NorCal gets it’s own chopper show.
When it comes to bike building and culture, northern Californians tend to do things a little quieter than their cousins to the south. But anyone who doubts their passion clearly wasn’t at the Redwood Rumble this past weekend.
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Time again for the world’s greatest chopper show.
Warning: This will be a long post. The amount of incredible iron at the Born Free motorcycle show is completely out of control. Whether from the 30 invited builders, assembled around the acres of vendors or simply scattered among the thousands of bikes ridden into the show, there are really too many bikes to see in one day.
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What deuce dreams are made of.
One of the standout cars at this year’s NorCal Roadster Run is a 1932 Ford highboy hotrod that really deserves a fancy, four-syllable word – quintessential.
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Treasure hunting at Oak Canyon.
Sure, the invited builders bikes are the star attraction but take a stroll through the acres of bikes ridden to the show and you’ll find some gems and the real heart of the show.
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Romping through the redwoods in hopped-up early Fords.
North of San Francisco you can find some of the best driving roads anywhere. Between the wild, wet coast and the heat and vineyards of the inland valleys are miles of magnificent redwood forests etched with twisting rivers and fantastic American asphalt.
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Hot flat-track racing at historic Costa Mesa Speedway.
For 49 years go-fast daredevils have been hammering around the 1/10th mile dirt oval at Costa Mesa speedway. This past Thursday the Born Free motorcycle show, now in it’s 9th year, brought it’s brand of chopper nostalgia for a pre-show party under the historic floodlights.
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Tattoos and tradition at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
50 years ago this month, back in 1967, tens of thousands of weirdos, bohemians, hippies, bikers and other strange looking young people wandered into the sleepy fishing village of Monterey.
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Pre-war big base raced by Ed Kretz and painted by Von Dutch.
One of the stand-outs at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering was Gary Landeen’s Indian.
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It ain’t Paso but Santa Maria keeps getting better.
Chilly central-coast weather didn’t slow down the fun at the West Coast Kustoms big “Cruisin’ Nationals” car show this Memorial-day weekend.
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Historic and original 50’s show car.
If you’re a hot-rodder on the East Coast you’ll undoubtedly have heard of the Ty-Rods – one of the original car clubs from the 1950’s and who are still running strong today. One of the original members, Fred Steele, built himself a 1928 Tudor show car back in 1958 and somehow it got preserved over many decades until being bought by northern-californian Marcus Edell in 2016.
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