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Article By: Heather Callen
Photos By: Melissa Shoemaker & Heather Callen
Originally Published In The November 2018 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
Our annual bike show in Sturgis was held on Sunday, August 5th. You may be wondering why the hell Sunday. Well, if you’ve been to Sturgis or host events during the rally then you know that fi nding the perfect day that doesn’t interfere with other cool happenings to host your own event is damn near impossible. That struggle is real and no different for us. There are always shows, rides, races and parties to contend with, so we set up a dart board with days of the days of the week and aimed blindly! As it turns out, despite the multitude of competing events, we didn’t too bad! A fi ne showing of over 80 bikes fi lled the lot with every shape, color, style and size represented. Thanks to our sponsors J&P Cycles, No School Choppers, Hot Leathers, Twin Power, Twisted Tea, Metzeler Tires and the grand prize sponsor Paughco Parts we were able to give away some killer loot. Mondo and his crew brought in a slew of nothing but exceptional examples of what cool scoots should be.
Ricky Bongos took home some bling with his fi rst ever Big Twin build, Around the World Doug took home some much need oil from Twin Power for his antique Indian anKiwi Mike won best Bagger! With so many remarkable choices, there was one clear standout of the day, Brian Buttera with his impeccable 1977 Shovel took home Best in Show, which not only included some cool swag but the granddaddy of bitchin prizes, a copper rolling chasing from Paughco. It’s my understanding that Buttera Metal Werx pretty much snatched up all the big awards over the course of the week, so we defi nitely made the right choice. If you’d like to feast your eyes on his winning Shovel you can check it out in the June 2018 issue of Cycle Source. Thank you to everyone that came out that day to show us your ride and to those that sponsor the show.
Now, this isn’t your typical rodeo with horses and cowboys, we add in the motorcycles too. Yep, you read that right, horses and iron horses competing against each other. I hate to admit it, but the Cowboys always win, although I think they had an unfair advantage in the slow race! Thanks to Bel-Ray, riders were treated to a light lunch in the pole barn before testing their abilities in the paddock. The afternoon was fi lled with skills games like the plank walk, slow race, barrel racing and of course the shovel drags. Believe it or not, we actually get people to willingly volunteer to be dragged down the corral on a mat by either a horse or a motorcycle. You’re probably thinking that they’re plum crazy and you’re probably right cause I gotta tell ya, it’s a bumpy, hot ass ride! Literally, your ass feels like it on fi re afterward! The overall winner, Mustache Man, walked away with bragging rights for a year and more importantly a one of a kind championship belt that was handcrafted by Curt Green of Bare Bones Leather. The rest of us tired, dirty fools walked away with grins from ear to ear and memories that will last a lifetime.