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The annual Virginia Beach Bike Classic was organized in October 1995 as a motorcycle event to raise money for local and national charities. The Virginia Beach Bike week began at a local bar and restaurant called Hammerheads Surf Bar and Grill and was originally started as a mid-winter motorcycle event. The first Virginia Beach Bike week was scheduled for February 1996. The event drew approximately six hundred and fifty bikers and raised money for a local food bank. The following year, the event was scheduled for March and the Virginia Beach Bike Classic brought in a participation of over 1800 people and raised a substantial amount of money for the Special Olympics. The event became formally known as the First Annual Virginia Beach Hammerheads Bike Classic in 1998, and the participation ballooned into almost 10,000 people. The Virginia Beach Bike week bloomed into more than just a motorcycle event. Concerts, exhibitions, and other performers became a routine part of the Virginia Beach Bike Classic. The event date was later changed to the first week of May to combat inclement weather conditions. Over the last decade, the name was changed from the Annual Virginia Beach Hammerheads Bike Classic to the Annual Virginia Beach Bike Classic and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities. The Virginia Beach Bike week has hosted some of the top musical performers in the cou
ntry, including Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt, and Sara Evans, and has grown to have citywide participation.