Klock Werks Suing Nascar Driver Clint Bowyer For Alleged Unpaid Bills

Klock Werks Kustom Cycles is alleging that Clint Bowyer, a Nascar Driver, failed to pay $30,788.45 for customization work done on his Harley in late 2008 and early 2009. The complaint filed by Klock Werks on May 2, 2012 alleges that the work was performed at its South Dakota shop, with the bike being delivered to Clint Bowyer in Daytona in February 2009 during the Daytona 500 Nascar race. After Bowyer test-drove the motorcycle he requested to have it returned to South Dakota for further modifications. After these modifications Klock Werks redelivered the motorcycle in April 2009, this time to Bowyer Racing facility in Lexington, N.C.

Bowyer’s answer is to deny that he ever agreed to pay money to Klock Werks, but instead agreed to provide “certain promotional services and special accommodations within NASCAR and related publications”, that he fulfilled all his obligations and that the custom shop is no entitled to any money compensation. Sued in South Dakota, Bowyer also claims that South Dakota’s court lacks personal jurisdiction over him because he is a legal resident of North Carolina. (picture Bowyer/Klocks)

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42 Responses to “Klock Werks Suing Nascar Driver Clint Bowyer For Alleged Unpaid Bills”


  1. 1 Will May 12th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I’ll reserve judgement in this case until all of the evidence is presented. However, in my opinion, unless Bowyer can produce a written and signed contract that states what he’s claiming, Klock Works should be able to win.

  2. 2 Jester May 12th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    This lawsuit by Klocks sounds to me like complete BS. I explain. No builder is going to start a project without receiving a deposit, up to 50% before getting started on a high end project (he needs to buy all the parts, pay employees, etc). All builders also ask their clients to pay the work in progress (either every week, every 2 weeks, every month depending of the progress and type of work provided.) No bike is ever delivered without the shop already paid 85% to 95% of the total work done, balance being paid in full after the client sees the bike and test ride it. I am certain that Klock Werks does this with all its clients. So, why not with Clint Bowyer? Because Brian Klock is star struck by a small racing celebrity? Are you kidding? Or he is the dumbest builder builder in the country? Or because he agreed not to receive money, agreed for the promotion of his name and bike in the NASCAR world, track, magazines, agreed for an association with a pilot, hoping to find new clients among drivers, etc. If it’s the case, it’s a stupid way to do business when you need money.It is also extremely suspicious that Klock is filing a lawsuit 3 years after delivering the bike. I would think more plausible that Klock Werks traded work for some promotion made by Bowyer, but getting no new business from him after 3 years, Brian Klock may have become upset and sued. I made a Google search. Easy to find out that Bowyer placed features on the bike in NASCAR magazines, did videos with the bike, etc. Easy for his lawyer to quantify in dollars the value of the promotion he gave to Klock Werks. A judge will think what I think. Klock will spend a lot of money with his lawyer and lose.

  3. 3 Bob Zehr May 12th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Will. It’s exactly the opposite. No signed contract for payment of Klock Werks in money or through services (if it’s the case), a lawsuit 3 years later (why?) and Klocks allegations will be declared without merit because Clint Bowyer can provide proof of services rendered and put a dollar value on them. Clint Bowyer is a celebrity, not Brian Klock. Who is helping the other from a media standpoint? Evident.

  4. 4 Greeko May 12th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Whatever. It’s Brian Klock fault if he is not paid with money. Sorry for him.

  5. 5 Carter May 12th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    As far as I know (brother is a lawyer) Klock Werks can’t sue in South Dakota a client who is a legal resident of another state for tax purpose. Nor in the state where the work was performed because delivery of the bike was made outside South Dakota (2 times). When Klock Werks will see his lawyer bills (SD & NC) reaching a total of $15,000, even if he would win (improbable because client could also add that the bike is defective), he would still lose 15K. And good luck to enforce a $15K judgment in another state. Good deal? Maybe unfair, but it’s real life.

  6. 6 DK May 12th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Bowyer has won 1.5 mil on ther track this year so he should have the jack to pay. Bowyer switched from Childress/Chevy to Waltrip/Toyota for 2012. Maybe Klock Werks doesn’t like Toyotas?

  7. 7 Herb May 12th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Too bad.

  8. 8 Donnie May 12th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Somewhere along the way B. Klock made a big business mistake.

  9. 9 Woody May 12th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Sometimes Karma is a bitch.

  10. 10 Zyon May 12th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    just from the picture show, I wonder what in the hell cost 30K on that bike? Paint job is nice and it;’s chromed out but I really see nothing that warrants 30K…

  11. 11 Work for a living joe May 12th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Too bad Clint is not a gentleman and say,”hey i am sorry klock, I misunderstood.i will gladly pay for services since I make plenty of money driving around in a circle and would hate to shit on a working man.the same kind of working man who makes up my fan base and shells out hard earned dollars to watch me drive around in a circle.but no , he will let out the suit and tie wolves to scare away or. Worse yet make klock pay out more money on top of what he lost just to lose more.it’s even sadder that the nice folks who wrote comments here seam to like the fact a regular joe will lose money again to a guy who obviously has enough to pay this bill.fuck what the nitty gritty laws state.do what is right.pay your depts.be the bigger man.show the young kids who watch you on Sunday that you are a good man

  12. 12 Unik May 12th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    If Klock tried to trade work for publicity provided by his client, he is a very poor businessman. Now he regrets? Needs money?

  13. 13 Branson May 12th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    To working for a living. Honest rich people pay their bills not because they are rich and they can pay them, but only because they owe the money. Bowyer states he traded work for publicity in the NASCAR world. If it’s true, why would he pay again? As somebody mentioned, why Klock delivered a bike 2 times without receiving payment in advance. I don’t think Klock forgot to issue invoices. Somebody is lying.

  14. 14 Patrick May 12th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Brian Klock screwed. His fault?

  15. 15 Ernie L May 12th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    The turbo on the bike cost any where from 5 to 8 thousand dollars..

  16. 16 revolution mfg May 12th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    this sounds way too familliar. we were in his shoes not long ago against brian and klockwerks to get paid and property back to no avail. same backstory and everything. karma.

  17. 17 Mike May 13th, 2012 at 6:33 am

    To Klock. Karma definition. Every bad act will eventually bring upon yourself inevitable results, returning to you with equal impact .

  18. 18 Upswept May 13th, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Typical reaction from someone associated with toyotas.

  19. 19 calif phil May 13th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I hope Brian cleans Bowyers clock. Brian is a true gentleman and I hope he wins in court.

  20. 20 RevDrake May 13th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Hypocrisy all over.

  21. 21 John Jessup May 13th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Brian should have to pay him for makeing such a lame ass bike.

  22. 22 Twin Bro May 13th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Searched pictures of this bike. Absolutely nothing justifying $31,000 of work above the price of the Harley. It looks to me like work was overcharged and it can be the reason why Bowyer refuses to pay more than the services he already rendered to Klock Werks by promoting the bike in NASCAR. Brian Klock should know that to use a NASCAR driver name for his own benefit has a price. Like others I don’t understand why no deposit/pre-payment was made during the building. There is a reason and it’s very unusual. Something fishy.

  23. 23 Pat Simmons May 13th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I have had work done for me on bikes many times in the past. I was never required to pay any money until the work was done. It’s a trust thing between the client and the company. I, of course always paid my bills. Just because the guy thinks he’s a stuperstar, doesn’t mean he can skip out on his obligations. Sorry Jester, surely you je.., well you know. Good luck Brian. Get him for the court costs too!

  24. 24 Jack May 13th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Funny how guys assume things here.

    Clint came from a hard working blue collar family. He drove a tow truck and worked as a mechanic while racing dirt and small tracks around KS and MO. He caught a lucky break and is in the big leagues now. Clint surely know about paying for work done, his dad still owns a garage.

    Not sure why 1 poster thinks that Clint should pay just becuase he is rich. DIstribution of wealth?

    I seriously doubt that a Nascar driver wouldn’t pay on something like this if it was a true transaction. Too much chance over bad press and sponsors hate bad press for their spokesmen.

    Maybe Klockwerks didn’t get the press and networking that they were hoping for or promised or they didn’t feel that it added up to what their costs were to build the bike.

    None of us know. We will see what comes out of this.

  25. 25 Mike May 13th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Pat. I had 4 friends doing full custom work with 3 different well known custom shops. All 3 required to receive big deposits for parts and labor, then for work in progress until delivery. You must be the exception. There is no way a custom builder can have the cash flow to finance each build for each client. I bet that all clients having worked with Klock Werks have been required to make a big down payment before work began. So, I wonder why Klock didn’t require any partial payment before and full payment at delivery. The only reason could be Klock agreeing to a deal with this client. For ex. trading work for promotion. In all commercial transactions there is a winner and a loser. Klock lost and now tries to recover some of the loss.

  26. 26 gene slater May 13th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I find it interesting that 25 of you have an opinion about something none of you apparently know anything about.. i don’t know anything either…. just now read about it. . just thought it hilarious that you all bench race so well. And flexing fhose e-muscles seems to be working as well. bahahahhahahahahahahah… happy mothers day..

  27. 27 Brando May 13th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Gene. People who commented can have an opinion based on the content of the lawsuit, plaintiff allegations and defendant’s answer. Why not?

  28. 28 Work for a living joe May 13th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I never used the word rich once when describing mr Clint.i just poked fun at how he earns money driving around in a circle.you guys made it a rich poor thing, not me.klock could have easily not worried about down payments cause he never thought Clint would be a dead beat.also delivering a bike twice is a lame excuse for payment comments.i have had folks change their minds and want to add or change stuff and send the bike back all the time.again I too would fall for the fact that Clint would not be a deadbeat and do what he wanted and feel I would eventually get paid.when you feel like someone could be trouble you make them pay big down payments but a NASCAR hotshot I would feel the money will come at the end.its not about rich or poor it just Clint easily has the means to be the bigger man and pay this bill.you cant tell me 30g’s is a big deal and worth all the bull to mister clint.Also this site is made to comment on the little info Cyril puts out so lighten up fella,we are allowed to comment no matter how un informed we are.just another reason Clint should pay and save some face.sunday I can show the kids what a deadbeat looks like , hahahahaha

  29. 29 Smittydog May 13th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Unless their is a signed contract,its all hearsay.

  30. 30 gene slater May 13th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    brando. good point.. but techically no one here knows the “content’ of the suit. its a Cyril Huze blurb. you can have an opinion but not one based in fact. no one here knows klocks or clint’s posistion. and yet.. they have an opinion. typical arm chair quarterbacking.. that’s all i am saying..

  31. 31 Rider2 May 13th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Sounds like one of them wanted to get the door open to a list of potential “rich” clients and the other one thought $30K (and/or a bike) would be a good trade to open that door. Klock probably didn’t get very far with this and 3 years later is trying to get paid.
    As many said here, unless there is a contract, not much can be done. And Klock probably got some good exposure but no client. I am sure he would have spent a lot more to promote himself at every track in the nation.

    Maybe NASCAR drivers don’t really like his design style. One sure thing… they won’t now that one of their drivers is getting sued. Not necessarily a good business decision not to ask for a deposit for work.

  32. 32 10377586 May 13th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Hope the Klock guys win. Might make up for some of the over inflated tow bills the hard working people in Kansas charge truckers.

  33. 33 Brescia May 13th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    It’s not because Clint Bowyer is rich and a celeb, and Brian Klock is neither, that Clint is wrong. If there is no deposit, no payments plan, there is no contract. If there is no contract Klock screwed himself. Its fault. Learn and live.

  34. 34 Eric Maurer May 13th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    whats more interesting here, is why this is newsworthy. Seriously…. sounds like personal business between two business entities. Why are we hearing about this, seriously, who cares!

  35. 35 joe dirte May 14th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    typical nascar driver. they make stupid money and expect everyone to give them everything for free.

  36. 36 X HD rider May 14th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    We are all guessing at what we don’t know. I know Brian and think he a straight shooter.
    We all hear about starts that don’t pay.
    We should not judge till we know all the facts.

  37. 37 Sluggo May 14th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    You would think to squash bad press the race guy would have paid up. Its plain to see he owes the money and has plenty of it. This can only turn out bad for the racer any way you slice it.

  38. 38 Bigwoody May 15th, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Strange how leagal systems work. Its more intericate than the “Judge Judy”
    soap opera.
    Was rear ended at red liGht, never asked for a big settlement. About $250.00 damage to bike another hundred for dr.
    insurance brought me a check for $9000.
    Have had legitimate “small claims” actions, got awards ,never received a dime.

    Put both settlement awards in newspaper, hope someone was alerted to “scam artists”.

  39. 39 Oldskool May 15th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Actually, I don’t think it matters that Clint is a resident of North Carolina if Klock ‘s lawyers can prove Clint conducted business in South Dakota. At that point, they can claim personal jurisdiction and Clint or his representatives would have to travel to South Dakota for the legal proceedings. I’m not completely certain but that was the case when I sued a Wisconsin customer for non payment and they claimed California had no personal jurisdiction. We were able to prove that they indeed conducted business in California and therefore were under California’s Jurisdiction. This could cost both parties a lot of money and bad press. Shame.

  40. 40 Jason Hallman (Steelchoppin) May 15th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    yawn…….

  41. 41 1550tc May 17th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Two sides to every story and both these GUYS to most of are great guys, but man you go to bed with whore and don’t negotiate the cost for the services or get paid up front you just know your going to f–ked TWICE

    Didnt the big ole NBA Shack pull this shit off with Rossmeyer when he played for the Magic ??

    When i see these douche bag celebrities pimp and hang out with the bike crowd the more I respect and appreciate seeing RUBIN BROWN at events!!

  42. 42 Woody May 17th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Wow! “Two sides to every story “, yet Clint Boyer’s a douchebag? Looks like we can save a lot of money by canceling the trial and throwing a rope over a tree branch :0

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