This year’s Throwdown was a little different than most for me, I was in an accident in early August, so I was unable to ride out to the show as I had done every year prior. I was in a wheelchair this year after a motorcycle mishap, but that didn’t stop me from attending one of my favorite shows of the year, the Southern Throwdown.
The Southern Throwdown was once again a staple event for Texas, and some great memories of good people, killer bikes, and some badass music were to be had. The show started like most, people lining up with anticipation to get into the event center for their visual pleasure. And with hundreds of custom builds and choppers to keep them visually stimulated, they were in chopper heaven. The vendors were on location with some killer products that included used parts, t-shirts, posters, and all kinds of chopper-inspired goodies and memorabilia. If you wanted some lip-smacking Texas BBQ, Ryan Justin and Justin James from The Bucking Pig BBQ had just that in the outdoor area. Once you got a brisket taco or pulled pork sandwich, you could check out some 70’s inspired vans, which were on location for the first time this year in the designated parking lot thanks to Rolling Heavy Magazine.
The best thing about the show was the diversity of the bikes on location. You could catch a glimpse of some old school traditional choppers in with a mixture of new and old choppers being built by some talented dudes trying to make a name for themselves. One of the highlights was JP Rodman’s latest trike, which once again was an amazing piece of art. There were some native Texas first-time builders that brought in their creations and took home some prestigious awards. My buddy Eric Vaughan from Destroyer Garage from Houston brought in two amazing bikes, and he cleaned up with a few awards. As always, the ever popular Oliver Peck kept the show moving accordingly with giveaways and music entertainment throughout the day.
The Southern Throwdown continues to grow every year and it’s great to see more and more bikes showing up from around the country. It is one thing to see a cool bike on social media, but to see some of those bikes in person can give you goosebumps. I always look forward to seeing those bikes and taking in the build, and like most of us, I stare and wonder what stories some of those old bikes and motors could tell if they could talk.
Photos by Mark
Huge thanks to Oliver Peck and team for continuing to put on an amazing show in the North Texas area. If you ever wanted to visit Texas, eat some real BBQ and catch one of the best and fastest growing shows, and maybe even get a bro hug from Oliver, bring your ass to Dallas, Texas for next year’s Southern Throwdown 6 on Sunday, September 30th, 2018. You will not be disappointed!
Photos by Mark / @themarkofphotography