Photos and words by Amanda Hornbrook
I’ve been trying to go to Freedom Machine since 2019.
Life has a funny way of throwing a wrench into the best-laid plans and the past two years certainly have been no exception with cancellations, delays and interruptions en masse.
Now that the world is returning to some semblance of normal, motorcycle events have been coming back this year with a vengeance: in the case of Freedom Machine, they brought all the motorcycles, country dust and fire out of retirement and back to rural Ontario for our enjoyment.
With a perfectly cloudless sky and intense heat, the dust, grit and honky-tonk vibe of the Frontier Ghost Town was an ideal backdrop to showcase custom builds and local vendors. As a first-timer, I had plenty of ground to cover and explore - from the line-up of bikes in the thoroughfare to the expanse of shanty buildings across the grounds, there was a plethora of unique sights and details that kept you circling back to investigate and admire.
It wasn’t my first bike event this season – and definitely isn’t my last – but it was an incredibly memorable stage to present the talent, ingenuity and creativity of the builders that Ontario has to offer – looking forward to next year!