Alright guys and girls, it’s that time of year again. Ah yes, the smell of motor oil and Sake mixed in the air… That’s right, you called it! Dime City has joined up with Bowman Motorcycles to assist the Sake Bomb crew in putting on the soon to be world famous annual “Scorpio Event” in down town St. Petersburg on November 10th.
This year we’ve stepped up our game and will have the entire 600 block blocked off for custom bike and hot-rod parking. That’s right, you’ll be able to oogle all the sweet rides in and out of the street without fear of getting hit by some old blue hair riding their giant white whale through the streets of St. Petersburg. In addition, we’ll have live music in the street, an art show and of course, the Pin-Up girl pageant. What else could you want on a Saturday afternoon?
So, because we’re handling the bike show with our boy Frankie from Bowman Motorcycles, here’s the skinny (and we don’t mean Frankie’s jeans) on the bike show classes! Last year we had over 250 bikes show up, this year we’re looking to hit the 500 mark! So come on, get those old girls dusted off, full of fuel and out for this fantastic gathering!
*Entry begins at 11AM on Saturday with a cost of $5 per bike. Entry is closed at 3PM when judging starts. Trophies and awards will be at 5PM. Just look for the Dime City Triumph for registration!
Best Garage Built Cafe Racer -
“Header wrap, rattle can paint and rat-rod styling hues are some of the keys for this category. Guys who’re building bikes on a super tight budget with a “use what ya got mentality” are the ones who’ll bring it home in the Down & Dirty Class. Styling hues from classic hot rod design and home fab are a major plus along with creativity and use of non-motorcycle parts to pull the theme together. Think PBR catch cans, piston rod foot pegs and vintage pin striping.
Best Custom Cafe Racer -
Stripped down the bare frame, using as much of the original bike and a huge attention to detail and custom hand fabrication are the focal points for this category. Whether it be a hand beaten and formed fuel tank, a seat made by hand from fiberglass or cool foot pegs spun by hand on a lathe- the winner of the Best Custom Cafe Racer will have put his time in to create a bike that stands in a league of it’s own built in his image.
Best Traditional Cafe Racer -
“Pulling traditional styling cues from classic Cafe Racer culture right from Brighton bay the winner of the Best Traditional cafe will have to pay attention to key differentiators like traditional forward fender mounted license plates, Clubman bars and classic one-up seat. Attention to hand built vs. bought is a major differentiator in this category be it that the chums running at the Ace in the 50′s and 60′s didn’t have large parts catalogs to pick parts from, they made most things themselves.
Best Garage Built Bobber/Chopper -
Big beards, jean vests and oily Levis will be the dead ringer for the builder of the Best Down & Dirty Bobber Class. Most likely a working man who loves to get his hands dirty and isn’t afraid to bust knuckles this bike will be pay homage to classic hot rod and motorcycle building on a budget. Function over form in most cases it will be reliable, look the part and turn heads wherever it’s parked.
Best Custom Bobber/Chopper -
Torn down to nothing and brought back to life the Best Custom Class winner will be a dead-on representation of a custom Bobber style bike. A custom frame, hand built carb intake and bars are just a couple of the items that will set this bike apart from the pack. While paying attention to classic looks the builder of this show stopper will pull out all the stops and spend hours behind the welding mask and machine shop tools to create the bike of his dreams.
Best Traditional Bobber/Chopper -
Paying attention to period correct details like a solo seat with chrome springs, beach cruiser style bars and retro paintwork the Best Traditional Bobber Class winner will be the epitome of “classic bobber aesthetic.” Built with precision and accuracy to mimic old styling the builder of this bike will pay great attention to detail and the mechanical-ness of the bike.
Best Restoration/Stocker Classic -
Because like fine wines and women bike’s that age well are wanted by both the young and the old. The winner of this class will be a someone who pays attention to period correct details down to the coating on a set of HD forks and whether or not the seat had .25 or .50″ between stitches. Yes, it’s a bit excessive but these old birds that have survived legitimately should be honored. No fakers here folks, Rev. Jim can spot a whale a mile away!
Judges Choice -
Judges Choice, the one bike that comes back on every single judges card. An amalgamation of creativity the judges choice class winner is a bike that covers every single and somehow manages to please everyone who looks at it with at least one defining characteristic.
Best In Show -
Simply put, motorcycle pedigree at it’s best. The Best In Show Class Winner will be a shining example of dedication to bike building while balancing a perfect blend of form and function. Possessing an abundance of custom hand built accouterments combined with styling that flows with original lines this winner will be spot on and be the bike everyone walks around at least five times with the hopes of catching all the detail.