The 11th annual ONE Moto Show was a three-ring circus of moto madness, a kaleidoscope of custom motorcycles tinged with razor-sharp Bryan Giles' riffs sprinkled with the spicy aroma of burning two-stroke oil. At the center of it all, dressed head-to-toe in his signature white denim with a shovel in hand stood the mustachioed master-of-ceremonies, See See Motorcycles’ Thor Drake. And while The ONE Moto Show spawned from humble beginnings in an abandoned warehouse where the highlight of the night was crashing a motorcycle into a tower of empty PBR cans, the show has blossomed into one of the preeminent motorcycle gatherings in the Pacific Northwest. This year Drake faced his biggest challenge yet as he moved the show from the 100-year-old warehouse known as the Pickle Factory to the 12,000 seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum in order to have flat track races and the bike show all under one roof. Known for its intimate, unpretentious vibe, it was gamble moving it into the big top. Drake played his hand smartly though because years from now people will still be talking about the good times they had at the 2020 ONE Moto Show and ONE Pro Race.

Spread about the concrete confines of the coliseum’s basement was a panoply of craftsmanship. It was a genre-spanning collection, from a Triumph salt flat racer with its Bonneville Speed Week sticker still stuck to its blower like a badge of honor to Icon’s samurai-sword of a 1982 Suzuki Katana. Motorcycles ranged from rusted relics like Superrats’ 2004 Yamaha WR450 with its patinaed bodywork to Salt City Builds’ primo 1998 FXD and its trance-inducing paint. The evolution of custom electric motorcycles is upon us and the 2020 ONE Moto Show featured one of the most diverse assortments yet. Clay Moto brought its ultra-clean Zero FX-S dirt tracker and displayed it next to Fred Lux’s vintage-styled electric board track bike. Millenial Motors Ltd. brought its electric prototype to the show, a Frankenstein bike wearing bad welds on its faux tank like scars with wires and hoses routed haphazardly about. Admittedly it's a prototype that “will eventually be a voltage-safe bolt-in kit to help you convert an existing ride to fully, plug-in electric.” On the opposite end of the electric spectrum was Hugo Eccles’ futuristic Zero XP, a striking electric motorcycle with a powertrain machined from aerospace-grade aluminum complete with its own built-in light show.

And while electrics are beginning to take their place in the custom landscape, one of our personal favorites was a turbo-powered Dyna built by Royal T Racing’s Patrick Tilbury. Known as the “Landspeed Dyna,” Tilbury’s build features an S&S 124” Twin Cam engine running a custom stainless and titanium turbo kit. The turbo’s cooler has been squeezed in the space between the gas tank and cylinder heads. Tilbury displays his welding skills on the multi-seamed exhaust then showcases his fab work on the handmade aluminum fairing. The custom aluminum wheels were made to look like “Turbofan” wheels from a late ‘70s Porsche 935 race car. A raw, brushed finish just feels right for a bike with brutish power as it leaves nothing to hide. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who took a fancy to Royal T Racing’s “Landspeed Dyna” as the motorcycle won one of the highest awards.

“Well we won The ONE Show Award! Super stoked and was totally not expecting it, there were some amazing bikes at @the1moto and to be honest I didn’t realize there were awards!” posted Tilbury to Instagram.

A flight above the custom battle in the basement, the bellow of big bikes on the boil mixed with the smell of spent race fuel inside the cavernous coliseum. Veterans Memorial Coliseum hadn’t seen this level of rowdiness since the Portland Trail Blazers won the NBA championship in 1977 as the first round of the RSD Super Hooligan National Championship stormed into town. The line to get into the building and onto the track to spin practice laps was 100 riders deep at one point. A $4,000 purse in the Pro division brought some of the fastest flat track racers in the Pacific Northwest to Portland, including two-time defending champion Sammy Halbert. True-to-form, the AMA Pro Flat Track racer grabbed the holeshot and held tight to the inside line to score his third consecutive victory in the Pro main.

“Won @the1moto race three years in a row now! Totally worth the trip out west,” posted Halbert on Instagram.

Halbert would also win the first-ever Electric National, a 12-lap electric race between pro riders on Zero and Alta motorcycles. Andy DiBrino grabbed the holeshot but was soon pushed wide and relinquished the lead. Once Halbert got out in front, there was no catching him. But it wasn’t easy. The track was bumpy and rutted so riders had to be on their A-game. But as third place Electric National finisher Cory West put it, “everybody’s gotta race on the same dirt.”

The Super Hooligan Main saw a familiar face on the top step of the podium as two-time champion Andy DiBrino fought off both the tough track conditions and a stacked field of competitors for the win.

“I had a blast racing the rutted/bumpy track. Far from ideal flat track conditions but honestly I had more fun the way it was! Had a perfect night on my @superhooligans bike, winning my heat, the @ridedunlop Dash for Cash, and the Main Event. Meant a lot to win in front of a hometown crowd with the additional 70 pounds on my bike to meet their new 400 pound rule this year,” posted DiBrino.

The new 400 pound rule for the SuperHooligan class means DiBrino’s ultra-light KTM Duke790 needed to put on some weight, so he had Savage Custom Fabrication make a brick-sized lead weight that fits between the swingarm and engine. His skid plate is also full of lead. Even with the extra weight, it didn’t slow DiBrino down much as he tries to make it three out of four Super Hooligan titles.

With thousands of people attending the 2020 ONE Moto Show, a couple of brands used the event to introduce new products hitting the market. Fox unveiled its new performance bagger shock at the show. Officially called the Fox-RSD Signature Series Harley-Davidson Performance Bagger Twin Shocks, it features a handy remote reservoir and a 3-position quick switch for compression and rebound. The timing of its release couldn’t have been better because it coincided with MotoAmerica’s announcement that they’re going to be racing baggers at Laguna Seca this year. Indian Motorcycle, one of the show’s premiere sponsors, used the event to introduce its 2020 FTR Rally to the North American market and had a couple on display in front of Veterans Memorial Coliseum for people to inspect intimately.

As the dust settled inside the coliseum after the last race was run Saturday night it then became a race to get to the Dive Bar in the basement. Drake got his buddies Red Fang to headline the show and the band put the ONE crowd on overdrive with an electric set of gritty vocals and hard-driving guitars. In the past I’d always miss the Saturday night shenanigans because I wouldn't get back to Portland until almost midnight after having to drive back from Salem after the races, so being able to simply walk down a flight of stairs and be in the middle of a slammin’ Red Fang set made me a big fan of Drake’s decision to bring everything under one roof.

Putting on a show like the ONE is no easy feat. As they say, it takes a village, but for the past 11 years that village has rallied around See See to put on one helluva party. To me, one image from this year’s show speaks volumes about Thor and the effort he puts into the ONE Show. Here’s the organizer, dressed head-to-toe in white no-less, throwing shovelful after shovelful of dirt into the ruts of Turn Two. Considering he’s a racer, this doesn’t surprise me, but it definitely raised respect levels up a notch or two.

We weren’t the only ones who noticed. Roland Sands, who throws his own swell Moto Beach Classic party, also recognized Thor’s efforts.

“It’s not easy throwing an event, if you’ve ever thrown a kids birthday party you know the drill, add 10000 booze fueld Moto heads with a race in the middle of the party and things start to get serious. @whoisthor has been doing it long enough to know the ins and outs, so to take on the insane task of building a race track while moving the @the1moto show to a brand new venue takes the stakes and raises them to the next level. Wet clay. @superhooligans championship race. 350 riders. Money on the line? What could go wrong? The track wasn’t the best but it was a track and Thor was on the floor the entire race packing ruts and shoveling dirt like a man possessed with making sure everyone else was having fun.”

Yes, thanks to Thor and the See See team, much fun was had, as much fun as a kid munching cotton candy sitting front and center under the Ringling Brothers big top.