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Checking Out The Race Of Gentlemen’s Pre-Party Chopper Show, NOTT

Set in a small motel on the Jersey shore, the NOTT party brings a unique blend of choppers to a beachside town

Night of the Troglodytes, also known as NOTT, is the The Race Of Gentlemen’s pre-party and chopper show. It’s an evening that brings a unique mix of choppers, most of them much newer than anything allowed on the beach. It’s a mix of psychedelic paint schemes, rust and chrome.

The event is small, and so it’s executed in a modest fashion. Hosted at Binns Motor Inn in Wildwood, New Jersey, the setting might seem surprising for a quality bike show. For the 2018 gathering, the event was forced to shut down the street in front of the hotel due to a larger-than-expected turnout. You didn’t get too much ’50s cosplay but, instead, a mix of real-deal choppers.

The whole shebang was hosted by Traditional Cycles who, after the event, posted, "The remnants of beer and motor oil have been washed into the gutters. The sounds of roaring bikes, loud music, and people’s laughter have subsided. The tribes who ruled this place for a weekend have migrated back to where they came from. They congregated for one night to trade stories, share drink, and celebrate one common bond: choppers. Say what you will about us, but until you are a true part of this you won’t understand. Night of the Troglodytes is not just a show and party. We are a family bonded by steel, bondo, oil, and gasoline.”

black harley-davidson knucklehead

This Knucklehead had a barn-find appearance with stock rake, stretch—one of the few at the show—old-school airbrushing, and fat tires.

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balcony view of motorcycles at NOTT

Overlooking the show from the balcony of the Binns Motor Inn in Wildwood, New Jersey.

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Traditional Cycles setting up NOTT

The man behind Traditional Cycles was also the operator behind NOTT, along with his girlfriend and small crew.

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green mantis panhead chopper

Arguably the nicest scoot at the event was the Mantis Panhead from Traditional Cycles, the host of the event.

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Blue panhead chopper

This high and tight Panhead was another clean build.

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octopus knucklehead chopper

This Octopus Knucklehead had immense details throughout the bill, with touches of gold.

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dirty white chopper

Another simple chop, this one was not too clean nor too dirty.

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purple and chrome harley-davidson

Chrome…lots of chrome.

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pre-war motorcycles

Looking across the sea of Choppers was a welcoming sight before the weekend-long festivities of pre-war machinery.

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black Harley-Davidson motorcycle

A few of the bikes, like this one, were ridden into the show.

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red motorcycle with original factory paint

This chopped-down scoot appears to have original factory paint that’s been re-cleared.

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