High Speeds and Heady Thrills Planned for 17th Anniversary of Gettysburg Bike Week

Gettysburg, PA – Back in style at the Allstar Events Complex, Gettysburg Bike Week looks to celebrate its 17th year with the high-flying, death-defying spectacle that is the American Motor Drome Co.’s Wall of Death.

A giant silo-shaped cylinder 30 feet in diameter with 15-feet-high wooden-plank walls, the vintage live-action thrill show that is the Wall of Death serves as a cyclone of mayhem wherein motorcycle daredevils drive century-old Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles at high speed round and round, parallel to the ground, climbing the walls, performing stunts, inching toward an audience perched right above the action.

Star rider Charlie Ransom is back for his 14th year riding the Wall of Death on a 100-year-old Indian motorcycle. Attendees can plan on seeing him snatch money from the hands of spectators as he races around the top of the cylinder, beset by g-forces, mere inches from an awed audience.

“Right time, right place, I guess,” said Ransom when asked how he hooked up with the American Motor Drome Co. thrill show. “What can I say? I love my job.”

In addition to Wall of Death performances each day of the rally, musical festivities kick off on the S.S. Vape Stage on Thursday night and will continue through the weekend with national headliners each night.

Gettysburg Bike Week’s official lodging sponsor, the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, is conveniently located right next door to where all the action takes place at the Allstar Events Complex. Additional acts and shows are still being booked, and patrons can look forward to a wide array of music and motorcycle-related activities, shows and demos.

And, of course, no rally would be complete without great riding, and Gettysburg has some of the best. Whether riders want to see historic battlegrounds or just hit the road for a great cruise, hundreds of miles of the best riding in the East surrounds Gettysburg.

New and returning riders are encouraged to check www.gettysburgbikeweek.com frequently for the latest info on event scheduling, lodging information and anything they ever needed to know about Gettysburg Bike Week.

About Gettysburg Bike Week

Gettysburg Bike Week is Eastern Pennsylvania’s definitive motorcycle rally, featuring great national music acts, historic riding and hospitality that you can only find in a city with this much history.

For more information on the Rally, including scheduling, lodging options, and more, visit www.gettysburgbikeweek.com. Follow them on Twitter: @GburgBikeWk

 

Entertainment Lineup Finalized for Gettysburg Bike Week 2018

Lita Ford and American Motor Drome Wall of Death Two of Many Acts Booked for GBW 17th Anniversary

Back for its 17th anniversary rally at the Allstar Events Complex in Gettysburg, PA, Gettysburg Bike Week kicks off Thursday, July 12, 2018, and runs through Sunday, July 15. The entertainment line-up has just been finalized.

“We have acts new to GBW this year, plus some returning favorites,” said Gettysburg Bike Week event coordinator Kelly Shue.

New this year on the music front, GBW is proud to welcome Lita Ford. Lead guitarist of the seminal all-girl hard-rock band The Runaways, and known for her blistering guitar and powerful vocals, Lita Ford has been playing her solo brand of heavy rock for over 35 years. She headlines the Budweiser Main Stage Friday the 13th, and what better day to play a comprehensive offering of her hell-raising catalog?

In addition to Lita Ford, top-flight music acts for this year’s rally include hard rockers Jackyl (Saturday’s headliner); country music sensation Parmalee (Thursday’s headliner); the Metallica tribute band Fade to Black; acoustic wizards Redemption Road, Tom Senseney, and Acoustic Juice; Marshall’s Highway; Sound of Silence; and child percussion prodigy Avery the Drummer.

And music is just the beginning when it comes to this year’s entertainment.

Gettysburg Bike Week is also celebrating its 17th year with the high-flying, death-defying spectacle that is the American Motor Drome Co.’s Wall of Death. A giant silo-shaped cylinder 30 feet in diameter with 15-feet-high wooden-plank walls, the vintage live-action thrill show that is the Wall of Death serves as a cyclone of mayhem wherein motorcycle daredevils drive century-old Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles at high speed round and round, parallel to the ground, climbing the walls, performing stunts, inching toward an audience perched right above the action. Crazy never looked so, well, crazy.

And just as thrilling (but not quite as dangerous), GBW also has some adult entertainment lined up for patrons this year.

For the fellas, the titillating spectacle of the high-end burlesque act The Cherry Bombs are back at GBW for three performances: 9:30 p.m. on Thursday; 3 p.m. Friday; and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Is it a coincidence one of the best songs by Lita Ford and Joan Jett’s The Runaways is called “Cherry Bomb”? We’ll just call it serendipity.

And for the ladies, GBW is happy to welcome back the best male burlesque show in the country. Composed of national and international touring Chippendales past members, 50 Shades of Men is the premier male revue performing today, delighting women everywhere with “disarmingly sexy, yet very tasteful routines. Designed exclusively for women [they] combine a perfect blend of music, hot dance moves and sensual theatrics,” and, if last year’s reception is anything to go by, the ladies are sure to love it.

And of course that’s just the tip of the fun-and-games iceberg, because legendary emcee Jack Schit is back again to perform master of ceremonies duties throughout the week on the Budweiser Stage, Gin Gypsies will be slinging the drinks, and the Second Annual York / Adams Cornhole Tournament featuring cash prizes goes down on Saturday at 1 p.m. Plus, you’ll see heavy competition in the Cycle Source Ride-In Bike Show, Ride and Rodeo; the Parade of Chrome; one of the best swap meets in the motorcycle community; and, new this year, brought to you by Cycle Source Magazine, Mini Bike Races!

And, of course, no rally would be complete without great riding, and Gettysburg has some of the best. Whether riders want to see historic battlegrounds or just hit the road for a great cruise, hundreds of miles of the best riding in the East surrounds Gettysburg. In addition to fantastic solo riding, GBW also features awesome group rides and the Pink Journey of Lights and Stars of Hope Charity Rides.

Pricing for Gettysburg Bike Week is as follows:

$35 per-person 4-day passes, available online and at the gates good through 6/1/18.

$25 per-person 2-day passes, available online and at the gates.

$15 per-person 1-day passes, available online and at the gates.

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