Beer, Babes and Hot Rods Rock the Knit


More than 200 people packed in and in front of the Knitting Factory June 29 to celebrate their love of fast cars, beautiful women and rock and roll.

The event included multiple bands, a pin-up modeling contest and even a car show outside. Dozens of people were dressed for the part and considered it their lifestyle.

"We're all about the culture, the pin-up chicks and cars," said Sinner, the stand-up drummer and lead singer for The Chop Tops. Other bands included Danny B. Harvey, The Strikers and Radio Threat. As Sinner stood out front looking around at the classic cars and dressed-up models, he said the night was a nice stop on their summer tour.

"The Knitting Factory handled the event really well," he said.

Around 10 models competed in the pin-up girl contest, which awarded prizes worth hundreds of dollars. Sophie Edwina won in a jaw-dropping leopard print dress.

One of the promoters, Miranda Brown, ensured all shapes and sizes of models were invited and encouraged to participate. Brown created the local group Let Them Eat Cake to promote and celebrate women of all sizes. She said she was inspired to start the group from personal modeling experiences.

"The only genre of modeling that really accepted me was pin-up modeling, because of my weight and height."

Several members of Brown's group had a table with educational pamphlets to offer concert goers, who were easily lured in by her colorful homemade cupcakes. She smiled throughout the night, as did many music fans and gear heads.

Blake Hatchet is a member of the car club Death Traps, Idaho. He has known The Chop Tops since he lived in their hometown of Santa Cruz, and he said he was proud and impressed that so many people came together to make such an unique event.

"It's awesome," he said. "We haven't had anything this good in awhile."

For a slideshow of the event, click here.