"The Jessi Combs Foundation (JCF) is honored to announce the opening of the 2021 Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship program. The JCF scholarship program issues scholarships to women pursuing a career in the trades. After a successful launch of the program in 2020, where seven women received scholarships totaling $30,000, the program enters its second year with a host of improvements to ease the application process.
“Our first year granting scholarships, an overwhelming amount of applications inspired us to seek out an easier process. While everyone managed, we knew there was room for improvements for both the board and the women applying” said Adel Adams, Board Chair for The Jessi Combs Foundation “As we prepare for this year’s applicants, we are pleased to announce that our application is now completely online, with an easy to follow step-by-step guide.”
Hannah Stout, a 2020 scholarship recipient pursuing a career in metal fabrication had this to say about the program “It is both an honor and a privilege to have been chosen by The JCF to help represent, and carry on, Jessi’s mission of getting more women involved in the trades. The foundation has already opened so many doors in my life and introduced me to so many incredible people…I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given.”
The mission of The Jessi Combs Foundation is to Educate, Inspire, and Empower the next generation of trailblazing and stereotype-breaking women. A guiding principle to this mission is a simple question “What Would Jessi Do?”
Those interested in applying for the Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship Program can download the step-by-step guide and find the online application on our website: http://www.thejessicombsfoundation.com/. Applications will be accepted until midnight on October 18, 2021."
North American Motor Car is excited to announce the launch of American Metal, a new brand that offers vintage car and motorcycle enthusiasts custom builds featuring Master Builder and Fabricator Josh Allison’s unique and iconic design style. American Metal represents a new vision for the custom lifestyle that showcases the glamour and elegance of vintage design coupled with the grit and pride of hand-made American craftsmanship. Josh will be curating and leading a team of professional builders, artisans and fabricators that plan to destroy all creative barriers and showcase the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into every product they build.
“It is a dream come true to be able to create a new brand around a builder of Josh Allison’s caliber. We are very excited to provide him with the resources and creative freedom he needs to push the boundaries of what is possible and build the types of custom cars and motorcycles that enthusiasts and collectors will love,” said Chris Bishop, CEO of North American Motor Car and American Metal. “I’m thrilled to be able to launch American Metal with Josh and the amazingly skilled team we have assembled. Not only will our custom hotrods and motorcycles be mind-blowing pieces of rolling art, but they will also be fun and enjoyable to drive and ride.”
Allison, a graduate from WyoTech’s ASM, Collision Refinishing, Street Rod and Advanced Street Rod programs, has been passionate about motorcycles and cars since childhood. He has accomplished many things as a master builder and fabricator, including starting his own shop, Cry Baby Cycles, acting as the lead fabricator and shop manager at Orange County Choppers, and receiving several prestigious hot rod awards. Allison has been highlighted in TV shows Wrench Against the Machine and American Chopper on Discovery and has been invited to showcase his builds at The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, Concours d’Elegance Show and the Born Free Motorcycle Show. Two of Allison’s custom bikes were even featured in paintings by American Artist David Uhl. Allison is also a ChopCult Tech article contributor and over the years has been highlighted in numerous magazines, including Cycle Source Magazine, Easyriders Magazine, Revolution Magazine, HotRodder Magazine, Road Kill Magazine and Delicious Dolls Magazine. Now he brings his passion, talent, and experience to American Metal!
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to create an ultra-premium lifestyle brand like American Metal that can inspire custom car and motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world,” said Allison. “Every American Metal build is handcrafted, one of a kind and completely original in every way. We are inspired by the past, but we aren’t here to do what has been done before. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I’m honored to work with such a rowdy group of professional builders, fabricators and creative outlaws.”
Allison, along with the American Metal team including Ralph Baldwin, Ted Boccuzzi, Bryan Kendall, Daniel Tatun, David Lemet, Steve Deuschle, and Carlos Villa, will be creating their custom builds at the new state of the art North American Motor Car headquarters which will open in late 2021. Baileigh Industrial, a leading metal and woodworking machinery distributor that has been supporting Allison’s builds for quite some time will continue their relationship and be supporting the entire American Metal team with tools in the new shop. “We are very proud to provide Josh and the American Metal team with the ultimate dream facility that will allow them to bring their creations to life,” said Andy Hill, Chief Operating Officer of North American Motor Car. “Having Josh and the team working at the new North American Motor Car headquarters will also allow us to provide the highest level of restoration and customization services for our customers.”
To celebrate the launch of American Metal, Allison is currently building the first American Metal custom motorcycle that will debut at Fuel Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, November 6. For more information about American Metal and how to purchase a custom car or motorcycle, visit americanmetalcustom.com and follow American Metal Customs on Instagram and Facebook.
18th Annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party
The Indian Larry Block Party returns for the 18th year, and trust us– you don't want to sit this one out. This year's block party will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021 beginning at 12 p.m., and we're thrilled to announce our plans for the event. Read below for more details on what to expect at the 18th Annual Indian Larry Block Party.
Grindhouse Gallery: Motorcycle + Art Exhibition
This year, Indian Larry Motorcycles will host the first ever “Grindhouse Gallery: Motorcycle + Art Exhibition” during the weekend of the 18th Annual Block Party. The gallery will take place in a beautifully renovated warehouse/boiler room located in the back lot of the shop. Grindhouse Gallery will feature a hand-curated display of 20 motorcycles from some of the most talented builders in the country including Billy Lane, Paul Cox, and Roland Sands. Grindhouse Gallery will also feature work from renowned artists and craftsmen in the bike industry including Darren McKeag, David Uhl, and Jeff Decker. The gallery will open on Friday, September 17 with a VIP cocktail event that evening, and will be open to the public on Saturday, September 18 during the Block Party. Stay tuned for more information regarding the opening event taking place on Friday.
Rhett Rotten's Wall of Death
For the first time since the 1930s, The Wall of Death is coming to Brooklyn! The Wall of Death is a classic carnival sideshow attraction that has been around for over a century, and Rhett Rotten is one of the few modern-day stunt riders who keeps the tradition alive. Block Party goers will experience the thrill of watching Rhett Rotten ride his motorcycle around the Wall of Death while performing stunt tricks along the way.