Lowbrow Customs has been represented at The Horse Smokeout since around 2007 or so, back when it was still going on in Salisbury, NC. Back then it was just me at Lowbrow, and it was a part-time gig, evenings and weekends after my normal job as a sign maker. All these years later, we still consider The Smokeout to be one of the most unique shows in the country, a show that draws in real bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts, people who ride bikes, work on bikes, build bikes, and will be doing so for many years to come.
People come to Rockingham, NC from all over the country for one solid reason; to have fun! In general, attitudes and egos are left at home. In addition to choppers you can see all sort of weird home-built machines putting around the show area and the camp grounds, some people wear costumes (not cool-guy motorcycle scenester costumes but legit costumes!), have some drinks, check out bikes and the bands and in general have a great time.
This year Lowbrow did a raffle with the grand prize being a 1974 Shovelhead rebuilt by The Gasbox, a titled Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Frame, and a $500 Lowbrow Customs gift card! The second place prize was a set of Led Sled Invader Wheels, and third place was a Gasbox rear motorcycle fender and DIY Sissy Bar Kit. The rules were you must be present to win, which led to a lot of excitement when the time came to pull the winning tickets on the main stage on Saturday night. Those who won were understandably stoked, and we look forward to the plans for The Horse Smokeout 19 in June 2018. See you there!
The Smoke Out ride In bike show, filled every make and model you could imagine.
Simple and really killer Panhead.
One clean Knucklehead.
Beautiful swing arm Panhead with our Lowbrow Customs Fuel Reserve Bottle.
This guy was roaming around all weekend extremely stoked to be at the Smoke Out!
Let's count how many motors are making this crazy contraption run... 1...2...3...4 and they all where running, via belts. Only at the Smoke Out!
There were a lot of Party shirts and other breezy attire to keep cool from the extreme and humid heat North Carolina has to offer.
Just keeping the back seat warm for someone else.
The man, the myth, the legend... Around The World Doug Wothke having all the fun.
This swing arm Shovelhead is nasty!
Doug Wothke's 1916 Indian that he rode on the Cannonball run across the United States!
Big Truth and Jay from Choppahead
were in full force at this year's show! Love this bike so much.
Bill Schalk of Tried and True took home first place prize in the Pro build off with this immaculate Shovelhead.
Pbr is pretty cool...
Julia was selling raffle tickets all weekend long for the Shovelhead motor we were giving away and she made so many new uncles.
Rain or shine... The Smoke out goes on.
We go to watch Jillian Rossi of Hellcat Pin Striping do what she does best on a show attendees bike.
All kinds of contraptions rolling around this year, check out this couch bar!
Friday night, Rebel Son played not one but two sets for the Smoke Out crowd. They killed it!
Lee Johnson - Guitar/singer - Rebel Son
Ron Kirk - Drums - Rebel Son
Dave Schneider - Bass - Rebel Son
Run what you brung was in full swing at The Rock Drag Strip. With multiple hours each day.
There was even some Wheelie drag racing happening!
Anything can race, as long as you got a helmet.
This guy took 15 wins, and was pretty much untouchable on this S&S powered Evo chop.
This dually drift trike was pretty neat.
Drifting sideways and kicking butt!
This dude was on his second to last lap to victory and his wheel came flying off on turn one. Bummer town.
Something about mini bike racing and dressing up gets the crowd really going.
Sumo Wrestling the competition!
Good thing that big guy on his head wasn't full of metal, Lighting struck just not on him.
Note to self, don't drink and ride mini bikes just after it rains, you might get run over.
The clouds after the third rain fall of the weekend.
Thor Took home first place in the mini bike races!
More weird contraptions and people having a blast.
Dave Wilt's 57 T110 Pre-Unit Triumph. Man this thing was done right.
This Panhead was one of the best bikes at this year's Smoke Out!
Zero F*%$s given.
There is something for everyone at the Smoke Out.
Austin Andrella always smiling, with his killer xs650.
Jae Hamilton built this really killer Ironhead for the ACO competition.
Goofball and good friend Patrick Jansen taking one for the team at the painted ladies competition.
Freak show deluxe was going around stage to stage and making people uneasy.
Miss Malice giving a mouse trap a little tongue.
Lola Savage of The Cherry Bombs showing off one of her many talents.
The Cherry Bombs!
Pat is always the party!
This Cb750 was insane, just look at that 5 foot tall sissy bar!
Big Truth ordering for the Jump Of Death to take place!
Tyler and Julia selling raffle pins all weekend long. We met so many great people!
The winner of the Shovelhead contest! Happy as can be!
Winner winner chicken dinner!
2nd place took home this set of invader wheels! Winner!
Third place prize winner claiming his Gasbox sissy bar diy kit and fender!
After the rain settled and the sun started to set Saturday night.
Roadside Marty's beautiful Shovelhead.
Little siesta in paradise.
The Koffin Kats ended the weekend with a bang!
The Koffin Kats never disappoint.
The Koffin Kats!
We just got back from The Horse Smokeout 18, and are already thinking about plans for 2018! If you haven't made it to NC for a Smokeout in the past, start making your plans now as next year is going to be even bigger and better!
Photos by: Mikey Revolt
The Smoke Out 18, a sea of fun!
Here is a video recap of The Horse Smoke Out 2017.