BIKES, BIKINIS, BEER & BEACH PT. III VINTAGE DAYTONA BEACH BIKE WEEK

Holy Handlebars, Batman!  Regis Decobeck has blessed us all with another installment of old-school Daytona Beach black & white images from ‘74 – ‘78.  Regis picks up where – BIKES, BIKINIS, BEER & BEACH II VINTAGE DAYTONA BEACH BIKE WEEK– left off, with more eye candy that’s sure to either take you down memory lane, or give you that sick feeling that you were born too late.  Either way — Enjoy y’all.

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Circa 1974 – 1978 ~ Another Kustom WTF, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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Ca. ’74 – ’78 ~ Bikers window-shopping (AMF, not Harley’s Golden years…) Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

Ca. ’74 – ’78 ~ Dig the aggressive ink on the thigh, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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Ca. ’74 – ’78 ~ Kustom Tank Paint Job, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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Ca. ’74 – ’78 ~ More Kustom Trike-ness, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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Ca. ’74 – ’78 ~ More Kustom Trike & budding Beauty Queen, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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Ca. ’74 – ’78 ~ Professional competitive action, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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Circa 1974 – 1978 ~ The Fuzz, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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Ca. ’74 – ’78 ~ The Hair Gods were smiling down on her hard, Daytona Beach ~ image by Regis Decobeck

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18 thoughts on “BIKES, BIKINIS, BEER & BEACH PT. III VINTAGE DAYTONA BEACH BIKE WEEK

  1. Oh baby… that pic of “The Fuzz” is just pure classic…
    From the ray-bans, the jacket, the posture right through to the gun just hanging from the holster…
    Back in the day it was all just super-cool fuzz “ATTITUDE”

  2. Man, thanks for the trips down memory lane! I attended about every Bike Week during those yrs and could swear I remember some of the customs shown. I keep looking for myself or my van in the background. Keep em comin!
    Willie

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  5. These pictures from Daytona are awesome! I attended Bike Week in 81 and it was great. I spent four months in Daytona that winter training to be a motorcycle mechanic. We used to hang out at the Boot Hill Saloon on wednesdays, quarter night. I remember standing at the bar talking to my friend telling him I rode a Honda back home. This huge guy standing next to me at the bar leaned over : Hey I wouldn’t say that so loud if I were you, not here. Really friendly though.
    Mats

    • I don’t see any Nazis. I see a guy wearing a death-head and swastika.

      I agree that wearing a swastika is insensitive and ignorant. It’s a symbol that’s been around for over 3,000 years, and yes – it will now forever be known as a symbol of hate, death, and ugliness.

      The swastika has been widely co-opted by not just bikers, but also remember the Sex Pistols did it too, and there have been many others over the years who’ve used it as a way to create shock, publicity, controversy, etc. It’s a cheap & easy way to look tough, anti-establishment, blah, blah, blah.

      It’s a statement of rebellion for this guy, probably more than anything – and yeah, wearing one isn’t cool. But he’s got a right to, just like you have a right to call him on it.

      JP

      • As JP points out, “it’s a statement of rebellion.” At one time, bikers wearing Nazi memorabilia was just an expression of their bad-assness (and in the 50s, may even have been trophies that they looted as soldiers in WWII). Many of us here are too young to remember what it was like before being called a “racist” or a “Nazi” was The Worst Insult EVAR, but back then, wearing Nazi symbolism was just a way to flip the bird at “straights” (i.e., regular people) and their society.

        Funny how now, it’s totally unacceptable to wear Nazi symbols, but it’s “cool” to wear a picture of the leftist mass murderer Che Guevara.

        Note: this is in NO WAY to be construed as support or sympathy for Nazism. It is an observation on the change in societal views and values.

  6. I don’t which is cooler: the panel-fade gladiator helmet or the airbrushed Vampirella scene on the tank in the other shot!

    And so true on the swastika–a common motif in the 1% culture of the day: what better symbol for a simple shock and awe campaign. Hell, looks like it’ still working…

  7. “Hey man, I know you got this thing out of a comic book. I saw the add, $2.95. It was right next to the sea monkeys.”

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