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Born Free 7

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Born Free will forever be the mecca of all shows in the United States when it comes to vintage and custom motorcycles. I cheated this year and flew out but it gave me 4 great days of fun! This was my second year attending, I knew a little more about what to expect but I still couldn't get rid of that overwhelming feeling you get while walking the grounds during the days of the show. It's just so surreal to walk through a sea of bikes with license plates ranging from all over the world. I felt a little more at home this year though and pretty much knew where everything was located for the most part. I was lucky enough to get inside a couple days ahead of the show to check out most of the invited builder's bikes. Also, I was able to witness the show set up and tear down; there is a lot that goes into making this show what it is. A huge THANK YOU to Mike Davis and Grant Peterson for all their hard work each and every year, their hospitality and their friendship.

Thursday 6.25.2015 - Street Chopper Pre Party

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-Mike Vallely and Revolution Mother played the party as well! I geeked out a little, because skateboarding has been my whole life before motorcycles! They even ended their set with a few of my favorite Black Flag songs!!! It was an over-all awesome party!!

View more photos from the Street Chopper Pre Party

Friday 06.26.2015 - Set Up Day at Born Free 7 & Cooks Corner Pre Party / Show Class People's Champ

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At Cooks Corner:

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View more photos on the Day 1 set up and the Show Class People's Champ Pre Party

Saturday 06.27.2015 - Born Free 7, Day 1

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First Day Awards:

JP Rodman won Show Class People's Champ with this amazing and art inspired Shovelhead. I watched this build for months on social media, words can't describe how happy I was to see him win!Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8187Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8992

Richard Minino won the Art & Fuel Paint contest with an amazing paint, mold combo. Super glad to see him win. He's an amazing artist and great friend!Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8212 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8546Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8545 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8548

The invited builders waited anxiously to hear who would win 1st place.

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Dalton Walker took third place with his free hanging Panhead hybrid digger. That bike was absolutely insane, a masterpiece really, and one of my favorite bikes there. It made jaws drop all weekend long.Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9251Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8903

Arie VanSchyndel took second place with his rendition of a 1950 Panhead he saw in a David Mann painting. It was pretty amazing and the details where flawless from the painting.Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8250  Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-6493

Oliver Jones took the top prize with his 107 Cubic Inch Generator Shovelhead. It's one hell of a lane-splitting, high-stance, aggressive, and extremely innovative machine. Not to forget to mention the see-through primary, head, and trans cases, carbon fiber in the paint, and killer one-off wheels you can't find anywhere else. Oliver is a friend of mine and when he won I couldn't have been more stoked to see his face filled with emotion. Seeing his hard work being recognized by his fellow peers was inspiration to everyone. Well-deserved!!!!   Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8284Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-6867 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8834Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8300

They raffled off not one, but three bikes on the first day this year. They gave two H-D Lowriders to one very lucky person and a Pabst Evo Sportster by Speed Merchant to another lucky show attendee!

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Israel Cortes won two bikes!!! A 2015 and 1977 Harley-Davidson Lowrider.Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8336

Edward Givis took home the PBR Speed Merchant Evo Sportster. The funniest part about this dude winning, was he was in a porta-john when they called his name.Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8352

View more photos on Born Free 7 - Day 1

Sunday 06.28.2015 - Born Free 7, Day 2

On day two, I shot all the bikes of the invited builders. Looking at these photos makes me feel right back in the moment, just not as sweaty!

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Arie Vanschyndel - 1950 Harley Panhead inspired by a David Mann paintingLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-6847 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-6950 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-6971

Dalton Walker - "Well Hung Harley" Hybrid of a '64 Right case, Bonneville Left Case, Dual Plug, Dual Carb outside oiler 96" PanheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8890 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8892 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8895

Jeff Leighton - 1950 Triumph 650 Pre Unit T110Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8657 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8659 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8661

Go Takamine - Indian "Chout" - '27 Scout / '40 ChiefLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8674 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8678 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8682

Jason Moss and Carmine Belamore - Harley XR PanLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8710 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8706 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8707

Scott Stopnik Sr. - 1949 Harley FL PanheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8713 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8725 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8730

Jeff Wright - 1976 Kawasaki KZ 900Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8734 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8737 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8745

Jason Webber - 1951 Harley PanheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8748 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8749 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8751

Kyle Edgar - 1946 Harley ULLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8781 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8766 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8773

Jordan Dickinson - 1947 Harley EL KnuckleheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8791 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8792 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8794

Shawn Long - 1947 Harley KnuckleheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8804 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8815 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8818

Trevelen Rabanal - Harley ShovelheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8855 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8858 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8860

Bobby "The Leg" Middleton - 1963 Harley "Shovester" with a gnarly Super ChargerLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8874 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8879 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8883

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Paul Cox - 1946 Harley Fl KnuckleheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8923 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8928 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8933

Big Nick Zazzi - 1951 Harley Pan/ShovelLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8938 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8940 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8944

Matt Jackson - Harley 74 Cubic Inch S&S KnuckleheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8958 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8964 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8961

Jon Rispante - 1957 Triumph TR6Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8970 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8978 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8980

Jp Rodman - 1977 Harley Shovelhead - "Show Class People's Champ"Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-8992 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9003 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9009

Uwe Ehinger - 1937 Harley UL KnuckleheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9012 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9017 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9024

Mick Evangelista - 1956 Harley Pan/ShovelLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9026 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9033 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9048

Mark Drews - 1954 Harley PanheadLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9056 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9053 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9058

Roland Sands - 1974 Yamaha RD400Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9069 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9074 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9081

View more photos of the invited builders of Born Free 7

Day 2 Awards:

Best Paint - Duane Boatrip, "Haints" - 1960 Panhead Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9176

Best Competition - Mark Atkins      Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9190

Best Knucklehead - Arlen Ness - "Untouchable"      Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9245

Born-Free Founders Pick - Arie VanSchyndel         Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9254

Best Panhead - Dalton Walker                                   Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9251

Best Indian - Go TakamineLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9216

Best Pre Unit Triumph - Jeff Leighton                      Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9211

Best Japanese - Jeff Wright Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9220

People's Choice Jason WebberLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9156

Born-Free Award - Elliot Grosshans - Panhead      Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9163

Best Bobber - Nick Toscano - Harley UL in VL frameLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9195

Best Chopper - Thom Jones - Full Rigid Panhead      Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9198

Best British - Matt Machine - Norton Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9205

Best Flathead - Uwe Ehinger - Harley UL                   Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9233

Best Sportster - Brandon HolsteinLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9237

Best Shovelhead - Johnny Branch                             Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9242

Best Modern - Andy Carter - Hot Bike Sportster buildLowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9248

Best in Show - Ryan Grossman - "Quicksilver"
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Not photographed:

Rider Award - Peter Jackson - Panhead
AMCA Award - Larry Doane - Big Inch VL

 

Shonda Mullins took home the Max Schaaf 1946 Knucklehead home! Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9330 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9299 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9321 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9342 Lowbrow-Customs-Born-Free-7-Coverage-9361

The entire day was extremely fun, laid back and just a little on the warm side. I couldn't have had a better time anywhere else. If you have never been to a Born Free show, I highly suggest to make plans to attend in the near future. I promise it will bring memories for a lifetime! Till next year! Cheers!

To see more photos from Born Free 7 - Day 2 click here!

-All words and photos by
Mikey Revolt

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