August 29 to 31, 2014

The Bull City Rumble is a world-renowned vintage motorcycle and scooter rally hosted by Ton Up NC annually on Labor Day Weekend in Durham, NC. Thematically, the event has its roots in the traditional rivalry of Mods vs. Rockers, the sensationalized clash of two youth cultures- scooter riding mods and motorcycle riding rockers, in 1960’s England. The event has evolved from its humble beginnings in a parking lot in 2005 to a multi-venue, multi-day rally drawing thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world. 

The hosts, Ton Up NC, are a small not for profit group of enthusiasts with a singular goal: to promote the riding, restoration and racing of vintage motorcycles. 2014 marks Ton Up NC’s 11th anniversary as an organization and marks the 10th edition of the Bull City Rumble. When not organizing events, the members of Ton Up NC compete nationally in vintage dirt and road motorcycle racing.

On Labor Day weekend, 2014 (Aug. 29-31), downtown Durham will again be filled with the sights and sounds of vintage scooters, motorcycles and enthusiasts from all four corners of the globe. The historic Lucky Strike Tobacco Warehouses in Durham’s Brightleaf District serves as the backdrop for the annual bike show on Saturday, August 31 where judges are not necessarily looking for the prettiest and cleanest machines but who are looking for well ridden bikes with personality and craftsmanship (with a $500 cash prize for Best in Show). Later, festivities move indoors to the Casbah for some of the finest burlesque dancers in the South, Rock and Roll music and refreshments.

Make plans to come join us for one of the best two-wheeled events in the South: The Bull City Rumble.

Bike Show Categories include:

Vintage British (1980 and older)

Vintage European (1980 and older i.e. BMW, Guzzi etc.)

Vintage Japanese (1980 and older)

Retro Modern i.e. Modern Bonnie, Guzzi V7 Classic, Kaw w650 etc.

Competition (vintage dirt/road race bikes 1980 and older)

Vintage Scooter (1980 and older)

All entries must run.

Pre-Register Here: 


FRI 8/29   7pm Registration/Kickoff

                 Green Room

                 1108 Broad St., Durham, NC

                 9pm Bikes of Ton Up NC Show

                 Motorco Garage Bar

                 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, NC

SAT 8/30  11am Motorcycle Breakfast

                 Parker and Otis

                 112 S. Duke St., Durham, NC

                 1pm Bull City Rumble Bike Show

                 1007 W. Main St., Durham, NC

                 4:30pm Awards/Charity Raffle

                 @ The Social

                 1007 W. Main St., Durham, NC

                 5pm Rock and Roll Burlesque Show

                 The Social

                 1007 W. Main St., Durham, NC


  Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistols

Sarah Shook


Selia d'Katzmeow

Pearl Vandammit

Pandora Von Kit

SUN 8/31   9am Motorcycle Breakfast

                  James Joyce Pub

                  912 W. Main St., Durham, NC

                  11am Country Ride w/Ton Up NC

                  (departing from James Joyce Pub)

                  1pm Lunch

                  Dain's Place

                  754 9th St., Durham, NC


                  Thanks for coming out!

Where to Stay: (coming soon)