Article & Photos By: Rebecca Cunningham
Originally Published In The June 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
Last spring, as I watched my Instagram and Facebook feed fill with photos and comments about the first Giddy Up Vintage Chopper show, I was having a serious pity party. I vowed it would be the last time I had to miss that much Chopper fun happening in my home state of Texas. Flash forward to March 28th, 2015 and there I was in the middle of the 2nd annual Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show in beautiful San Marcos, Texas & loving every second of it. The Bluebonnets were blooming in the Hill Country and Vintage Chopper beauty was everywhere.
Early in the day, I caught up with one of the 5 organizers, Matt Jackson, asked him about the event and some of the challenges they face. “We don’t have anything like this in this area of Texas in general, so we decided to put it together and see what would happen. There are five of us that are putting on the Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show. The biggest challenge is the time it takes to put something like this together. We all work well together; we all kind of have our specialties. We dole out the tasks and everybody gets it done.” Then to my amusement he added, “We’re actually a big group of f#@kups and somehow this all comes together and turns out to be a really good party.”
Later when I had the chance to chat with the original idea man, Marcos Flores from Houston, I got around to asking the big question – “Why Giddy Up?” His response was not what I expected. “I was literally laying in my bed in my boxers and said I’m gonna do a chopper show. My girlfriend said “Maybe you should name it Giddy Up.” It was a funny moment between us.”
That funny moment became the catalyst that brought five friends together to plan this showcase of gorgeous bikes, but to be clear it’s not a competition. They don’t invite professional builders (the ones whose business is building choppers) and they don’t give out trophies, but they do invite individuals who have some of the best motorcycle eyecandy you can hope to drool over. I managed to corner Texas chopper building icon Kirk Sharp who hosts another great Texas event, “Just Kickers,” to get his perspective on the day. “It’s a great day if you love choppers. The fun part is seeing all the young guys that are building the bikes today. I’m so happy that finally we’ve got some good stuff going on here in Texas. I’ve lived in this area for years and I’ve always had to travel a 1000 -1200 miles to find those little venues like this to be involved in the lifestyle and the choppers. I’m just so happy these guys are doing this. We’re cool here in Texas too.”
Even though I love Texas with all my heart, I knew I had to find at least one non-Texan to give me input so that I could claim my unbiased journalistic integrity was intact. And there he was…Charlie the Nomad to my rescue. If you have ever spent a minute talking with Charlie, you know he has a deep appreciation for the art and function of a chopper. He states “My experience today has been quite fortuitous. I’ve seen a lot of my friends here with a lot of really awesome bikes. To me any bike is only as good as the miles it’s gonna give you. You can have the coolest bike in the world but if you’re not gonna ride it, it’s just a model kit. There’s not a lot of model kits here. There’s a lot of bikes that are built to run and I dig that.”
When I asked him to give me his thoughts on the Giddy Up event as a whole , I wasn’t sure what he would say, after all, he isn’t from around here, this is the response that I got; “I gravitate to events like this because it’s big, but it’s small. It’s not just a bunch of vendors and bullshit. It’s a bunch of guys just hanging out, partying and having a good time. That’s what it really is all about anyway. This run is definitely high on my list as far as runs that would be in that categorization where there’s not much of a hullabaloo but everyone you want to see is gonna be there.” At the end of the day I asked Marcos how he felt about the day and the 2nd Annual Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show, “I feel kind of like my kid won a championship. We put a lot of work and effort into this show and I’ve seen a lot of happy people. The way I see it, this is an event for my state and I am very proud to be a Texan.”
Me too Marcos, and honestly, I think “really good party” is an understatement. From the time I pulled into Camp Huaco Springs in New Braunfels on Friday evening until I pulled out Sunday morning, all I witnessed was, well… FANTASTIC! Thank You Giddy Up organizers Marcos Flores, Brian Buscemi, Matt Jackson, John Collins & Joey Cano for showing Texas off so well. If Giddy Up 2016 isn’t on your calendar yet, then go get the pen and change that!