Whether you call it the “Midwest,” “Great Lakes,” or “Rust Belt,” one thing is certain: this region has a really happening grassroots motorcycle community. It seems like there is always a show,ride, or run going on.
Oily Souls is one of these shows. The show is held in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. It is easily one of the best times to be had every year. This year saw Oily Souls moved from a distillery to an old Detroit Fire Department firehouse. This venue lent itself well to the aesthetics and setup of the show. The formula was simple; 25 invited builders handpicked by Brad Richards.
The machines selected covered most of the motorcycle spectrum, so there was something to suit every taste. There was also a selection of stellar photography, showcasing the work of the talented Mikey Revolt. The Jalopy Brothers provided killer tunes. The venue change also took the show off of the main Corktown thoroughfare and put it on a less traveled street. This made for a show with a block party atmosphere. There were hundreds of bikes, in every style imaginable, lined up and down Lafayette Boulevard.
As bikes would leave, others would take their place, making the Boulevard a constantly evolving motorcycle show in its own right. If you didn't go back outside every once in a while you could miss seeing something cool. There were so many people it seemed as if you couldn't walk five feet without running into a friendly face and striking up a conversation.
If you haven't been to Detroit for Oily Souls, I suggest clearing your calendar for that weekend in August 2016. You're bound to have a killer time in the Motor City. Be sure to follow @oilysouls and @zenofneato for updates.