Ray Price Capital City Bikefest Showcases Fine Art of Custom Bikes & Classic Cars In Raleigh

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Ray Price Capital City Bikefest turns downtown Raleigh, N.C. into a top destination for radical custom bikes and classic cars, live music on outdoor stages, and a huge tattoo festival for charity.

Ray Price Capital City Bikefest in Raleigh, N.C.

Ray Price Capital City Bikefest in Raleigh, N.C.

Top custom builders from across the country come to Raleigh to showcase their radical motorcycles, said Mark Hendrix, general manager of Ray Price, Inc., the festival organizer.

Downtown Raleigh will rev into action once again Sept. 22-24, 2017 during the 13th annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest, presented by GEICO Motorcycle. Held both outdoors on Fayetteville St. and indoors at the Raleigh Convention Center, the festival features a custom bike show competition that attracts motorcycle builders from across the nation. The free event also features live music, a tattoo festival for charity as well as stunt shows and action sports exhibitions. New to Bikefest this year: the Rumble in Raleigh Classic Car Show, plus the original extreme daredevil show, the Wall of Death.

“Top custom builders from across the country come to Raleigh to showcase their radical motorcycles,” said Mark Hendrix, general manager of Ray Price, Inc., the festival organizer. “Combined with the classic car show, 28 bands, and all the other free activities, we believe it makes for a fun weekend for families, bikers and non-riders alike. We honor our founder Ray Price by introducing people to motorcycling and spreading his passion for the sport.”

On Sept. 23-24, some of the country’s most exotic motorcycles will be showcased in Raleigh. Builders and hobbyists nation-wide have been invited for an annual competition sanctioned by the International Master Bike Builders Association. See radical designs in vintage and modern motorcycle fabrication, paint and engineering from the country’s top builders who vie for $15,000 in prizes. Free and open to the public.

Attendees can support Houston residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey by donating food, supplies and money at the unveiling of the Bedlam Bike. This custom motorcycle has been designed for the show in a partnership between Bedlam Vodka creators Graybeard Distillery and Ray Price. Both companies will match all donations.

Attendees can update their body art for a good cause. The 6th annual Raleigh Tattoo Festival, sponsored by 401 Tattoos & Warlock’s Tattoos, brings together more than 30 tattoo artists under one roof in the Raleigh Convention Center at Bikefest. Last year nearly $10,000 was raised for the USO of N.C., and U.S. Veterans Corps.

In addition to the two-wheel artistry on display, the national Road Devils Car Club will host its Rumble in Raleigh both indoors and outside, featuring pre-1965 hot rods, gassers, cruisers and low-riders. Free and open to the public.

Bikefest’s live music lineup stands out for its variety. Regional and national bands play R&B, soul, funk, southern rock, bluegrass, honky-tonk punk, eclectic reggae, metal and traditional country. All shows are free on three stages: City Plaza, Fayetteville Street at the capitol, and the Ray Price dealership. Musicians of note: 15 year-old Brooke Hatala, who’s fresh off her opening slot with Willie Nelson; 16 year-old Caroline Dare; The Wells Family; and Nantucket, among a wide variety of bands.

New this year is the original extreme daredevil show, the Wall of Death. Other indoor and outdoor thrill shows include: motocross, BMX and motorcycle stunt shows and drift trike exhibitions. Plus, 10-time women’s land speed record-holder Jody Perewitz appears with her 200+ mph motorcycle, the world’s fastest.

Ray Price Capital City Bikefest has an estimated economic impact of more than $5 million, verified by Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About the 13th Ray Price Capital City Bikefest, presented by GEICO Motorcycle
Ray Price Capital City Bikefest was formed in 2005 in partnership with the City of Raleigh to establish a downtown motorcycle rally. Created by the late Ray Price, it helped bring the roar of life back to downtown. This is the fourth year of the indoor expo at Bikefest and sixth year for the Raleigh Tattoo Festival for charity. More than $125,000 has been raised for charity beneficiaries the USO of N.C. and the U.S. Veterans Corps. #CapitalCityBikefest

About Ray Price, Inc.
For 35 years, Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Ray Price Triumph have served as the center of motorcycle culture in the Triangle region of North Carolina. The dealership offers education programs and charitable group riding events for beginners-to-expert riders. In recent years, Ray Price was named “Retailer of the Year” by the N.C. Retail Merchants Association.

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