The 2012 Ray Price Capital City Bike fest, presented by Nationwide Insurance, took place September 21-23.
This year’s event benefited the North Carolina National Guard and the USO North Carolina. The event was held at the dealership for all three days, and in Downtown Raleigh on both Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, and was by far the largest! The excitement kicked off on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Ray Price dealership with dozens of motorcycle vendors set up in Vendor City across the street from the dealership. Leather goods, patch-sewing, LED lights, cleaning products, clothing, jewelry and more was available for the public.
Food vendors filled the air with delicious aromas. The Tattoo Fest, sponsored by Warlock’s Tattoo, doubled in size, featuring 10 artists from five shops. The shops donated half of all their proceeds from the weekend to the Bike Fest charities! This year, the Bike Fest featured two annual rides and an all-new ride. The Patriot Ride had 150 riders, who headed from the dealership to the NC National Guard Armory for a special presentation. The Patriot Ride was sponsored by The Meat House in Raleigh for the second year, and it served up delicious burgers to all of the registered riders.
Around 6 p.m., the Kick-Start Parade brought customers from the dealership to downtown for the Fayetteville Street kick-off, featuring several bands and performance groups, including the award-winning Wolfpack Clogging Team. Ray Price welcomed and thanked all of the attendees and sponsors. The 59th AFROTC Color Guard from NC State University presented the colors while Robert J. White, United States Army, Special Forces, Sgt. First Class (Ret) performed the bagpipes, followed by the National Anthem with American Idol finalist, Adam Lee Decker.
The all-new Parade of Lights ride, sponsored by Custom Dynamics, featured nearly 50 bikes, lit up with LED accessory lighting, and was quite a sight to see as they paraded through the downtown area.
Saturday, the Bike Fest was in full swing at the dealership. The Lucky Number Prize Board was up, as customers eagerly searched for their matching number to win a prize, which included a brand-new, 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Super Low! Thousands of people filled the dealership and took over the side street as they browsed the hundreds of bikes and vendors. Harley Owners Group members came from across the region to get a HOG pin at the Pin Stop. Representatives from the Harley-Davidson York Factory were on-hand to meet with customers. In downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville Street was motorcycle-only parking. Thousands of people milled between the rows, checking out all the different types of bikes. Regional and local bands played on the Main Stage while the crowd sang along to their favorite songs.
At the Entertainment Stage, performance groups showed off their moves, and acoustic performances and local bands entertained the crowds. Our presenting sponsor, Nationwide, featured its NASCAR Show Car and motorcycles. The Circus Una Thrill Show, sponsored by The Oxford, performed her gravity-defying motorcycle act by riding a bike across a wire, while her partner performed acrobatics dangling in the air! Metric Alley, a new element sponsored by Team Powersports and hosted by Lewis Clark (the Godfather), was home to metric bikes and all things powersports. 1 Wheel Revolution executed crazy stunts on Buell and Harley-Davidson motorcycles on one side, while Team Powersports and Yamaha set up displays on the other end. iWheelie.com brought its wheelie machine, allowing attendees to perform their own stunts on the stationary bike!
The Ray Price Racing team cranked up the drag bike and filled the streets with echoes of the roar, and Ray Price and his rider Tommy Grimes signed autographs. Hooters sponsored the Bike Show & Shine, which featured trophies in over 20 classes, with over 60 amazing bikes competing. '
Sunday brought hundreds of people for Freedom Biker Church’s Worship Rally Sunday morning, and hundreds more rode in throughout the day to enjoy the live music by Apprehended Ones, motorcycle vendors, food, and to register for our unclaimed Lucky Prizes raffle. 1 Wheel Revolution performed stunt shows. The Tattoo Fest held a contest, giving awards for the top three tattoos in 10 different categories. The 2012 Bike fest brought over 100,000 attendees from across the state and region, filling up the Sheraton Hotel downtown and other nearby hotels. Local downtown businesses gained exposure and business throughout the weekend by festival-goers. Ray Price Harley-Davidson has been proud to help contribute to the growth of the downtown area for the past seven years. More than$8,000 was raised for the NC National Guard and USO-NC by the Patriot Ride, Parade of Lights, and Tattoo Fest.