2013 AMD World Championships Europe-Bound
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Jon Shipley and Hoosier Daddy Choppers, whose Fire House Racer recently won the 'Over 1000cc Custom Class' at the 2013 Rat's Hole Show, so far is one of only two American shops who will be competing in the 2013 AMD World Championships in Essen, Germany.
One of the best custom motorcycle shows around will soon be going down and unfortunately we’re going to miss it this year. The 2013 AMD World Championships
will be held May 10-12 in Essen, Germany, heading overseas for the first time after holding its competition previously in Sturgis. The premier AMD World Championships in Europe will be held in conjunction with Big Bike Europe, an event organizers say is “poised to be the largest V-Twin industry gathering of the year in Europe.” The competition will take center stage all three days of the show, with the awards ceremony closing out the event at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12th.
Last week we got an email from AMD World Championship Director Neil Blaber who wrote, “At time of writing we have 136 bikes registered from 23 different countries to compete in the Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Street Performance and Retro Modified classes.” The 10th annual AMD World Champion will be selected by their peers competing in the show. In addition to the four main classes, there will be a “non-competitive” Production Manufacturer class for small-scale production bikes with an EU Certificate of Compliance, sponsored by American V-Twin manufacturer S&S Cycle.
Checking the list of competitors signed up for the European show, only two U.S. companies will be representing the American custom motorcycle scene, Hoosier Daddy Choppers and Kansas Motorcycle Works. We know that Jon Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers and its Fire House Racer won the Over 1000cc Custom Class at the 2013 Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show
in Daytona Beach last month. The Fire House Racer is Hoosier’s splendid interpretation of a 2013
Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand won the 2010 AMD World Championships with a motorcycle that switched from a cruiser to sportbike at the push of a button. After winning the recent Custom Chrome Europe custom building competition, he'll be a favorite heading in to this year's event.
Custom Board Tracker. With exhausts that look like fire hoses, a vintage fire extinguisher for an oil tank and an old brass lamp for a headlight, it sports a bit of a steampunk aesthetic. It rolls on big spoked hoops with a heavy duty Springer fork supporting the front end. All done up in fire engine red, of course. We wish Shipley and the Hoosier Daddy crew well.
But they’ll be up against some stiff competition. We saw that 2010 AMD World Champion
Freddie “Krugger” Bertrand of Krugger Motorcycles from Belgium will be competing this year after a couple year’s hiatus from the Sturgis AMDs. Bertran recently won the Custom Chrome Europe 2013 European Championship with his sporty adaptation of a 1966 Honda CB450. Abnormal Cycles from Italy, winners of the Modified Harley-Davidson class in 2012, is sure to bring a worthy competitor to the show. We looked for defending AMD World Champion
, Thunderbike Customs of Germany, on the list, but didn’t see that they had signed up yet. We’re reaching out to Martin Mix of Thunderbike to see if they will indeed be back to defend the 2012 Freestyle Class as we know they recently competed in the Custom Chrome Europe Show, taking third in the Modified Harley class. Whether they have something special in-store that hasn’t been revealed yet is unknown.
We hate that we’re going to miss out on this year’s show, but we wish Robin Bradley, Neil, and all the competitors the best. For European custom motorcycle fans, we hope you enjoy the show which is truly world-class.
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