Experienced by Adrian McQueen / Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles & Throttle Life
The weather in Washington, DC wasn’t the only thing setting the nation’s capital on fire. Excitement was at an all-time high for the 2nd Annual Slingshot Takeover as it shut the city down this past weekend. Last year this event sent a shockwave throughout the industry and peaked the interest of the slingshot community, dealerships, sponsors, vendors and Polaris.
Slingshot gatherings are taking place throughout the country with the East Coast showcasing some of the wildest customs around. So it was only fitting for the District of Columbia to elevate this phenomenon to the next level with Coleman Powersports as the host location and sponsor. #SSTakeover, the brainchild of entertainment pioneer and Slingshot owner James McRae, was created to bring enthusiasts of this new three-wheeled sensation together to network and join in the camaraderie, fun and appreciation for their love of Slingshots.
On site was Alpha PowerSports, Slingmods, Toy’s Detailing, Eddie Merino Electronics, Metricks, CPS Alignment Center, CPS Maintenance Center, New Orleans SnowCones, Apex Cycle Education, Fed City Hot Sauce and Thin Blue Line BBQ. The ride and drive list filled to capacity as onlookers wanted to test out the Polaris Slingshot to see what the hype was all about. DJ Gemini kept all entertained as he spun great tunes throughout the schedule.
Throttle Life CEO, Leon Brittain, brought in the March of Dimes/Bikers for babies as the official charity. A 50/50 raffle was held with many great prizes that were given out after the custom show. Proceeds raised from the raffle will benefit the March of Dimes to help fund lifesaving research and programs that work to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Every vendor supplied gifts that were a part of the raffle. A special thank you must go out to MTX Audio who provided a complete sound system as a part of the raffle along with other gifts. The sight of the sound system on display inspired many to purchase tickets for a chance to be the lottery winner. All attendees received gift bags courtesy of Progressive Insurance filled with gifts from Polaris, Coleman Powersports and Megiuar’s automotive care products.
The SS Takeover DC Custom Show was nothing short of spectacular and judged in four different classes. Peoples Choice, Most Creativity, Best Audio and Best in Show. Each winner received a custom glass trophy, special prizes and a set of noise cancelling headphones from MTX Audio. On Sunday all of the riders headed out for a trip into downtown. The vibe and energy was electric as a bevy of Slingshots and bikers shut down every block upon their grand arrival by lining the streets with custom Slingshots as far as the eyes could see.
It was a phenomenal experience to participate in such a historical event. Whether on 2s or 3s the love shared amongst riders and enthusiast is what fuels the industry and community. Events such as the DC Slingshot Takeover absolutely enriches this experience and sub-culture.
Ride safe and enjoy the photo gallery.