Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I’ve been to a bike event or two, some fuckin’ awesome (The Smoke Outs) and some not really hittin’ the mark and eventually fallin’ flat on their face and dying. In the past I have even put a few small ones usually just to piss on the surrounding residents that somehow rubbed me the wrong way.
They were small one day things at bars showcasing bands with filthy names. They went well but were made the bar good money. The bars were usually full to capacity but then again they were small bars…whatever….fun was had and a few bills changed hands. Not to mine unfortunately but then again that wasn’t the reason I did ‘em.
I’ve been to events big and small. Some were free form in the vein of just a good party and others were money making machines that’s only purpose was to line the pockets of the events promoters, not that this is a bad thing. They have run the gamut of just a bunch of bikes showing up in a field and settin’ shit on fire to micro-managed cattle calls to any fuck wad wearing a pair of chaps and holding a Platinum Card. The latter might have been a financial success but always fall short of a bike event that will have any longevity.
What does it take to hold an event that will be on everyone’s calendar year after year? Beer, boobs , bikes, bands, tire smoke and food along with a level surface to plant your head when you need to take a ‘time out’. It doesn’t seem that complicated until you try to steer it in a direction that it doesn’t want to go to.
Everyone has a different opinion of what any event should have but not having thrown one they might not know what is involved in getting that one thing that made the event they attended leave a bad taste in their mouths. It’s quite possible that the one element that was lacking was something that they should have brought along with them if they had known they could have contributed. Then again sometimes the event was never meant to be an audience participation type of venue.
Events are usually full of vendors and attitudes, bikes and pompous hard asses, shy locals and big talk phonies that just try to hard…where’s the middle ground? Where is the event that just is and grows into whatever the attending demographic of chopper jockeys brings to the plate? Meaning a good attitude, a lust for some kicks and a certain respect for the location the event is held to avert the influx of hordes of the boys in blue? A self regulating event that won’t leave a hole in the ground where the town used to be? A good time then gone type of event.
I need your input on what an event should have if all the unnecessary shit is stripped away and you still hand shift your way home with a smile on your crusty face. How do you fill the event with killer sleds and good people and how do you leave a good impression on the town while still having a GREAT time? I.E. how do you have an event without the National Guard being called in?
In your opinion…what makes a good event? What would you need to be there? Are vendors necessary or would you be willing to drop your dimes at the local bars and restaurants to help support the town? Could an event be thrown so that us cycle fucks could have a good time, independent bike shops could showcase their latest builds and products and the town would be more than happy to host it again the next year. What’s your input? “GT motherfuckin’ P”