September 4-5, 2015

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. 2015 marks Ton Up NC’s 12th anniversary as an organization and marks the 11th 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, 2015 (Sept. 4-5), 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, September 5 where judges are not necessarily looking for the prettiest and cleanest machines but who are looking for well ridden bikes with personality and craftsmanship. Later, festivities move indoors to the Social 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 September 4-5, 2015.


  • Vintage British (up to 1979)
  • Vintage European (BMW, Guzzi, Ducatti etc. up to 1979)
  • Vintage Japanese (up to 1979)
  • Vintage American (up to 1979)
  • Post Vintage (Older sport bikes, classic motorcycle style  vs. cruisers 1980-2000)
  • Retro Modern (Modern Bonnie, Guzzi V7 Classic, Kaw w650 etc.)
  • Competition (vintage dirt/road race bikes)
  • Vintage Scooter/Moped

All entries must run.



Fri. September 4 

7:00pm-? Rumble Registration Party

The Green Room

1108 Broad Street, Durham, NC

Sat. September 5

11:00am Motorcycle Breakfast at Parker and Otis

112 S. Duke Street, Durham, NC

1:00pm Vintage Motorcycle, Scooter and Cafe Racer Show

1007 W. Main Street, Durham, NC

4:30pm Bike Show Awards and AHRMA Charity Raffle

1007 W. Main Street, Durham, NC

5:00pm-? Bull City Rumble After Party at The Social

1007 W. Main Street, Durham, NC


John Howie and Rosewood Bluff

Sean K Preston and the Loaded Pistols



Pandora Von Kit

Tiny Tulips

Pearl van Dammit

Selia d’Katzmeow


Days Inn ($51 and up)
3460 Hillsborough Road Durham, NC 27705 (919) 383-1551

Red Roof Inn ($60 and up)
1915 N Pointe Dr Durham, NC 27705 (919) 471-9882

Hilton Garden Inn ($101 and up)

2102 West Main St, Durham, NC 27705 (closest to the Rumble epicenter)

Hampton Inn Suites ($101 and up)
1542 North Gregson Street, Durham, NC 27701 (919) 688-8880

Marriott City Center ($139 and up)
201 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701 (888) 236-2427

Homewood Suites by Hilton (from $125)

 3600 Mount Moriah Road, Durham, NC 27705 (919) 401-0610


Please support this year's sponsors:

Rommel Harley Davidson Durham

Combustion Cycles

The Social Games and Brews

Sam's Quick Shop

Viking Bags

Motorcycle House

Deep River Brewing

Raleigh Motor

Triangel Cycles

9 MC Vintage Revivalists

Ray Price Triumph

James Joyce Irish Pub

Alivia's Durham Bistro