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David Mann ChopperFest Sunday December 10th 2017


David Mann’s “Family” – first ran in Easyriders magazine in August 1986.

The 14th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will be held Sunday December 10th 2017 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura CA from 8am – 4pm.

The event features: The “If You Build It They Will Come” All Brand Antique and Custom Motorcycle Show; Custom Bike Builder Displays featuring World Class Bike Builders; The “David Mann & Friends” Motorcycle Art and Culture Exhibit, Hundreds of Motorcycle/Culture Vendors; a New and Used Motorcycle Parts Swap Meet; Live music by Gethen Jenkins,  Kellys Lot, and Special Guests; Food and 805 Firestone Beer!

General Admission is $15, Military with ID $10, kids 12 & under Free

The “If you build it they will come” All Brand Motorcycle Show will feature over 15 classes of motorcycles from Antique & Old School to Radical Design, check out the Chopperfest website Bike Show link below for more details on all the classes and entering your motorcycle. If you have a bike that fits one of these classes please enter it, it’s only $40 and you get 1 admission and a David Mann Chopperfest t-shirt. The trophy’s are amazing one of a kind pieces of art by Sonny Boy.  Plus there is a $2500 cash prize for Best Of Show bike presented by Geico Motorcycle Insurance.

Bike Show Registration Form:

Vendor and Swapmeet registration is now open, Vendor/Swapmeet forms can be downloaded by clicking the link below or at www.chopperfestival.com or you can call or email Tory to reserve your space. 805.217.2113 tory@chopperfestival.com

Vendor Application Form:

**Attention returning vendors** – if you would like to reserve your same spot or move closer please submit application and payment by October 10th. After that date your space will be open to vendors on the waiting list wishing to move closer towards the front. Thank you.

Thank you to our sponsors: Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Geico Motorcycle Insurance, 805 Firestone Beer, INK FX Screen Printing, Ventura Harley-Davidson,
Duane Ballard Custom Leather, Biltwell Inc., Chop Cult, The Shop, Easyriders Magazine,  Barnett Clutches and Cables, Bison Motorsports, Jims Machine, Schapiro and Leventhal Motorcycle Attorneys, Corbin Saddles, Speed Merchant, Exile Cycles, Sonny Boy Paint and Pinstripping, Dice Magazine, Cycle Source Magazine, Cro Customs, Street Chopper Magazine, Paughco,  Iron & Resin, Final Details, Show Class Magazine, Burly Brand, Kiwi Indian, KD Customs, My Garage, 1927 Barbershop, Black Bike Wheels, Goodtimes Revival, Vivid Seats, Basket Case Magazine, and Learn To Ride VC.

We’d also like to thank all the attendees, volunteers, friends and family who make this event happen and help keep David Mann’s spirit alive.

See you there!
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“If You Build It They Will Come”
All Brand Motorcycle Show presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and Geico Motorcycle Insurance.


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Main street aka (Ross “Kiwi” Tomas street) Everyone checking out all the vendors and builders.
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The spirit of David Mann lives on!
This photo of David and Jacquie is from their wedding day. They got married at our annual motorcycle swap meet at the Ventura Fairgrounds. That was quite a party, and its an honor and privilege to help keep the tradition going in David’s memory. Thank you all for your support!
In the meantime we hope to see you all on October 15th at Exile Cycles “Rider Round Up At The Ranch”

3rd Invitational WHY WE RIDE to The Quail Raising Much-needed Funds for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Scenic Motorcycle Tour for Charity Set for May 4–6


Moorpark, CA, – (21 April 2017) – The “Why We Ride” film, released in 2013 has become the #1 motorcycle movie in America because it is a story about who we are. It told the stories of individuals with a desire to dream, to discover and to explore. The movie hit an emotional nerve with riders and it has spawned an entire social movement within the industry. Director, Producer Bryan H. Carroll and Producer James Walker decided they needed to do something with this passion group of fans and out of that brainstorm came  Why We Ride MOTOvational Events. The 3rd Invitational WHY WE RIDE to the Quail is the largest annual charity event and will take place May 4, 5 and 6. The ride begins in Moorpark and heads to picturesque Pismo Beach, CA, moves up into the wooded hillsides and gorgeous valleys of Paso Robles wine country, following the Carmel River along the most seductive canyon road in California, and arriving at the beaches of Monterey in time for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. All proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

“Three years ago we thought we would attract only ‘motorcycle people’ on the ride ,” says Bryan Carroll, producer of Why We Ride Films, organizers of the event. “Quickly we realized that like the movie, our audience was really people who ride motorcycles, which is a very different approach and made a huge difference. That approach expanded our sponsor base, and is responsible for an bigger ride this year – and being able to contribute more to our charity. I’m proud of our team for seeing our potential for good, and pushing harder every year.”

That huge difference is resulting in people of all stripes with a common love of motorcycle riding coming together and taking part. Of course, everyone loves a good cause, but the diversity of sponsors and participants really illustrates how the Hollywood and motorcycling communities have united to benefit those in need, namely children with serious medical issues. A combination of top motorcycle and riding accessories manufacturers have joined with the biggest and best equipment makers and creative service providers in Hollywood, and the unique nature of the 3-day ride (the only one of its kind) allows companies to demo products along the way.

“One of the reasons we have multiple OEMs sponsoring us is because this is about why we ride not what we ride,” says Carroll. “I wanted to bring my two passions to this ride, which is making movies and anything with an engine in it, and this year’s sponsors have captured that.”

Participants in the charity ride enjoy a bevy of perks (in addition to the awesome ride), including cocktails and vittles at the WWR Riders Dinner, gift bags, special guest speakers and VIP access to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, including private ride to the event, exclusive parking and private lounge access.

Sponsors for The 3rd Invitational WHY WE RIDE to The Quail include (please link this to www.MOTOvational.com): Company 3, Refuse Specialists, Indian Motorcycle, Nuviz, Newbox Solutions, Kawasaki Motorcycles, Macro Space, Aerial Vuz, Gnarlynow Entertainment, Lightning Entertainment, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Klock Werks, D73, Motorcycle Mover LA, 805bling, Doffo Winery, LA Motorcyclist, FastHouse, Formosa Group, Fotokem, Lucky Fools, Harvest Construction, Egrafz, Alpinestars, EPS-Cineworks, AMA, idPlatforms, Bill Bavelas Family and Tim Mitchel Family.

About Why We Ride Films: Why We Ride Films is the production team behind Why We Ride, a feature length documentary film. Since its December 2013 release, it has quickly become the most critically acclaimed motorcycle movie of all time. Independently distributed by producer/director Bryan H. Carroll and producer James Walker—recipients of American Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2014 Motorcyclists of the Year award—Why We Ride’s aim is to use the power of cinema not only to entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences worldwide. To learn more about Why We Ride, visit WhyWeRide.com.


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We’d like to thank our sponsors, partners, builders and artists for supporting us in our mission to bring like minded motorcycle enthusiasts together to pay tribute to the past history, inspire one another through the art of creation, and influence future generations of artists and builders to push the limits of motorcycle art.

Please support our sponsors, their links are on our website, click link below.

It is an honor and privilege to work with you all on this event,  it is the artists and builders who make the event so spectacular. We can’t wait to see what you create in 2017! The spirit of David Mann lives on! – ChopperFest Family

2016 “If You Build It They Will Come” All Brand Antique and Custom Motorcycle Show Results.
Presented by GEICO Motorcycle and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

1st place Dalton Walker 1951 Triumph
2nd place Mike Nunez 1973 Shovelhead
3rd place Shannon Aikau 1969 Shovelhead

1st place Ben Pecqueuer 1958 Panhead
2nd place Justin Klein 2001 Sportster
3rd place Jerry Demille 1948 Panhead

1st place Bret Hatt 1945 Knuckle UL
2nd place Andrew Potash 1948 Indian Chief
3rd place Bruce Tischer 1968 XLCH

Modern Chopper

1st place Grant Thompson 2016 Panhead 2 Carb 

2nd place Rob Camire 2017 Blown Pan

3rd place Bill Holmquist 2013 Big Bear Chopper 

Special Construction
1st place Ron Garner 2017 Custom
2nd place Martin Cottrell 1958 Panhead
3rd place Richard Jones 2015 FXR 

1st place Andrew Ursich 1980 Sportster
2nd place Justin Klein 2001 Sportster
3rd place Ashley Mitchel 1956 K Model 

1st place Richard Jones 1966 TR6C
2nd place Kristine Peach 1953 Triumph
3rd place Anthony Robinson 1969 Triumph T-100 


1st place Paul Wheeler 1946 Knuckle

2nd place Chris Cambell 1986 FXRT  

3rd place Bart Mason 2013 Custom Roadglide


1st place Phil & Dan 1936 VLD 

2nd place Norm Newman 1940 Indian Scout

3rd place Noise Cycles 2009 Dyna 

1st place Austin Lee 1978 Yamaha XS650
2nd place Jamie Cambell 2016 Honda XR650DT
3rd place Jeff Wolf 1978 Yamaha 

Koolest Paint
1st place Oliver Jones 1984 FX
2nd place Anthony Robinson 1961 Triumph T-100
3rd place Ashley Mitchell 1956 K Model 

Radical Design
1st place Jon Schruder 1999 FXST
2nd place Anthony Robinson 1969 Triumph T-100
3rd place Tree 1947 Knuckle 


1st place Stephanie Cota 2005 Spec Const. 

2nd place Tracy Ainsworth 1956 Panhead

3rd place Jen Campbell 1984 Honda CB125S 

1st place Kirk Taylor 1993 FXRP
2nd place Kirk Taylor 1985 FXRT
3rd place Todd Atkins 1992 FXR 

Best Shovelhead Dave Shaw 1971 FLH

Best Panhead Martin Cottrell 1958 Pan 
Best Knucklehead Landy Brakke 1941 Knuckle

David Mann Memorial Award Phil Swanson 1943 Knucklehead
Ross “Kiwi” Tomas Award Mike Klingerman 1946 Indian Chief

**Best of Show** Andrew Ursich 1949 “Pink” Panther M100
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13th Annual Choppefest Photos & Videos
If you missed the show and/or would like to see all the action again please checkout these videos from Zack at Choppertown and from Gabe Copeland.
Gabe Copeland Chopperfest video


He did it again!!
Congratulations Andrew Ursich – Portside Garage on “Best of Show” as well as 1st place Sportster. Well deserved.
4Thanks to Zack and Scott over at Choppertown for their media support, checkout their website and grab a movie, they offer only the best independently produced motorcycle movies.

5This woman is the one behind all the Chopperfest Instagram, Facebook and CF blog posts. She is a master at her craft, she brings people together, she has an amazing spirit and is a pleasure to work with. We are so grateful to have Lisa Ballard on our team. Thank you Lisa!  6


Location: Long Beach, Ca, 2012: J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Pictures by Jack McIntyre / Iron Trader News.

Shooting bikes for the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builders Shows & Bikerpros during the 2012-2013 shows was an experience that I will never forget. Week after exciting week, great cities & people, it was a period of my photography career that will always be remembered and appreciated. So, as you can imagine, my hard drives are LOADED with galleries of the bikes I photographed. Now & then, I post a gallery for the viewers to enjoy. Today I chose a hand fabricated bike by Michael Schacht from the Crocker Motorcycle Company.  The bike was entered in the RETRO MOD CLASS and properly named “Crocker Big Tank”. Year, 1942, Engine: 85CI, hand fabricated including engine, clutch, and transmission. Enjoy the images!

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Ultimate Builder Results – San Mateo CA

Post by Jeffrey Najar, Partner

Biker Pros
Listed below are the results from the San Mateo edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows. We had outstanding bikes that pushed the envelope of design and beauty. The class of the field was the FreeStyle-winning Shovelhead chopper from Rick Bray. 

FreeStyle J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner

Rick took top honors and took home a check for $1,000 and a Nino 925 custom skull ring for his effort. 2014-SanMateo-FreeStyle-1st-RickBray2The bike also won at Artistry and Iron just a few months back. It’s a scratch-built chopper with jewel-like construction and features a shovelhead mil.

1st RKB Kustom Speed, Rick Bray – Bike Name: Solomon Special,  2014 custom build and frame with shovelhead mil

2nd Jose Contreras– Bike Name:  Guerrero,  2013 Pro Street

Sponsors for the 2014-15 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show includes Progressive Insurance, Advanstar, J&P Cycles, Nino 925 Ring, CyCan cleaners and polishers, 5 Ball Racing Leathers  Special Ops Vest, Danny Gray saddles, Leatherworks solo bag and Bell Helmets.

The Ultimate Builder includes three broad classes including FreeStyle (anything goes), Retro MOD (anything goes for bike built before 1984 and MOD Custom (bikes with stock frames and engine cases). Enthusiasts tell us that the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder is the most diverse and eclectic show they have attended.

Custom MOD J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner

Paul Binford brought three bikes to San Mateo and came away a winner in the Custom MOD class. Paul is known for his big and bold design and a FTW attitude. He entered a customer’s 2005 Roadglide that had come into the shop with a severe case of road rash. So the bike was disassembled and rebuilt to the customer’s specifications. The results? An award winning Bagger.

1st Binford Custom Cycles, Paul Binford – Bike Name: Bad Investment, 2005 Harley-Davidson Roadglide

2nd AFT Customs, Jim Giuffra – Bike Name: Cimeron, 2014 Honda CB836

Retro MOD J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Winner

Dalton Walker rolled in his 1937 custom Flathead and it just stood out from the crowd. The bike is homage to the 1970’s diggers. The bike features Dalton Walker’s style of high-end fabrication with custom fittings and custom components throughout.

1st SIK, Dalton Walker – 1937 UL, Flathead 74 with split backbone

2nd RKB Kustom Speed, Rick Bray – Bike Name: 1 Piece at a Time, Custom shovelhead built for Biker live  

More Winners – Larry Lovisone and his 1994 Honda RC45 won the People’s Choice award and took home a Bell Bullit helmet and a 5 Ball Racing Leathers’ Special Ops Jacket.  Jim Carducci won the Show Dog award, a Solo saddlebag  from Leatherworks . The Show Dog is for the builder or dealer that really works the show and spends time with the enthusiasts.