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Chopper Festival

Honoring David Mann by bringing the industry together. Check out our website for complete details and to get involved. Thanks

December 9th at the Ventura Fairgrounds.

8am-4pm.

General Admission is $15
Military with ID $10
Kids 12 and under $5.

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A note from Jim Dean


"I attended the Chopper Fest last year with my good friend Robert Cook and a custom three-wheeler he made. We traveled from Kansas City and had a great time. Sadly Robert passed away earlier this year. The Chopper Fest was on his bucket list for many years, and I'm fortunate to have made the trip with him. Robert and I were best friends for over 40 years, and our trip to Ventura is now one of my most treasured memories. Attached is his favorite picture from the show. Best of luck with this year's show." - Jim Dean


Robert (middle), Bob Holt (left), and Jim on the right.

Rest In Peace, Robert.

Attention returning vendors

If you would like to reserve your same spot or move closer please submit application and payment by midnight tomorrow October 14th. After that date your space will be open to vendors on the waiting list wishing to move closer to the front of venue. Photo borrowed from our good pals at Cycle Zombies.

Enter To Win!

Our friends at 805 Beer are giving away this sweet hand illustrated toolbox by Lucky B Designs. Visit www.805toolboxsweeps.com for a complete list of rules and details. Good luck! We want to thank the crew at 805 Beer for their ongoing support!

2019 Biltwell Helmet Show

We are proud to have the Biltwell Helmet Show on the property once again. Be sure to follow the artists mentioned below to watch their progress and head to the Anacapa Hall to see their works of art. Big thanks to the fine folks at Biltwell for their never-ending support. Check out their booth during the show from DOT helmets, aftermarket parts, apparel, and luggage they have it all!
Please help us welcome the 2019 Helmet Show featured Artist:
Kayla Koeune

Ira Cosmos

Guy Salazar

Ryan Marshall

Pete Finlan

Kate Cook

Stephen Gibson

Jenn Mayberry

Cathy "Chicafink" Mejia 

Joel Meyer-England

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and Harley-Davidson proudly present the Chopper Fest.

Life at Full Speed celebrates the extraordinary life of Jessi Combs.

Builder, racer and entrepreneur Jessi Combs sped through life in a hurry. Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Combs established a career path in fabrication early in life, earning a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication at WyoTech, debuting her first custom project at Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) show in 2004. Combs' unique skill set and personality led her to many host appearances on television shows which she used to gain experience but also to further define her identity as a metal fabricator, builder, industrial artist and driver.

As a racer, Combs competed in endurance challenges such as the Baja 1000, the all-women's Rallye Aicha des Gazelles and became the first female to ever place at Ultra4's King of the Hammers, achieving a class win in 2014. In 2013, Combs became the fastest woman on four-wheels with the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, holding a record of 398 mph with a top speed of 483.227 mph. On August 27th, 2019 Combs was killed in a crash while attempting to set another speed record.


EXHIBITION DATES | SEPT 22-25

From 9/22 - 9/25, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host a special exhibit in the William E. Connor Penthouse honoring the life and accomplishments of Jessi Combs and mark the official launch of the foundation. Admission to the exhibit is by suggested donation with 100% of the proceeds benefiting The Jessi Combs Foundation. Live your life, make a difference and go forward.


SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION!

Throughout her life Combs sought to explore the relationship between women and machine, as a means to continually push and break stereotypical boundaries. As one of the few prominent female fabricators of her era, she endeavored to create programs and safe spaces that encouraged education and dialog about the industrial arts for women. Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed seeks to further that effort, establishing a base for which "The Jessi Combs Foundation" can grow. The mission of the foundation is to EDUCATE, INSPIRE and EMPOWER the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype-breakers. Its guiding principle is the simple question "What would Jessi Do?". With the support of our friends and partners we can empower a generation of females to think broader and creatively. Follow The Jessi Combs Foundation on Facebook & Instagram, and go to https://www.petersen.org/jessi to get involved.

Win free access and event t-shirts for you and your posse!

Win free access and a event t-shirt for you and your posse through our Instagram account. You must follow us, share this image, and tag your friends in YOUR post to enter. We'll announce the winner on September 30, 2019. Best of luck!

Join us for the 16th Annual Chopper Fest!

Comin' At Ya artwork created by David Mann

Join us on December 8, 2019, as we pay tribute to our dear friend and world-renowned artist David Mann. The Chopper Fest is a very special Motorcycle Art Exhibit, an All Brand Antique and Custom Motorcycle Show; Custom Bike Builder Displays featuring World Class Bike Builders; Hundreds of Motorcycle/Culture Vendors; a New and Used Motorcycle Parts Swap Meet; Live Rock and Blues Bands, Food and Beer.

The If You Build It They Will Come All Brand Motorcycle Show will feature over 17 classes of motorcycles from Antique and Old School to Special Construction and Radical Design classes. Go to our website for more details on all the classes and entering your motorcycle(s). If you have a bike that fits one of these classes, please enter it, it's only $40, and you get one admission and a David Mann Chopperfest event t-shirt (sponsored by the fantastic crew at INK FX). The trophies are amazing one of a kind pieces of art by artist and all-around great guy Sonny Boy. It's going to be another fun-filled day for the whole family with all sorts of cool stuff on two wheels. We hope to see you there! Please visit our website for complete information and to get involved with the show.

General admission is $15, Military with ID $10, kids twelve and under are free. Buy your advance tickets here and avoid the lines. Every advanced ticket purchase receives a free event poster at the gate on December 8th.

Pre-Party = Join us at The Tavern - 211 E Santa Clara St, Ventura CA 93001 - on Saturday, December 7th. The Victorian-style, historical landmark bar & restaurant will feature delicious food and drink specials, live music, giveaways, and a ride in bike show! Head out back to the bar's massive backyard patio for fresh air and fire pits. Music starts at eight. Entrance is FREE. 21 and over must show ID.

We appreciate your never-ending support.
The Chopper Fest Team

Happy Birthday, David!

We would like to wish David Mann a very Happy Birthday. There's not a day that passes that we don't think about you.

2018 David Mann Chopperfest "If You Build It They Will Come" Bike Show results

Well, that's a wrap for the 15th Annual David Mann Chopperfest presented by Harley-Davidson and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. We want to thank the builders, artists, bike show participants and every patron who make the event so unique. Our goal is to create a platform for artists and builders to showcase their creations and inspire future generations while honoring David Mann's legacy. We'd also like to thank our sponsors who make this event possible, please support them throughout the year. Life is short, and there are many ways to spend your Sunday, we are grateful you choose to spend it with us. 

Here are the 2018 David Mann Chopperfest "If You Build It They Will Come" Bike Show results. Proudly presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and Harley-Davidson.

"The valley hit @chopperfest pretty hard today the three bikes we brought got awards. Mine best chopper. @74ormore best daily rider and @rweber007 best knucklehead don’t get much better then that!! It was a blast seeing friends even thou my voice was shot. Thanks again, @chopperfest -Dalton Walker. Hey Dalton, thank YOU for supporting the show year after year.

Chopper (Old Skool Skooter)
1st Place Dalton Walker 1950 Panhead
2nd Place Travis Stuckey 1952 Panhead
3rd Place Gerald Casey 1955 Panhead

Bobber
1st Place Tim Graber 1946 Knucklehead
2nd Place Brett Hall 1957 Panhead
3rd Place Al Hall 1955 Panhead

Antique
1st Place Jay Maltzman 1965 Triumph Bonneville
2nd Place Josh Young 1965 FLH
3rd place John Jessup 1980 FXRT

Daily Rider
1st Place Jeff Montgomery 1946 Knucklehead
2nd Place Buck Chavaria 2014 Evo Rigid
3rd Place Jeff Bradley 1982 FXR

Photo by Megan Baez of her hubby Eric receiving his first place Modern Chopper award from our gracious hostess Jennifer Santolucito.

Modern Chopper
1st Place Eric Baez 1980 H-D Evo
2nd Place Sobe 1999 H-D Softail
3rd Place Paul Lindliff 2018 Pro 1 Chop

Radical Design
1st Place Johnny Branch 1980 Shovelhead
2nd Place The Holmes Family 1936 H-D Servicar
3rd Place Bill Forbes 2010 VW Trike

Metric
1st Place Johnathan Schroder 2007 Suzuki GS250
2nd Place Marco Ibara 1980 Honda CB650
3rd Place Duane Ballard 1975 Honda CB750

Koolest paint
1st place Jesse Velasquez 1994 H-D Softail
2nd Place Eli 2018 KD Customs Chopper
3rd Place Jeff Montgomery 1946 Knucklehead

Bagger
1st Place Jim Tietz 2019 H-D FLTRSE
2nd Place Matt Schuler 2015 H-D FLTR
3rd Place Mick Schuler 2015 H-D FLHX

Photo by Oh Jay of Marko De La Cuesta and his second place sportster ribbons. He won one this year and the other one during the December 10th, 2017 event. You are a winner in our book Marko!

Sportster
1st Place Mondo 2015 Sportster
2nd Place Marco De Cuesta 1969 XLCH
3rd Place Rick Young 1973 Sportster

British
1st Place Anthony Robinson 1966 T100
2nd Place Reid McCleary / Mac Speed Cycles / @yetijeff 1956 Triumph
3rd Place Jay Maltzman 1965 Triumph Bonneville

Racer
1st Place Dan & Phil 1936 VLD
2nd place Kristine Peach 1939 Indian Survivor
3rd Place Wes White 1948 Triumph T120

Special Construction
1st Place Donna Frank 2018 S/C Shovelhead
2nd Place Stefani Cota 2005 H-D Spec. Const.
3rd place Paul Lattia 2007 H-D Spec Const.

FXR - Presented by KD Customs
1st Place Taylor Goodwin 2018 Ducati/FXR
2nd Place Haustale 1994 FXR
3rd Place Tom Edison 1992 FXR

DYNA
1st Place Shane Tully 2011 Dyna
2nd Place Andrew Koo 2016 Dyna
3rd Place Zacharey Bradley 2011 Dyna


"Congrats to @lifeoflisa80 for winning the Lady’s Show Class @chopperfest with her FXRS-SP @harleydavidson ... and for riding it like she stole it!"-Real Deal. We appreciate Jessi, Theresa, Jane, and the rest of the ladies at Real Deal for their support and friendship. Click here to learn more about their mission and to get involved.

Ladies - Presented by Real Deal
1st Place Lisa Montagna 1992 FXRS-SP
2nd Place Allison 1984 Suzuki GS-1100
3rd Place Kristine Peach 1939 Indian

Rat Bike
1st Place Sean Kearney 1947 Knucklehead
2nd Place Marco Djorc 2007 Triumph T100
3rd Place Marco Ibarra 1980 Honda CB650

Best Knucklehead
Ron Weber 1947 Knucklehead Chopper

Best Panhead
Stacey McCleary New Panhead

Best Shovelhead
Donna Trank 2018 Special Construction Shovelhead

Best Of Show
Eric Bennett 1969 Shovelhead

David Mann Memorial Award
Micah McCloskey 1965 H-D Chopper

The Ross "Kiwi" Tomas Award - Roger Herberson 1936 Indian Chief Bobber

Photo by Tom at Quick Throttle Magazine of Mondo gifting Sugar Bear the Mann Kind Award.

Mann Kind Award
Sugar Bear

KD Customs Award
Stefan Amann 2018 H-D Low Rider

KD Customs Builders Choice Award
Todd Daniel 2015 H-D Street Glide

Big thanks to Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys for donating the grand prize of $2500.00 and the additional $500.00 for the best Panhead, Knucklehead, Shovelhead, Antique, and David Mann Award.
A special thank you to Sonny Boy for the fantastic custom trophies. You hit it out of the park once again, and we are forever grateful for your time and talent. Sonny has a few limited edition prints left to purchase his website. Click here to grab yours.

Be sure to save December 8, 2019, for the 16th Annual David Mann Chopper Festival. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram accounts as we plan on continuing sharing event support and pay tribute to our special friend.

Thanks again,

Tory, David, Sean, and the Chopper Fest Team

See you at The Tavern!

Our friends at The Tavern have graciously welcomed us again and will be providing impeccable service to one and all. Add in some ice-cold 805 Beer, tasty food, and live music from Jackass and Jan Michael and The Vincents and Saturday night is going to be one for the books. Tell your friends, and we'll see you soon. Click here for directions to The Tavern. Safe Travels!
         
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