13th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest. Announcing Builders To Participate To Artistry In Iron Championship.

LVBFArtistry-In-IronThe annual invitation only competition “Artistry In Iron“, sponsored by Steve Soffa Enterprises and Paughco, will include 19 award winning builders. A limited number of builders are invited to participate annually. “Each year we invite those on the cutting edge as well as some past participants and they never cease to amaze us with the incredible works of art that they bring.  We are honored that these builders have accepted our invitation,” commented event producer Mindi Cherry.  “It solidifies the importance of the Artistry in Iron Championship to the motorcycle industry. There are no rules or guidelines on the builds so it is always exciting to see what rolls in.”

LVBFThe bikes are judged solely by the master builders themselves, and the winner is announced on Saturday, October 3 and presented with a check for $10,000 as well as a custom designed championship bracelet created by renowned designer and master artisan Steve Soffa.  In addition, second place will receive a Paughco Custom Rigid Rolling Chassis and third place will receive a Paughco Springer Front End.   The public is invited to visit the bikes during Rally Central hours and to meet the participating builders during autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Confirmed participants include:

Austin Andrella, Austin Martin Originals – Akron, OH
Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels – Windham, ME
Paul Binford, Binford’s Custom Cycles – Manteca, CA
Johnny Branch, Branch Engineering – Wildomar, CA
JC and Jimme Lee Coen, Three Two Choppers – Fort Worth, TX
Bill Dodge, Bling’s Cycles – Tinton Falls, NJ
Adam Gaspic, Gasser Customs – North Hollywood, CA
Ryan Gore, Paper Street Customs – Grand Junction, CO
Steve Iacona, Iacona Customs – Brooklyn, NY
Johnny Mac, Johnny Mac’s Chopper House – Philadelphia, PA
Pete Pearson, Rocket Bob’s Cycle Works – England
Will Ramsey, Faith Forgotten Choppers – New Albany, IN
Aki Sakamoto, Hog Killers – Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Daniel Sanchez, Cut Throat Customs – Humble, TX
Mark Shell, Bonneville Customs – Idaho Falls, ID
Kyle Shorey, Speed Foundry of Texas – Roanoke, TX
Cristian Sosa, Sosa Metalworks – Las Vegas, NV
Kirk Taylor, Custom Design Studio – Novato, CA
Andrew Ursich, Ursich Customs – Long Beach, CA


3 Responses to “13th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest. Announcing Builders To Participate To Artistry In Iron Championship.”

  1. 1 David Quarterman Jun 22nd, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Go Rocket Bob! You can beat the best!

  2. 2 SIGFREED Jun 22nd, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Mmm – interesting mix of builders. I will root for the local boys – have seen some of their metalwork; worthy of a 1st prize.

    Not saying any one of them should be omitted and Adam Gaspic is as good as any of the best, but another North Hollywood clan would have rounded the selection off nicely (as in presenting a unique take on matters), namely Exile Cycles.

  3. 3 Louise Chamberlain-Jones Jun 22nd, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Great to see a UK entry on the list! Can we have more next year please?

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