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Inside Dunlop Customs

 

Words by Sasha and Photography by Elvis Castillo

 

To the average chopper fan, Dunlop Customs may seem like just another fab shop building custom choppers in a sea of fab shops doing the same thing. However, when I met with the owner, Brock Dunlop, and saw his fab work firsthand, I was blown away. For such a young company with limited resources, his work sports some pretty serious talent. His custom designs are clean, preserving the bike’s original look and style. When it comes to attention to detail Brock leaves no stone unturned. Line-of-sight and isolated focus areas are clear and direct, simply highlighting the aesthetic reminiscent of the bike’s original appeal. This guy is a real deal representation of the growing AZ scene. He supports local development at a grassroots level by hosting regular events through his shop, bringing two-wheeled friends together to talk bikes and share laughs.  

 

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Every second Wednesday of the month Brock hosts his “Moto Hump” get together. Events range from Poker tournaments to cookouts to casual rides destined for local breweries and it’s always a fun time. “When the Creatures Roam to Jerome” is an annual 2-day campout he puts on each October to celebrate the shop’s anniversary. Everyone rides from his shop to the Gold King Mine; a historic ghost town with a sweet vintage machinery collection in Jerome, AZ. Between customers and events, Brock keeps busy with personal projects. In October he designed and fabbed the official Game Hammer donated to ASU’s football team. Currently he’s building a 1979 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster for Born Free 6.

 

 

Dunlop Customs officially opened its doors in 2012. With 10+ years of welding and fabrication experience, Brock specializes in custom creations for choppers/bobbers and metal fabrication for off- road vehicles including custom bumpers and roll cages. The company also does commercial business for a number of local establishments. Regardless if the job is big or small, Brock always brings his talent, skill and passion for his craft. Dunlop Customs has thrived in its first 2 years of being open; no investors, no handed down money or bank loans, just good old fashion hard work and perseverance. Opening an official shop was necessary after Brock’s operation outgrew the 2-car garage/backyard/dining room of the house he was renting. Needless to say, the neighbors got tired of his creations coming to life in the front yard.

 

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Thinking back, one particular day stands out in my mind… it was near 6pm, and Brock was getting ready to close his shop for the day. He turned to me and made one final comment, “Wow, how time flies when you’re having fun and chasing your dreams. I mean, after all, this WAS only a dream in the not so distant past. It feels like just yesterday I was graduating from the Design College at ASU, dead broke, wondering what the next 10 years of my life were going to be like. Well they have been freaking RAD so far!”

 

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Commented on 3-27-2014 At 08:25 am
 

Ive been fortunate enough to drink beers and swap stories with Brock. Hes a solid, hard working dude and im glad to be able to call him a friend. Rock on Brock your new shop looks killer!

Commented on 3-27-2014 At 09:10 am
 

I second those exact sentiments, Steffan. I met Brock out at BF5 last summer and shot the shit about fab work and bikes for a while. Down to earth and hard working, driven individual. Look forward to seeing him again in the future.

Commented on 3-27-2014 At 11:48 am
 

great fabricator, great friend. Stoked to see his grind being recognized. See you all at MOTOHUMP...

Commented on 3-28-2014 At 09:53 am
 

Great feature. Briefly met Brock when I stopped in to Motohump a few months ago. Super welcoming to all that rolled through. Bike scene in AZ is lucky to have people and spots like this.

Commented on 3-28-2014 At 08:35 pm
 

Thanks you guys. You guys are the real deals. Glad that I have had the chance to hangout with you cool cats. All of you help me to push forward and in one way or another have inspired me. Thanks bf6 we need to all kick it.

Commented on 3-31-2014 At 09:00 pm
 

I can't say anything these guys haven't already. If you don't know Brock and Sasha Dunlop both, you"ll feel like you have for years when you meet them. Brock is a good friend so I'm only partially biased, but in the last few years I have seen more of him here on cult than in person and the amount of work that he hammers out in such meticulously detailed and uniquely designed ways has grown from damn good to holy shit! Probably one of the easiest people to talk to, chill with and is stepping up the scene in AZ in a much needed way. Even if you don't live in penis or tempe, get on the interweb and hit him up next time you need something made. Support those who support you and the ones you'll regret not. Yeah Krazy Kowboy!! I'll see you soon bud.

Commented on 4-3-2014 At 07:17 pm
 

I've known Brock a little less than a year and he has to be one of coolest dudes I know, really down to earth and fun to joke around with.He has got my Vstar in the shop now making it badass, and it's coming along better than what I could have imagined! Awesome dude and quality work thats for sure.

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