Daytona Bike Week Info

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Daytona Beach, Florida: Bike Week 2012 Roars In To Daytona Beach: The 71st Anniversary of Daytona Beach Bike Week will be held March 9th through March 18th as motorcyclists from all over the country roar into the Daytona Beach Area. This year’s event is Presented by Harley-Davidson Insurance and was moved to one week later than originally planned due to the Daytona 500 being rescheduled to one week later in calendar. The new position in the calendar will remain for the foreseeable future.

This year’s event will again be highlighted by the continued resurgence of the historic downtown area, as Harley-Davidson Motor Corporation stages their new product show in Riverfront Park in Downtown Daytona Beach. Activities in Riverfront Park will include live bands, motorcycle stunt shows, food, vendors and manufacturer’s displays. In addition, the park will again host the Official Bike  week Headquarters.

Also back after a 7 year hiatus is the much loved Bike Week Community Appreciation Parade! Once an iconic event for several decades, the Bike Week Parade was sidelined in 2004 when the Daytona 200 was moved from a Sunday to a Saturday event. But the parade is back and expected to be better than ever. All interested participants should congregate at the staging area in the south parking lot of the Ocean Center on Saturday, March 17th beginning at 6:30 AM entering from Main Street on Oleander Ave. At 9AM the Parade will leave the Ocean Center with an escort of Daytona Beach Motorcycle Police on the way to Daytona International Speedway!

Additionally, the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer the latest version of the Bike Week App for Bike Week Daytona Beach 2012. Because it is produced by the managers of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, the app can provide everything a visitor needs to know not only about Bike Week in Daytona Beach but the entire county of Volusia. Included in the app is information on the Official Calendar of Events, the ability to create events within the system, a list of bands and concerts, area restaurants, attractions, bars and clubs, local weather, news and a Bike Week photo gallery. And so much more! Just visit the app store for our latest version and stay tuned for a version for Blackberry and Droid.

The Bike Week Treasure Hunt also returns in 2012 and promises to be a big hit with our visitors. Participants will have their “passports” stamped at 10 different locations throughout the Daytona Regional Area culminating in a visit to the Official Bike Week  headquarters in Riverfront Park where they will turn in their completed passport to receive their Bike Week
2012 Commemorative Coin. Only 300 coins will be printed. New this year, visitors can enjoy some of the finest dining in Volusia County all at one location! On Friday, March 16th 11:00am – 10:00pm on Manatee Island in Riverfront Park the 1st Annual Volusia Palooza™, will showcase local restaurants and all the food and beverages they have to offer. Also enjoy live music from local bands all day in the amphitheater. You won’t want to miss this opportunity! $5 admission includes one free beer and the inaugural Volusia Palooza™ Bike Week poster. Racing activities at the Daytona International Speedway will kick off on the new Daytona Flat

Track on Thursday, March 15th and Friday, March 16th. The Daytona Supercross, America’s toughest and most demanding Supercross event will be held on Saturday night, March 10th. This year’s Bike Week will also feature the 71st Daytona 200, the prestigious season-opening event to the AMA Pro Racing season and the most historic motorcycle race in America on Saturday, March 17th. The Speedway will also feature free demo rides and displays from top manufacturers, overnight camping, food and live  entertainment.

And it just wouldn’t be Bike Week in Daytona Beach without the tradition of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales once again parading down Main Street during two showings on Saturday, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th. Both appearances are scheduled for 2 PM and are expected, once again, to draw large crowds of enthusiastic onlookers.

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Bike Week Festival Task Force Co-Chairman Bob Wilson voiced his enthusiasm on this year’s event, “We are delighted to welcome our visitors back to the 71st running of the World’s Largest Motorcycle Event ®. There has never been more to offer our guests, from the historic Main Street and Beach Street Area to Biking on the Boulevard, Destination Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach and, of course, the World’s Most Famous Beach.”

Additional information on Bike Week in Daytona Beach can be found on the Official Daytona Bike Week Website at www.officialbikeweek.com . A Calendar of Events is online as well as lodging information, The Loop Ride (with map), vendor information, a history of Bike Week, Official Licensed Merchandise, area business searchable database, Welcome Center and the
largest Bike Week photo gallery on the net!

Restaurant and attraction details are also listed at www.daytonachamber.com for those wishing to make the most of their visit. For accommodations, check out www.bookingdaytona.com For information on any aspect of Bike Week 2012, contact the Daytona  Regional Chamber of Commerce at 386-255-0981.

Daytona’s 2012 Bike Week To Compete With College Spring Break

Last month NASCAR said they intended to schedule the Daytona 500 a week later in the year.  At that time, there was widespread speculation that the Daytona 200 motorcycle race would also have to be pushed back a week since the track needs a week to make the changes.  Officials with Daytona International Speedway confirmed that next year’s motorcycle-racing schedule will take place a week later on the calendar.

That means the race will fall in the window of March 9th -18th with Spring break for most colleges typically falling on the 3rd week in March, putting the two in direct competition for hotel motel rooms in the Daytona Beach area.

One possible solution that has been mentioned is to separate the races from Bike Week but critics of that proposal say that the manufacturers who participate in the Daytona 200 will not accept that as an option.

Right now the 2012 dates have been announced and all the parties in Daytona are taking a “let’s see what happens” approach to next year’s bike week.

ULTIMATE BUILDER CUSTOM BIKE COMPETITION FINALE TO TAKE PLACE AT DAYTONA BEACH BIKEWEEK

Ultimate Builder bike show wraps up in Daytona

Daytona Beach (March 3, 2011) – The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is set to host the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition: United States Championship, at Ocean Center Daytona Beach Wednesday, March 9 to Friday, March 11. This elite custom motorcycle builder competition will feature winners from previous stops on the tour, as well as local custom bikes from the Daytona Beach area. Top winners will receive up to $6,000, for first place in class.

From New York to California, more than 300 custom builders have competed in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition for a piece of the $90,000 cash purse prize. All participants in the Daytona competition will receive a professional photo shoot of their bike, in studio, at the show. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m.

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition uses a three class format with motorcycles categorized as freestyle, modified Harley or performance custom. Judging will be conducted by the competitors themselves, with the top five builders in each class receiving awards, as well as a special “people’s choice” award to the builder who receives the most votes from show attendees.

For the first time ever, Progressive Insurance is the title sponsor for the 12-city tour. The show will be open to the public Wednesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 12, at Ocean Center Daytona Beach, located at 101 North Atlantic Avenue, in Daytona Beach. Show hours are Wednesday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is FREE. For more information, call 800/331-5706, text “MOTO” to 23333 (standard text messaging rates apply) or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.