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75 www.thunderpress.net THUNDER PRESS April 2018 to be Enrico de Haas's electric bike. This soft-spoken German and owner of Wannabe-Choppers created a stunning old school-style chopper that demanded respect. With fi rst glance the stripped-down bike looks like an homage to vintage V-twins. But then when you zoom in you notice that this is a bike like no other. There are no moving parts to this particular engine. It offers a scale mockup design to showcase his craftsmanship of bikes built from the ground up. He was so passionate about his builds that he was more than willing to answer any question a guest lobbed his way. He described his start-to-fi nish pro- cess in creating this one-of-a-kind bike. Powered with an electric motor and weighing in at just 170 pounds, this bike reaches a top speed of 50 mph. This just might be that commuter we've all been looking for. No parking? No worries; you can just pick this beauty up and move it to a nice safe spot in the local parking garage. Once again, innovation comes to life and it's fair to say that de Haas has created the fi rst electric vehicle for which bystanders can truly say, "Man, that is badass." As the show has grown, so have the opportuni- ties for a variety of out-of-venue experiences. Three years ago fl at track racing was added as part of the weekend experience. This year there was also trick riding and midget electric bike racers. Events coordi- nator and public relations spokesperson Tori George stated that they are working with the City of Portland to grow the event and are hoping to expand the show to be a destination experience. It's clear Drake and his team are working on creative ways to enhance the experience for our entire community. This year was the fi rst time the event charged an entrance fee. By the long line snaking around the venue, it did not appear the $10 ticket was swaying anyone from showing up. George stated that in 2016 they had 17,000 visitors and she felt they were on track for an equivalent crowd. She stated the goal was to bring not only the motorcycle community together, but also folks that may never have even rid- den a bike before. "We want everyone to have fun and enjoy the party," she stated. Flat track racing at the Salem Fairgrounds was one of the highlights of this year's event. Just 45 minutes from Portland, Salem is a quick hop down the road and the raceway was teeming with activity. Sammy Halbert and our See See racer Andy Dibrino freely chatted with the crowd in between heats. These great guys were happy to talk shop with the young and old, making it a perfect experience for all the members of the family to support racing. Crowd sized doubled this year, and if you happened to be watching the racers on the fi nal turn you were sure to eat mud each and every time. So be sure to mark your calendars for 2019, the 10th anniversary of the most unique motorcycle show in the Northwest. If year number nine was any indication, Drake and his crew have not peaked. The venue just gets better every year all while staying true to its roots—showing the weird, creative and the unique. You never know what you might see at this unique and innovative show. Each creation captures the heart, mind and dreamer in all of us. We can all say, we are one, one of this amazing brilliant and vivacious community of like-minded dreamers. So get out your superhero cape, revisit those dreams and This gleaming revamped Shovelhead was a fan favorite at this year's event Salem's Super Hooligan racing team leads the pack during the Saturday night showdown Kristina from Slow & Low helps folks get the party started with her table fi lled with cool swag

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