Lynyrd Skynyrd

Four Walls Of Raiford



Well them four walls of Raiford, closing in on me 
Doin' three to five hard labor, for armed robbery 
I had two years behind me, but I could not wait the time 
Everytime I thought about it, well I died some more inside

And I had stripes on my back, memories that hurt 
For the only time I seen sunshine is when I went to work
Diggin' ditches for the chain gang, sleepin' in the hole 
Oh Lord please forgive me for I could not wait no more

And I comin' home to see you Jesus 
Well it feels so close this time 
Please take mercy on this soldier 
From the Florida-Georgia line

When they find me they must kill me 
Oh Jesus save my soul 
I can't go back down to Raiford 
I can't take that anymore

Well these last few years behind me 
Oh Lord, have been so sad 
I fought proudly for my country when the times were bad 
Now they say I'm guilty, when they find me I must die 
Only me and Jesus know that I never stole a dime

Well when Vietnam was over there was no work here for me 
I had a pretty wife awaitin and two kids I had to feed 
Well I'm one of America's heroes and when they shoot me down 
Won't fly old Glory proudly, put my medals in the ground

And I comin' home to see you Jesus 
Well it feels so close this time 
Please take mercy on this soldier 
From the Florida-Georgia line

When they find me they must kill me 
Oh Jesus save my soul 
I can't go back down to Raiford 
I can't take that anymore

Boogie East Chopper Show

Annie Oakley's Saloon










Motorcycles packed the parking lot in front of Annie Oakley’s Saloon then spilled into the adjacent field. Out back, an array of customs by the invited builders filled the grassy knoll while others in the ride-in bike show crammed in beneath the trees. Cool swag from a long list of sponsors was raffled off over the course of the day until the Left Lane Cruiser Band upped the energy levels. Between its wooden back deck, outdoor bar, and shaded grounds, the back area of Annie Oakley’s was a perfect place for a good old-fashioned chopper show of 1984 and earlier motorcycles.
With a front end stretched far enough to make Sugar Bear proud and a cab so cool it channeled the spirit of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, it was impossible to miss JP Rodman’s 1960’s style trike. Sporting a blown Knucklehead, ram’s horn bars, and dual M&H Racemaster drag tires on the back, Rodman’s three-wheeler had all the charm of an old fashioned shaggin’ wagon.
Next to it sat Steven “TheHeadChoppa” Bates latest build, a 1945 Knucklehead in a ’38 Knucklehead frame with a solid aluminum rear wheel engraved by New Line Engraving. Bates’ bike is full of fine details, from the handmade shift knob carved from an elk horn to its hand forged sissy bar to its trick horseshoe kicker pedal. Steven also brought his ultra-clean panhead to the show, a bike we featured online after seeing it at last year’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.
We chatted with Jason Ochoa about his clean 1955 rigid Panhead, his build featuring a 1957 straight-leg frame and a 1947 Knucklehead transmission. Bathed in varying shades of purple flake, Ochoa’s Pan included a picture of Jimi Hendrix on the oil tank and the words “Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky” engraved on the air cleaner cover. Ochoa remembers his dad playing Hendrix regularly at home on an old reel-to-reel and said the theme was in honor of his father, a Vietnam vet who loved listening to Jimi.
With a laid back vibe and a bounty of beautiful bikes, the first annual Boogie East Chopper Show at Bike Week was by all measures a big success. Organizers are already discussing doing it again next year. We believe Pete LaBarbera would be proud of the biker bash that took place in his honor at his old haunting grounds.

Boogie East Chopper Show

Short clip from J&P Cycles


Steven Bates

Sneak peek of Steven Bates freshly built Knucklehead almost ready for "Boogie East" Chopper Show. Come check it out in person March 17th @ Annie Oakley's Saloon during Daytona Bike Week.


The '76


Panheads




CCC x VNM Collaboration

"Boogie East" Chopper Show
Giveaway Tank
Tank started off as a narrowed Throttle Addiction Wassell. Tossed on some round bar, flames and a 70's image of Cody Carmack and reworked the background with a pot leaf and some shading.
I left the bottom half of this tank with a gold Murano pearl and sent it out to Richard Minino to work his magic with a sharpie. After he finished, he sent it back and I added the HOK kandy and final clear.