It was during Las Vegas Bike Fest where 25 of the best builders exhibit their new creations inside the Cashman Center, then vote between themselves to elect the winner of “Artistry In Iron”. Greg Westbury amazed his fellow builders with his new creation called “Lucky” (yes, the headline could have been “Greg Westbury gets Lucky In Vegas”). It’s a new old school Bobber with Hot Rod attitude and intriguing details. Two months ago Greg was nice enough (I was supposed to compete against him but could not make it to Vegas), to email me pictures of his mockup. When I saw them, it was like Wow, and had to show them to my collaborators. For example the rear axle is held in place with aircraft quality helm ends screwed into the back of the frame and to take up chain slack there is an idler sprocket that runs in a track that is adjustable for chain tension.
After his win, I called Greg to congratulate him, and here what he had to say: “I needed to build something that is the opposite of what most people build today. Meaning, no super wide rear tire, no pipes that look like chrome spaghetti, no hidden rear axle, no hidden wiring, making every part visible but entertaining to look at. The more bikes I build the more I notice that the cutting edge bikes have a shelf life of about one year, and then they are dated. So my new way of thinking is to keep things traditional and back to basics”. Greg started building hot rod chassis and eventually complete cars almost 20 years ago. Then in 1999 he decided to build his first bike. Like all of us, Greg just hope he can figure out how to keep doing this for the next 40 years because it’s a very cool way to make a living. No surprisingly, Greg Westbury was picked by Hugh King for a next “Biker Build Off” against Brian Fuller. Learn more about Greg (by the way, we call him Mr. W) by visiting Westbury Custom Cycles.