Meet With The Next Master Builders Of Motorcycles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend was the Donnie Smith Bike Show in St-Paul, Minnesota. A great show by itself, but during this event there was another competition called the Chopper Class Challenge: high school students from 6 different schools were competing with custom bikes that they designed, fabricated and built during their school year. Isn’t it cool? The program was created in 2004 after Scottie Ard (Program Coordinator for the Donnie Smith Bike Show) visited Kennedy High School to see an innovative program created by Instructor Kevin Baas  which taught students to build custom motorcycles. Ard brought Master Builder Donnie Smith and American Thunder Promotions owner Neil Ryan to visit the program and the rest is history. Judging was done by experts, and you can imagine the joy of these teen-agers, not only to compete, but also to meet with Master Builders like Donnie Smith, Dave Perewitz and Brian Klock, who have been instrumental in the growth of the DSCCC. John Kosmoski of House of Kolor and Kenny Price from Samson Motorcycle Products also met with the young builders and shared the history of the custom motorcycle industry. Lead by their teacher and mentor Kevin Baas, this year the kids from Kennedy High School Class brought 4 bikes to the show and all of them won first place. They presented a 1942 WLA Army bike restoration, a 1957 Panhead Rat bike, a 1947 Knucklehead, and a 2008 Kennedy custom built bike featuring a Sucker Punch Frame, Pearson Springer and S&S shovel motor.  We must all be very proud, like parents, of all the students who competed for their hard work and dedication. Now, I suggest that all show organizers invite them to compete in their shows. They need the encouragement not only of their older peers but also from the public at large. And they offer a great show. Contact Kevin "Teach" Baas on my behalf at: baasmetalcraft@yahoo.com.

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10 Responses to “Meet With The Next Master Builders Of Motorcycles”


  1. 1 Bill Torrez Apr 4th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Very cool. They are our future. Let’s help them.

  2. 2 C Apr 4th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Was a great show as always!!! Nice to talk to people we haven’t seen all winter. Saw several people ride to the show even with temps in the 40’s A sure sign of spring!!!

  3. 3 Scottie Ard Apr 4th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Cyril for such a great post on the DSCCC.
    The 2008 Donnie Smith Chopper Class Challenge was a great success. Kennedy HS, Bloomington,MN; St. Francis HS, St. Francis, MN; Eden HS, Eden, NY; CCCTC, Clearfield, PA; and Howell HS, Howell, MI participated in the DSCCC. Bernice McNaughton HS, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada was unable to attend due to a travel restriction.
    The riding community showed their support for the DSCCC by hosting a fundraising event on Friday, March 28 at the legendary Cabooze in Minneapolis. Zed Leppelin, the nation’s premier Led Zeppelin experience (www.zed-leppelin.com) and DJ JJ Lawrence from Bring the Noise Entertainment(www.bringthenoiseentertainment.com) cleared their tour calendars to participate in the event. The artists played to a full house of enthusiastic riders and fans. An added surprise for everyone was the attendance of riders from Norway who had heard of the event and came to support the DSCCC.
    Guests at the event got a preview of the latest in motorcycle gear for 2008 during a gear show presented by Hopkins Leather & Specialties. Donations by Iron Works Magazine, In The News Inc., Jason and Shauna Holmes, Hopkins Leather & Specialties, Full Power Cycle, Minnetonka Custom Cycle, Hitching Post Motorsports, Unchained Aggressions Metalworks Studio, Mark Bacon, Brian Klock, Paul Cox, Russell Mitchell, Arlen Fatland, Jerry Covington, Keino, Russell Manlove, Dave Perewitz, Donnie Smith, Bert Baker, Kim Suter, Tabor Nash and Vinnie and Cody from VForce Customs gave guests an opportunity to bid on motorcycle products, services and collectibles during the silent auction.
    DSCCC teams attending the show had the opportunity to meet with Master Builders Donny Smith, Dave Perewitz and Brian Klock, who have been instrumental in the growth of the DSCCC. John Kosmoski of House of Kolor and Kenny Price from Samson Motorcycle Products met with students to give pointers and share the history of the custom motorcycle industry.
    These imaginative, committed and tenacious students presented builds that would make any master builder proud. Many of these teams and schools that would like to participate are literally dumpster diving for parts and equipment.
    Many fine companies and individuals have given great assistance to the program and we are so grateful for the support. Iron Works magazine has been at the forefront of spreading the word about the DSCCC, now we need your help.
    In 2009 our goal is to expand the program to a greater number of schools, raise funds to help defer the travel costs for schools traveling to the DSCCC and find sponsors for parts, especially motors and drive trains. We are also looking for assistance in establishing a dedicated web site.
    These students have very bright futures and because of their endeavors, so does the industry.
    If you know of school that would like to participate or if you would like to donate or become involved please contact me.
    Scottie Ard
    Program Coordinator DSCCC
    scottieard@gmail.com
    612-392-2570
    Follow the link to DSCCC 2008 images –
    http://picasaweb.google.com/ScottieArd/DSCCC2008

  4. 4 Ray Tierney Apr 4th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Cyril is right. If builders and manufacturers are helping, show organizers should do the same. They should pay their trips and invite these teen agers to show their bikes in their shows. Their bikes are worth to be seen by the public and would create extra attraction.

  5. 5 Dave B. Apr 4th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Mr. Baas is teaching them well, I like the looks of these kids’ work! I think an award is due the instructor as well for teaching the young lads some taste, and history.

  6. 6 Nicker Apr 4th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    RE:

    “…These imaginative, committed and tenacious students presented builds that would make any master builder proud. Many of these teams and schools that would like to participate are literally dumpster diving for parts and equipment….”

    The key component of any build is imagination, not the source of the parts.
    Sounds like a good program.
    Hopefully there’s a significant emphasis on design and planning, not just building.

    Looking forward to seeing the results.

    -nicker-

    .

  7. 7 madpuppy Apr 5th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Excellent Idea ! With the H.S. drop out rate rising, and schools shutting down shop classes, it is really good to see some one Step Up and Help young people learn a vocation they can earn a living at ! Thanks to Donnie Smith, the Teacher and the students ! PS. All most for got the school district, that had the foresight to let this happen !

  8. 8 Kevin "TEACH" Baas Apr 6th, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Thanks all and check out my monthly feature in cycle source magazine
    http://www.cyclesource.com/
    I give updates on our builds and the other crazy stuff I have going on. I will also be in Sturgis, both Smoke Outs, the milwaukee 105th, and the S&S 50th this summer look for me and say hi.

  9. 9 DJ CHOPPER GOD Apr 7th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Very kool!!! Good post.

  10. 10 Kevin "TEACH" Baas Apr 8th, 2008 at 9:02 pm
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