Article And Photos By: Josh Elzey
Originally Published In The May 2019 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
The infamous Full Speed Ahead show recently reappeared in New England. It was hosted by Choppahead, who really knows how to throw a gig. The party started Friday night on the U.S.S Salem deck with Crown of Thornz headlining. The CA-139 is the only preserved U.S. Naval Heavy Cruiser around and is located in Quincy MA. the event proceeds are dedicated to the upkeep of this historical icon. “Where’s the Some of entrance to the exit?” Giveaways were provided by sponsors, Narragansett Beer, and Tiki drink from Blackheart Rum! There’s nothing like starting an event with big guns!
‘The Hangar’ in Weymouth MA was used to host the main event. The Hangar boasts 35,000 square feet so there was plenty of space. A stage was placed in front of the plane hangar facing the show entrance. There were three hot rod featured builders on one side of the stage displaying a Millwork’s Roadster, Paul Varley’s Sedan, and Jon Centracchio’s purple coupe; all in 1932 Ford styles. The opposite featured bike builders showcasing Barnstorm Cycle’s new creation, Steve Sheldon’s of Troyfab 1966 Triumph, Pasquale Isaacson’s 1976 shovel from NY, Eric Webb’s 1979 ‘Violet Offender’ from SoCal, and a Hardtimes Chopper pick for feature Nate Haskin’s Yellow 1980 Chop to name a few. Nearby was an area for choppers and hot rods with spillover in another lot which was lined with premier vendors — There was plenty of parking for those not meeting the choppers and Pre-70 guidelines.
To the delight of attendees, tunes were belted out during the day by Tsunami of Sound, The Hi-Ends, and Horror Business. A couple of rad food trucks were on hand with amazing food, beer vendors, and you could even get a trim at the Holy Black booth. The event host awarded trophies to the best customs and choppers on the lot. And believe me there were some mind-blowing art on wheels in attendance. Jeff Wright of FTWCO/Church of Choppers chose Scot Murphy’s motorcycle for his personal pick. Murphy walked away with a vintage like trophy plus one grand. Scot’s black and low bike was built 40 years ago and sported some amazing paint by David Perewitz.
Other giveaways were a leather tooled flask made by Wild Belle for the Choppahead employee mullet contest winner! Don MacMullan ended up taking this home after a coming out on top in a close call judging by the spectators resulting in a tiebreaker called by mullet expert Dallas. Counter Balance Cycles provided a solo seat and p-pad, The Speed Merchant with hats and pegs, and Lowbrow Customs with plenty of gear were just some of the highlights. Shane Ronnie won the adventure motorcycle trip through the Himalayan Mountains provided by Old Bike Barn and Himalayan Heroes. They prescreened some of this trip from an upcoming short film at the pre-party on the U.S.S. Salem. Nothing could top the custom blue FLH Shovelhead by Choppahead Kustoms! Danny Perry was the lucky winner of this raffle. A portion of all the proceeds from the event was donated to Home Base, a charity for returning veterans. The overall event atmosphere fit the core of what New England is right down to the bikes, hot rods, drinks, music, and good times had by all that were part of it.