The Memorial Coliseum has an event history that includes the Portland Trail Blazers’ first NBA championship, The Beatles’ only Portland concert, home of the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, and now the most infamous motorcycle event in the U.S. The event will mark a triumphant restoration for flat-track racing in Oregon, to the arena that last hosted the state’s biggest indoor showcases for the sport.
“We built the One Show as a bonfire stoked by motorcycles as art, sport, and culture. This leap to the Memorial Coliseum makes room for more attendees, which was needed, and the message now more than ever is ‘everyone is welcome,’” said Thor Drake, founder of the One Motorcycle Show. “The One Show is for riders, non-riders, moto-curious, and everyone in between — young and old. It’s a celebration.”
With a bigger playground, the One Show will expand its programming from previous years. Destination travelers and locals will celebrate Pacific Northwest motorcycle culture and discover the ways it intersects with the celebrated art, music, and food communities that put Portland on the map. But the heart and soul of the One Show continues to be its unparalleled collection of custom-built bikes, brought by inspired builders from all over the world. An estimated 150 builders will showcase 200 custom-built motorcycles at the 2020 event, representing all eras. Bikes can be submitted for the show online at: www.the1moto.com/submit-a-bike
Alongside this year’s best bikes, more than 50 national and international visual artists will exhibit their creations across painting, sculpture, and mixed mediums. Additionally, the One Show’s ever-popular collection of uniquely detailed bike helmets will return, with 21 Helmets bigger and better than ever. Talented high-school students will be selected and paired with volunteer artists to personalize Biltwell Lane Splitter helmets through the 21 Helmets (IG: @21helmets) art program, creating a gear-head gallery of epic scope. Submissions for 21 Helmets opened November 4 and are due December 12. Learn more about submitting at www.the1moto.com/21helmets
Motorcycle Racing at the One Show
Returning for 2020 is Saturday evening’s One Pro Race, which kicks off the U.S. professional flat track schedule for the year. For the first time the One Pro is under the same roof as the wider One Show programming. The Pro Unlimited, Super Hooligans and Womens classifications will split $10K in prize money.
An extension of the One Show’s inclusive ethos, Saturday’s race day includes 15 individual competition categories across professional, amateur, female, veterans, and kids. Those interested in racing can sign up at http://www.the1moto.com/race