Ormond Beach, FL — Chillin’ at Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show is a Bike Week tradition. “Hardcore” and “old-school” are terms that would describe some of the bikes AND some of the patrons. You’ll run into just about everyone here, from motorcycle magazine editors to biker gang members — but the vibe is friendly, just a group of enthusiasts getting together to look at some cool machines and socialize.  Plaques are awarded in a variety of categories: Best Flathead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Sportster, Knucklehead, EVO, Sportster, Brit Bike, Japanese Bike, Hardcore, Trailer Trash, Willie’s Choice, and Best of Show — along with a trophy or two. No great monetary rewards here, but bragging rights from this event carry some old-school cred!

No, this photo is not flipped!

American Iron Magazine’s Chris Maida (l) and Joe Knezevic (r)

Just chillin’

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Thanks for sharing these photos. So glad the rain stopped for the show… the only day it has rained during Bike Week.

    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 11, 2011

      I’m glad it only rained in the morning and cleared out by the afternoon… it could have been worse.

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