Choppers And Hot Rods At The 2020 Paradise Road Show

Photo gallery from the Palm Springs custom show.

@snakedumpster riding his super-tall Panhead chopper into the show.
@snakedumpster riding his super-tall Panhead chopper into the show.Morgan Gales

The city of Palm Springs alone is a bit of a time warp. Bring in a show’s worth of hot rods, classic cars, and vintage choppers, add the crowd that just rode and drove in on these relics, and hell, you’d think you’re right back in the glory days. The Paradise Road Show, now in its fourth year, brings in cars and bikes from all reaches of California, from older collectors to modern builders and everything in between, to the desert city of Palm Springs, California, for a weekend of sun, libations, and appreciating some top-shelf machines.

A swingarm Ironhead with a molded tank in the showbike lineup at Paradise Road Show.
A swingarm Ironhead with a molded tank in the showbike lineup at Paradise Road Show.Morgan Gales

As you pull into the Saguaro hotel, hot rods and classic cars line the main parking lot. There’s a guy selling moonshine—real moonshine, I checked, out of the back of his rat rod truck. A long line of custom vans had people partying and hanging out inside, more cars lined the wall opposite a dozen vendors selling vintage clothing, art, and decorations, and a couple of DJs sat at the end. Through the lobby and into the hotel, photographs were displayed along with some more vendors and a full room of tattoo artists as you walked out to the bikes by the pool.

A 1948 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead at Paradise Road Show.
A 1948 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead at Paradise Road Show.Morgan Gales

Spread out over the main lawn, each with a nice little cloth under it to soak up the inevitable drips of oil, were the bikes of Paradise Road Show. There were polished showbikes, molded, leafed, and flaked to perfection, next to ratty choppers with flaking paint exposing spots of rust and well-worn paths of oil snaking their way down to the ground. The selection of bikes was varied and well curated—nothing cheesy—and there were a lot of riders and some really incredible two-wheeled pieces of art. At the end of the weekend, Al from Blackboard Mfg. took home the Best in Show Award with his immaculate ’56 Shovelhead chopper.

Expensive Trash brought out this skull molded Born-Free Shovelhead and debuted its new Panhead chopper.
Expensive Trash brought out this skull molded Born-Free Shovelhead and debuted its new Panhead chopper.Morgan Gales

Head over to paradiseroadshow.com for more information on next year’s show.

@howlinwolftattoo rode down from Whittier on the War Pig chopper.
@howlinwolftattoo rode down from Whittier on the War Pig chopper.Morgan Gales
Skull shifter and a railroad spike passenger peg—rad details on this Panhead chopper.
Skull shifter and a railroad spike passenger peg—rad details on this Panhead chopper.Morgan Gales
Molded and leafed Knucklehead perfection at Paradise Road Show.
Molded and leafed Knucklehead perfection at Paradise Road Show.Morgan Gales
Passed out with the kid’s seat next to him, but he made it to the show and his car looks great.
Passed out with the kid’s seat next to him, but he made it to the show and his car looks great.Morgan Gales
Norton girder fork rigged up with tiny bug-eyed headlights.
Norton girder fork rigged up with tiny bug-eyed headlights.Morgan Gales
A clean and polished handlebar and front end setup on this skinny Panhead chopper.
A clean and polished handlebar and front end setup on this skinny Panhead chopper.Morgan Gales
This tall Shovelhead chopper was one of our favorite ride-in bikes of the day. Tall, clean, and looked great going down the road.
This tall Shovelhead chopper was one of our favorite ride-in bikes of the day. Tall, clean, and looked great going down the road.Morgan Gales
Best Boy in Show resting in one of the custom vans. Paradise Road Show is family and pet friendly!
Best Boy in Show resting in one of the custom vans. Paradise Road Show is family and pet friendly!Morgan Gales
Crazy Frank-style Panhead chopper getting ready to leave the show for the night.
Crazy Frank-style Panhead chopper getting ready to leave the show for the night.Morgan Gales
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