Blue vs Grey Rally

The hardworking folks at hosted the first ever Blue vs. Grey Rally in Nashville, Tennessee, from June 1st to the 3rd. Participants who registered were required to pledge allegiance as either Northerners (blue — “damn Yankees!”), or Southerners (gray – “flea-bitten Rebels!”). The colors you chose would align you with the historical armies fighting in the battlefields during the Civil War.

Friday night’s meet and greet was held in historic East Nashville at the popular restaurant and pub known as 3Crow Bar. “Over the last 55 years, this spot at the crossroads of East Nashville has continued to be a meeting place for the neighborhood. The corner of Five Points at 11th & Woodland has been home to a number of great bars over the years with names like The Fish Bowl, Jimmy’s, Slobar, Corner Tavern, Shirley’s, Chatterbox and East Side Tavern. All these establishments provided the community a place to kick back, share a drink, and visit with friends.” Following the fun at 3Crow Bar, rally-goers would cruise out on a beautiful night ride through downtown Nashville. Lower Broadway was the destination for dancing and live music by the Hillbilly Casino and Honky-tonk Extravaganza.

Saturday’s events included a choice of two rides, vintage swap meet, scooter show, and “slow ride battle” at Marathon Motorworks Village. Most of the Village’s buildings were built between 1881 and 1912. This four-block complex has been restored and boasts being the home to one of the original Marathon cars from the early 1900s, as well as unique buildings that are now housing artists, photographers, a radio station, fitness center, and Corsair Distillery.

The ride options for the day included cruising down to Franklin and the historic Natchez Trace or visiting Murfreesboro and Stones River battlefield sites, all rides ending at Marathon Village. The slow race pitted the Blue registrants against the Gray. They were required to “charge” toward each other while dodging wet sponge “cannon fire”, all the while not allowing their feet to touch the ground. The South (flea-bitten Rebels!) won this epic battle of Blue vs. Gray. There were food trucks and the Corsair Artisan, a local small-scale distillery nearby, to provide excellent food and custom drink options.

Raffle prizes were given away that evening as everyone met for dancing at the 5 Spot East, known as “the musicians’ hangout in East Nashville”. Riders finished off the night there and prepared themselves for Sunday’s scooter drawing.

Breakfast was provided Sunday morning at Sevier Park, where the highly anticipated drawing for the scooter was held. The 1981 Vespa P series with new 150 motor, wiring, tires and such was won by Billy Hatcher, founder of the Memphis Kings Scooter Club. The winning ticket “Picker”, Mike Wolfe, a vintage Vespa enthusiast, was in attendance riding his scoot and talking vintage throughout the drawing. If you missed out, there is always next year’s battle between the Yanks and the Rebels!