The motorcycles themselves are impressive, but what the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team do with those 1930s to 1940s Harley Davidson's is even more significant.
For the first time ever, the stunt team is coming to Cruise-In - quite an honour according to Martin Brown, the vice president of the Langley-based motor vehicle event, since the team hasn't been to Canada in eight years.
"They do driving motorcycle stunts that are gymnastic and acrobatic," Brown said. "It's a very lively display."
The team of about 20 members who continue to build on a history that began in the late 1930s will join the abundance of things to see at Cruise-In.
As the original group formed, they established a set of bylaws that includes "To entertain and promote the positive image of motorcycling."
This isn't some weekend stunt team. These guys take their jobs seriously with mandatory practices, new members being "rookies" for a year, and someone only joining the team on recommendation from an existing member.
Some people may think the classic bikes are "babied", but Brown points out that simply isn't true.
"They use these bikes rain or shine for their performances," he said. "They don't baby them. They really work them."
The team rides in various formations including climbing onto their teammates and balancing while the bikes continue to move.
Named after the Russian cavalry members, known as the Cossacks, this team does similar stunts on their "iron horses" as those individuals did.
"They'll be bringing about 14 bikes," Brown noted. "The oldest is a 1930VL and the newest is a 1949WL."
Shows will run at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. in the Cascades Parking lot closest to the hotel entrance.
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