Always a highlight of the annual show season in Europe, and one of the oldest custom bike shows in the world, Custom Bike Show, the annual gathering for the Scandinavian Custom Bike Championship on the coast an hour northeast of the Swedish capital Stockholm produced stand-out winners for the two affiliate event Sturgis prizes that organizers Twin Club MC put up this year.
Staged the weekend before this year’s independent Harley-Davidson club federation’s European Super Rally in Lithuania, hundreds of Harley riders from Germany, Finland and elsewhere made the show the first leg of a two-weekend two event road-trip, resulting in an increased international flavor to the camp grounds and to the entries in the seven classes at the show.
In addition to the ever popular public choice and best paint/finish prizes, the classes at Custom Bike Show reflect the diverse traditions of custom riding in Scandinavia – Trikes, Classics, Classic Customs, Choppers, Harley Choppers, Modified Harleys and the out-and-out Custom Class, which is the equivalent at the Scandinavian Championship of the World Champs program’s Freestyle Class.Firmly established along with the likes of Roger Goldammer, Freddie Krugger, and Dave Cook as one of the leaders of a new generation of custom engineers who have a global reputation for combining craftsmanship with originality, Egeland re-visited the BMW platform for his latest creation, Slugger. The principles seen on Harrier have been refined and Stellan takes them into turbo-charged street-legal territory on a project that any OE would be proud of as a concept proving design and technology demonstrator.
In many ways Egeland has been a victim of his own success, though, because so satisfying is his new bike as a street-legal daily rider that some three weeks after the show his masterpiece was unceremoniously trashed by an idiot car driver who forgot what mirrors were invented for.The front-end was completely wiped-out and as this edition of AMD went to press it seems his hotly tipped bike would not be able to compete at this year’s World Championship after all.
Altogether some 300 bikes competed, and the weekend saw some 8,000 bikes and 15,000 visitors attend, continuing the upward trend in numbers that started in 2008.
As ever, we here at AMD magazine would like to express our thanks to Twin Club MC for their event professionalism, and to place on the record our appreciation of the bike-friendly attitude that the Norrtälje City authorities always show in support of the event.