Gasoline, Dust & Desert Heat: The Paradise Roadshow

Located a few leaps away from both the beach and Los Angeles, Palm Springs has always acted as a sort of secret desert oasis for anyone seeking to escape the chaos and expectations of their city.

The area hosts many vintage treasures, so it feels like an appropriate home for the Paradise Roadshow.

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The event was founded in 2016 by the female trio Lana MacNaughton, Adri Law and Chase Stopnik, who together had a dream of reinventing the modern day classic American car and motorcycle show for the younger generation.


Something that echoes around car events is the sentiment that American car culture is going to die with people who were born in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The hostesses of the Paradise Roadshow are doing their part to preserve a rich culture and history.


After attending the show at the hip and colorful Saguaro Palm Springs hotel – a perfect backdrop for influencers – it’s obvious they’re on the right track.


Like most car events in Southern California, the grounds were littered with clean examples of American cars and well-built motorcycles, and a young, attractive crowd to match. The average uniform at the show was a wild west biker meets rockabilly look.


Vintage high-waisted denim, cowboy hats and fringed leather jackets dotted the crowd. The event wasn’t just for car and bike enthusiasts, it was a cultural event without a doubt. The aesthetics of the event helped the founders solve an age-old issue: how to get more women involved in automotive culture.

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Women pay special attention to detail, and no bit was overlooked. From vintage vendors to trendy alcohol and a social-media-famous venue, the organizers generated a perfect storm to pull young women from LA to the gasoline-scorched desert, and I’m sure they’ll continue to do so for years to come.

Sara Ryan
Instagram: pockowokosara

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that's a lot of meh right there
not enough speed for a speedhunters article imo


I'm always amazed at how many cultures, and counter-cultures, exist here in California. I guess that's what makes it such an interesting place. Thanks!


Are some of those lovely photos analog? What gear did you use!?


Finally after a long drought. article about motorcycle. Please post more bike articles in the future. Hey Motogp race this weekend. Watch it. Zarco's Ducati Desmosedici clocked 362.4 km/h last year on the Losail straight before braking. That is 225.1 mph.


I enjoy learning about cultures and sub-cultures I haven't been exposed to, whether within the context of cars or not. Thanks for sharing this!


Great article. Awesome to see something different on SH and not just about the vehicles but the people who bring it all together. More of this please


Lovely bikes and cars but what I don't get is where is the new take? Every bike there seems straight out of the 60's and 70's, cars seem older still. They merely recreate what has been done over the last 60 years including the "style". There is no fresh take on anything. Look at those photos and without context try to place the era, you'd think it's the early 80s.


Nice article - right to the point without lengthy introductions etc. Keep it up!


Love this. I grew up frequenting my Grandparent's place in Palm Springs, so I can just feel the air looking at the photos. What a cool show, preserving the old ways and history of the sort of rockabilly sub culture.


Am I missing something? Isn't Chase a guy? Confused about the founding "female trio."


Hell yeah! I'm all for this biker culture!