Sunday evening at the 2010 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building saw the event’s sponsoring Partners honor the competitors. Each year during the show the companies that step up to support the World Championship with their generous sponsorship have the opportunity to choose the bikes they feel are standout examples of the design and engineering excellence for which the even has become known.
The evening of awards began with the World Championship owner and co-publisher of American Motorcycle Dealer (AMD) magazine taking to the stage to introduce Cory Ness, who was representing Arlen Ness Enterprises. Cory’s choice of bike was Glasgow Kiss, built by Robbie Kerr of Kootenany M/C Art out of Canada. The bike’s name reflects the fact that Robbie is originally from Scotland, a fact that was reflected in his wearing a kilt when he came onstage to receive the award.
The international flavor of the awards continued when Unique Custom Cycles’ Fly Girl was announced as the choice of the Netherlands-based Motorcycles Storehouse. The bike was built in Sweden by Minna Heikkinen and came to the World Championship following its victory at the Twin Club motorcycle show in Sweden.
First time event sponsors Harley-Davidson had Parts & Accessories Marketing Manager, Steve Earnshaw, take to the stage to present its partner pick with the honors going to Strike True II, built by UK authorized dealer Shaw Harley-Davidson.
Steve then remained onstage to also present the Screamin’ Eagle Partner Pick award to Fred ‘Krugger’ Bertrand from Belgium. His bike, Veon, uses electronically actuated linkages that change the bike’s geometry from cruiser to sportbike at the flick of a switch.
Long-time Partner of the World Championship program, S&S Cycle came to the evening with three Partner Pick certificates representing not only S&S Cycle but also Crane Cams and Flathead Power. The first pick by Gary Wenzel and Scott Sjovall of S&S Cycle went to Kris Willems of Belgium for his build Wilson II. The Crane Cams Partner pick was taken by Belarus builder Yuri Shif for his salt flats racer built around a pair of connected early BMW Boxer motors. The trio of picks was then completed by Italian business Headbanger Motorcycles, whose bike Morning Sunrise features a pivot in the middle of the back bone and shocks in the downtubes to provide the front suspension.
Matt Moore of Big Dog Motorcycles announced Aaron Glenn, of Glenndyne Design to be his choice of Partner Pick for the bike Glamortramp.
Dave Cook, the 2009 World Championship winner was again honoured this year when he received a Partner Pick award from Kibblewhite Precision Machining for his entry this year – simply known as Norton.
Darwin Motorcycles’ Rocketeer, built by company owner Dar Holdsworth, was the bike that most impressed Joe Distefano and was duly awarded ACCEL’s Partner pick.
Black Hills Harley-Davidson, is like Harley itself a new Partner for the Championship in 2010, and it marked the occasion by selecting Empire Engineering’s Frisco Glide as its pick.
Dan Guerney’s Alligator Motorcycles’ Instigator impressed the Kustomwerks team enough to be selected to receive their Partner Pick.
J&P Cycles was another of the World Championship’s Partners to be impressed by the work of an international builder, and recognized the work done by Switzerland’s Danny Schneider, of Hardnine Choppers, in creating the Flathead powered and BMX inspired D’MX.
Kent Weeks, of Lucky Devil Metal Works, was then greeted on stage by Nick O’kane from K&N Performance Filters who presented him with a Partner pick certificate for Hammerstein.
Sam Wakim, from Ride Wright Wheels was keen to acknowledge the use of his company’s wheels on JRL Cycles’ Black Jack motorcycle and duly presented John Levey the bike’s builder with his award.
The evening was brought to a close by Ben Kudon, who after presenting Chris Anderson with his Partner pick certificate went onto gift him a six-speed transmission and 3in open primary belt drive. The extra awards were in recognition of the difficulties Chris had in bringing his bike, Lethal Threat all the way from Australia to take part in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building.