Here's a little interview I did with my good friend Dave from Fabrication Underground. I took the family on a summer vacation and we stayed at his pad for a couple of days over in Eugene Oregon. Gave us time to shoot the shit, shove some beer cans up some chickens butts and talk about all things Cheap-O Chop Off.
1.) We see FABRICATION UNDERGROUND as one of the major players in Oregon's "Cheap-O Chop Off"along with Zombie Performance, can you tell me a little about the first cheapo chop off... when was it, where, attendance, activities...?
Well let's see, the first one was last year on the property behind a friends house. We had high hopes of having 200cc and under races but lack of prep and other variables we spent the weekend riding around locally and camping in the fields surrounding the house. There was a small group of us, about 16. Lots of great raffle prizes were handed out from some of the best & nicest people in the biz (yourself included). Great food and beer! We have lots of pics and a little video Stan the Man from Washington put together for us at cheapochopoff.blogspot.com, check it out.
2.) In planning this years event, what kind of major changes are there going to be?
The Chop Off seems to be an evolving event, yes this year a new location, prepping for a larger attendance, and all the beautiful surroundings (rivers, lakes, mtns.) that come with it. We will be feeding everyone too! "Surprise Menu" is what I'm calling it but Lacey Severson is in charge of the Kitchen this year.
3.) Tell me a little about this years location
The new location is Fernview Campground about 20 miles east of Sweet Home Oregon off state route 20 in the Willamette National Forest. We have reserved the whole campground for the weekend of Sept. 5-7th. There is room for 80, at least that's the limit they have set at that site. The S. Santiam river is right next/below the site so getting clean wont be a problem. A couple of lakes about half hour ride away, Cascade Mountains just a short ride to the east.
4.) There's a ton of "old" relic motorcycles garaged in Eugene (where FU is located) what's keeping these riders from throwing ragers like BF or the David Mann Chopperfest?
There are a couple of events each summer here but more "parade" like events. I don't know for sure, maybe I ride alone too much....
Beer Can Chicken dinner
5.) Is there a motorcycle bar in Eugene? There must be rider clubs and groups but where and when do they get together en mass?
If there is one, some please tell me! there are places where people that ride motorcycles go to, but no single known-as-a-motorcycle bar has taken root yet. You guys down there are so lucky to have the Gasser Lounge! Eugene has a ton of motorcycles. Spend any time riding around town and you're going to cross paths with dozens of them... why there isn't a larger chopper or just organized "motorcycle" scene here is beyond me. There's plenty of "Shine and Show" meets at dealerships, but really what's the difference between them and the showroom floor?
6.) You also own a pretty sweet van (what year/model is it?) and you're familiar with the resurgence popularity of Vanning? Does you Eugene have any Van clubs or Vanning get togethers? Are you incorporating Vans into the Cheap-O Chop Off?
Do you mean 'Deep Green' ? She's a 1976 Chevy 10 shorty, straight 6, rear bubble windows. I camp with her and haul m/c's too so she's bare on the inside except for a couch bed I swap in and out. I'm down with the resurgence! I grew up loving vans and proud to be a part of it. Although I'm not in it the Vantoms V.C. is out of Portland I think and they put on a cool get together called Black Mass.
There are probably more up in Portland that I don't know about (i don't know much!). Yes, Cheap-O Chop Off is %100 van friendly. Don't want to ride, come out in your van or just bring your m\c in it so you'll be able to cruise the backwoods with us when we take off on some rides.
7.) Anything else you can think of we might need to know from your neck of the woods up in Eugene Oregon?
If your coming , bring (ride) what ya got. Everything in Eugene is on 8th and Willamette, even if it's not (that's just a joke because I kept asking where places were and the location just kept being referred to as 8th and Willamette, even though nothing I was asking for was actually located on 8th and Williamette). look out for bigfoot, or is that fartbarf on stilts?!?! Yabba Dabba Doo, Nanu Nanu, over and out!