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Choppertown Live at Thunder By The Bay Feb 19-21

Published on December 29, 2020 under Blog
Choppertown Live at Thunder By The Bay Feb 19-21

Choppertown ‘Live’ is coming to Thunder by the Bay! That’s right, the very same ‘Choppertown’ that you’ve seen on countless movie streaming platforms and all over social media.

Back in 2004, friends Zack Coffman and Scott DiLalla started One World Studios Ltd. and produced their first motorcycle film called ‘Choppertown’. Since then, they have been offering only the best independently produced motorcycle movies and have taken over the social media world by storm. The logical next step would be to bring you the ‘Choppertown’ experience ‘Live’ and that historic, family friendly first step will be happening in Sarasota, Fl. Feb, 19th, 20th and 21st at Thunder By the Bay.

The goal is to bring you a three day immersive ‘experience’ complete with a motorcycle builders invitational featuring some of the countries most respected builders, to unique vendors, a chopper only ride-in chopper show, a Choppertown Marketplace called ‘The Chop Shop’, great music and some sweet custom cars on display courtesy of Roosterz Rods.

The fun kicks off Friday the 19th at 5pm in our own building right smack dab in the middle of Thunder By the Bay! You’ll be able to experience a motorcycle builders invitational full of some of the country’s top builders and bikes. Our ever growing list includes: Kyle Ray Rice, Jared Weems of Weems Motor Co, Richard Ruckus of It’ll Ride Choppers, Del Morte Customs, Alleyway Kustoms, Good Looking Customs, Turners Cycle Shop, Freakshow Fab, Ronin Vintage and Yogi’s Garage. For your viewing pleasure, we’ll have almost 50 custom choppers of pure excellence.

The Invitational is to be capped on Sunday with the Builders Choice Award. Called the ‘Bill Dodge Award of Excellence’, This prestigious award is named after our long time, legendary friend, Bill Dodge of Daytona’s own Blings Cycle. As many of you know, Bill managed West Coast Choppers for many years and decided to move to Daytona to do his own thing. He’s made a name for himself as one of the nation’s top builders, and widely respected throughout the motorcycle industry. His life was very nearly cut short in an accident a few months ago, and has been on the long road to recovery ever since. We wanted to do something to honor not just a ‘chopper builder’ but a great man who would give anybody the shirt off his back.

Another special event highlight will be Jared Weems of Weems Motor Co and his industry famous David Mann Tribute Triumph Build. We’re excited to announce Jared will also be unveiling his second David Mann Triumph Chopper build inspired from David Mann’s first commissioned painting called ‘Hollywood Run’. David Mann only painted two Triumph Choppers in his legendary career and Jared has built both!

Be sure to throw on those battery tenders and shine up your choppers because on Saturday Choppertown will be hosting its first ever Chopper only ride-in Chopper Show. This show is open to ANY Chopper, ANY year, ANY make and ANY Model. If you consider your bike a Chopper, bring it to the show and show it off to the world and possibly win an award! Categories will Include, best Flathead, best knucklehead, best Panhead, best Shovelhead, best Ironhead, best Evo, best Twin Cam, Best European and Best Japanese Choppers along with a Best of Show Award..

Surrounding the Invitational Big Top we will have a unique vending experience complete with small independent vendors and artists to large corporate setups in the ‘Chop Shop’ where you’ll be able to experience some of the newest moto offerings from some of the Industries leading motorcycle manufacturers.

As if you really needed another reason to visit Florida in February, this will be your unique chance to step inside the Choppertown film experience of industry makers and rule breakers. You just can’t beat the great weather, bikes, food and entertainment, but most of all you can’t beat the Choppers of Choppertown ‘Live’ and Thunder By the Bay.

By Erick Runyon