Born to Ride Media presents
the Chopporama Chopper Show!
Held in conjunction with Gibtown Bikefest on January 17th, 18th 19th 2020,
After 12 yrs of working for the city, he quit his 9-5 and went to MMI. Jeff would come home to his wife and kids on the weekends then do the MMI thing during the week. After he graduated MMI, the next item on his list was to open up his shop. He did it big by purchasing a former church in the Grand Central District on 1st Ave in St.Pete and converted it into a beautiful space so nice that it would make the designers on HGTV jealous.
Jeff’s first chopper build-out of the shop was a beautiful ’59 pre-unit Triumph he named ‘Snowblind’. The bike was photographed and published for issue #77 of Dice Magazine. Jeff explained that he couldn’t have achieved any of his goals without the love and support of his family and that Snowblind wouldn’t have happened without the support and help of his friends. Jeff is a great example of a family man and a businessman who followed his dreams to success. We’re excited that he accepted our invitation, and we’re looking forward to seeing the bikes he’ll bring to the table at Chopporama.
Thankfully, Drew seems to be a lot like many other bike builders. … Tell them they can’t do something, and they get it done! A few years later he was working with another bike shop whose owner decided to pack up and head to California. Drew’s options were either to move with him or stay and do his own thing. His own thing turned out to be ‘Freakshow Fabrication’ and he’s been busy doing his thing for nearly 10 years.
Whether he’s repairing and restoring an old chopper and bringing it back to its glory days or if he’s doing a total ground-up custom build, his work is timeless. He has a great eye for capturing the spirit of those glorious choppers of the past. In fact, there will be more than a few builds at Chopporama that Drew hasn’t had a hand in. He’s known throughout the community to be a guy you can turn to for a random part, advice or help. If he doesn’t have the part you need, he knows someone who has it, etc. Luckily for us, he’s bringing a few bikes to Chopporama and we’re stoked! He’s a great addition to an impressive list of builders that will be at the show.
Based out of Lakeland Florida, Eric has a reputation for being relatively quiet and unassuming. He’ll give you the shirt off his back, but prefers to keep to himself and let his builds do the talking for him.
Prior to getting his first street bike in 2006, Eric was into dirtbikes and four-wheelers. Once he acquired that first bike, a ’77 Shovelhead, his view of the two-wheeled world changed forever. He worked on friend bikes, and builds of his own for a couple of years until he came to the decision in 2009 to open ‘FnA Custom Cycles’. His work can be best described as ‘stylishly unique’. Whether taking a classic BMW and creating a steampunk style monster that you could see in a ‘Mad Max’ movie or taking a Kawasaki 750 H2 powerplant and turning into one of a kind digger style chopper, he has a flair for the unexpected.
Eric also has the mind of a scientist that never sleeps. He is constantly coming up with ideas and designs to help improve upon the reliability of those Harley and Triumph Motors of yesteryear. He’s developed a seal kit that people can’t get enough of, and he’s also come up with a couple of unique magneto systems for Shovelheads etc. that will keep you running down the rode with more dependability than ever.
We’re excited that Eric along with many other talented builders accepted our invitation to join us at Chopporama. It will be a great event highlighting some of the industry’s most creative, and artistic builders. It’ll be fun for all ages thrill ride, and we look forward to seeing you there!
You’d think that would be enough for the average builder. First bike, and it takes the world by storm. Nope, Brian recently took his second build to Los Angeles for The Golden Bolt Competition. Unlike many of today’s shows, this competition wasn’t only based on cosmetics, but also on performance and reliability and the bikes were put through the paces throughout the L.A. traffic etc. The grand prize winner would go home with $30,000. Brian took top honors and headed back home to Lakeland with a second great show stopping motorcycle and a pocket full of cash,
We’re excited that Brian accepted our offer to be a part of Chopporama! He may be a ‘new kid on the block’ but his work is timeless and in a class by itself. All of the builders have something unique to bring to the table. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody come together for the sake of ‘the all mighty chopper.
All around great guy and prolific bike builder Bill Dodge has been riding and building bikes since he was a kid in Compton, California. His passion was strong at a young age, and his hard work ethic and talent eventually ended up with working as shop foreman for Jesse James at West Coast Choppers. In the ‘hey day’ of the West Coast Choppers era, if you did business at WCC, you came into contact with Bill. It was there that he became widely known for his easy going ‘what can I do for you’, ‘how can I help’ reputation.
After spending 8 ys at WCC Bill packed up and moved to New Jersey where he opened up Bling’s Cycles…Bill spent some time in Jersey, then met a girl in Kentucky and moved Bling’s to the Blue Grass state. The two fell in love and decided Kentucky was too damned cold. They packed up and headed to the promise land of bike builders, Daytona Beach Florida.
Bill has established himself as one of the premier bike builders in the industry. His work is precision like, and if you’re familiar with Bill’s work, you can spot a Bill Dodge bike as easily as you can spot a Picasso. Like Picasso, his builds have similar traits.but are all glorious works of art to be respected by peers and connoisseurs alike.
We’re lucky enough to have him join us as an invited builder to Chopporama. You can see his bikes as well as the work of many other talented builders at the Chopporama experience by Born to Ride during the Gibtown Bikefest January 17th, 18th and 19th.
SHOW YOUR BUILD
Held in conjunction with Gibtown Bikefest on January 17th, 18th 19th 2020, Born to Ride Media presents the Chopporama Chopper Show! A three day chopper extravaganza of some of the most talented known (and unknown) builders of the southeast. This ain’t a competition, just a gathering of chopper lovers young and old alike dedicated to those carbed custom machines of years gone by.
Held in conjunction with Gibtown Bikefest
17th, 18th 19th 2020
International Independent Shows Foundation
6915 Riverview Dr, Riverview, FL 33568