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74 April 2018 www.thunderpress.net THUNDER PRESS by Shannon Parker PORTLAND, ORE., FEB. 9–11—Nearly a decade ago Thor Drake, owner of See See Motorcycles, found himself in the daily grind of a young business owner. Wanting to wash away the winter blues and celebrate innovation and wild craftsmanship, Drake set out to create a party that celebrates those that never lost that desire to bring their craziest, most unique dreams alive. Finding badass motorcycles is not diffi cult. One could stroll down to their local shop or maybe hit the annual convention style shows that predictably roll through town to fi nd a sea of shiny chrome, but he envisioned something more. As a businessman, artist, lover of speed and the general desire to just hang out and have a big party, Drake sought to create an environment that would enable every aspect of motorcycling to be highlighted in a way never experienced before. Incorporating mas- ter builders, painters, welders, fabricators, leather makers and musicians in a space as unique as the machines, the one-of-a-kind The One Motorcycle Show made its debut in Southeast Portland. Now in its ninth year, it's clear his challenge to fabricators and artists to bring their dreams to life is still very much alive. Thor asked the community to bring him "The One" machine that could make your dreams come true. This year the show upped its game and moved into a 60,000-square-foot space that was once home to Steinfeld's Pickle factory in North Portland. This new space gave the curators an opportunity to expand on their solid foundation of highlighting the unique, the unconventional and the just plain badass bikes. This year 100 builders brought their A game. The venue was a perfect backdrop with its fl oor- to-ceiling windows that allowed expansive light to pour in over the rows and rows of gleaming chrome and custom pearled paint jobs. Fan favorites includ- ed the integration of original artwork such as paint- ings, photographs, mixed media and leather work in and around the motorcycles. Expansive brickwork and high ceilings enabled large pieces and montages to be on display. Old racing posters along with handwritten notes and times were incorporated into the Mt. Scott Hill Climb display. As you peeked close enough to read the racers' words of inspira- tion, it was as if you could imagine yourself being the one prepping to take to the hill and race to the top. Full sensory has always been a goal for Drake and his crew. You see the bike, you smell the oil, you see the photos and press from decades ago and your mind starts to imagine you are there. With the expanded space, not only were there more bikes, but vendors and food carts were on hand to feed your need for a tasty nosh without leaving the venue. Olympic Provisions served up handcrafted sausages and Pine Street Biscuits were briskly serv- ing up fan favorites like the Reggie. Apparently, looking at so much handcrafted beauty really makes one work up an appetite and the biscuits on steroids were just what the doctor ordered. Hub Brewing and See See Motorcycles provided the perfect beverage to wash down tasty pub fare. This year 45 vendors were on hand to offer up a wide variety of motorcycle wares. Highlights includ- ed Portland's own Langlitz Leathers ready to help hand craft your dream jacket, just as they have since 1947. Velomacchi, another local company, offered up watertight gear designed to distribute the weight off your shoulders. This show favorite provides gear for riders in the wind without the fear of waterlogged jeans at the end of your ride. Need some pinstrip- ing? No problem. Rick Evans and his 40 years in the business made quick work of helmet after helmet freehanded detailed pinstriping to perfectly match your ride. This quiet man in paint-stained overalls is another example of what the show is all about. It's full immersion. It's meeting the artist that not only fabricates your ride, but outfi ts you for the ride and then helps you rock your own personal look. The only style required—yours. This unique show isn't just about the machine; it's also about the person or team that brings the machine to life. Present throughout the weekend are the owners, builders and riders of these amazing motorcycles. Guests are given not only an intimate view of the machines, but also one-on-one time with the actual person that brought their dreams and inno- vation to life. Love speed? Have you ever wondered what it takes to race? No worries; on hand were fl at track racers, drag racers, hill climbers and even salt fl at racers. Folks usually seen from the sidelines were there to answer any questions a guest may have had. This writer was intrigued by one particular Indian racer that was using a honey bear as a part of its crankcase breather. You know, those plastic bears your grandma hands you when it's biscuits for dinner night. Apparently that happy bear can also be used to gather any potential oil drips while you are racing and therefore ensure you are not disqualifi ed because your 80-plus-year-old bike made the track too dan- gerous to race on. Who knew that a honey bear was a multipurpose tool for bikers? But that's where imagi- nation creates a machine that not only goes fast but keeps your ride safe. Not all the magic that happened at the show was old school. One of the biggest stirs of the show had THE ONE MOTORCYCLE SHOW Dreams, INNOVATION and creativity Quintessential to "The One" show is this perfect mix of master machines, original artwork and edgy architecture Enrico de Hass from Wannabe Choppers shows off his ultra-light all- electric bike

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