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Cherokee Blue Ridge Run 2017 ─ The Scene Part Two

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 20 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
 It doesn’t take much convincing to get me to the mountains in western North Carolina. This year, after a few years’ hiatus, the Cherokee Indian Nation in Cherokee, North Carolina, is back in the rally business and they went all out to make it one to remember.

Cherokee Blue Ridge Run 2017 ─ The Scene Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Tuesday, 19 September 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
   It doesn’t take much convincing to get me to the mountains in western North Carolina. This year, after a few years’ hiatus, the Cherokee Indian Nation in Cherokee, North Carolina, is back in the rally business and they went all out to make it one to remember.
All year I take photos of custom motorcycles and love every minute of it, but I also like to hit some of the custom car shows when I can. A vast majority of the custom motorcycle builders featured in the numerous bike shows throughout the country also build custom cars. As a matter of fact, many started out in the auto industry.
All year I take photos of custom motorcycles and love every minute of it, but I also like to hit some of the custom car shows when I can. A vast majority of the custom motorcycle builders featured in the numerous bike shows throughout the country also build custom cars. As a matter of fact, many started out in the auto industry.
There were a bunch of gorgeous and not-so-gorgeous custom bikes at The Horse Back Street Choppers Smoke Out 18 in Rockingham, North Carolina. Like antiques, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Throughout the years the Smoke Out event has been an Old School, down and dirty, adults-only party and this year was no different.
There were a bunch of gorgeous and not-so-gorgeous custom bikes at The Horse Back Street Choppers Smoke Out 18 in Rockingham, North Carolina. Like antiques, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Throughout the years the Smoke Out event has been an Old School, down and dirty, adults-only party and this year was no different.
Choppers: A type of custom motorcycle, which found its birth in the late 1950s in California and was the most extreme style of motorcycle of the time. Extended front forks, sissy bars, ape hangers and hard tail frames were the go-to style in that era. Harley-Davidsons were the go-to bike for building choppers. Not much has changed over the years and today’s choppers still use the same concept.
Choppers: A type of custom motorcycle, which found its birth in the late 1950s in California and was the most extreme style of motorcycle of the time. Extended front forks, sissy bars, ape hangers and hard tail frames were the go-to style in that era. Harley-Davidsons were the go-to bike for building choppers. Not much has changed over the years and today’s choppers still use the same concept.
             Of all my stops each year, the Myrtle Beach rallies are the hardest spots to find custom bikes for my coverage. The main reason being, that there are no major bike shows in the area. Even though there is no shortage of bikes around, it’s just very hard to photograph bikes in a parking lot.
            Of all my stops each year, the Myrtle Beach rallies are the hardest spots to find custom bikes for my coverage. The main reason being, that there are no major bike shows in the area. Even though there is no shortage of bikes around, it’s just very hard to photograph bikes in a parking lot.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2017 ─ The Scene

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Comments [ 4 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
The first Myrtle Beach Bike Week was held in 1940 and was called Harley Bike Week. It is the second oldest annual rally in the world and, in its heyday, it brought in crowds of over 350,000 attendees. The fiasco in 2008 with the city of Myrtle Beach enacting a mandatory helmet ordinance just about put an end to the rally. In 2010 the South Carolina Supreme Court struck down this ordinance, but the damage was done in the minds of many.
It just so happens that this year St. Patrick’s Day fell on the last Friday of Bike Week (Like bikers need another excuse to drink mass quantities of alcohol). Actually, with the cool temperatures a little anti-freeze in the system could come in handy.
   Photographing custom motorcycles is what I do. I seldom get a chance to set up a shot or pick a location or even pick the time of day so I shoot them where they stand under usually tough show conditions ranging from stupid tight spacing, bad light and spectators. Not the best scenario, but it is what it is. I would not be able to do features on almost two hundred bikes a year any other way.
Photographing custom motorcycles is what I do. I seldom get a chance to set up a shot or pick a location or even pick the time of day so I shoot them where they stand under usually tough show conditions ranging from stupid tight spacing, bad light and spectators. Not the best scenario, but it is what it is. I would not be able to do features on almost two hundred bikes a year any other way.     

Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017 ─ The Bikes Part 2

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 05 April 2017 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
   Photographing custom motorcycles is what I do. I seldom get a chance to set up a shot or pick a location or even pick the time of day so I shoot them where they stand under usually tough show conditions ranging from stupid tight spacing, bad light and spectators. Not the best scenario, but it is what it is. I would not be able to do features on almost two hundred bikes a year any other way.
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