"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.
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.
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
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 Associationâ€™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.
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 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 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.
"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 donâ€™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
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.
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!