ChopCult is more than a website; it’s a community where we get to meet people and hopefully build lifelong friendships. Through our connections on social media you get to follow folks who have inspired us with their craftsmanship. We were fortunate to feature Larry Pierce, owner of Garage Company Customs, here numerous times. Most of the editorial staff, past and present, have built a great personal relationship with Larry and we are all deeply saddened to the news of his untimely death. He passed away Saturday night during a freak 4 wheeler accident. I don’t know the details of how it happened, nor do I ever care to know. I just want to remember the person he was; a kind southern gentleman with a true heart. If you had the chance to meet Larry, you knew instantly you had a friend for life.
I had the opportunity to cross paths with Larry six years ago while working with the Limpnickie Lot and Cycle Source Magazine. I knew of him by following the very popular Haints blog and he always came across as a guy who enjoyed himself. During our first conversation he called me Ma’am which most folks take offense to, but I understood that for Larry it was a term of endearment. Over the years our friendship blossomed and I enjoyed watching from the sidelines as his brand grew. Larry was a humbled man that really didn’t care about the fame but more living life to the fullest. My heart is heavy and I can’t understand why things like this happen to the best of them. This sudden and drastic loss has been felt throughout the motorcycle community, and to be honest, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around it. Maybe it’s because he was one of ours, or because he had the world by the balls and was actually living the American dream. He owned his own business and was building his brand with the love of his life Ashley. If you ran into Larry, you knew Ashley wasn’t too far away; they were a match made in heaven.
You can always tell the character of a true gentleman by the legacy he leaves behind. Throughout social media the same words are used over and over to describe Larry; humble, great guy, true friend, whole-hearted man, comedian, well respected, true inspiration, great dancer, and brother.
I thought that the best way to pay homage to the talented builder that we all knew was to showcase some of our past features. Please click on the images to see the full feature
Larry's Astroglide Shovelhead
Larry Pierce's Evo Sporty Chopper
Garco's 30-Day Wonder
GarCo Custom's CB450
Garage Co. Customs' David Chopperfield
Larry was well known for his sense of humor, unconditional love for their pets, and loved to dance, which shined through on his Born Free Videos.
Photos by Daniel Thomas captured during the taping of Larry's Born-Free Invited Builder videos.
Its been overwhelming to see how everyone is coming together for Ashley and Larry's family. We are in the beginning stages of creating an event to benefit them, the details will be announced at a later date. Here are a few fundraising efforts going on right now if you would like to donate.
From Lowbrow Customs, "Buy a Garco t-shirt and 100% of sales including anything already placed the past weekend will go to help his family." Buy yours here, http://tinyurl.com/garagecocustoms
From Showclass Magazine, "This past weekend, the Show Class family lost a very dear friend, Larry Pierce, as did many of you. In an effort to offset some of his family's burden, we are donating $2 from every magazine sold this month to them. We could never even attempt to put a price on the positive influence Larry had over all of us, but hopefully we can make a positive impact on the future of Larry's legacy. Thanks for your support!"