Deep Ellum, a small entertainment district just outside of downtown Dallas, has had an all-too familiar face running through the streets since the early ‘90s. He started tattooing in Deep Ellum in 1993, opened Elm Street Tattoo in 1996, and since has opened multiple businesses like Anchor Screen Printing, Heart and Hand, and his latest venture, Tiki Loco, a killer coffee and taco shop, in 2018. He’s probably most recognizable from TV’s Ink Masters but on any given day in Dallas you’ll see Oliver Peck riding one of his many motorcycles with an ear-to-ear grin and that ever-present toothpick in his mouth.

Oliver Peck and his love of motorcycles has been a driving force behind Southern Throwdown.

Oliver’s love for Deep Ellum and his passion and enthusiasm for motorcycles brings one of the only annual vintage motorcycles shows to North Texas. And what goes better with old bikes and choppers than custom vans? Southern Throwdown has both.

What started out in a small parking lot next to Trees in Deep Ellum has grown exponentially in the last seven years. Hosted by the world-famous Bomb Factory, the Southern Throwdown will bring over 100 custom bikes and vans into one convenient location. 1984 and older is the rule for motorcycles unless you have a late model that’s been hardtailed. For vans it’s 1985 and older, American Made and Custom. That means don’t try to roll your mom’s Odyssey into this show. Awards will be given out in multiple categories for winners. J&P Cycles will be giving one lucky winner a $250 gift card to jpcycles.com.

Let’s talk about the bikes. This show brings in some really high-quality builds. There’s something for everybody. Vintage stock bikes, custom choppers, you’ll see some British builds, you may even see a custom trike or two from JP Rodman. If you follow any custom bike builders and would like to ask them some questions, don’t be surprised to see guys like Chopper Dave, Max Schaaf, Denver Dan, and Matt Jackson wandering around the show. Maybe they’ll even let you get a pic.

If you’re coming in for the weekend, you’re in for a damn good time. There’s an all-day Friday the 13th  Tattoo party going on at Elm St. Tattoo from 12 p.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday night there’s a pre-party at Lucky 7 Cycles, and then the Throwdown starts at noon on Sunday. This is a FREE, all ages show. There will also be live music by Matt Hillyer of Eleven Hundred Springs, The Mo Robson Band, and Lulu and the Black Sheep. All solid acts. The Bomb Factory has plenty of cold beers and cocktails for you to enjoy and the meat masters from The Bucking Pig will be there slinging the best BBQ you’ve ever put in your yapper.

Bikes circle the Bomb Factory during the Southern Throwdown. 

Good times will definitely be had by all. But you can’t just party and not give back. In support of True South, a charity created by Aaron Finnin which raises funds and supports those involved in motorcycle or bike accidents, is having a bike raffle, so some lucky person will be able to win and ride off on a 2001 Dyna Low Rider. Tickets are only $10, or 7 tickets for $50 or 15 tickets for $100. You do not have to be present to win. J&P Cycles is also donating some gear to be raffled off because we love charities like True South.

Southern Throwdown was started by Oliver Peck, Mike Deloach, Kirk Sharp, Sean Endicott and the Lucky 7 Crew, and Jason Quigley from Dream Machines.

2019 Southern Throwdown    Deep Ellum, TX  9/15/19 – 12 p.m. –  8 p.m.