The time has come and gone for the third annual Giddy Up Vintage bike show in New Braunfels, Texas. The pre-party was definitely a hit. The party started at around 4pm and bikes started rolling in shortly after. There was some great music by Lady Killers, Ape Machine, and a crowd favorite, Mothership, who rocked the party. There was plenty of free beer (Lone Star, of course) and many great people and awesome choppers to be seen. This was definitely a good starting point for another great show put on by the Giddy Up crew. It’s hard to believe, but Matt Jackson, John Collins, Brian Buscemi, Joey Cano and Marcos Flores were able to make the show even better than the last two years. Killer show my friends!
The day of the show started out perfect, with a nice little cool breeze, a hot cup of coffee, and the smell of exhaust around the campground. As I walked around, I saw plenty of people staggering out of their tents, most likely hung over, and ready to do it all over again. There was plenty of partying and debauchery going on the night before. That is what makes this show special. The Texas setting could not be any more perfect. Those people who had ridden from around the country definitely got a taste of how the boys down in Texas throw one hell of a party.
I rolled my bike into the builder’s section and started getting set up. Low and behold, the legend, Tom Fugle, walks by and starts setting up his booth. Then, they rolled in his amazing Panhead and instantly attracted a crowd that was amazed at his insanely crafted machine. I have met him a few times before, but just talking to a man that is such an important part of chopper history makes you appreciate him that much more. A few minutes later, more invited builders started pouring into their designated spots. Ryan Grossman, from Vintage Dreams, rolled in with his killer Knuckle, Overdose. Shortly after, Mick Evangelista rolled up with his stellar Born Free 7 build. Then, Jeremiah Armenta, wearing a cowboy hat, brought in his killer Panhead long chop. There were plenty of other awesome bikes that I had longed to see in person. I finally got the opportunity to talk to the guys that built those amazing machines. Michael Barragan absolutely killed it with his build! The Panhead he brought was an amazing spectacle of details and craftsmanship. It was instantly a crowd favorite.
The day progressed and a slew of bikes started rolling in heavy at around 9 am. There weren’t only killer choppers in the builder’s section, but hundreds of great looking bikes lined up along the highway and in front of River Road Icehouse. I walked around and saw a lot of old friends and made some new ones as the day went on. There were plenty of vendors to keep you itching to spend your hard earned money. The music definitely had a Texas vibe and offered everyone the opportunity to see the legendary group, the Texas Tornadoes. As the day wound down, the anticipation grew strong for all those who had purchased a ticket for a chance to win one hell of a Panhead, built by the one and only John Collins, of Collins Manufacturing Company. The time came and the winning ticket was selected. Bam, just like that Andrzej Dyba, from Maywood, California, won a chopper for $25 bucks. The story goes that he was actually sleeping when the winner was announced, and his friends woke him up with the news. He must have been dreaming big because it was his lucky day.
The show was a perfect balance of killer bikes, smiling faces, and great entertainment. It was another stellar Texas chopper show to remember. Thank you, Giddy Up, for allowing us to sponsor the event and for putting on another amazing show. I’m sure that everyone is already making plans to attend next year’s event.