Willie’s Tropical Old School Chopper Show had it all with bikes, brews, babes, and tattoos. Every inch of the property was packed with the party spilling over onto the sidewalks. Everyone came out to Ormond Beach to check out these wild custom rides.
In the Tropical Tattoo parking lot custom bikes kept filing in throughout the afternoon. It got to be so packed it was hard to walk around, unbelievably the bikes in the parking lot were merely inches from each other it was a wonder they could even get the bikes that close. This didn’t stop the crowd from having a good time with BBQ on the grill and the Twisted Tea girls serving cold drinks. Live music filled the air and the mix of burning fuel and BBQ made an intoxicating atmosphere. There aren’t many shows around like this annual party at Tropical Tattoo, if you’ve never been you’ve gotta go next year.
Daytona Bike Week is deeply rooted in racing history. These days instead of racing on the beach fans gather at the impressive newly remodeled Daytona International Speedway for Supercross, Daytona 200, and Flat Track Racing.
As I made my way over to the Daytona International Speedway for the AMA Pro Flat Track Racing I could hear the barking of exhausts and engines roaring, testing the rev limiter. The chills began to creep up my body from the sweet smell of burning race gas, taking me back to my motocross racing roots.
The professional flat track racers flew around the course full throttle sliding through every turn with precision. From start to finish the racers never let off the gas, it’s amazing how they can keep it pinned while nearly dragging bars.
Unique to every current professional style of racing the Super Hooligan class is unrestricted by rigid guidelines. All you need to race with the Super Hooligans is passion, a V-Twin with a stock frame, dirt track tires, and no front brakes. I watched a Sportster actually roll up from the street straight to the track, headlight and all in a true “run what ya brung” style.
The party kicked off at J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore with a huge sales event and over 50 top vendors like Arlen Ness, Progressive Suspension, Klock Werks, Michelin, Bell Helmets, and more. Inside J&P Cycles the massive store was packed full of bikers from all over the world enjoying the grand selection of top notch parts and accessories.
The J&P Cycles mobile showroom made it out to the Daytona International Speedway for the week along with Vance & Hines, Kuryakyn, Dunlop, and Lucas Oil. All of Bike Week the top techs offered service to customers needing oil changes, tire changes, and installs. Customers at the speedway constantly came through enjoying the large selection of in stock parts and accessories and expertise from the techs.
We hope everyone enjoyed Daytona Bike Week as much as we did! We will be coming back to Daytona for Biketoberfest, we hope to see you there! What would you like to see us cover at Biketoberfest? Let us know in the comments below!