How do you sum up a time warp? The Giddy Up show was a true throwback to the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s from the vintage motorcycles to the look and feel of the attendees. This grassroots bike rally was born when five friends got together with the same mindset, to create the best vintage chopper show in Texas. Giddy Up first kicked off in 2014 and from the looks it has already outgrown its current venue, River Road Ice House. Last year there were 6500 attendees, and this year I would say it might have been topping 8,500.
The River Road Ice House is about 2 miles off of a main drag, and about 4 miles from Gruene Harley Davidson. This single lane road was lined with cars and bikes from dawn to dusk. There is a bike parking lot that held about 500 bikes across the street from the main saloon, but this was soon over filled. Each bike that filled the lot was a unique work of art, but these Flats, Pans, Irons, and Shovelheads don’t just sit on a showroom floor. These bikes get ridden and they are maintained by their owners, you won’t find them at your local dealer for service.
Most attendees were from a 400 mile radius, the strong local bond was evident as Texan bikers of all ages exchanged stories and advice.
We had our make shift gorilla style marketing with pallets set up for the day to pass along our J&P Cycles shop rags and catalogs. We enjoyed conversations with long time loyal customers and a variety of riders. The friendly southern atmosphere brought everyone together for a good ol’ Texan vintage chopper party. If you haven’t been to Giddy Up we suggest you make the trip to New Braunfels next year! Whether you’re a local or will be traveling down south the friendly attendees will warmly welcome you to the party. For more information visit giddyuptx.com
Photos and story by Jay Borowy & Rob Santiago