After two incredible shows, In Motion is back in Galveston with an incredible line-up for 2019
Maybe you missed year one, where some of the best builders on planet earth were invited to display their masterpiece motorcycles during the Lone Star Rally for 2017. At that first event Donny Loos walked away with the big check and became the very first In Motion Champion. Year two saw the addition of a few more key names from the top of the custom motorcycle world, and this time it was Jeff Cochran that took the $10,00 cash prize. With year three featuring more than 50% of the 14 invited builders as first-timers, it’s anybody’s guess who will win. One thing is for sure, with the lineup that is set, the bikes will be world-class and unlike anything you have seen before.
For 2019 we would like to welcome our fourteen In Motion builders:
Roadside Marty – Flat Broke Chops & Rods
Brian Buttera – Buttera’s Metal Works
Austin Andrella – Austin Martin Originals
Mike McFadden – M&M Customs
Rick Bray – RKB Kustom Speed
Steve Peffer – Steel City Choppers
Kyle Brewer – Paughco
Bill Dodge – Bling’s Cycle
Mike Rabideau – Majic Mike Designs
Xavier Muriel – Providence Cycle Workx
Stacy McCleary – McCleary’s Motors
Nick Pensebene – Mad Pen Cycles
Brandon Keene – B. Keene Custom Built Cycles
Rich Pitoniak – Pitoniak Cycles
Many of these builders have been featured in national magazines and have displayed their work at prominent shows such as Michael Lichter’s “Motorcycles As Art” and “The Golden Bolt.” First Runner Up, Brian Buttera is coming back this year after winning the Golden Bolt and a check for $30,000. He will be going to Germany to represent America in the AMD World Show with the very same bike that will be on display at the Lone Star Rally.
But this is not just another bike show with a big check, this is In Motion! The first of its kind in 2017, In Motion, has one main stipulation… If The yDon’t Run, They Can’t Be Judged! To ensure that this criterion is met, all riders will meet at Rally Central at Seawall on Thursday, October 31st, by 2 pm to leave for a seventy-mile shakedown ride with three checkpoints. This insures that the bike is road ready and eligible to compete for the big prize. After the ride there is a meet and greet with the builders at the In Motion Showcase (Hendley Green) on the corner of 21st and Strand. The public is welcome to come hang out with the returning riders as we place the bikes, and from there the game is on.
This year, there will be a new feature from the good people at Progressive Insurance. Each bike will have a complete back story and bio available for rally attendees who are interested in a little more. As they walk up to a bike they will see the instructions for launching Progressive’s “Chop Talk” app that will give them some behind the scenes info about the bike and the builder who created it.
Judging, as you can imagine, is a very serious part of this show. Our system is what we call a 20-40-40 system that is unlike any in the custom motorcycle world today. 20 percent of the vote is comprised of peer-based judging or the builders themselves. 40 percent is based on industry judges, and this year we welcome back some of the original In Motion crew to JC & Jimmy Lee from Three Two Choppers, Jeff Cochran of SpeedKing, and Will Ramsey of Faith Forgotten are just a few of those industry judges. The last 40 percent is one of the most critical parts; these are the vote from members of the trades. We invite welders, sheet metal workers, painters & fabricators out to judge each bike based on how well it was executed. From those votes, the winners are tallied. Sunday afternoon, at Sangerfest Park, we present the $10,000 check on behalf of Lone Star Rally and Progressive Insurance. That monetary award will also come with a handmade trophy that will rival the likes of the great Biker Build-off trophies.
So, mark your calendars for the beginning of November when the whole thing goes down at the Lone Star Rally. Keep an eye out for updates on both the Lone Star Rally website and all Cycle Source Magazine social media outlets. www.lonestarrally.com