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Article and Photos By: Missi Shoemaker

Originally Published In The February 2020 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

Growing up in a small town in Central Indiana, Chicago was just about a 2-hour drive north, and was THE “BIG” City, especially compared to Indianapolis, and was someplace I never went as a kid. As an adult, I ventured up a few times and thought it was a neat place to visit. I’d been on field trips with the kids, did the touristy stuff, went to Navy Pier, Saw the Bean, did some shopping, and sat in lots of traffic. I was really excited, though, when I was given the opportunity to go to Motoblot! If you have never heard of or been to Motoblot, you need to put it on your list of things to do!! Motoblot is essentially a street fair, with Motorcycles, Hot Rods, Pin-up girls, Music, Vendors, Food, and even adult beverages! It’s basically a party in the street that lasts all weekend! It takes place in the Artistic West Loop neighborhood, with the Cobra Lounge serving as the anchor for the event. The event originally started in 2014 and is billed as the largest Vintage Motorcycle and Scooter rally in the United States.

Motoblot kicked off with a pre-party at Federal Moto on Thursday night and then kicked into high gear Friday night at the Cobra Lounge with a pig roast and burlesque show. The Event XX was also held Friday up the block at Room 1520. The Event XX is a gathering of women on wheels and in business. I had the opportunity to actually speak to the group, which was nerve-wracking and amazing all at the same time! It is great to get women together to inspire each other  and ask questions without the feeling of being judged and to hear their stories of how they got started in their industry and things they have had to overcome – not just as women in the workplace, but also their obstacles in life. Don’t worry, guys; there wasn’t any man-bashing going on. However, we did talk about the fact that it is great how gear companies are finally realizing that women aren’t built like men and are actually starting to make things that fit us properly, and that aren’t just pink. It was a great networking with like-minded women in the motorcycle community. I even got to meet Cristy Lee who was the Emcee for the weekend event!

Saturday came, and the festival was on in full force! The Cycle Source Magazine Ride-In Bike Show and Hot Rod Street Show were the highlight of the day, along with the Miss Motoblot Pin-Up Contest! Several motorcycles and hot rods lined the street. Bands played throughout the day, on two separate stages as attendees walked up and down, shopping the vendor booths and checking out the bikes and hot rods. The Pin-Up gals were out and about all day right up until the moment they were gathered on stage and Miss Coral Reefer was crowned  Miss Motoblot 2019!

The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with our infamous Mini Bike Drag Racing being the highlight of the day! The rain held off right up until it was time for the racing to start, but that didn’t detour the event at all, it actually made it more fun! What more could you ask for?? Fast mini bikes drag racing down the street in the middle of a street festival, on wet pavement… OH YEAH!! There was lots of smiles and lots of laughing going on, from participants and spectators alike! The motorcycle film festival ran all weekend and included the films “Oil in the Blood,” “Easyriders,” “3 Wheeling”, “Faster,” and many more. There were also over 30 bands that performed throughout the weekend ranging from Rock-a-Billy style to a Kiss Tribute Band. Basically, there is something for everyone at Motoblot! Personally, I can’t wait for Motoblot 2020 and a chance to wander the streets of Chicago’s Artistic West Loop again!

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