The One Show has evolved over time. Show founders Thor Drake and Tori George-Drake, owners of See See Motorcycles, have watched the motorcycle scene grow since their first show in 2009. The first year, held in a warehouse not far from the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, hosted a respectable 60 bikes, and saw an attendance of about 1,000 people for the one day show. With every year since, the show has grown from one day to three, and includes more than just custom bikes; now it features art, music, vendors, and racing. And for the first time, it’s all under one roof. For its eleventh year, The One Motorcycle Show featured over 240 motorcycles, proving to be the biggest turnout yet.
While in the past so many custom motorcycle shows have been more focused on cruisers and choppers, The One Motorcycle Show has definitely been a big influence in broadening the audience to include cafe racers, adventure bikes, and more recently, electric motorcycles. The crowds have diversified, too. “The point of the show is to bring inclusivity,” Tori explains. “It’s not just for your dad or your uncle, it’s for families too. We’ve seen people come to the show that don’t know much about motorcycles; they talk to builders, and then they leave and get their license and start riding. Or they start building their own bikes.” One of her favorite memories is of a 10-year-old girl who came to one of their first shows. That girl was J. Shia of Madhouse Motors, who took home a trophy last year for her 1957 Royal Enfield Indian custom build.
The diversity of people attending the show is as varied as the builders and bikes themselves. A hand shaped polished Moto Guzzi shared show floor space in the basement with an angular futuristic Zero powered concept bike, while other builds like a dustbin land speed racer and custom-faired V-twins that look inspired by Predator intermingle in the lineup. Elsewhere in the maze of hallways and adjacent rooms, there were sport stunt bikes with 90s-inspired paint jobs, an entire room of vintage bikes, and a Yamaha equipped with a chainsaw, safety hat, and mountain bike mounted to the back, ready to tackle forest roads. There were motorcycles as small as 50cc, and as big as 1800cc. Dirt bikes shared floor space with choppers, supermoto bikes shared space with cafe racers. Everyone was welcome. All bikes were celebrated.