EURO Bike Custom, the custom bike show at the Euro Bike Fest in the Czech Republic, is to become the finals event for a preliminary four-show custom bike show series in Europe’s “V4” countries, with the finals and the preliminaries affiliated with the World Championship.
Euro Bike Fest (EBF), which is headed into its 3rd year as the principal motorcycle rally in Central Europe, is owned and operated by Black Machine in the Czech Republic. Thanks to generous support from Custom Chrome Europe, the event has developed an international grade custom bike show (Euro Bike Custom/EBC).
The finals are being staged at the EBF from May 19 – 22, 2011, at the ATC Merkur Mušov Lakeside Resort at Pasohlávky in the historic Eastern Czech region of Moravia. The preliminary rounds are taking place in the first half of 2011, with one in each of the four countries that constitute the “V4” (Visegrad) group. The series kicks off with Custom Festival 2011, on February 12 – 13 at Katowice in Poland. Next up will be the 7th annual Bohemian Custom Show, being staged at the annual Motocykl Czech show in Prague on March 3 – 6. The third in the series of preliminaries will be the Customs of Slovakia show at Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, on March 17 – 19, 2011. The last of the preliminaries will be at the 15th annual Devils MC Motor Show (EMAT – http://www.emat.hu) at Budapest, Hungary, produced in conjunction with Wild Magazine on April 2 – 3, 2011.
Under the overall scrutiny and guidance of the Black Machine organizers of the V4 project and of Euro Bike Fest, the winner of the finals will be winning the inaugural AMD East European Championship of Custom Bike Building.
In May 2010 the custom show at Euro Bike Fest drew over 80 competitors and was won by Miroslav Zizka of VMP Pisek, one of the best known builders in the Czech Republic. Zizka is a former European championship competitor; see
http://www.vmpmotorcycles.cz. His avant-garde “Vortep” featured an S&S TC 124 engine in a handmade chassis with integral fuel and oil tanks, a one-piece billet front fork and handlebar combo, and TTS wheels. With noted Czech builders such as Roman Bus and Vaclav Vavra, and Hungarians such as 2007 European Champion Sapka Muvek (“Time Machine”) having blazed the trail for the craftsmanship and innovation standards seen from central European customizers, the “V4” show series is sure to act as a stimulus to the custom market in central Europe. Congratulations to Black Machine and Custom Chrome Europe for the forward thinking leadership that they have shown in creating a program that will help the custom motorcycle industry to further develop the business potential of some of Europe’s fastest emerging new consumer markets.
The “V4” country grouping of Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia takes its name from the city of Visegrad in Hungary, where in 1991, a meeting of the heads of state of those countries created an informal alliance that pledged cooperation to secure those countries’ post-Soviet future and work towards EU and NATO membership.