Buffalo Motorama 2019

By Tracey Kohman

Arriving in Buffalo, New York, the roads were wet and slippery. I was happy the Motorama, held March 29th-31st, was an indoor event! I arrived as early as possible to make sure I would get parking near the building because of the rain. As early as I got there, I still had to walk a block from my parking spot. Lots of people had been looking forward to this event as I had been.

Going into the convention center, it was already crazy crowded…in the main lobby were some antique cars that I spent a few minutes looking at…but I was really anxious to get to the motorcycle room! It took some searching, there were many rooms, including a second floor.

It was mainly a car show but I did find the room with bikes…it didn’t have very many, being mainly a car show venue, but what it did have was eye-catching and well displayed. My favorite was the 2016 Harley Street Glide.  The Vampire with his graveyard buddies created a great back-drop to a beautiful bike.

Some of the bikes belong to riders who were showing their bike for the first time, their excitement and nervousness shining through like the gleam on their freshly waxed bikes. I spoke to one man who had two bikes entered, one of which he restored in honor of his late wife.

I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of celebrities. Lou Santiago, one of the top muscle car builders in the USA, had a line of people waiting to have their picture taken with him, and he greeted each with a big smile and was very warm and friendly. I also met Dennis Gage, host of My Classic Car. He also had a long line of people waiting to meet him and have their picture taken with him. I did run into Mr. Gage when he was visiting the motorcycle room. He went live on the Quick Throttle Facebook page to say hello to everyone!

On the second floor of the car section of the show I was able to see the General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger that was part of the cast in Dukes of Hazzard, along with Tom Wopat (Luke Duke). I was completely in love with this classic car from the first time I saw it; I am excited to have a picture of it! If only cars could sign autographs!

A fun show for any and all motorheads and fans of bikes and cars alike!