Thursday, during Daytona Bike Week 2017, is ALWAYS reserved for Willie's Bike Show. It’s the place to be, for one of the longest running bike shows in the history of Daytona Bike Week. There are so many scoots entered, that there is hardly space to move between them.
This event is different than other shows in the area. There is a feeling of vintage brotherhood, grease, gears, and passion for motorcycles, that is hard to explain. I guess you will just have to show up at the next one to find out for yourself.
As Dee and I rode north on US 1, I saw the new sign that replaced the old one damaged during the hurricane just before Biketoberfest last year.
Right under that sign, I saw the crowd, the huge, damn, crowd! There were a lot of people and as it turned out later, Willie Jones, the owner, told me it was the biggest crowd he has ever seen during his event!
ROGUE and WILLIE
The Horse Back Street Choppers Magazine
F**k Up & Find Out Rue & Ziffra
Bare Bones Leather
Cycle Source Magazine
Bikers Pocket Guide
Boomer’s Bike Shop
Anvil Customs Billetproof
South Eastern Customs
1st Manufacturing Biltwell
Hard Luck Hijinx
Loud Fast Metal
Trying to squeeze through the rows of motorcycles proved a challenge, and it was kind of hard to get really GREAT photos of a specific motorcycle, so we are just settling for GOOD photos! The success of this show is evident in the wall to wall people, motorcycles, and more people, especially in the group shots!
While the judges were going over the motorcycles, Roadside Marty was his usual fun self on the microphone, trying to entice women to set them puppies free, and kept the entrants, and attendees attention passing out the ever popular free swag before the trophies were presented.
And the bands rocked on!
New York Rockabilly Rockets
Big Rick and The Trouble Makers
DMAC and Friends
Out back, and on the side of the building, there were numerous vendors including Twisted Tea.
Chris Callen from Cycle Source Magazine was busy explaining the new motorcycle that was built to be given away by Twisted Tea and more information on that can be found at http://www.twistedchopper17.com/
Rogue and Chris Callen
The honorable 2017 Daytona Beach Bike Week Willies Judges panel included:
Bill Dodge, Jeff Cochran, Spacey, Will Ramsey, Boston Mike, Lincoln Strom, Chris Callen, Ron Harris, Hammer, Steve Broyles, Joey Tee, Ms. Kari, Reverand Al, Dave Perewitz, Ray Llanes, Mo, Bobby Cathcart, Bryan Lane, Rodney Smith, Roadside Marty and Willie
1916 Indian Cannonball Racer of Doug Wothke
Jason Ochoa, 1955 Purple Haze Panhead
The winners of the show are:
Best Twin Cam:
2004 Dyna, Bill Dodge
Best Metric: '79 Yahama XS, Mace McMillian
'45 Knucklehead, Rod Grimey Davis
'74 Shovel, Eric Stein
Softail EVO, Luis Miami
Best Creative Custom:
Rat Pan, Tom Keller
'69 Triumph, Robert Breeze Warner
Best Outhouse Chopper:
'71 Flat, Snake Andress
'71 XLCH, Andrew Leibman
'48 Panhead, Lee Lopez
'39 Flathead, Peter Barrucci
The Horses Choice:
1916 Indian Cannonball Racer, Doug Wothke
'53 Panhead, Chris Wade
'77 CB 550, Dan Lovallo
Dave Perewitz Choice:
'47 Knucklehead, Bryan Lane
'55 Pan, Jason Ochoa
South Eastern Custom:
'74 Sportster, BJ Swanberg
'67 Shovel, Jeff Gilles
Willie's Choice: Knuck, Endless Phil
Willie's Choice Catagory
BD's Customs Choice
Reverand Al'sRat--Phil Martin
Cycle Source Choice--'48 Pan Shovel
EVO Rigid--Bobby the Leg
Chop Docs Choice--'49 Chopper
Nick Pensabene 2000 softail duece
Willie, thanks for a great day, as usual! Looking forward to Thursday, Biketoberfest 2017! Cya at the next Chopper Time Show!
Time to kick it and ride out!