The 42nd annual Custom Bike Show held in Sweden at Norrtällje featured over 200 bikes, entered in 8 classes. This was the twelfth year of affiliation for this, the largest established AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate event, and over 11,000 visitors and 5,000 bikes from around Europe came to enjoy a weekend that is internationally renowned for the quality of bikes seen there.
|Custom Bike Show is staged each year in Norrtälje's Societetsparken|
|A jury of industry professionals selects the three AMD Affiliate |
prize winners who receive 2,000 euro towards the expense of competing at
the World Championship
Competing builders travelled from across Scandinavia and Europe, with bikes coming from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands as well as the regular attendees from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
|Winning builder Johnny Martinsson's "Jolly Jumper" was built around |
an S&S 93" Panhead engine.
|Runner-up John Mathisen from Stockholm also took the 2nd place trophy |
in the Custom class.
|3rd place Juho Roohu's "Hard Soup" also won the Modified |
Three separate judging systems are used to determine the winners, with a jury of industry professionals deciding on three World Championship affiliate prizes, with the competitors deciding the class prizes, and a Public Choice winner, who this year received a RevTech transmission courtesy of Custom Chrome Europe.
A new addition this year was a Bagger class, which was well represented and provided the Public Choice winner as well as the Best Paint award.
This year’s winning bike, selected by the jury, was local Swedish builder Johnny Martinsson's "Jolly Jumper", built around an S&S 93" Panhead engine, which also won the Custom class. The Custom class runner-up, John Mathisen, also took the runner-up Affiliate prize; third place went to Finland's Juho Roohu's "Hard Soup", which also won the Modified Harley-Davidson class.
The jury prizes earn the winning builders an invitation and 2,000 euro in expenses to compete at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, taking place at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany, in October 2016.
Our thanks, as always, to Twin Club MC for their meticulous organization, Custom Chrome Europe and Motorcycle Storehouse for their support of the event, and the City of Norrtällje authorities for their biker-friendly attitude and use of the Central park for the event.
|Peder Johansson of Hogtech won the Custom Bike Show in its |
first year of AMD affiliation in 2005