On June 26, Ypsilanti’s Depot Town will be invaded by possibly 1,000 motorcycles. It’s the welcome and friendly invasion of The Ton-Up Motorcycle Show and Music Festival. Parts of Cross and Rice Streets will be closing for the event which will feature motorcycles and scooters of all types from all eras, with a focus on vintage bikes.
Cafe’ Racer at 10 Cross Street acts as “Mission Control” for the free festival. There will be live music on stage from noon to 11pm with a lineup of local musicians such as The Reefermen, Ypsitucky Colonels and Rattlebox. A beer tent will be set up and motorcycle accessories & parts will be available from vendors.
A $5 entry fee gets your bike into the Mods Vs. Rockers bike competition. Entrants have a chance to win in many categories:Directors Awards Directors Choice – The Directors Favorite The Future’s So Bright – Exemplifies Hope For The Future Dedication Award – Someone Who Has Contributed To Making The World Safer For Motorcyclists Class Awards Best Scooter Best Mod – Scooter/Rider Combination Best Café Best Rocker – Bike/Rider Combination Best Brit Bike Best Japanese Bike Best European Bike Best American Bike Best “Bitsa” Bike – Bits Of This, Bits Of That Best Original/Un-restored Vintage Bike Maybe One Day It’ll Be A Bike What Were You Thinking? Trailer Queen Longest Distance Ridden Iron Man – Oldest Rider Wet Behind the Ears – Youngest Rider Peoples Choice – Chosen By Popular Vote
During The Ton-Up Motorcycle & Music Festival, Cafe’ Racer is holding a contest to find a model to grace a page of their 2011 Pin-Up calendar. Contestants will model vintage 40s, 50s, & 60s pin-up attire.
Ton-Up is a British term that refers to a motorcycle capable of speeds of 100mph or more. Organizers expect between 2,500 and 3,000 people to attend this first-time event. To find out more about this event, sponsorship opportunities, the pin-up competition, or to register your bike for the show, visit The Ton-Up Web site at http://thetonup.intuitwebsites.com.