years old or older. Those sorry souls on newer bikes were also welcomed, but were “penalized” with a required donation to Riley Hospital for Children. Let it be known that all penalties were happily paid.
For the main event—with the blessing of our fine Fountain Square merchants and, of course, the government of our fair city of Indianapolis—Virginia Ave. and Prospect Ave. were closed to traffic, creating a pedestrian-friendly, festival-like atmosphere filled with local merchants and every kind of bike imaginable.
The day’s threat of rain didn’t keep people away, and when the skies finally opened up, the only thing that got dampened was people’s clothing. The motorcycle community is a hardy bunch, after all. Free bike washes for everyone in attendance and a sudden spike in business for all the restaurants around The Square.
Fortunately, the sun came back out and the streets filled back up like nothing had happened. Good, clean fun for the whole family.
The day wrapped up at Flat 12 Bierwerks with the presentation of Sean Neal’s hand-built trophies to the show winners, which was yet another great excuse to drink good beer and stand around and look at motorcycles.
Missed it this year? Mark your calendars, friends. It’s coming back bigger and even better June 4, 2016.
(Photos of the event, compliments of Eric Anderson, Larry Fletcher, John Robinson.)