This tale begins just after last year’s wild MCS5. The rally committee came together with a purpose to improve the “Suburbs to Detroit” experience that we put on last year. This year, it was to be a “true Detroit” experience, and based on the feedback, we succeeded. Here’s a rundown of the wild weekend:
August 5th – this year we had an official Thursday evening function at The Berkley Front in, well, Berkley. It was mostly Rovers, a party for the hard workers responsible for the stunning amount of work required to pull off a rally. There were DJs spinning tunes, pre-registration and a swag-grab. Upstairs at The Berkley Front did us just fine and you will be hearing more about “the Front” soon.
August 6th – Last year was a total blowout on the three levels of the Majestic complex in Detroit. This year, a last-minute change forced us to keep people together on one level – the Cafe and Garden Bowl. It was risky, but it worked out well and kept the crowd together, bottling up the excitement. The sights, sounds and free-pizza vibe kept going all night long. We had a great 1960’s soundtrack provided by Detroit’s own “The Meltdowns” playing above the action (directly above the lanes – you have to see it) in the Garden Bowl. Raffle tickets were a hot item, and as a surprise bonus, ten ticket buyers were awarded reflective Buffs to make their riding better and safer. Amongst this mayhem, I got to meet the couple who rode their Vespa LX150 all the way from Boston! They won the “Farthest Traveled” award on Saturday evening. Scooters shuttled to the suburbs all night. Despite a few scrapes and at least one ticket (!), the 150+ attendees enjoyed a great time in the “D”! The Welcome Party ended with anticipation for Saturday, and the throngs made their way back to their accommodations to rest up for what promised to be a big event, the rally ride!
August 7th – This year we started out with the traditional Rovers breakfast at AJ’s Music Cafe in Ferndale, cooked by Rovers Sally and Charlie. Never-ending sausage and veggie breakfast casseroles, overflowing AJ’s coffee and bagels a-plenty from New York Bagel filled up the waiting crowd. At noon, over 100 two-wheelers hit the road with Ferndale’s finest leading the way to the Detroit city limits. The ride focused on “all-sides” of Detroit and featured seventy miles of riding fun. We headed southwest on Outer Dr., then south towards Dearborn and the Ford Rouge complex before cutting back northeast by historic Ft. Wayne and to downtown Detroit to the Anchor Bar. One minute empty, the next packed, the Anchor Bar provided a welcome break in the middle of the ride. We soon left the Anchor and headed off again, this time to picturesque Belle Isle and then north through Grosse Point and along Lakeshore Dr. After a few more miles, we arrived at the Stonehouse Bar, the 1860’s Victorian farmhouse that reportedly housed the Purple Gang’s illegal boozer and upstairs brothel. It’s the oldest operating bar in Michigan, and is one very interesting place. After complimentary pizzas and a quick burnout contest the raffle bag winners were identified and joyous shouts filled the air. The Rovers would like to thank our sponsors and donors for making the raffle bags and prizes so awesome. From gloves and jackets to lace hosiery and helmets, the 15 winners also gave thanks to great companies like Corazzo and GoGo Gear, V-Male and Murray’s Pommade, Fulmer, Blackbeard Powersports, Dynabeads, Genuine Scooters and Scooterworks, Buff USA, New Enough and more.
What’s next: Motor City Shakedown 6 rally report part 2