This past Veterans Day weekend was the second annual Victory Moto Show in Savannah, Georgia — one of our favorite cities on earth. The show was founded by Anna Heritage of the mother/daughter popup pizza and catering sensation Big Bon Pizza. Anna’s motorcycling roots run deep, as evidenced by this 1917 photograph of her great-grandfather Wilbur Heritage and brother Raymond seated on a Harley-Davidson “F” head — “the first motorcycle in Philadelphia to sport an electric headlight.”
Savannah has a particularly strong moto community, largely centered around the repair and customization shop Coastal Empire Moto on Bull Street, who are friends of the blog and host weekly rides, as the city also has a strong chapter of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. The inaugural Victory Moto Show, hosted at Service Brewing on Veterans Day 2017, turned out to be a big success.
“The inaugural show on Veteran’s Day was a beautiful experience… celebrating friendship and motorcycles. The best thing? Together we raised $5,000 for the Tiny House Project for homeless veterans. Thank you ALL.”
For 2018, the show returned to Service Brewing Co. on Indian Street, just steps from the Savannah River. Founded by Meredith Sutton (a SCAD graduate) and Kevin Ryan (a West Point grad and former Army commander), there could be no better venue for a show hosted on Veterans Day and intended to raise money for veterans’ causes. Most of the investors are Army, Navy, or Marine Corps veterans, and the brand pays homage to US military history.
For 2018, proceeds would benefit Warrior Ride, a non-profit that uses adaptive cycling to rehabilitate veterans through community. The show took place from 4-10pm on Saturday, November 10, and included a display of custom and vintage motorcycles, photography exhibit, and a silent auction to benefit The Warrior Ride. Sunday included a Discovery Day brunch with Janus Motorcycles at the Alida Hotel, which included a chance to meet the founders and test-ride the various Janus models.
The BikeBound team was fortunate enough to attend both the Saturday and Sunday events. Below, we’ve included some of our favorite bikes from the show. All photography by painter/photographer AJ Grey.
Victory Moto Show 2018: Show Highlights