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This brand-new show in North Carolina attracted a slew of killer vintage customs

There seem to be a swarm of custom bike shows cropping up these days, and fortunately for us, many of them are the real deal. Just take the good ole boys at Prism Supply: They’ve created a motorcycle show that’s quickly grabbed national attention. In only its second year, the Congregation Show has run up the ranks to rival events like the Handbuilt show, and this year was better than last.

2018 brought more people and more bikes, with attendance more than 5,000 this year for the one-day show. Held at Camp North End in Charlotte, North Carolina, a former General Motors assembly plant, the show is a joint effort with DicE Magazine and Harley-Davidson.

The formerly abandoned building came to life over the weekend with more than 120 bikes and 25 hot rods. The day also saw four bands, more than 40 vendors, and an excellent collection of vintage swap-meet goodies. The indoor of Camp North End is a time machine that has you walking on wooden floors and looking through century-old glass, and the Congregation Show is reminiscent of those simpler times too.

“We couldn’t do any of this without the amazing team over at Camp North End and our friends at Harley-Davidson,” said Ben Carroll with Prism Supply and the Congregation Show. Next year the team plans to continue to grow. “We’re inspired by the community of motorcycle enthusiasts here in North Carolina,” Ben said. “We hope [the show] serves as a gathering for friends, and a place to enjoy a cold beverage and celebrate the things that bring us together while enjoying some of the best vintage motorcycles and hot rods in the world.”

1950 EL Panhead

Prism Supply’s own Jake Hindes brought his well-ridden 1950 EL Panhead nicknamed “Lunar Lander.”

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1954 FLE Panhead

This beautiful 1954 FLE Panhead belongs to Eric Lustenberger.

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clean custom panhead

This Panhead was one of the cleanest at the show, with chrome rockers, engine covers, and gold metalflake flames.

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40 Cal Customs shovelhead

40 Cal Customs brought two bikes to the Congregation, including this psychedelic cone Shovelhead with performance bits like an M&H slick mixed with chopper parts.

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luke heafner panhead

Luke Heafner’s Panhead features an original old Coffin air cleaner and rocks the perfect stance with a King and Queen seat and springer front end.

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heafner panhead paint details

Heafner’s Panhead is left unrestored in all of its retro glory; you’ll see no touch-up paint here.

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900 cc XLCH

Lustenberger also brought two bikes, including this killer 900cc XLCH that looks like it came straight from a ’70s hare scrambles.

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1955 gold Panhead

This 1955 gold Panhead parked beside the DicE Magazine display belongs to Trevor Kelly.

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super-clean cone Shovelhead

Eric Stein brought a couple of bikes to the show including this super-clean cone Shovelhead.

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Wes Slayton

Donning a Magnum P.I. shirt and mustache, Wes Slayton and friends rode to the show, accompanied by clear skies through the day.

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1934 VLD

Panhead Jim’s 1934 VLD has been coast to coast and still looks spotless. He rode to the show from a couple of hours away.

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congregation show rider

The clear skies and warm temps meant a lot of unique bikes were ridden to the show. Here’s to sunny skies next year.

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