The Congregation Show, only in its second year, is quickly rivaling the likes of Austin’s Handbuilt Show, The One Show in Portland, OR, and LA’s Outlier’s Guild Moto Show. Hosted by DICE Magazine, Harley-Davidson and operated by the boys of Prism Supply, this vintage motorcycle show features a variety of talented custom builders from around the country.
This year’s show saw over 5,000 attendees, 120 motorcycles, 25 hot rods and over 40 vendors. One of our favorite parts of the show is the venue: Camp North End. It’s a former Ford Model T assembly plant, across an alleyway from Prism Supply’s shop in Charlotte, North Carolina. The plant is unrestored from decades of producing cars and later missiles, with its original wood flooring, brick walls, and steel rafters. With natural light beaming in through the original glass windows, it created the perfect setting to appreciate the industrial art of these motorcycles—it also made for great photos.
Alongside vendors was this display of a chopper still being built.
Prism Supply is a vintage motorcycle repair and custom shop founded by a few young, talented North Carolina boys. The show is a way of strengthening the motorcycle scene in the South. “We will be back next year and are hoping to continue to grow the show. We are inspired by the community of motorcycle enthusiasts around us here in North Carolina. And we hope that this serves as a way for friends to gather around, 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,” said Ben Carroll of Prism Supply.
The show consists primarily of vintage Harley-Davidson choppers, from pre-WWII flatheads to Shovelhead-powered machines. There were also two sections of the show that featuring a variety of motorcycles from Europe and Japan, and even a special vintage motocross section.
If you have a vintage Harley or are planning on building one, check out the Clymer Manuals covering Panhead, Shovelhead, Ironhead Sportster, or more modern HD bikes. No matter bike what you build or ride though, chances are Clymer has a manual for it.
One of the awesome things about holding this show at this particular venue was that it included a section of traditional hot rods. Who can say? Some of these Model A Ford based machines may have originally rolled out of this plant back in the days before the war.
We’ll be back next year too!
Click the thumbnails below to see full resolution images of these bikes and traditional hot rods.