Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hot Metal Harley's Bike Show Recap!

“It was a dark and stormy night….” Well actually it was more of a dreary, soggy start to a Saturday when we put up the tents and cones for the 1st Annual Hot Metal Harley-Davidson Bike Show on Saturday, July 14th.  That didn’t stop the riders from bringing their scoots to the shop.

In between the raindrops, dozens of show-ready bikes pulled into the parking lot to register to compete in one of ten classes to compete for the top trophy.  AJ Haddad, our parts manager organized this bike show and wanted it to be old-school.  “The free reign given to me by Toby and Lori allowed us to do it just like it was back in the day, you know what I mean?” 

Almost as if it was timed, the rain subsided just as registration had come to a close at 11:30.  The microfiber cloths came out and judging began.  The legendary Billy Steele was among the judges along with Steve Jurnak and AJ Haddad.

Billy Steele brought out his “Honey Bagger” Harley-Davidson Road Glide that has been featured in numerous publications and shows across the country.  The entire bike is made of steel (fairing, lowers, and bags included), and boasts an iPad2 as the control for its mammoth stereo system.  In addition to the bagger, Steele brought his Model A Ford, and another custom bike that has a couple of its own trophies. Neither bike was in competition, they were for display only.

The Mon Valley H.O.G. chapter fired up the grill and served over 100 visitors and sold 50/50’s that paid $280 to the winner, while other volunteers manned the vendor booths, beer tent, and tabulated the results.  As each bike came in, they were given a ticket for door prizes worth up to $1,200 from Cut Throat Airbrushing.  That meant even if you didn’t place you could still win a prize.  Once the prizes were handed out, it was time to bring on the trophies.

Here are the 1st place winners by category:
Non-Harley: Al DiVirgilio
Vintage:  Greg Wisenauer
V-Rod: Scott Kalikowski
Sportster: Matt Dragovich
Dyna:  Bill Schrader
Softail:  Dani Jurnak
Softail Custom: Danny Eggerton
Touring:  Mickey Costeline
Touring Custom:  Denny Eggerton
Best Paint:  Rob Farnsworth
Best of Show:  Rob Farnsworth

Minutes after the Best of Show was announced, rain drops started to once again fall from the sky ever so lightly.  It didn’t seem to bother most, as a great afternoon was had by all who attended the First Annual Hot Metal Harley-Davidson Bike Show.