It may be cold outside, but gearhead activities are still hot here in the Midwest! Check out some of our favorite winter events below.
December 3, Toys for Tots Chicagoland Motorcycle Parade: The first Saturday in December every year, this event has been dubbed the “largest motorcycle parade in the world.” Benefiting Toys for Tots, this biker parade draws tens of thousands of attendees to the Chicago area.
January 7, Retro Rewind: Sister event to classics like Vintage Torque Fest and Iron Invasion, Retro Rewind is a vibrant, vintage-fueled event featuring hot rods, artists dealing in automobilia, music, custom cars and vintage bikes.
January 14, High-Voltage Ice Races: A historic ice racing venue for the Milwaukee area, this event brings AMA ice racing back to Milwaukee for the first time in 30 years! Watch everything from hooligan racing to expert classes from the cozy comfort of the site’s heated two-story pavilion!
January 18-21, World Championship Snowmobile Derby: The “Indianapolis 500 of Snowmobile Racing,” this event in Eagle River, Wisconsin, draws tens of thousands of sled enthusiasts every year to watch snocross riders maneuver a high-flying course, and modern snowmobile races reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour!
January 27, Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship: Part of the TLR Cup Tour and the United States Snowmobile Association (USSA) Pro Star Racing Series, this snowmobile event is held every year in Wausau, Wisconsin, in memory of Philip “Flip” Merwin. Proceeds from this event benefit local organizations and Flip’s Fund, a charity supporting critically ill children and their families.
February 9-11, IMS Chicago: One of the largest and most highly anticipated trade shows of the year. The International Motorcycle Show is held in Rosemont, Illinois, every February, and features everything a motorcyclist could want -- from the newest bike models to custom gear fitting.
February 10, AMSOIL Arenacross: If you consider yourself an “extreme” person, then this event is for you! High-flying jumps, epic battles to the finish line and actual fire are all part of this indoor race in Madison, Wisconsin.
February 23-25, Mama Tried Motorcycle Show: Combining the thrill of speed with a custom motorcycle show and ice races, this unique three-day event in the heart of Milwaukee features everything from flat track races to one-of-a-kind choppers!
To stay up to date on great events like these and more, check out our online event calendar here! And to get your FREE buff to stay warm AND fashionable this season, visit any Hupy and Abraham event booth this winter!
Photos: Mama Tried Ice Races, Chicagoland Toy Run, Wilson Park Ice Races, Wausau 525 Snowmobile Races, Mama Tried Motorcycle Show
Photo credit: MJ Ball, Tony "Pan" Sanfelipo, with permission of Ron Brefka, with permission of Wausau 525
Written by: MJ Ball, MSF Ridercoach, Motoblogger