Please describe the "2 Wheels Cheap Thrills" show?
The show is a high end bike show with a mixture of all different types of bikes from around the Wichita area. Being in the Midwest there is a big flat track scene, dating back to the 1930s to present day, so you can see and feel that presence here. There are a lot of highly detailed bikes with a lot of machining and custom work. Living in Wichita you find some of the highest end fabrication in the world. Most of the people that build things work in the aircraft industry, in aircraft there is no half ass work, it is either perfect or it's not. That type of craftsmanship shows in these builder's bikes.
What is taking place each day this weekend?
Friday will be the kick off to start Wichita's Final Friday Art Crawl. Then Saturday we open doors at noon and will have the show all night. There will also be Flat Track races at Jeeps Saturday night. We'll be handing out free flat track tickets for people that are interested, there is only 20 available both nights. Sunday the show will be slowing down but we'll be having a Swap meet going on out front.
What inspired this motorcycle art show?
My biggest inspiration was the people of Wichita. People like the McGregor Boys, they are the nicest people around and can build anything. Everyone here in Wichita can build things, tinker, machine. We are starting to get away from it but the old working generation has a lot to offer and I wanted to show off what I see in the people of Wichita.
Is the majority of work displayed from builders or artists living in Wichita?
Yes, with the exception of 2 bike owners and 2 artist, everyone is from the Wichita area.
What hopes do you have for the motorcycle community in Wichita?
I hope it picks up, especially in the flat track community. They are a great group of people, watching racers sliding sideways at 70mph a foot away from each other is a sight to see.
I'd like to thank all the artist and bike owners that brought their bikes out, it really means a lot. It shows that we have a great group of people here trying to better our city, state, and the Midwest. I want to thank you for pointing me in the right direction a few months back. I want to thank Mitch Willis for all the hard work he did to help put on the show, and for allowing some kid off the street with an idea of a local motorcycle show to happen. Last but certainly not least, to all the people of Wichita, Kansas and the Midwest for coming out.