It's finally here, the unveil of the 2013 Greasy Dozen Builds and the start of the selection process for 2014! Read on to find out how you can be part of this unique movement to promote built not bought motorcycle culture.
First let's get one thing straight "The Greasy Dozen" concept is not a "build off" in fact it's basically the exact opposite of a bike build off. Really the Greasy Dozen is about working together supporting built not bought culture, home builders, and small shops. Drawing in like minded companies, the community and builders to spread what we love. By it's very nature "The Greasy Dozen" avoids pitting people against each other and encourages us to work together. People of all different skill levels can enjoy building a motorcycle! Promoting that ideal while spreading grassroots builder culture and the traditional biker values of brotherhood and mutual respect is what the GD is all about. I purposefully included a first time builder and 1 small shop in each category to further illustrate that you don't need 100k of equipment or to do this for a living to turn out a badass build.
For a first year gig we could not get over the support from the community and fellow Grassroots companies. In the beginning I approached a few of my friends in the industry and with their support and my team at Old Bike Barn we put together a program to select 12 builders and help them out with their winter projects. In addition to the 12 winners we offered 250 applicants parts at cost for 90 days at www.oldbikebarn.com.
Do I have an agenda you might ask? Dam right I do and that's to bring like minded people together to work spreading the love for bike building, grassroots motorcycle culture and the companies that give a shit about the people that make up this community. If you like The Greasy Dozen concept the best thing you can do is share information about The Greasy Dozen and the people that support it by word of mouth and social media.
The Greasy Dozen grew and shaped as it went along and its been quite an adventure. I managed to get around the country and meet many of our builders. It's truly one of the more rewarding things I have done in my career. We've been doing unveil parties for the 12 winners and associated builders. This cumulated with the 1st official Greasy Dozen Run and corn boil this past September 28th.
Because of the support of the community and and my fellow sponsors I'm pleased to announce The Greasy Dozen is here to stay! Going forward I will be organizing it year over year. I want to personally thank all the sponsors, the community and the builders for the hard work they put in to make me make this thing a reality.
Greasy Dozen 2014 Kick off:
Once agan we are looking for 4 Choppers, 4 Cafe racers and 4 Bobbers
This year I'm gona lay down a few rules to make things run a little smoother for me from a logistical perspective. Here's how you enter.
1. Find the thread on Chop Cult titled "The Greasy Dozen 2014" post a picture of your current project and plans for it.
2. Post your build and plans on OBB's facebook page at www.facebook.com/oldbikebarn
3. Make a purchase at www.oldbikebarn.com between Oct 15th and December 23rd (no pressure or rush). Let me explain this one further, I don't care its only a $1 item the reason behind this is just so I have your name, phone number and such on file when the time comes. Last year we had over 1000 applicants and I spent tons hours chasing down email@example.com to get a real name, address and phone. Imaging having to waste countless hours trying to chase down dudes to give them free stuff. I don't mind working hard to serve the community and organize the Greasy Dozen and associated events but please try and make it easy on me with clear communication and information. If you have questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Like the following Facebook pages www.facebook.com/chopcult www.facebook.com/oldbikebarn and www.facebook.com/thegreasydozen. Once the 2014 sponsor list is released like as many of the sponsors as possible "Support those that support you"! The announcement of the official 2014 sponsors will be November 1st.
2014 winners will be announced January 1st and we will chronicle the builds again and do a run.
Special thanks to all the sponsors that supported the 12 winners of The Greasy Dozen 2013 stay tuned for our 2014 Sponsor list.
Special thanks to Phil Guy and Tim Granda for the collaboration on the kick ass art for banners and posters!www.doomcycle.com
Without further ado here are the 2013 builds! Stay tuned for a calendar featuring these bikes and a full feature in Wrench Magazine. Many of the bikes are already headed for print independently and I want to thank the industry photographers and editors for recognizing our builders!
Tim Granda and Rene Davila -Doom Cycle, MI
Carmine Bellamore, Syndicate Choppers, NY
Ben Pfaff & Kevin Geovia, NJ
Christian T. Newman, NY
Jordan Green, OR
Matt Marlatt, OH
Anthony Nocella, PA
Randy Horsman, MD
Shane & Dusty -The Chopping Block, WA
Jason Boatman, CO
Shawn Hallas -Alchemy Garage, OH
#13 BONUS BIKE by Bear Haughton, Cheesy Banana III , OH (you won't see this survivor rebuild until the 2014 Calendar is out) got give you a reason to buy one! Honestly with all the travel I been doing for work and a recent crash I'm still buttoning this baby up.