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Handbuilt Show 2017

Walking around the Fair Market in Austin, Texas—the location of the Handbuilt Show—it doesn’t take long to notice the eclectic composition of the exhibit. It’s a good thing this is an invitational event because there’d be no way to organize or codify the range of styles assembled here; each machine is in a class by itself.


With no hooligan racing this year, the focus was truly on the motorcycles and in addition to the show inside the venue the street was packed with a secondary show of bikes, a second tier if you will, joined by the hundreds that rolled in simply to attend. It’s a cool scene with a humming vibe, with background noise compliments of regular shows by the American Motordrome Wall of Death.

Our favorite bike in the show rose to the top not based on critical judgment but due to sheer strength of historic presence. A Knucklehead dubbed “Tramp,” originally owned and raced by George Smith, the founder of S&S Cycle, was the showstopper. The Smith family had looked to acquire the motorcycle for decades and though they generally knew where it was, it had not been rolled out for public viewing. As it happened, Tramp’s new owner Gary Wattis took possession of the bike just a day before Handbuilt opened and he was pleased to have it seen and appreciated for the artifact of motorcycle history it is. If you missed it, you have another chance to see Tramp in Sturgis, at the entrance of the Motorcycle As Art Exhibition at the Buffalo Chip.

If you haven’t been to Handbuilt, we recommend you attend. It’s a clear case of creativity and craftsmanship on display—with the emphasis kept on machinery and an absence of hype. Kudos to the crew at Revival Cycles for keeping it that way.


For those who may not know me (Jack McIntyre), I’ve been shooting motorcycles for a few decades now. One of the best tours I was on, was the J&P Cycles Progressive Motorcycle Show’s with Bikerpros. Anyway, I shot literally hundreds of great bikes and this was one of them. It’s a totally restored 1942 Crocker. Michael Schacht hand fabricated the engine, clutch, and transmission. It’s an 85 CI engine and the bike is named “CROCKER BIG TANK”. Check it out.

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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.

2016 AIMExpo Championship of the Americas Crowns Four Class Winners and People’s Choice Recipient


Minnesota’s Jordan Dickinson Punches Ticket to AMD World Championship in 2018
IRVINE, Calif. (November 21, 2016) – Amidst all the buzz and excitement surrounding the wide array of new products and introductions at the Fourth Annual American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) was North America’s finest collection of custom bikes from the continent’s most talented builders. A total of 40 entries from 32 builders were spread across four classes of competition at the annual Championship of the Americas, with Jordan Dickinson, Bryan Fuller, Adam Karns, and Jesse Spade each earning first-place honors for their respective builds.

(Freestyle First Place)
Dickinson’s trip to Orlando ended up being highly successful, as the Minnesota native not only grabbed a pair of wins, but also earned the coveted automatic qualifier for the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Germany. Dickinson’s Harley-Davidson inspired “Knucklehead” build out of his Union Speed & Style shop in Minneapolis took home top honors in the Freestyle Class, for which the World Championship qualifier is awarded. Additionally, Dickinson took first place in the Retro Mod class with his 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead known as “Frost Buzzard.”

“I’m pretty ecstatic right now. I’m just trying to let it all set in,” exclaimed Dickinson upon earning his pair of first-place trophies. “[The Knucklehead] took between nine months to a year to complete and is full of hand-made parts. The only part of the bike that is genuine Harley-Davidson is the front end. We wanted to build a concept from the 30’s and 40’s as if Harley was making a race bike back in the day.

“I’m very excited about [the opportunity to compete at the AMD World Championship]. I’ve been following that show for quite a few years and the bikes that come out of there are at such an incredible level, craftsmanship wise,” added Dickinson, who made the 26-hour drive from Minneapolis to Orlando with his brother Josh. “All these bikes [at AIMExpo] are from all over the country and the builders’ heart and soul has been put into them, so it’s pretty mind blowing to win amongst this group. It’s exciting to be here and means a lot to earn the chance to compete [overseas].”

In the Street Custom class Brian Karns, of Delmar, Maryland’s Karns Kustoms, took the win with his 1974 Harley-Davidson XLCH known as “Slickster,” while first place in the Performance Custom class went to Atlanta native Jesse Spade, of Jesse Spade Designs, and his 1971 Triumph Tiger known as “Once Free.” Earning arguably the most distinguished People’s Choice award was Bryan Fuller of Atlanta’s Fuller Moto, whose 1977 Honda CB 550 with samurai-inspired engraving that gave it the name “Shogun” was the most popular build amongst AIMExpo attendees.


(First Place – Street Custom)

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(First Place – Performance Custom)
With a best-of-the-best showcase of North America’s most exceptional craftsmanship from the continent’s most talented builders, Championship of the Americas has become the preeminent custom bike show in the western hemisphere. It’s distinction as an automatic qualifier for the AMD World Championship is an indicator of the event’s prestige, and the exceptional level of competition from its entries.

“This is the custom bike show in North America and its home is right here at AIMExpo, North America’s premier powersports trade show. This year we welcomed our most exceptional group of entries yet, which is an indicator of how the event’s presence continues to grow. If you’re a builder, this is the stage for you and your build to receive its highest praise,” said Bob Kay, AIMExpo Custom Culture Director. “As the Freestyle Class winner for 2016, Jordan Dickinson will receive direct, expense-paid access to the AMD World Championship at Intermot 2018 from Cologne, Germany. Jordan represents the passion, desire, and creativity in today’s custom builder, and will surely make North America proud on the global stage.”

(First Place – People’s Choice)
AIMExpo 2017 will signify the highly anticipated move to Columbus, Ohio, next September. With its close proximity to the densest population of dealerships in the country, a state-of-the-art host facility at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and a city center that will be entirely consumed by all things motorcycles, the new host city will begin an exciting new chapter for AIMExpo. With an average early fall temperature of 65 degrees in the month of September, Columbus will be abuzz with powersports throughout the four-day celebration, scheduled for September 21-24.

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo       
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org).
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About the Motorcycle Industry Council
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

Las Vegas BikeFest® 2016 – Big Four Day Party

LVBF2016LAS VEGAS (October 17,2016) – The 16th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest Rally was four days filled with motorcycles, entertainment, contests, bike shows, vendors – overall one big party. Over 33,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from 36 states and 21 countries came out for this year’s rally. With a new layout, riders were treated to an expanded Rally Central with everything from motorcycles, parts, accessories, leathers, jewelry, food and more. Victory and Indian Motorcycles returned offering up free demo rides on their newest models.
“This year, the rally was all about the party – the atmosphere was one of live music, contests, bike shows, stunt shows, giveaways and more that would get the riders excited and wanting more, and we think we totally delivered”, states Mindi Cherry, Event Manager.
The 13th Annual Artistry in Iron, Master Builders Championship, the peer-judged, invitation-only custom bike building competition sponsored by Steve Soffa and Paughco Co was a huge hit. Just when we thought we had seen the finest in what a builder can come up with, 16 builders from all corners of the U.S. as well the United Kingdom, brought out true pieces of art. Pete Pearson (Rocket Bob’s Cycle Works) was awarded the title of Master Builder Champion for 2016. Along with winning $10,000, Pearson took home a custom championship bracelet designed and presented by master jewelry designer Steve Soffa. Paughco Co. returned this year to recognize the 2nd and 3rd place winners. Mark Shell from Bonneville Customs took home second place and received a complete rolling chassis Third place went to Steve Iacona from Iacona Cystom Cycles who received a beautiful Chrome Paughco Wish Bone Springer front end. People’s Choice Award went to Mike McFadden of M&M Customs.
Crowd favorites this year were the four Custom Bike Shows, where some of the sickest motorcycles out there were on display. New this year, Quick Throttle Magazine kicked off the shows on Thursday with the “Quick Throttle Custom Bike Show”. The show featured categories such as Best Bagger, Antique, Trike, Chopper/Bobber, Metric, Paint, Custom/Pro Build and Anything Goes. Friday was the “Las Vegas BikeFest Custom Bike Show”; categories included Radical, Custom, Semi-Custom and Specialty. Winner of the Radical Class was Jon MacDowell with his Bonneville Custom. Along with winning a $1,000 prize, he received an automatic invite into the 2017 Artistry in Iron, Master Builders Championship. Saturday, the world-famous “Baddest Bagger Las Vegas” returned and it was filled with millions of dollars of some of the most insane bikes out there right now. Categories included Stock, Modified, Radical, Open and Pro class. The top prize of Baddest Bagger in Las Vegas was awarded to Chris Madsen with his 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King. Sunday we had our fourth bike show – the one and only “Hot Bike FXR/Dyna Show”. Awards were given for Best Dyna, Best FXR, Best Paint and Best Motor.
This year, Las Vegas BikeFest was all about the party, and giving away a brand new motorcycle every night kept the excitement going. Thursday night a brand new 2017 Harley-Davidson XG500 went to one lucky registrant. Friday night the lucky winner took home a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty and a gift certificate for a Mustang Motorcycle Seat. Saturday a brand new 2017 Harley-Davidson 1200 Roadster was won and on Sunday, the final bike, a 2017 Victory Octane was given away.
This year, Las Vegas BikeFest gave away over $100,000 in prizes and cash, including a $1,000 BikeFest Bucks Shopping Spree that was spent on vendors at Rally Central. The always popular Miss Las Vegas BikeFest did not disappoint along with crowd favorites: Best Facial Hair Contest, Tattoo Contest, Biker Games and Biker Bingo. Poker Walks and Poker Runs, including the Saturday $10,000 Poker Run were again a big hit and mulligan sales from the Poker Runs and Walks, raised $3,100 to benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Music filled the rally all four days with over 30 live bands playing throughout the weekend. We had everything from hard rock, blues, punk, country and more. Friday and Saturday night actor Branscombe Richmond, star of the famous Renegade TV show brought his “Renegades and Roadies Rock Tour” to the main stage. As Branscombe described it, they played “Rock and Roll – redone – slapped with bacon grease – pancake syrup all over the top with a funk groove underneath”. Along with the band, Branscombe brought out some of his celebrity friends including Duncan Faure (Bay City Rollers), Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Carribean), Kathleen Kinmont (Renegade) and Geechy Guy (America’s Got Talent).
This year was the Inaugural Year for the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame, co-founded by Las Vegas BikeFest and Branscombe Richmond. This year’s inductees included Keith Ball, Lorenzo Lamas, Robbie Knievel and Evel Knievel*. A ceremony was held on the main stage on Saturday night to honor the inductees.
Plans are already underway for the 2017 Las Vegas BikeFest, October 5 – 8.
For more information or if you are in need of any photos, please contact Candice Cooley at ccooley@convexx.com or call 702-216-5845.

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