The 4th annual Victory Moto Show is rolling into Service Brewing Company with an awesome array of custom built motorcycles, antiques, cafe racers, choppers, and rare barn finds.
Not to be confused with the motorcycle brand, Victory Moto was named after Savannah’s Victory Drive, which was the site of the first American Grand Prix races in the early 1900’s.
Local Savannahian Anna Heritage founded Victory Moto to share her love of motorcycles and appreciation for veterans.
"There’s a photo of my great-grandpa on an old Harley Davidson motorcycle and he’s in this military uniform," recalled Heritage. "I come from a family of veterans and motorcycle enthusiasts. It was just one of those things where I became interested in it because my dad was building bikes and getting back into it when I was in high school, so I just hopped on that. We have really fun family trips on motorcycles.
"I’ve grown up here in Savannah and there was never really a show to go to that was more of an exhibit of bikes in the area. I’ve experienced other shows like that in other states and thought it would be really amazing to have a show in Savannah."
Heritage’s close friend Meredith Sutton, Creative Marketing Director and Co-Owner of Service Brewing Company, suggested hosting a small boutique motorcycle show at her brewery and an exciting annual event was born. Victory Moto’s planning board is entirely composed of talented women including Heritage, Sutton, Jen Pentreath, Meagan Hodges, and Charlotte Masters. They did recently include a male guest planner, Tristan Argo of Coastal Motorcycle, to share his experience with custom bikes.
"We’ve been calling him moto-dude and we’re the moto-babes," said Sutton with a laugh.
Besides the obvious perks of combining a motorcycle show with delicious brews, Service Brewing and Victory Moto share a mission in supporting veteran non-profits. Proceeds from previous events have gone to support veteran non-profits like Tiny House Project, Warrior Rides, and Motor Cycle Relief Project.
This year, part of the proceeds from Victory Moto Show will go to Minority Veterans of America (minorityvets.org).
"Even from the beginning it has been a perfect pairing to have a show like this at Service and to have it around Veterans Day, and for it to be an event that helped veteran non-profits, which we’re really passionate about," said Heritage.
This year, Victory Moto will feature 40 unique motorcycles from all over the country. Last year boasted a "sick chopper" from Rhode Island, and other amazing bikes from Indiana, Alabama, and all along the east coast.
One of Heritages favorite bikes was a World War I motorcycle provided by a collector from South Carolina named Dr. Frank.
"It felt like we had motorcycle royalty at the show," said Heritage. "It was cool to have a museum quality bike, which we do get sometimes into the show here in little Savannah."
Of course, beautiful motorcycles are not the only draw at the Victory Moto Show. Sutton and her brewery will debut three new exciting and complex beers including Freedom Machine, a New England style juice IPA, Tropical Fizz, a mango, lime, and vanilla kettle sour, and Group Therapy, a 12% ABV bourbon barrel aged imperial raspberry chocolate stout.
There will also be a merchandise table, Latin food from Chazito’s, and a raffle to win a very cool custom SSR Pit Bike donated by Southeast Motorcycle.
Trophys designed by Jim Argo will be bestowed on the best bikes in the show including 2020 Victory Moto Show "Best Vintage" presented by the antique Motorcycle Club of America Low Country Chapter 77, and 2020 Victory Moto Show "Best Custom Build."
If 40 motorcycles are not enough for you, expect to see more bikes from the attendees. Even Heritage may show up on her 1969 Honda CL350.
"A cool thing about Victory Moto is a lot of people ride their bikes, so it’s kind of like a motorcycle show outside and inside," said Sutton. "We do curbside favorites, so every hour we bring out a guest judge at random and have them pick out and leave a ribbon on a curbside favorite."
The event is family friendly although the organizers ask that children are accompanied by an adult. For safety, masks are required, but can be removed while eating, drinking, or sitting amongst those they feel safe around.
With an interesting display of motorcycles and specially brewed beers, Victory Moto Show has rapidly evolved into a popular event.
"The name recognition of it has grown," said Heritage. "The first year there was a lot me reaching out to people I knew and gathering bikes by emailing or DMing people. This year, it’s been wonderful because I don’t think I’ve reached out to anybody personally and we’ve gotten bike submissions that are really wonderful from people knowing about the show and hearing about it through word-of-mouth. It has grown in a wonderful way over the years."