Back in January, I bailed on work Friday and rolled out with my friends to spend the weekend in Palm Springs for the Paradise Road Show held at the Saguaro Hotel. Fun fact: The Saguaro is a tree-like cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea, which can grow to be over 40 feet (12 m) tall - I did not know this. I also hope I am not the only one. Thanks, internet.
The ChopCult event details read, “WE ARE TAKING IT BACK TO THE ROOTS, WHOLE HEARTED -WHOLESOME FUN FOR THOSE WHO APPRECIATE SIMPLER TIMES AND A DELICIOUS SLICE OF PIE. PARADISE ROAD IS A CLASSIC CAR, MOTORCYCLE, & HOT ROD SHOW CELEBRATING THE PRE-79'S CLASSICS IN ICONIC, PALM SPRINGS, CA.” And honestly, things really couldn’t be more accurate. Paying homage to early American motor shows and presenting an incredible collection of pre 1979 classic cars and motorcycles as well as providing an inclusively exclusive opportunity to support artisans and makers. Chain stitching, wet plate photography, parts, vintage clothing, tattoos, and great food, Paradise did not disappoint. I don’t think you could talk to a single person about being bummed to be there….unless it’s because they were having such a great time the night before. And even then!
I think the raddest part of the entire weekend, aside from being able to just spend the weekend looking at cars and choppers, was the fact that this is such a family/pet-friendly event. Music all day and a pie-eating contest, along with awards for each vehicle category, allowed families to come and share some of the best times of the year. Seeing a generation of kids on choppers is never a bummer and being able to witness each builder bring their piece of their soul to the show was something you just have to see in person. Every year, the Paradise Road Show has delivered a solid show and an incredible environment for this community to flourish.
Photos by Jesse Contreras
I think right now, with everything that’s going on, these are the times that we need to hold on to, events like this are the ones we need to look forward to, and builders: I can’t freaking wait to see what all of this forced-staying home has started in you. We’re coming out of this stronger. Stay up, friends. — Nick
* Big thanks to Nick and Jesse for covering the Paradise Road Show on CC's behalf. -Lisa