August 24, 2019
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More Mania: Not In Middletown But New Haven

MIDDLETOWN, CT – While Middletown Motorcycle Mania may never be replicated or replaced, the man behind the memorable 13-year event now unexpectedly finds himself working to bring “mania” to other cities in Connecticut.

Rich Greco, who coordinated Middletown Motorcycle Mania for a decade, today provided details for an Elm City Motorcycle Mania event on Saturday, Aug. 17. It will be held on the green in New Haven with Temple Street being closed to traffic.

Rich Greco does TV interview at Middletown Motorcycle Mania in 2018

“It’ll be very similar to Middletown,” said Greco, reporting that many sponsors and vendors have already been secured. Middletown Motorcycle Mania drew between 15,000 and 17,000 riders last August, but a decision was made in January to end the annual event because the cost of security had gotten too high.

Greco said it was never his plan after the shutdown of Middletown Motorcycle Mania to revive “mania” anywhere, but he said he noted over time the many events planned by Ken Kaplan at New England Motorcycle Museum in Rockville. He reported that he was then approached by John Haymond and Dexter Balyeat of Haymond Law in Hartford about possibly doing an event in New Haven.

Middletown Motorcycle Mania in 2015

Greco said he then investigated the possibility and secured the necessary permission slips. As word of the New Haven event began quietly circulating, Greco said, “Then my phone started ringing.”

He said he rejected an overture from Naugatuck. “Thought I’d be stepping on Don Clady’s tails,” he said, referring to the “Connecticut Cruise News” publisher and promoter who does indoor shows in Naugatuck. He also rebuffed inquiries from Rhode Island.

However, he said he has agreed to help Kaplan in staging a Rockville Motorcycle Mania event July 26-28.

Elm City Motorcycle Mania will run from 2 to 7 p.m. on on Aug. 17. Donations will benefit the New Haven Boys and Girls Club and the Police Athletic League.

About Bud Wilkinson

An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" vintage car feature for the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. He studied journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. degree. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville.

4 comments

  1. I used to look forward to the Middletown bike mania coming from new haven. It’s a nice 20 minute ride up rt. 17 to Middletown. I live in new haven and it’s a 5 min. ride but I’m looking forward to it nevertheless. Good job!!

  2. This is awesome news! Hopefully the NH business community welcomes us and our money. Can’t wait to head back to my birth city for a great motorcycle event. Many thanks to all involved in putting it together.

  3. Awesome! Plus it’s on a Saturday!

  4. Carrie Jones-Sollami

    We’ll look forward to it!!! Glad to have it closer since its a “work day” anyhow!

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