Despite a published schedule that hinted to the contrary, the last event at this year's Limpnickie Lot in Daytona Beach was a bike show on Friday, March 11. Many of the machines perched on the decks of Stone Edge Skatepark had already earned praise at Willie's Tattoo Parlor show the previous afternoon, but this didn't stop dedicated chopperphiles from taking a gander.
In my opinion, what did stop many people from experiencing the Limpnickie show was the hidden nature of the venue itself. Wooden ramps and concrete bowls might make for interesting photo ops, but the skatepark's location behind a commercial building and a chain link fince did little to promote easy ingress or spontaneous attraction. Stone Edge boasts over 75 yards of frontage along one of Daytona's main thoroughfares, but this prime real estate was blocked by Limpnickie's enormous red truck/trailer combo. If you did stumble through the vending circle 20 feet behind curbside, you had to walk another 100 steps through a chain link fence, across a shellrock parking lot and underneath a 5-foot-tall quarter pipe to enter the show area. Confused? So were a half-dozen first-time vendors and hundreds of unitiated spectators.
Questionable logistics notwithstanding, the bikes on display at Limpnickie were uniformly interesting and cool. A sideshow presented by Roadside Marty from Flat Broke Customs and sponsored by Acme Choppers was Chris Callen's idea, and the spectacle provided an interesting diversion to the whole scene. In his 60-minute presentation Marty and his assistant Tim from Papa Clutch Customs swapped the forks and bars on his Purple Haze panhead for an Acme springer. Master builders and audience members oggled the process while yours truly provided color commentary, and the Haints heckled and drank beer. The solid injection of hands-on tech was a welcome respite from the skateboarding, DJ'ing and amateur rapping that frankly only distracted from the proceedings. Thanks to Cycle Source magazine for trying to make the Limpnickie bike show about motorcycles—not an ollie contest.