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Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza Set to Launch Riding Season in Twin Cities


“War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Motorcycle Racing will kick start a weekend of moto heaven at the Midwest’s largest custom bike and car show, parts extravaganza and tattoo expo this month.

Saint Paul, MN (March 8, 2018) – Gear heads and riders will soon be coming out of hibernation to gather and meet fellow enthusiasts and friends at the 31st Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk. In addition to the motorcycles, cars and the largest parts swap in the Midwest, the ever-expanding event now includes Indoor Flat Track Racing and a Tattoo Expo. The Donnie Smith Show will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2017. The “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing will kick off the moto extravaganza on Friday, March 23. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the Main Event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door. More information can be found at www.DonnieSmithBikeShow.com.

Show Spotlights

The show’s activities offer the opportunity to hang out and learn from specialists, see the latest in moto inventions and customizations, hunt for parts, shop and win prizes throughout the 225,000 sq. ft. indoor event space.

Bikers will have the opportunity to discuss the best parts options with Dennis Kirk representatives who will be on hand to answer questions. The prize wheel is back with bigger and better prizes and riders can receive information about the annual Patriot Ride, benefitting Minnesota’s active and veteran military and law enforcement organizations. Attendees can purchase a $10 raffle ticket to win a 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide Special in support of the Patriot’s Ride.

One of the year’s biggest custom bike unveils will take place on Saturday, March 24 when Kuryakyn and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip reveal the 2018 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion bike. The 2018 modified Indian Chieftain Dark Horse bagger features state-of-the-art Kuryakyn parts and paint by Gilby’s Street Department.

Blues rocker Corey Stevens will be setting the stage for beer-thirty Happy Hour presented by Budweiser  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

Sugar Bear of Sugar Bear Choppers will be on hand in the Metzeler display March 24 and 25 to showcase his innovative products and share stories from the grass roots of the chopper world. Metzeler also brings a bike build in progress from Kevin “Teach” Baas and the Lakeville North High School students. The bike features one of Sugar Bear’s iconic front suspension systems.

GEICO Motorcycle and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip teamed up to create the ultimate Street Hooligan motorcycle for the Buffalo Chip’s 2018 Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. The custom Indian Scout 60 will be on display in the Buffalo Chip booth, where show attendees may register to win it this August on the Chip’s main stage.

3Showcase of Motorcycle Industry Superstars

Custom builders will be competing in over 35 classes at the show. Some of the most recognizable names in the motorcycle industry will be in attendance, displaying their latest work and meeting with fans. The list so far includes:

Donnie Smith – Donnie Smith Custom Motorcycles

A custom bike builder for more than 30 years, Donnie Smith’s innovations continue to influence custom bike builders today. Smith will be on hand to sign autographs or just hang out and discuss classic builds and new innovations in custom bike building.

Paul Yaffe – Bagger Nation

For almost 30 years Paul Yaffe has been designing custom motorcycles and is known as an industry leader and a true innovator and he will be available for questions and motorcycle parts discussions.  His custom bikes have been featured in hundreds of magazines both in the United States and abroad.  He’s participated in Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off in 2003 and participated in Biker Battleground Phoenix, a 10-episode series on the History Channel.  He is a 3-time “Trend Setter of the Year” award recipient and has won several engineering and product design awards.

Curtis Hofmann – Hofmann Designs

A Minnesota native, Curtis opened Hofmann Designs in 2009 and has produced stunning, magazine-worthy motorcycles every year since. Hoffman is known for his lay frame big wheel baggers and his bikes are often sold on reputation alone, sight unseen.

Dave Dupor – DD Custom Cycle

Dupor’s motorcycles are intelligence with tailpipes. He is known as a perfectionist and his bikes are a balance of bold confidence and understated elegance. His meticulous and relentless pursuit of perfection has thrust DD Custom Cycle onto the pages almost every major motorcycling publication in the country.

Kevin “Teach” Baas – Baas Metal Craft

Baas, is an expert metal fabricator and high school shop teacher who transformed his curriculum into a full-blown Chopper Class. For 15 years, he has taught generations of bike builders and gained the support and recognition of countless industry heavy weights.

Kurt Peterson – Lil’ Evil Inkorpor8ed

Peterson is a Master of All, specializing in precise fabrication, design, and quality. His 27 years in the industry, and no-nonsense, high horse power creations have earned him numerous racing and industry accolades, but, more importantly, they have earned him distinction and the respect of his peers.

Dave & Jody Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication

There is no stronger father-daughter team in motorcycling than Dave and Jody Perewitz. Dave is a legend in custom building, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2003 inductee and master craftsman who has been painting and building motorcycles for over 40 years. Jody holds 15 land speed records, one World Record, is currently the Fastest Woman on an American V-Twin, and a talented painter in her own right.

Sugar Bear – Sugar Bear Choppers

Forty-six years ago, Sugar Bear opened up shop in Los Angeles and began hand-making his legendary springer front ends and rockers. Sugar Bear’s influence and contributions have shaped motorcycling history and in 2008 he was named the Harley-Davidson Museum’s Man of the Year.

Tim McNamer – Ballistic Cycles

A Twin Cities area native, McNamer is the inventor of the ground-breaking hubless wheel design and is known for regularly pushing the limits of engineering. His bikes are instantly recognizable and have raked in awards from nearly every competition. Producing some of the most technologically advanced motorcycles of our time, Tim’s designs are paving the way for the advancement and evolution of customization.

Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson – Gilby’s Street Department

Gilby’s bikes are unique hot-rod infused sculptures that test and challenge convention. This Twin Cities area native has been pin-striping for decades and his motorcycles reflect a wildly artistic vision. His contributions to motorcycling inspire and challenge, raising the bar of creativity higher with every unforgettable chopper he creates.


Tickets for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show are on sale at the RiverCentre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Adults are $15 and children under the age of 12 are admitted free. The Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show is sponsored by Dennis Kirk, GEICO Motorcycle, Indian Motorcycle, The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Budweiser, Lucas Motorcycle Oil and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Tickets for the “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing can be purchased at www.IndoorFlatTrack.com. All seating is assigned with box seating VIP tickets available for $21 and general auditorium adult seating for $15. The first 500 children under 12, accompanying an adult, will be admitted free. “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing is sponsored by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Dennis Kirk, GEICO Motorcycle, Lucas Motorcycle Products, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and S&S Cycle.4More information can be found at DonnieSmithBikeShow.com.

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 About the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

In its 31st year, the famed Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk is the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. The show draws the nation’s most prestigious brands, top competitors and tens of thousands to the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. It is widely known as the annual kickoff to the riding and cruising season and features a unique mix of competitions, shopping and entertainment in a fun, family-friendly environment with 35 classes of custom motorcycles, 16 classes of cars, the largest swap meet on the planet, a tattoo expo and other entertainment including Indoor Flat Track Racing at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Additional information can be found at www.donniesmithbikeshow.com


2Harley-Davidson has teamed up with Adam Sandoval – the founder of ScootinAmerica, an initiative that focuses on giving back to our military members – to launch MISSION: “THANK YOU”. The initiative aims to thank those who have served and are serving to protect our freedom, by giving away eight Harley-Davidson motorcycles powered by new Milwaukee-Eight engines.

MISSION” “THANK YOU” was launched at San Diego Harley-Davidson May 18. Harley-Davidson and Sandoval worked with Wounded Warrior Project and New York Myke Shelby, owner of San Diego H-D, to honor a WWP alumnus and veteran from San Diego with a new Harley-Davidson powered by the Milwaukee-Eight engine. Shane Kruchten, the surprised recipient and U.S. military veteran, was in shock and full of gratitude learning about his new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Kruchten is the first of eight honorees that will get bikes this year. Sandoval is asking every American to nominate a military member – past or present – who has dedicated their life to protecting our freedom by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage of service. A panel consisting of Sandoval, Wounded Warrior Project representatives and Harley-Davidson leadership will select which seven other deserving military members will be honored with new motorcycles. The honorees will also receive a lifetime membership to the Harley Owners Group and they can give a free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy class to a loved one.

Based on America’s nominations, Sandoval will make seven special stops along his cross-country journey to give away the new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, ending in New York City on Veterans Day. Follow the mission on AdamSandovalRides.com or follow Adam’s journey on Facebook or Twitter.

Along with MISSION: “THANK YOU,” Harley-Davidson does a lot to serve our veterans and active duty personnel. Harley-Davidson is offering the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course to all current and former U.S. military personnel and first responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) and their spouses for just $99. H-D can also provide free motorcycle storage for deployed military personnel. Additionally, Operation Extend the Ride extends the factory warranty for the number of days deployed to account for the balance of the remaining warranty period.

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Famed Donnie Smith Show Brings More Bikes, Cars, Parts and Tattoos for its 30th Anniversary

1Industry celebrities, prestigious sponsors, gear-heads, artists, custom enthusiasts, and their families and friends gather to share passions, enter projects and welcome new expo to the show.

Saint Paul, MN (January 17, 2017) – Motorcycle and car enthusiasts across the country will soon congregate at the 30th Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk to see and be seen at the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. In addition to motorcycles and cars, the 225,000 sq. ft. indoor event showcases a brand-new Tattoo Expo and a popular swap meet billed as the largest parts extravaganza on the planet. Right now, anyone, from amateur to pro, can enter a custom project, register to sell goods or set up a tattoo display at www.DonnieSmithBikeShow.com. All events will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., March 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., March 26, 2017.

“People travel together from all over the country to enjoy the weekend, checking out award-winning cars and bikes, talking to famous builders, shopping and having a great time,” said Donnie Smith, famed customizer and show namesake. “This is a fantastic show for bikers, car fans, friends, families and kids of all ages.”



Well over half the show, 135,000 sq. ft., will be dedicated to motorcycles, paying homage to the machines that started the show in 1987. Over $7,500 in cash awards will be presented to the top baggers and customs with awards also given for best paint, display, lighting, antique, bagger, bobber, chopper, pro-street, sport bike and a judge’s choice. Some of the biggest guns in the biker world including Donnie Smith, Rod Woodruff, Kevin Baas and the Kennedy High School Chopper class, Dave and Jody Perewitz and Pat Patterson will be in attendance. The inclusionary show allows anyone to enter. Now’s the time to finish that custom and enter the bike show by filling out the entry form located here. Deadline for entry is March 10, 2017, but the show historically sells out so early entry is encouraged.



The parts extravaganza, which covers nearly an acre, is a huge attraction. This is an opportunity to find missing parts and get those bikes and cars ready for the road this spring. Cruising season is just around the corner. It’s a motorcycle part pickers paradise.



The car show has been experiencing significant growth and offers 16 classes in 2017 including Vintage, Antique, Hot Rods and Rat Rods. All makes and models of cars and trucks are accepted with $5,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded. Entry deadline is March 15, 2017, and the form can be found here.



New this year, the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show is offering a Tattoo Expo. The event will expose new talent, showcase proven artists and provide enthusiasts with a gathering place to share their love for this enduring art form. The Tattoo Expo will be located in the upper level of the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Those interested in reserving a booth for the Tattoo Expo can find the exhibitor form here. Space is expected to sell out quickly.



A special happy hour party with live music by Corey Stevens, a blues-based rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, will take place in the RiverCentre on Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join your friends and make some new ones as you relax and discuss the show.



Blue chip brands and major industry players are supporting the show in 2017 including presenting sponsor Dennis Kirk, GEICO Motorcycle, Budweiser, Lucas Oil, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Metzeler Tires as well as flagship industry brands S & S Cycle, Kuryakyn, House of Kolor, Magnaflow and many others.



Tickets for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show are on sale at the RiverCentre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free.


Find high resolution photos here.

About the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

In its 30th year, the famed Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk is the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. The show draws the nation’s most prestigious brands, top competitors and tens of thousands to the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. It is widely known as the annual kickoff to the riding and cruising season and features a unique mix of competitions, shopping and entertainment in a fun, family-friendly environment with 35 classes of custom motorcycles, 16 classes of cars, the largest swap meet on the planet, a tattoo expo and other entertainment. Additional information can be found at www.donniesmithbikeshow.com.

A look at “Italian Bike Week”


It was an unmatched show May 19-22 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, known as the Italian Bike Week. You could already hear the engines rumble since the start of the week, but the full amount of bikes started coming into the Biker Fest from Thursday morning, growing in number until Saturday, when the sun was shining and temperature rising.
The Luna Park parking (Main Area, with vendors, shows and concerts) was totally full and by Sunday morning it was fulfilled with beautiful american cars. This year occurred the 21st U.S. Car Reunion edition joined by something like 200 vehicles.

During the 4 days of party took place more than 10 live music shows and a great number of stunt acts, mainly with the Daboot Team and its leader Vanni Oddera, one of the few Italian FMX Riders able to perform a backflip. Daboot Team also hosted the “Mototerapy” event, entertaining 30 disabled youngs.
 Swot Gang stuntmen was also performing their funambolic stunts with sportbikes.

Other shows involved Enduro racing, minibikes, off-road, RC cars and the 3rd Scrambler Challenge.
In the Great Travelers area three brand new books have been presented for the first time, wrote by Gionata Nencini, Marcello Anglana and Giorgio Barbacovi, telling their adventures around the world. 
Saturday at 8 p.m. Started the “Saturday Light Fever” parade, with hundreds of bikes riding through the cities of Lignano Sabbiadoro and Lignano Pineta. That was a great show!

Another great moment we had was the Italian Biker Legends awards, where all the historic and pioneer Bikers in Italy were presented to all the guests and rewarded for their legacy.

One of the main events during the Biker Fest is, as usual, the Bike Show, which took place inside the wonderful Terrazza Mare (Pier) upon the sea. Final stage of the Italian Motorcycle Championship and only italian stage for AMD World Championship, this year the Bike Show went crazy with tons of wonderful Special bikes. Biggest prizes were 1 flight to Daytona (FL-U.S.A.), 3 coupons (1000 € each) for the AMD Final Stage and a lot of other stuff from the main sponsors.

Inside the Terrazza Mare took also place the 14th Custom Painting Show, with airbrush artists working on skate decks. In the Terrazza a Mare area was also shown the RMC, a prototype motorcycle by Roberto Crepaldi (from Milan) with whom is gonna try breaking the Land Speed Record on Bonneville Salt Flats in 2017.
The third main area was the Demo Ride one, with Harley-Davidson, Honda, Ducati Scrambler, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia, Piaggio, Kustom Bike and BMW with its awesome R nineT specials. Everyone could try the latest models and ride through Lignano for a free test. 
But this year, more than ever, the party was all around the city, with bikes everywhere, people on the beach, hotels full of guests and a lot of fun for everybody. 
We are already working for the 31th edition! Stay with us!


Bike Show Winners:
AMD World Championship
– H-D JD 8 Valvle di PDF Motociclette (BG) 1000 euro coupon for AMD final stage
– Ducati Monster 620 di Gianni Pellegrino (VC) 1000 euro coupon for AMD final stage
– H-D FXR Avalon di MC Cycles (TV) 1000 euro coupon for AMD final stage

1) Ultima 127 di Jurgen Ostermann (Austria) wins CCE prize
2) Black Brass di Sapka Muvek (Ungheria) wins Rebuffini prize
3) 199 R.R.S. di Asso special Bike (CO) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

1) BMW di Inlorious Basterds Cycles e Tondo Garage (FE) wins stand at Moto Days Roma 2017
2) BMW R1100 GS Ultramoto di Toro Moto (PT) wins bag and prizes WD-40
3) Honda 250 di Stray’s Garage (MO) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Cafè Racer
1) Ducati 800 Italia di Moto Sport Factory Lab (TV) wins Ace Café London prizes
2) Moto Guzzi SP 1000 di Lari Motori (VI) wins bag and prizes WD-40
3) Honda CB 750 di Mastercycles (TV) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Old Style
1) H-D Scooter  di Emporium Motorcycles Garage (BG) wins Custom Chrome Europe prize
2) H-D Knuclehead di Boccin Custom Cycles (VE) wins Higway Hawk seat
3) H-D Heritage Softail di Gallery Motorcycles (BS) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

1) H-D di Moto Design Custom (NA) wins two rigid bags from Higway Hawk
2) H-D Road King di Biker Sheriff (TV) wins Bertoni goggles

1) Kawasaki di BikeGarage (CH) wins slip-on exhausts from Higway Hawk
2) Honda Shadow di Viky Bikers (CO) wins Bertoni goggles
3) Suzuki GS 550L di LBDG (PN) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Modified H-D
1) H-D Dyna di Asso Special Bike (CO) wins Custom Chrome Europe prize
2) H-D di Motorcycles Clinic (UD) wins GIVI bag
3) H-D V-Rod di ED Special (RM) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

1) Buell di Off. Fratelli Borgo (TV) wins ACERBIS boots
2) Buell si Sapka Muvek (Ungheria) wins Bertoni goggles
3) H-D V-Rod di Biker Sheriff (TV) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Best in Show I.M.C. and Metzeler Contest Winner – Biker Fest International
Brike di Boss69 (BR) wins Flight to Daytona Bike Week 2017 and 2 Sets of Metzeler tires

Best New Customizer
Vintage H-D Motociclette (UD) wins a stand at Motor Bike Expo 2017

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