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No Tacos This Tuesday... STAY TUEND FOR TACO MOTO SATURDAY Aug. 5th


@TacoMotoTuesday is on hold this week for Saturday's TACO MOTO SATURDAY fiesta de' fun times at Alex's Bar, Long Beach. Ride your motos, FREE SHOW starts at 1:30 PM (LADYHUMP at 2pm, ASSQUATCH at 3pm, and THE ALLEY CATS at 4pm). Tacos and adult beverages will be available! No cover charge to get in, but it's 21 and over only. See you there!


The Moto Collective - Fourth Friday - July 2017

I stopped by The Moto Collective for their Fourth Friday Open House on 7/28.  I love to check out what they're working on.

CROIG #001 developing a little patina:

CROIG #002:

Love was in the air... beetle love:

Works in progress:

Parking lot bikes and vans:

I love this Sporty:

July 27th Taco Moto Tuesday




Couple submitted pics from the last Taco Moto Tuesday, which I missed due to work, but I did get taco's to-go delivered to me for dinner, so there's that! 

Follow @TacoMotoTuesday for future locations

Tanks Vinnie Vegas for the pics. See you guys next week!

Some jokes about nothing...



They'll make you giggle unless you've got a stick up your butt, but you'll forget them by tomorrow...

THE 2nd SPIRIT OF STURGIS VINTAGE FESTIVAL

I know not all of our members and readers attend Sturgis Bike Week, but there are some that do. Be sure to support Brittney Olsen's Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Fest if you are heading that way. Brittney is trying her best to keep vintage motorcycle racing alive and well. Your support will help her immensely. -Lisa


Pappy Hoel, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally's forefather, will have his vision for Sturgis honored with three national half mile championship races and an authentic dirt drag race all based out at the very same track where it all began back in 1938, during a week dedicated solely to motorcycles and their enthusiasts. The organizers of the Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival are excited to announce the second annual antique swap meet and motorcycle races will be held this year during the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum will proudly kicks off the Rally with their Pappy Hoel Motor Classic Pro half-mile races on Friday, Aug. 4 and their national vintage half-mile races on Aug. 5 at the Historical Sturgis half-mile racetrack at the Meade County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from museum's races and events will go directly to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum building fund.

"From touring the beautiful Black Hills on an old bike, to watching the thrillingly fast and exciting vintage racers compete for the Spirit of Sturgis championship title, Sturgis, a world renown motorcycle town was built upon a multifaceted weekend of motorcycle racing and now is the time to bring back and preserve the grassroots racing history of Sturgis, South Dakota," states Brittney Olsen, antique motorcycle racer and founder of 20th Century Racing.

On Monday, August 4th, 20th Century Racing will host the prestigious Spirit Of Sturgis Antique Motorcycle Races. The main racing event will begin at 4 p.m. sharp. Behold before your eyes the oldest motorcycles racing in Sturgis with board trackers from the early 1900s to the Class C hand shift bikes from the 30's through the 1950s, as well as a vintage big twin class. Following the antique races, fans are invited to join the top finishing champions and their historic racing machines alongside some of our country's most beautiful antique and vintage motorcycles at The Spirit Of Sturgis After Party and Show. In conjunction with the bike show, Brittney is hosting a special industry party in the pits. Supporters of the 2017 Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival will have the opportunity to have an all access pass to the event grounds, races and after parties. To learn more about becoming a supporter visit www.spiritofsturgis.com.

The Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Gypsy Tours, geared towards bikes 35 years or older, will lead up to Tuesday, Aug. 8th's featured main event, the American Flat Track Pro Half Mile Race at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD. There will be two exciting routes to choose from. A scenic paved route or a gnarly unpaved route on gravel. Routes start at the Historical Sturgis Half Mile and kickstands go up at 4 p.m. Sharp. Riders can pre-register for the gypsy tours on www.spiritofsturgis.com.

The morning of Wednesday, Aug. 9, begins with the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Breakfast at the Lodge At Deadwood. The final Spirit Of Sturgis Gypsy Tour will leave from the Lodge At Deadwood, heading west and winding through the beautiful landscape of Wyoming. That afternoon enthusiasts can relax and enjoy watching or taking part in the Spirit of Sturgis Motorcycle Field Games at the Historical Sturgis Fairgrounds. Motorcyclist can test their riding skills on their own bikes while displaying their talent in the slow races, wooden plank riding, close pin drop, cup balancing and inner tube toss games to win prizes and claim the title of field game king or queen!

The Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival will wrap up Thursday Aug. 10, with authentic hot rod & vintage motorcycle dirt drags, flag girl and all, down the front straight away on the Historical Sturgis Half Mile Racetrack. The grandstand gates will open to spectators at 10 am and racing will begin at 11 am.

Join us and The Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festial this year at the Historical Sturgis Half Mile Race Track Located at 1802 Ballpark Road in Sturgis South Dakota for great rides, games, antique swap meet and races on August 7th through the 10th.

The Spirit of Sturgis is proudly sponsored by Indian Motorcycle Sturgis, 20th Century Racing, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, The City of Sturgis, Carl's Cycle Supply, The Moto Film Fest, The Oil & Ink Expo, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone and The Black Hills Chapter Of The Antique Motorcycle Club Of America. The organizers of the Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Festival kindly request all supporters be publicly thanked and acknowledged."

Follow @spiritofsturgis for updates and click here for tickets.

Brittney is giving away free tickets to the event. Click here and scroll down to the entry form to enter your details. Best of luck!


The Congregation Show

On August 22, 2015, Prism Supply collaborated with Los Angeles's-based Dice Magazine for a magazine release party in Charlotte, North Carolina. After witnessing firsthand the amount of unique bikes that showed up for the party, Prism and Dice knew Charlotte was ready for an event that could help foster the community of motorcycle builders and enthusiasts all along the East Coast. What started as a dream close to two years prior came to fruition on May 27, 2017.

A builder invitation show, The Congregation Show hosted over 100 classic and custom bikes, with the majority being from North Carolina and surrounding states. And that was just inside. In addition to the two-wheel machines, 30 classic hot rods were scattered along the wood floor, from Deuce Coupes to classic cruisin Mercs. An effort led by local hot rodders The Iron Lords.

The venue was chosen carefully as the Prism crew didn't want your run-of-the-mill convention center. To play host to such vintage motorcycles and cars, the backdrop complemented the apparent hand labor poured into each of the machines. Camp North End was chosen specifically for its unique qualities. The 240,000 square foot building was completed in 1924 as a manufacturing facility for Ford Model Ts and was later used to produce missiles for the United States Army in their efforts as part of the Allied Forces in World War II. The facility is now being revitalized and used as an event space right outside of Charlotte's city center. Attendees of The Congregation Show were privileged to walk the facility's original wood block floors, soaked in creosote - a feature implemented to help prevent a spark from spilled gunpowder.

The show could not have happened if it wasn't for the dozens of volunteers, some even from out of state, to lend a hand helping with merch sales, serving cold beer and other various tasks ensuring the show went off without a hitch. Volunteers even helped park those motorcycles that showed up to just hang out and walk the floor of the venue. Some of these motorcycles made the cut to park outside in the boiler yard, strategically positioned so that participants could walk all around the bikes, just as they were inside.

If cold beer, live music and food trucks weren't enough to entertain folks outside, they could meander the many vendors that set up inside Camp North End to show off their latest art and products. There was even a school bus inside that had been converted into a tattoo studio as an artist from Made to Last tattoo worked some fresh zips on attendees.

Volunteers were surprised to see so many out-of-state tags pouring into the parking lot hours before the doors opened at 3 p.m. Throughout the day, even the outdoor parking lot filled with vintage cars and motorcycles creating a makeshift show itself.

Despite the national feel to the show, the focus of the event was to keep everything very North Carolina centric. Three-quarters of the bikes were from the state dubbed First in Flight. The event shirts were made in North Carolina, local BBQ was served (the real deal, smoked all day kind of BBQ that you tend to find in the southeast), the beer was brewed in North Carolina and several other products throughout the vendor area were local to the state. It has always been Prism's focus to support their home state and their hometown, Charlotte, North Carolina.

As the sun began to set and the air cooled just a bit, the live band, The Loose Lugnuts, climbed onto their stage beneath the large water tower in the boiler yard. With good ol country music in the background provided by the live band, cold drinks and local, fresh food, as well as various seating like swings, rockers, custom wooden benches and more, created an environment that inspired contemplation and good times with good friends, new and old.

After it was all said and done, over 3,000 people walked through the rustic building, which is extremely impressive considering the event's first year. Not only was the quantity there, but so was the quality, thanks to the caliber of motorcycles and hot rods on hand. There was no judging component to this show giving it a more relaxed feel, an early objective carried through by Prism Supply.

Thanks to the event's success, the Prism Supply crew are excited for next year and hope everyone else is too. With the size of the building, there's plenty of room to grow.

Prism Supply and Dice Magazine could not have done this without the help of several sponsors pouring their time and resources into the show to make it a success. Prism would like to thank Harley Davidson, Centennial Trading Co, TC Bros, Highland Brewing, Sailor Jerry, Riders on the Norm, Purple Heart Homes and Iron Thread.

For more information, be sure to follow @thecongregationshow on Instagram. Next year's show is already in the works and the exact date is scheduled to be released in the coming days. Stick close to @prismsupply_ and @dicemagazine to see what they have in store for next year.

Words: Dustin Wilson and Ben Carroll
Photos: Jonathan Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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