September 5, 2020

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. 2020 marks Ton Up NC’s 18th anniversary as an organization and marks the 16th 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, 2020 (Sept. 5th), 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 5th where judges are not necessarily looking for the prettiest and cleanest machines but who are looking for well ridden bikes with personality and craftsmanship.

Make plans to come join us for one of the best two-wheeled events in the South: The Bull City Rumble September 5th, 2020.


  • Vintage British (up to 1979)
  • Vintage European (BMW, Guzzi, Ducati etc. up to 1979)
  • Vintage Japanese (up to 1979)
  • Vintage American (up to 1979)
  • Post Vintage (Older sport bikes)
  • Retro Modern i.e. Modern Bonnie, Guzzi V7 Classic, Kaw w650 etc.
  • Competition (vintage dirt/road race bikes)
  • Vintage Scooter/Moped
  • Vintage Choppers (all makes)
  • New-Vintage Bobber (all makes)
  • New-Vintage Brat (all makes)
  • New - Best Cafe Racer (all makes)

All entries must run.


  • FREE -Bike Show Access, Motorcycle Parking on Main Street
  • $TBD -Complete Registration (T-Shirt, Bike Show Entry & After-party Access)

A la carte:

  • $10 -Bike Show Entry Form
  • $20 -Event T-Shirt
  • $5 -Patches


    Fri. September 4

    5:00 pm-  Rumble Registration Party (Meet & Greet)

    Green Room

    1108 Broad Street, Durham, NC

    Sat. September 5

    9:00 am Motorcycle Breakfast & Early Bird Parking


    9:30 am Registration Open (till 1:30pm)


    10:00 am Vintage Motorcycle, Scooter and Cafe Racer Show


    -Tech Sessions

    -On Street Parking

    -Tech Sessions

    3:00 pm Bike Show Awards 

    Commonly Asked Rumble Questions:

    Q: Can I park my bike on Main Street without registering?

    A: Absolutely, motorcycle parking is always free at the Rumble.

    Q: Can I put a For Sale sign on my bike at the Rumble?

    A: Yes. Many titles have changed hands at the Rumble.

    Q: Where should I stay?

    A: Durham is full of amazing hotels at every price point.  The nearest one is the Residence Inn in West Main Street just feet away from the Rumble but it always sells out so book early.  Others include the Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott Downtown, The Durham Hotel and Unscripted hotel to name a few.

    Q: Hot much to attend the Rumble?

    A: Thanks to our amazing sponsors and merch customers, the Rumble is always FREE to attend and open to the public.

    Q: Do I need a vintage bike to park on Main Street?

    A: Nope.  We just ask you park in the general parking section near the Social

    Q: So if everything is FREE why should I pay $25 for a full registration?

    A: Good question. Full registration helps us pay for the Rumble and includes an event shirt or hand screened Rumble  poster, a bike show entry and other cool goodies and perks from our sponsors. But it's not necessary to enjoy the bike show, music, main street parking or tech sessions. 




    Please support the sponsors of the 2019 Bull City Rumble:

    Triumph Raleigh

    Combustion Cycles

    All American Gutter Protection

    Hagerty Classic Insurance

    Bedlam Vodka

    Hemo bioscience

    Cimmaron Apparel