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Sticky ice racing.

Photo by Josh Kurplus, courtesy of Mama Tried

Not afraid of a little danger, the Mama Tried motorcycle festival, kicking off its fourth year on Feb. 17, will hold a hair-raising (like the stunts seen here) ice race at McKinley Marina on Feb. 19, conditions permitting. The setup is pretty simple: Just plow and go. A stickier event, referred to as a “syrup race” by restaurateur and organizer Scott Johnson, is scheduled for the 17th at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Dozens of different racers are expected to whip around a circular indoor track (at various times), to which organizers will have applied a special layer of Coca Cola soda foundation syrup, using a garden sprayer. Home base for the three-day show will be the Lindsay Building, 126 S. 2nd St., where a curated motorcycle show of about 50 bikes of all kinds will be displayed. 

Photo by Josh Kurplus, courtesy of Mama Tried

‘Burning Cold’ appears in the February issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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