A motorcycle that went viral on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic will be featured at a free event in Winchester later this week.
Vince Zandbelt, the organizer of the “Winchester Bike Nights” summer festival series, says his father’s restored 1950s motorcycle will be September’s “Bike of the Month” showcase.
“He will not be in attendance,” Zandbelt says of his father, “but the bike will be, and some of my brothers will also be in attendance.”
A video about the bike went viral on TikTok in 2020, with more than 25 million views. It was originally scheduled to appear at the first Bike Night of this year, in June, before that event was canceled due to the weather.
Other attractions at the event include a Harley Davidson showcase, motorcycle-themed dishes from local restaurants and food vendors, and a 50/50 draw supporting a charity.
“This month, we have the Black Walnut prostate cancer awareness group,” Zandbelt says. “They’re really tied in with the Ride for Dad [an annual fundraising event for prostate cancer research], which is quite popular, and ended up here in Winchester as well back in the early summer.”
A Bruce Springsteen tribute band will also be playing at the event, and donations will be collected at the show for the Community Food Share food bank in Winchester.
The Bike Night is happening Thursday, September 8th, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. While it’s happening, Main Street in Winchester will be closed from Christie Lane to Albert Street, and St. Lawrence Street will be closed from the Main Street intersection to Caleb Street.
The event’s Facebook page has more details.