The Born-Free 6 show is behind me, but the memories and people I met on this journey will live with me forever. If you are like me, then you understand the sleepless nights I had leading up to our departure. The day finally came and we were off to encounter the most anticipated vintage chopper show on the planet. Three of my buddies and I set off on the trip of a lifetime, departing from Fort Worth, Texas and travelling almost 1400 miles to reach our destination. There was more than enough time to discuss Born-Free 6, builders we admired, and bikes we looked forward to seeing there. The trip was a little nerve racking since we were hand-delivering my buddy Scott Hoepker’s (Chemical Candy Customs) tank to the Art and Fuel Exhibit. But, we safely delivered his masterpiece without a hitch for the display early Friday morning. After we handed off the tank, we made some time to walk around the grounds to get an early view of the builder’s bikes and some of the vendors that would be on display. I was able to meet my Chop Cult mentor, Lisa Ballard, and her talented husband, Duane, as well as some of the amazing builders.
On Friday night, it was time to hit up Cook’s Corner for the Show Class People’s Champ 2 contest. It was surreal to see the stellar bikes on display and the sea of killer bikes in the parking lot. I ran into some of my favorite builders and even shared some conversations with them. I feel especially privileged to have met and talked to Kevin “Teach” Baas. It was the highlight of my trip. I have always admired his family values and his talent, as he has built some jaw-dropping custom bikes over the years. I also ran into Scott “T-Bone” Jones for the second time this year and was stoked to be able to catch up with him on his most current build.
The next morning, my buddies and I headed out to BF6 to get a first-hand experience of the show. I was in such disbelief at the caliber of bikes around me that I wandered away from my buddies. For the next few hours I walked the grounds in awe, soaking in this experience. This was one of the best experiences of my life and in the future I am definitely going to try to make it out every year I possibly can.
Lisa asked me to help by taking pictures of the crowd and the bikes, so I am sharing them with you. I took so many pictures that it would be impossible to share them all, but I have selected some of my favorites taken over the weekend. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed shooting them.
I would like to thank Lisa and Chop Cult for the continual support and the opportunity to cover and share my experience. I would also like to thank my buddies Rob Taylor, Clinton Wallace and Sam Andrews for sharing this amazing trip with me. Lastly, I want to thank my amazing wife Marci for her encouragement and understanding for my passion of old bikes and choppers.