Like any great boxing match, there are many highs and lows for the main fighters. They may be dominating the first round but an unforeseen right hook in the 12th hits the opponent square in the face and changes the fights outcome. This same scenario has played out throughout the downsizing of the Show Class Magazines People’s Champ. I reached out to Tim, co-owner of Show Class, to give me the run down on how we got to this stage.
So, after Born Free 4 Mike and Grant hit a bunch of people up and asked who we thought this year's invited builders should be and what they could do to change the show. I suggested a few builders I thought would add to the show and I also suggested that it would be rad to let the public participate in choosing a builder for the show. I just thought it would be cool to get the public stoked on the builders and let people follow the progress of the build and see more of the behind-the-scenes of the road to the show. Not reality TV really but a look at it from the builder's point of view. I thought of the suggestion as a shot in the dark but Mike and Grant were stoked and hit me up about it. I was juiced that they were into it and kinda stunned when they asked if Show Class Magazine would run the contest. Of course, I agreed and it was on!
We opened the field up to everyone, paired it down a little and let the public narrow it down to the top 12 (well, 13 because of a tie). Then we turned it over to the builders and show sponsors. Now the top 6 have bubbled to the top. It's a pretty rad field and we feel like each and every bike can hold it's own against the rest of the field. We are stoked and really proud of the contest and everyone who kicked in and participated. I don't think of anything chopper related as a contest so it sucks that we had to run it as such but in the end we couldn't come up with any better way to make it happen.
We are excited about how the builder's bikes will end up and really looking forward to the final chapter. The day before Born Free 5 we are having the People's Champ Party. All the builders will be at Cook's Corner with their bikes. We are going to have some vendors, bands and of course food and drinks. Everyone who comes out will get to see the builders' bikes and cast their vote. The winner of the popular vote from the Party will be crowned the People's Champ and their bike will become the FINAL Born Free 5 invited builders' bike. Pretty amazing that someone will be an invited builder from our little jam...
Again, we are stoked to be part of the fun. Come out and help us decide who the People's Champ is gonna be!
Thanks to Mike and Grant for letting us put out little mark on this year's show.
People's Champ Final 6 Pack
1963 Harley Panhead
“Fabricating primarily from scratch with a late 40's manufacturing influence. Narrower proportions, with attention to creating body lines in the sheetmetal for a bit more style throughout the bike."
1960 Panhead Rigid
"Since January I made the primary cover, oil tank, floorboards, risers, wheel cover, headlight shroud, bars, finished the springer, modified valve covers and fender. Living on RedBull and a dream!"
1940 E Knucklehead
“Gettin' there! Frame, tanks, frontend, wheels, brakes = Done! Workin on fender, sissy, correct tranny, seat, pad & all the little shit. Still lots to do! Still 100% Stoked.”
1952 FL Panhead
Classic Undercover Virgin
“Aimed for a genuine custom, apart from the norm. I felt everything must be created or modified to compete, look close, that's exactly what I did. Killer paint to follow.”
1974 Ironhead Sportster
Salt Flat Chopperish Racer
“Fabrication is done. The bike awaits choice of finishes and small details. Aluminum and stainless will be brushed, the tins will be painted with minimalist pinstriping and silver leaf details.”
Bobby Good Times
1946 FL Knucklehead
King Kustoms White Wizard
“Polished motor. Straightened stock frame, kustom made sporty tank, narrowed floorboards, exhaust, sissybar, modified VL, primary cover, oil tank, handlebars, and fender. You can follow the build at King Kustoms.”
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