Are you an enthusiastic rider who can’t get enough of motorcycles, from the past and present? Have the mechanics of these glorious rides always fascinated you? Are you looking for a family-friendly activity? If so, learn more about local owners’ bikes at Torrington Thunder.

Torrington Thunder, the annual bike night held in the Litchfield County city, is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on September 28. Interested in seeing great bikes, or showing off your own ride? Come over to Main Street in downtown Torrington.

Carrie and Carl Pfistner of Insurance Works, Inc. in Torrington and Norm LeBlanc of Hartford-based Trantolo & Trantolo originated the event. All proceeds go toward the Torrington Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program, which provides area children with the information and skills to live drug- and violence-free lives.

In Torrington, the D.A.R.E. program is taught from elementary through high school with eight officers from the Torrington Police Department. The prime goal is developing a solid, trustworthy relationship between the students and law enforcement, teachers, and parents. The 17-week program addresses recognizing and resisting pressures to experiment with drugs; instead, students concentrate on their strengths and potential.

In previous years, Torrington Thunder was a successful event that drew 1,000 modern and vintage bikes, all placed along the city’s Main Street. As those in attendance got to hear about each bike, the owners answered questions about their rides.

Both Trantolo & Trantolo and Insurance Works, Inc. are presenting. Rounding out the event are activities for the whole family, including vendors, live bands, food, and trophies, along with the bikes. Considering participating? The entry fee is $5 dollars, and the trophy entry fee is $10. Should inclement weather occur on September 28, Torrington Thunder has a rain date of October 5.