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2016 International Auto Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

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Whether you’re a classic car fanatic or you prefer the newer models coming down the pike, there’s nothing like an auto show. If you can’t get enough of these events, now is the time to start buying your tickets — and maybe cashing in any airlines miles you’ve saved up.

Here are 25 awesome upcoming auto shows around the world to keep an eye on this year. Industry insiders might be the only people who will catch most of these — unless you’re also planning trips to Zagreb and Bangkok this year — but anyone can (and should) follow coverage of these shows.

Bangkok International Motor Show, Thailand

The Bangkok International Motor Show has been around for 37 years, yet its popularity keeps growing. In 2012, nearly two million people attended; last year’s attendance records estimated that the event received over 1.7 million visitors. From March 23 through April 3, you can see what the hype is about.

Tulsa Auto Show, Oklahoma

The Tulsa Expo Center is home to the Tulsa Auto Show on the weekend of April 15. Prepare to see the newest vehicles from Maserati, Audi, Subaru, Lexus, Jaguar, Fiat, Volvo and more.

State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas auto show runs from September 30 until October 23 at Fair Park in Dallas, so you have plenty of time to check out the event. If you’ve been to this fair before, the car show is a new addition, but it’s also a hefty one: There will be at least 400 cars from all the major manufacturers.

Central Illinois Auto Show

A staple in Peoria, the Central Illinois Auto Show will celebrate its 26th year in 2016. The event, presented by the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association, will take place on the weekend of April 4. Nearly 40,000 people will gather at the Peoria Civic Center to see cars from more than 30 automakers. There’s even a No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion NASCAR racing simulator.

New Mexico International Auto Show

Test drive the newest Toyotas, Fiats, Rams, Dodges, Jeeps, Chryslers and Fords at the New Mexico International Auto Show. The Albuquerque Convention Center will have plenty of brand new trucks and cars on display from April 15–17. There will also be alternative fuel vehicles, crossovers and SUVs from major automakers.

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Alabama Auto Show

Check out the coolest 2016 models at the Alabama Auto Show and give back while doing so: money from ticket sales goes toward charities for children that the Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association supports. The show runs from April 7–10, giving you four days to get to the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, California

A Father’s Day tradition in Beverly Hills, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance blends automobiles with entertainment, design and fashion for one unforgettable day. Brand new motorcycles and cars will be on display. Frommer’s Travel Guide calls this auto show “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world.” Do visit to see what the ever-changing theme will be for 2016.

New York International Auto Show

Established in 1900, the New York International Auto Show is one of the oldest car shows in the world. You can check out 1,000 brand new trucks and cars across four floors, including “the newest vehicles and the latest futuristic concept cars.” Get to New York between March 25 and April 3.

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat, South Carolina

Beach town Kiawah Island, which hosted the PGA Championships in 2012, is the home of the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat. On the weekend of April 15, venture to the Ocean Course to see “world-class concours cars in a judged event and several other activities designed to thrill car enthusiasts and celebrate the Lowcountry.” With race cars and vintage vehicles on display, this isn’t your average auto show.

Auto China 2016 — The 14th Beijing International Automobile Exhibition

The Auto China show only happens on a two-year basis. If you can get to the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing from April 25 through May 4, it’s worth visiting. There will be a large roster of vehicles and parts to see, including commercial cars, car accessories, energy-efficient vehicles, new car technology, safety testing equipment and car design systems.

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Zagreb Auto Show, Croatia

The Zagreb Auto Show at the Zagreb Fair takes place April 6–10. This is quite a big show, boasting 14 pavilions of vehicles. With karts, motorcycles and trucks, no matter your favorite type of vehicle, it’s represented here. You can even win a Volkswagen Up.

Austin Auto Show, Texas

Bring the whole family to the Austin Auto Show April 8–10. There will be a bounce house, balloon animals, costumed characters, face-painting and even a Batmobile for kids. Adults will appreciate the opportunity to test drive Mazdas, Dodges, Fords and more while viewing the newest models of practically every car you can think of.

Edmonton Motorshow, Canada

The Edmonton Motorshow will return to the Edmonton Expo Center this year from April 7–10. A variety of auto part manufacturers, repair companies and local dealerships will be on the exhibitor floor. If you can, arrive a day early. On April 6, the Edmonton Motorshow will present the Precious Metal Gala, where you can enjoy entertainment, food, and “gain exclusive access to some of the most elegant and striking vehicles available.”

AltCar Expo, California

Since 2005, the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica has introduced curious car lovers to the world of sustainable driving. Last year, the event celebrated its 10th anniversary. While you can see plenty of energy-saving smart cars, there will also be speakers on hand who will discuss the environmental benefits of using alternative fuel sources. This year’s expo will be at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on September 16–17.

Los Angeles Auto Show

Over in LA, the Los Angeles Auto Show is quite a spectacle. You can test drive new models and see brand new cars unveiled for the first time and. This is one of the most anticipated shows of the year, so make sure to get to the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 18–27.

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Memphis International Auto Show, Tennessee

With new SUVs, trucks, cars and more, the Memphis Cook Convention Center is the place to be on October 28-30 for the Memphis International Auto Show. Just a few manufacturers with brand new models that you can expect to see are Buick, Nissan, Lexus, GMC, Acura, Kia and Audi. Parking is free, so you can spend your extra cash on snacks and merch.

Autoexpo Africa, Kenya

In its 19th year, Kenya’s Autoexpo Africa has more than just cars. You can also buy car parts if you’re into modifying, restoring or repairing your own vehicles. The event is sponsored by Expogroup, a company that was founded in 1996 and serves such parts of the world as India, Latin America, Australia, Africa and more. The show runs from June 10–12.

Manila International Auto Show, Philippines

The Philippine Trade Training Center and the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City will host the 11th Manila International Auto Show on April 9–12. These buildings have more than 30,000 square feet of outdoor and indoor space between them that will include exhibitions from top vehicle manufacturers. With stunt shows and safety seminars, you’ll want to stick around all day.

SEMA Show, Nevada

The show hosted by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA Show, takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1–4. “The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place…” the event organizers write. “In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.”

Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, Ohio

The beautiful Ault Park in Cincinnati was founded in 1978 and has been used for art shows and health awareness events. It’s also the site of the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, where cars are divided by classes for easy viewing. You can find antiques produced before 1924, pre-war classics, sports classics produced through 1959 and even future classics made 2000 and later. With competitions, a 100 Years of BMW exhibit and a variety of Ferraris on display, the event runs from June 10–12.

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Moscow International Automobile Salon, Russia

Between August 24 and September 4, you can catch the Moscow International Automobile Salon. Organized by the Nonprofit Partnership Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre and the Association of Russian Automakers, this expo takes place every other year, so see the hottest rides here while you still can.

Sacramento International Auto Show, California

Whether you prefer everyday vehicles such as Jeeps, Kias and Scions, or you gravitate toward luxurious automakers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls Royce and Bentley, you will find many cars for your viewing pleasure at the Sacramento International Auto Show. There will be special attractions at the Cal Expo on October 14–16, including a kids zone, classic cars, an auto museum, test drive zones and old motorcycles.

Kyiv International Motor Show, Ukraine

Another auto show to check out is the Kyiv International Motor Show. In its 12th year, this expo focuses on commercial vehicles and trucks. The event takes place at the International Exhibition Center on October 26–28. Here’s your chance to get a better look at Ukrainian passenger vehicles, specialized cars, cargo vehicles and more.

Sao Paulo International Motor Show, Brazil

As one of the biggest auto shows on the planet, the Sao Paulo International Motor Show is a proven hit. For nearly 60 years, car fanatics from Latin America have gathered to see beautiful cars and enjoy other entertainment. This year’s event, on November 10–20, is heavily promoting the hashtag “nada sera como antes,” which roughly translates to “nothing will be as before.”

Motor Show Bologna, Italy

As the home of Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini and more, Italy is a major player when it comes to luxury cars. The Motor Show Bologna (December 4–13) is your exclusive chance to see these and other carmakers. The event organizers call this show “a six-sense digital experience” because the event features live entertainment, digital platforms, multimedia, virtual reality booths, test drives and more.

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By Popular Demand: 30 More Awesome Motorcycle Clubs for Women

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Last month, we highlighted some of the most impressive women’s motorcycle clubs in the United States and beyond.

However, we received a lot of feedback here at the auto repair shop and quickly learned that original list of 30 organizations was just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more groups that deserve some spotlight for their charity, toughness, community and dedication to their rides.

Here are 30 more women’s motorcycle clubs, from all around the world, that deserve praise.

Chicks in the Wind, Florida

A nonprofit established in 2012, Chicks in the Wind was founded after several women riders in the Hudson area decided that they could get more done in their neighborhood if they banded together. “We ride to raise awareness for the women and children who live in the abuse and homeless shelters,” Chicks in the Wind President Terri Kirchner tells us.

A variety of businesses have helped the Chicks host scavenger hunts, poker runs and other fundraisers. If you can’t necessarily join the Chicks (who have chapters in Hernando, Pinellas and Pasco), you can always buy a supporter patch and show your love that way.

Sisters Eternal Women’s Motorcycle Club

Sisters Eternal Women’s Motorcycle Club (WMC) is a neutrally chartered club with the American Motorcyclists Association and are recognized as professional, family-friendly, fair and legitimate by communities, participants and the motorcycling industry. Our Sisters come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels.

Furies MC, Illinois

Chicago’s own Furies MC are named after mythological creatures in Greek and Roman history: “These goddesses who made their home in the underworld would punish all crime, both personal and those made by society.” They further their objectives with meetings each month, where they outline their next riding plans while enjoying a laugh and a meal. The women participate in annual rides, including Ride to Work Day, International Female Ride Day and the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade.

Lost Girls MC, California

Having donated nearly $90,000 towards breast cancer treatment over the past 11 years, the Lost Girls MC are a mainstay in Visalia and always host their annual Lost Girls’ Breast Cancer Ride. Continue to support their valiant efforts by purchasing a patch on their website or by donating to the Girls.

Curve Unit, California

Want to join up with the ladies in Curve Unit? You just have to be there for the monthly Curve Unit Group Ride through the San Francisco Bay Area. You also need your own motorcycle, your own insurance and an active registration, but riders of any and all skill level are welcome.

Guilty Girlz RC, Michigan

With five chapters throughout the state — in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Tecumseh, Mt. Pleasant and Lansing — the Guilty Girlz RC truly live by their slogan, “be guilty of your passion.” The group, established in 2011, is a part of the Michigan Confederation of Clubs as the first of its kind. The women want their group to be a supportive environment that produces feelings of “trust, sisterhood, respect and empowerment to women who ride.”

Amazons WMC, Inc., North America

Named after the hardened Amazonian warriors, the Amazons WMC, Inc. members uphold six principles at all times, which the women also use as their code of conduct: commitment, loyalty, respect, truth, honor and love.

The group has chapters across the US and Canada. If you want to join the club, you must follow some ground rules such as always using common sense, having an open mind and a positive attitude, understanding the road, and never drinking alcohol before a ride.

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The Bikerni, India

There weren’t any women’s motorcycle clubs in India until 2011, when Urvashi Patole had the idea to create the Bikerni. Patole, along with Chithra Priya and Sheetal Bidaye, act as the core committee that sets up events and spreads awareness of the club. The group has grown in popularity so much that most cities in the country have a chapter, and new members are always welcome.

Lady Biker, India

Since the Bikerni was founded, other groups such as Lady Biker in Kolkata have come into existence to further spread riding culture in India. These women are, simply put, very devoted to riding their motorcycles.

In the spring of 2015, one member of the group went on a multi-day trip through India, taking in its beauty. “Solo ride is always unique and challenging,” she wrote on the group’s blog. “No one is there to help you if anything goes wrong. But, at the same time, one can truly feel the ride if one is going solo. It’s a ride Nirvana for the rider.”

The Foxy Fuelers, Australia

If you’re a fan of classic or even customized motorcycles, then you have kindred spirits in the Foxy Fuelers. These Australian motorcyclists were inspired by another Sydney group, the Sydney Café Racers, and now ride with them and other women. They learned by doing, and they want to encourage other women who are interested in riding to do the same.

Ghetto Girlz MC, California

Since 2009, Ghetto Girlz MC has promoted a sense of family for women of all backgrounds. If you’re not in the Oakland area, you can always join the New Zealand, Ireland, UK, or Fort Wayne, Indiana branches. Make sure to check out the club’s website to see the women’s informative page on bike maintenance and safety.

Devil Dolls MC, California

Devil Dolls MC was established on Valentine’s Day in 1999. Initially, the group only allowed members to join if they owned a Harley-Davidson. Today, the rules are more relaxed, with bikes made in the USA and Europe welcome. T-Rexxx is one of the founders and the president, while vice president Kupkake has been with the group since 2010. Sid Sinister is the club’s sergeant at arms.

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VCMC, England

The VCMC has an easy philosophy: “More women on bikes & more women building.” The group is planning to announce their 2016 riding plans soon, so keep an eye out for that news if you are in the UK. In the meantime, feel free to support the club and look awesome at the same time by picking up a tank top, a t-shirt or a sticker with the VCMC logo on it.

Women’s International Motorcycle Association GB, worldwide

Sponsored by the Motorcycle Club for Women, the Women’s International Motorcycle Association was founded in 1958. The group hosts rallies and rides in Australia, Asia and the UK. If you happen to travel to meet up with the group, there’s always members around to get you acclimated. Members receive stickers, pins and badges, discounts on the online shop, up to 11 newsletters, and access to every ride or any other event the group is taking part in.

Tenacious Dames RC, Montana

A nonprofit that’s always welcoming new members, Tenacious Dames RC also has chapters in Bozeman, Miles City, Great Falls and Billings. Women in the group aren’t limited by age (some are in their 20s, some are in their 60s and still wild), skill level, or location (members live in Kalispell, Butte, Helena and elsewhere). The women in this group all obey this credo: “Women empowering women through the love of riding.”

Celtic Sisters WMC, Ohio

Lisa Thuning established the Celtic Sisters WMC in 2014 and serves as its president. She works alongside vice president Criket Jones and public relations professional Sallie Todd. The group is dedicated to helping children with cancer. If you want to tag along, you can apply to join right on the Celtic Sisters’ website. The women participate in various Ohio events throughout any given year.

Asphalt Angels MC, Utah

The Asphalt Angels MC always ride safely, insisting that you “never ride faster than your angels can fly.” This group, founded in 2013, supports organizations and charities in the St. George area, often volunteering and riding in fundraisers and other events.

Want to join? Asphalt Angels describe themselves as “women who are brave, loyal, trustworthy, accomplished, adventurous, and kindhearted, but also have a healthy appreciation for the perfect tattoo, a great set of pipes, a love of laughter, and the smell of leather.”

GLOW Motorcycle Club, Texas

Since 2006, the women in the GLOW Motorcycle Club (which is short for Gorgeous Ladies on Wheels), have made Houston a lot pinker, as that’s the group’s signature hue. The club only opens availability for new members on a limited basis, so make sure to jump in when you can. The women support local businesses and post flyers on their website to promote small companies.

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Chrome Angelz RC, worldwide

Chrome Angelz RC started in 2012 with one chapter in New Jersey and actively recruited in 2014 to grow to over 65 chapters across the US, Canada, South Africa and Europe. They support women motorcycle riders, promote safety and encourage chapters to help their local communities.

Femme Fatales WMC, Ohio

Emerson and Hoops, two friends and riders, co-founded the Femme Fatales WMC in 2011. They recognized that there was a lack of women’s motorcycle clubs in Ohio, so they decided to give women riders in the state a chance to gather together.

Of course, they do more than just ride. Members also support nonprofit groups like Susan G. Komen 3-Day, Bright Pink, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition and the Heather J. Kwiate Foundation.

Xtreme Vixens MC, Nevada

Although Las Vegas is known for its crazy entertainment, the city didn’t have any sanctioned motorcycle groups with just women riders until Nina came along in 2006 and created the Xtreme Vixens MC. The club became such a beloved institution that it in 2008 it created a California chapter. While the group once only allowed for sports bikes, as of 2012, any and all motorcycles are welcome.

Las Marias MC, Mexico

They keep their description brief, but Las Marias MC is in the middle of producing a short film called On the Road to Sisterhood. There’s a slew of patches you can buy in support of the group, and make sure to check out their catchy riding playlist.

Iron Sirens WC, Canada

As long as you’re a woman with a motorcycle, the Iron Sirens WC wouldn’t mind if you joined them for a ride. No parts of Canada are off-limits — you’ll find chapters in Addington County, Alberta, Rose City, Port Dover, Halton Hills, Muskoka, Wasaga Beach and more. The club often participates in open events where anyone can ride. There are also member-only activities planned for every month in 2016, some of them rides and some of them social gatherings.

Free Spirit Chapter, Michigan

Boasting more than 70 members as of this writing, the Free Spirit Chapter has been a Michigan mainstay since 1995. Washtenaw, Wayne, Livingston, Macomb and Oakland County women riders all gather for monthly meetings and regular rides. The club will participate in an event in Warren in February, the 9th Annual Bowling for Camp Quality, so be sure to check it out.

GRIPsters, Oregon and Washington

The GRIPsters, or Girls Riding Independently Proud, are spread out between Oregon and Washington. They’re open to any woman motorcyclist joining as long as you can attend the Portland meetings, which occur monthly on Thursday nights at the Bradford’s Sports Lounge.

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Steel Cowgirls, Tennessee

The Steel Cowgirls, also known as the Motorcycle Women of Tennessee, are based in Nashville, but the group has been known to venture far out for certain riding events. When you join, you get official access to the group’s locked Facebook page so you can keep abreast of club news and upcoming events.

Diva Angels, Inc., Florida

Nonprofit Diva Angels, Inc. has both local chapters and a national chapter. You can find branches near you in Tampa Bay, Pasco and more. You can either join by sending mail to the group or save time by applying online. The women request that you show up to one of their chapter meetings before applying, though, so you can get a feel for how you’ll fit in.

Smokin Curvz MC, Virginia

Inspired by another Virginia motorcycle club called Bloc Burnaz MC, Smokin Curvz MC was founded in 2010. The women are dedicated to making Fredericksburg a better place through charitable acts. “We believe actions speak louder than words, and are ready to prove that we can ride with the big boys, cook the meals, take care of the kids, uplift our community and still look fabulous!” the group pledges.

Chrome Divas, Worldwide

Whether you call Australia, Canada or the US home, with more than 45 chapters there’s undoubtedly a Chrome Divas branch near you. Founded in 2002, the group began in Tallahassee, Florida, before growing bigger and bigger into the powerhouse that it is today. Feel free to add to the club’s numbers, but be prepared to abide by the rules, which insist that you’re respectful of other members. The Chrome Divas Midwest Winter Retreat is coming up in February, so don’t miss that.

Missouri Women on Wheels (MO WOW)

Why is MO WOW such a huge hit in its home state? Women of all skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate, which has led to the development of chapters throughout Missouri, including Ladies of the Roubidoux, Golden Valley Girls, Lady Road Runners, Lady Cruisers of the Ozarks, the Heartland Chapter and the Show-Me Riders. The group is currently filling its 2016 calendar and is welcomes new members.

Caramel Curves, Louisiana

Sometimes, a little competition is a good thing, as in the case of Caramel Curves, a New Orleans group created by a woman known only as Caramel (check out the piece Vice did on her recently).

Caramel started the club to go toe-to-toe with the male riders in the city, and the group’s popularity grew quickly. That changed after Hurricane Katrina, when many group members left the state for good, but Caramel Curves has since regrouped and encouraged many others to join.


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The Thrill of the Chill: 25 Winter Races

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You know the drill.

Ten minutes before you plan to leave for work, you venture outside in the freezing cold and, watching your breath form before you as you do so, get the thing warmed up. Most of us hate getting inside of cold, frozen cars.

A select group of drivers, however, embraces the cold. Many of them can nimbly handle a car or motorcycle in sub-zero temperatures, smoothly drifting over a patch of ice when, for most of us, our muscles would be too frozen to react.

Here are 25 winter races in the US and Canada where you can catch these awesome drivers in action.

Ice Speedway’s World Championship ICE Racing Series

The ICE Racing Series is one of your best chances to see ATV and motorbike races on a frozen track, which is just exhilarating stuff if you’re a racing fan.

The first World Championship ICE Racing Series at Ice Speedway took place in 1977 in Oklahoma. The first event this year took place on Saturday, January 9th, at the National US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois. The race on Saturday, January 23rd, at the Ford Center in Evansville was for the MidWest Championships.

More events will be added to the calendar soon, so be sure to check the website for details.

The Wisconsin State Ice Racing Championship in Dexterville, Wisconsin

The Central Wisconsin Ice Racing Association is all about winter bike and ATV riding. With the mild December 2015 weather, however, some of the events on its schedule had to be altered.

That said, on Sunday, February 7th, the Weyauwega Pro/Am is going forth as planned, as is the Wisconsin State Ice Racing Championship in Dexterville on Sunday the 14th. This event has a 20-year history and is one of the favorites of the CWIRA members. The group finishes February with two more races, one on the 21st at Lake Arbutus in Hatfield and the other on the 28th in Humbird.

The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club’s (AMEC) Ice Racing Championships in Broadalbin, New York

“Drivers refuse to put their racecar away when the snow flies,” AMEC says. Its members and volunteers have been busily working since late 2015 to prepare for this year’s Ice Racing Championships. Look for events every Sunday all winter long around the region. Times change to accommodate weather, so check the AMEC website for precise times and locations.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Winter Flurry Races in Atlanta, Georgia

Just because it doesn’t get very cold in Atlanta doesn’t mean that the Atlanta Motor Speedway can’t have some winter fun. On Saturdays from February until April, you can check out the Winter Flurry Races. These exciting icy rides are a delight to watch.

The International Ice Racing Association’s (IIRA) Thunder Bay Autosport Club Races in Rochester, Minnesota

The IIRA has already had to cancel a number of events on its 2016 calendar due to unseasonably balmy weather. While that’s a major bummer, it also means that the group’s racers are just champing at the bit to go.

They’ll get their chance on the weekend of February 6th and 7th in the Don Kettering Memorial Race. The IIRA also has events planned for February 13th and the weekend of February 20th at Madison Lake, and the weekend of February 27th at East Rush Lake.

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Kern County Raceway Park’s Winter Series at the Dirt Track in Bakersfield, California

Bring your jacket when you see the Winter Series at the Dirt Track hosted at Kern County Raceway Park. The first two of the four Saturday events already took place on January 16th and the 30th, so don’t miss the last two on February 13th and the 26th. A variety of cars are welcome, including b-mods, hobby stocks, American stocks, mini dwarfs and even modified vehicles.

“With the clay we have brought in and the improvements we have made to the race track, drivers will love the racing surface and the fans will be treated to some great racing during the Winter Series here at the Dirt Track,” race organizer John Piker says.

Alaska Sports Car Lions Club in Anchorage, Alaska

Few states have drivers as adept at ice racing as Alaska. The Alaska Sports Car Lions Club will host ice races all winter long from January until April. Every race is on a Saturday, so come by on February 13th and the 27th, March 12th and the 26th, and April 2nd to round out the season. All races take place on the Big Lake and start at 11 a.m. They allow caged trucks, caged studded cars, and non-caged non-studded cars to race.

Canyon Speedway’s Winter Challenge 2016 in Peoria, Arizona

Chill out, even in Arizona, when you attend the Winter Challenge 2016 at Canyon Speedway. The series takes place in late January with practices the night before each event. If you missed the Winter Challenge, the races here don’t stop. There are plenty of other events from February to October nearly every single weekend.

Cocopah Speedway’s IMCA Winter Nationals in Somerton, Arizona

Another option for Arizona residents who can’t get enough of winter racing is the IMCA Winter Nationals at Cocopah Speedway. The first night kicks off on Friday, February 5th, with modified vehicles, stock cars, sportmods and hobby stocks all vying for the top prize.

Make sure to come back for other nights of the Winter Nationals on Saturday, February 6th; Thursday, February 9th; Friday, February 12th; and Saturday, February 13th.

The Lake George Carnival in Lake George, New York

We already mentioned how AMEC will compete at the Lake George Carnival, but there’s even more to see in February. Each weekend, you can enjoy food and entertainment for kids and adults, but the real moment that everyone’s waiting for is the racing, which is different each weekend.

On the first weekend, from the 6th to the 7th, see unique outhouse racing. During the second weekend, on the 13th and 14th, there’s ATV ice racing. The third weekend, the 20th and 21st, will feature cars blitzing on a sheet of ice. Close out another successful year on the 27th and 28th with 4×4 truck racing.

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Midwest Ice-Racing Association (MIRA) in Hayward and Superior, Wisconsin

Keep your fingers crossed for the cold weather to continue so MIRA can get its season underway. The group already had to cancel several races in early January because the weather was too warm, but now that it’s cooled off considerably, the February 13th race at Eddy’s Resort in Mille Lacs, Minnesota, and the February 27th race at Barkers Island in Superior should go ahead as scheduled.

Our Gang Ice Racing in Georgetown, Colorado

Founded in 1965, Our Gang Ice Racing started off with a few drivers who enjoyed wrapping chains around the tires of their 4x4s and racing them in wintry conditions. Nearly 40 years later, not much has changed. The group’s season started in mid-January, but there’s still time to catch the Studs & Cheaters races at Georgetown Lake on Saturdays in February and the Bare Rubber races at Georgetown Lake on Sundays in February.

American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) Ice Race Grand Championships in Waterford, Michigan

Michigan residents, keep your schedule open the weekend of February 13th and the 14th, when the talented AMA racers gather on an oval-shaped course at the Waterford track to determine which one wins it all.

Ken Saillant, the AMA track racing manager, spoke excitedly about the event: “Our AMA racers wait all year for this event. White Lake Racing’s partnership with the AMA offers racers a top-notch event to showcase their talents. The facility is located just outside the Detroit metro area, so we’re expecting the race to draw a lot of local fans in addition to racers and their families.”

Clear Creek County 2016 Ice Racing Championships in Georgetown, Colorado

The Clear Creek County Ice Racing Championships take place in Georgetown, Colorado. March is still frosty enough for winter racing, and on Sunday the 6th you can check out the 2016 Cheater Invitational and then witness street bare rubber cars competing for the bronze, pro street studs battling for the silver and competition studs racing for the gold.

Central New York Ice Racing Association Inc. (CYNIRA) in Dundee Township, New York

The big race is on for CYNIRA on the weekend of February 7th and the 8th. Racers start bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday when they converge at the Waneta Inn. Breakfast will be served and registration takes place at that time. The racers and their vehicles will then be unleashed upon Waneta Lake, the Black Rock Speedway and Honeoye Lake.

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Discover Wisconsin Presents the St. Germain Radar Racers in Saint Germain, Wisconsin

When it comes to ice racing, you can take your pick with the St. Germain Radar Racers. There’s snow dragging on the Twilight snow track where racers cruise along on snowmobiles. Women compete on the same track in the same vehicles in another race. There’s also ice dragging on a track that’s 1,000 feet of slippery snowy fun. Stop February 12th and 13th to check it all out.

Thunder Bay Autosport Club in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

The IIRA in Minnesota, noted above, is already racing in association with the Thunder Bay Autosport Club, but this Canadian group also hosts its own events. Given its hometown, the racers are used to bitter cold. The 2016 schedule begins on Saturday, January 23rd, with races every weekend through March 13th. All races are held on the Mission Bay Ice Racing Site.

Northern Alberta Sports Car Club (NASCC) in Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

For more than 50 years, NASCC, another Canadian ice racing group, has fearlessly challenged the ice. From January through the end of March, there’s an event each weekend near a snowy lake. The traction fluctuates, but the course is designed to prevent racers from ever accelerating more than 100 miles per hour. According to the NASCC, drivers prevent about 10 percent of damage to their cars and tires when racing in the snow compared to concrete.

The Boonville Snow Festival’s Adirondack Cup Ice Oval Snowmobile Racing in Boonville, New York

The Boonville Snow Festival’s Adirondack Cup Ice Oval Snowmobile Racing normally takes place the last weekend in January, but organizers decided to cancel the 2016 event. However, they’re already getting ready for next year’s event, slated for January 27th through January 29th, 2017.

On the Saturday of the festival, including this year, there’s a Family Fun Day with snowball softball, snowshoe races, snow sledding, ice sculptures, fireworks at night and a parade with torchlights and snowmobiles.

Jaffrey Ice Racing Association, Inc. in Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Every year since 1985, nonprofit Jaffrey Ice Racing Association has hosted races on Lake Contoocook, Northwood Lake, Whitney Pond and Shallow Hill Pond. Every race takes place on a Sunday from January until March. The winner, determined by points for the duration of the season, does get a trophy.

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Merrill Ice Draggers in Merrill, Wisconsin

Claiming that it’s got “the fastest 1/8th mile drag auto racing on ice in the world,” Merrill Ice Draggers has some pretty impressive world records: One of its racers clocked a top speed of 141.6 MPH on the ice.

The group was founded in 1965 and hosts races on Saturdays in January and February. Stop by for the Memorial Race on February 6th, a standard race on the 13th, and the championship on the 20th.

District 14 Ice Racing in Highland, Michigan

A branch of the AMA, District 14 Ice Racing hosts races on Sundays from January through February. The group welcomes riders of all styles, including those with non-studded tires and studded tires. Whether you prefer watching racers on ATVs or motorcycles, District 14 Ice Racing delivers.

Oconto Falls Sno Jokers’ World Series of Ice Drags in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

If you have some time on February 12th and 13th, do check out the Oconto Falls Sno Jokers’ World Series of Ice Drags, an awesome snowmobile racing event. For the past six years, racers have competed on four lanes of slick snow on a track that’s more than 1,600 feet long. Visitors will love the heated tent where staff sells drinks and food. Once the race wraps up, there’s live music.

Pro Vintage Racing’s Ice Oval Racing in Wausau, Wisconsin

For the past 20 years, Pro Vintage Racing and its brand of “vintage snowmobile racing” has captivated Wisconsin audiences. The Ice Oval Racing series will criss-cross Wisconsin on Saturdays in January and February and features more than 30 sled classes. On February 6th, head out to Wausau for a race. The next week, the fun continues in West Salem on the 13th before moving on to Manawa on the 20th. The season wraps up in Francis Creek at the 141 Speedway on the 27th.

Vintage Snowmobile Racing in Old Forge, New York

In upstate New York, where the snow can really fall, Vintage Snowmobile Racing lets the cold set in before beginning its races in late January. The talented racers here will participate in the 52nd Lancaster Grand Prix on Saturday, February 6th in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

All other events in February are in New York, including:

  • The Round Lake Ice Race in Altamont on the 13th
  • The Piseco Lake Ice Race in Altamont on the 20th
  • The Utica Rome Speedway race in Vernon on the 27th
  • The Inlet New York race on March 12th.

 

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Step Aside, Boys: 30 Motorcycle Clubs for Women

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Update: Thanks for all the love everyone! Due to all the interest we’ll be revisiting this topic soon! If any of you are riding nearby, please make sure to stop by our auto repair shop located in Boulder, Colorado to say hi!

When you think of motorcycle gangs, one image typically comes to mind: Burly dudes with beards and a whole lot of leather riding their hogs.

Let’s challenge that image. All over the United States, women-only biker groups gather at community events, give to charities, ride around their respective cities and generally show the world that motorcycles aren’t just boys’ toys.

 

Women in the Wind, Worldwide

Women in the Wind was founded in 1979 when founder Becky Brown placed an ad in her local newspaper in northern Ohio seeking other women to ride with. Her first women-only ride featured a group of 11. Today, her organization counts more than 1300 members in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia, all of whom are united under WITW’s purpose to unite women motorcyclists, promote a positive image, and educate members on bike safety and maintenance.

 

Venice Vixens, California

“We’re all a little different, a little crazy and a lot of fun!” the Venice Vixens promise. You can find these California girls at events around the area and on any track in the city. The women in this club are even sometimes known to hop aboard a dirt bike.

 

East Side Moto Babes, California

Another West Coast women’s club, the East Side Moto Babes are based in the Los Angeles area. Although they’ll often participate in races, the group stresses that “it’s not about competition, it’s about challenging courage and constancy in our clear vision of going for it and encouraging others to come along. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing.”

 

Leather & Lace MC Nation

An international group created in 1983 by Jennifer Chaffin, the Leather & Lace MC Nation isn’t just about riding. Members also help children across the country through charitable work. The group has two primary goals: To get more people interested in motorcycle groups, and to do what they can to increase the wellbeing of children in various communities. There’s probably a chapter near you.

 

Sisters Eternal WMC, Texas

Established in 2013, Sisters Eternal WMC in Houston has two chapters in the city. Members of both groups often blend together and hang out at the various events the group attends throughout the year. Participating in the National Coalition of Motorcyclists events and joining the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents, these girls are serious about motorcycles getting a good rap. The members prefer cruiser style motorcycles and are open to new members joining, but that has to be your bike of choice.  

 

Bella Gypsies, California

Making their home in the San Fernando and the Santa Clarita Valleys, Bella Gypsies came roaring into existence in 2010 after founders Minnie (the club’s president) and Lynne (its vice president) put their heads together and created the group. Seeking to unite a “sisterhood of motorcycle riders and bikers,” these women hang out when possible, go for rides and enjoy each other’s company. They also give back through charity. They emphasize an understanding that, in most women’s lives, family becomes a primary responsibility.

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Women on Wheels, Worldwide

You don’t necessarily have to be a rider yourself to get involved with Women on Wheels; all enthusiasts, no matter their riding skill level, are welcome. This community nonprofit group has members of all ages, from their late teens to their 80s. Women on Wheels is so beloved that it was bestowed the Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award by the American Motorcyclist Association in 1993.

 

The Litas, Worldwide

Spanning 45 cities in eight countries with more than 600 members, the Litas a global collective of women riders. “We all have different backgrounds, interests, jobs, lives, but find common ground when we cruise the canyons, scraping pavement and letting go of all inhibitions,” they write.

 

Ribbon Riders, Florida

Ribbon Riders supports breast cancer survivors of both genders. This nonprofit club, established in 2008, features members all touched by breast cancer, whether they had it themselves or just knew someone who did. Since the club’s founding, its members have raised $250,000 that has directly benefited over 260 patients battling breast cancer in Central Florida.

 

Rainier Ravens, Washington

A brand new group founded in 2015, Rainier Ravens‘ creators had long been involved in various motorcycle communities around the world. Sponsored by motorcycle accessory companies Touratech and Triumph of Seattle, plus the Rainier Beer brewery, the group has become a presence in the Seattle area. They have meetings each month to plan events and other appearances.

 

The Scarlet Headers, Colorado

A Denver club that directly inspired the Rainier Ravens above, the Scarlet Headers strive for their members to “feel comfortable, accepted and encouraged to approach the motorcycling community. A place to learn, give back and grow. Each woman unique with a different style, machine and background all share one passion — the power of two wheels.” The women have recently rebuilt their own vintage motorcycle and plan to donate it to a charitable organization.

 

Lady Bikers of California

Seeking to “make California a little smaller,” Lady Bikers of California welcome members from all over the state. They’re very receptive to new riders joining and aren’t picky about what type of bike you ride. Each year, the group hosts its own International Female Ride Day; the next one takes place May 6–8, 2016, in Fresno.

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Boston Area Bike Enthusiast Sisters (B.A.B.E.S.)

While many of these motorcycle club members call themselves babes, only the Boston Area Bike Enthusiast Sisters actually can put it in their group’s name. Founded in 2001, the group is more of a sisterhood than a club. Members are of varying ages and “promote safety in numbers.” There are 85 members at the time of writing, and more are always encouraged to join. The group is very involved in Boston charities and believe in giving a bell to all members to battle against evil road spirits.

 

Sirens Women’s MC of NYC

Established in 1986, the Sirens Women’s MC of NYC rightfully calls itself the longest-running motorcycle club for women in New York City. There are more than 40 members, which also makes this group among the biggest in the state. The women are very into LGBT awareness and pride and even appeared in the New York City Pride Parade the same year the club was founded. It’s become a yearly tradition ever since.

 

Two Wheel Foxies, Florida

St. Petersburg’s Two Wheel Foxies may have a lot of awesome women riders, but they’re into more than just motorcycles. They also link up with businesses and charities in Florida to make a difference. The group hosts events at least monthly, sometimes more than that, where they plan rides on some pretty interesting routes.

 

Diamond Girlz MC, Massachusetts

Diamond Girlz MC is another Boston-area. Founded in 2007 by Courtney Bouchard, aka Mz. Pink, the group is built on being pillars of community, sisterhood and respect. Members partake in community service and give their time and donations to various Boston charities. All members must have their own motorcycles, have a Massachusetts driver’s license and be at least 18.

 

Distinguished Divas Motorcycle Club, Wisconsin

Milwaukee’s Distinguished Divas Motorcycle Club was created in 2009 and is a very valuable group in its home city. The women in this club spend a lot of time riding and almost just as much time volunteering and helping out such organizations as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Self-Esteem Workshop for Foster Care Youth Girls, Milwaukee Women’s Center Helpline, the Next Door Foundation Annual Walk and the House of Love annual unity rides.

 

Throttle Sisters MC, Idaho

One of the only women’s motorcycle clubs in Idaho, Throttle Sisters MC is a small and tight-knit group. “The purpose of Throttle Sisters Motorcycle Club is to participate in club planned/sponsored or chosen events that support our local riding community and to promote a sense of community and empowerment among women riders,” the members explain on their website.

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The Miss-Fires, New York

A New York City staple, the Miss-Fires happily accept new members, as long as you’re at least 18, have a valid license and own a motorcycle. Of course, even if you don’t fit the criteria, you’re invited to any of the group’s social events and other meetings. If you also enjoy racers, classic cars, mopeds and dirt bikes, you’re in good company, because the women here are into vehicles with any number of wheels.

 

The Dahlias, Michigan

Hailing from Detroit, the Dahlias were founded by Valerie Jones and Hayley Suder. They couldn’t find any all-women motorcycle groups in their area, so they decided to start their own. They’re still recruiting new members, so now could be your chance to get involved in something spectacular.

 

Valley Vixens MC, California

Valley Vixens MC represent the San Jose area. Since 2009, the club has amassed members who “have a trust, loyalty, understanding, love and respect for yourself and all of your sisters.” This group doubles as a nonprofit that helps people in poverty and those who are sick.

 

Wind Sisters RC, South Carolina

The Midlands chapter of Wind Sisters RC operates out of Elgin, South Carolina, and has a handful of members. Prospects are welcome to attend any of the events that the club hosts, such as its annual chapter party on May 2nd at restaurant Gadget of Lugoff. This is the fourth event for the Wind Sisters, and it includes prizes, games, vendors, drinks and food.

 

Chrome Angels, Texas

Representing Tarrant County, Dallas and other parts of North Texas, the Chrome Angels are scattered across the entire state. These women will teach you to get better at riding if you need a few pointers and even offer safety classes. The group has a handful of Texas sponsors, like Succeed On Purpose for women-owned businesses, Cycle Center of Denton, Grapevine Kawasaki Polaris, Moto Liberty, Cyclone Motorcycle Rescue & Transport, Thunder Roads Texas Magazine and Willhoite’s Restaurant.

 

Motor Maids, North America

Since its founding in 1940, Motor Maids has grown to 1,300 members in Canada and the US. Linda Dugeau created the group, which was originally founded in Providence, Rhode Island. Today, there are chapters in nearly all 50 states.

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Stilettos on Steel, Nationwide

Riding a motorcycle, regardless of gender, is all about safety, and Stilettos on Steel wants to educate as many riders as possible about how to avoid accidents. Much like Motor Maids above, this group has various chapters across the country. Members get a membership card, a patch and can join a locked Facebook group, so you always know which events are going on near you.

 

Organized Chaos, Illinois

Organized Chaos in Chicago is an eclectic group of women with all sorts of backgrounds, jobs, lives and hobbies who have one thing in common: their love riding. The group has a unique symbol, too, which is explained on the club’s website: “The gold represents and starts with our individual selves, our individual strength, morals and integrity; it begins with us and extends beyond ourselves. The silver represents what we bring to each other, our sisters, in the form of support, encouragement, and connection. The bronze represents what we offer to our community, our neighbors, and all those outside ourselves and our sisters.”

 

Bomber Girls, LRC, Georgia

Everyone does what they can to support the troops, but Bomber Girls, LRC out of Savannah, Georgia, go above and beyond, often mailing care packages to soldiers serving the country. They have a few chapters in Georgia and a handful of other states. All fundraisers and events the women participate in directly benefit troops.

 

Faribault Harley-Davidson Lady Riders, Minnesota

You might have your own Harley-Davidson dealership near you, but does yours have its own women’s motorcycle club like the Faribault Harley-Davidson Lady Riders of FHD? This group has garage parties throughout the year, typically in March and April, and even hosts its own H-D Riding Academy courses for new riders who want to understand their bikes better and feel more comfortable riding.

 

Distinctive Lady Ryders, Arkansas

The Distinctive Lady Ryders in Little Rock are a fun bunch. This charitable group always hosts an annual Bike Blessing event each May; this will be the third year. On May 7, 2016, coinciding with Motorcycle Safety Month, the women will be on hand for a meet and greet. Later in the day, accompanied by police escorts, they’ll lead a 60-minute ride.

 

Baby Janes MC, California

How many of your dreams do you actually remember? For the founders of Baby Janes MC, it only took one to create this Orange County group in 2011. Baby Janes aims to make you feel nostalgic for the 70s, “a time when rock-n-roll was hard, smooth and cool. There was leather and lace, choppers had queen seats with 30″ sissy bars, and cold beer and warm dust made the day.”

 

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