Hand-Built Death Traps, Baja Style


On the first El Diablo Run in 2006, the four dozen or so motorcycles that made the southern sojourn ran the mechanical gamut. There were two chopped Ducatis, a gaggle of baggers, a couple panheads, some Trumpets, shovels and Sportsters, and at least one XS650 held together with spit and prayer. When the number of participants on EDR II increased, so too did the quality of hand-built iron.

To capture all that rich patina on EDR II for posterity, pro shooters Stew and Sheldon Ivester from VPD in Murrieta, CA, set up their equipment in a makeshift studio at the San Isabel Hotel. A rustic ballroom in Ensenada provided the space the brothers Ivester needed to make these images, and El Diablo Runners from practically ever corner of the globe pushed their greasy machines before Sheldon's medium-format camera to complete the surreal scene.


These images captured perfectly the El Diablo Run's mechanical aesthetic, and helped spread the word about this no-frills hell ride like few bike photos before them. Well over 200 men and women descended on Baja for EDR III, and the machines that carried them were some of the fastest, crustiest, most creative custom bikes many chopper freaks had ever seen.

Thanks to VPD for creating these great images, and thanks to the men listed here for showcasing their talents.

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Commented on 2-4-2011 At 07:56 am

Very nice rides. Wish I could have been there.

Commented on 2-4-2011 At 09:00 am

Not an ugly fucker in the the owners on the other hand...hahahahaha

Commented on 2-4-2011 At 09:32 am

Cinco d mayo this year! See ya there! (I had so much fun at the second and third I wouldn't miss it!)

Commented on 2-4-2011 At 12:25 pm

love the cinder block !

Commented on 2-4-2011 At 03:25 pm

they all have a lot of balls going on that run. I might have to sleep on it for a couple of years.

Commented on 2-4-2011 At 05:23 pm

Atomic Trent's scoot is a sexy motherfucker!!!!

Commented on 2-4-2011 At 08:10 pm

Big fan of Warren's Shovel. Great bike rough and pretty.

Commented on 2-4-2011 At 09:53 pm

great bikes!

Commented on 2-5-2011 At 01:20 am

gotta say spartan georges is my favorite out of the bunch.

Commented on 2-5-2011 At 03:23 pm

They're all bad ass.

Commented on 2-5-2011 At 03:30 pm

Nice bikes all of 'em

Commented on 2-5-2011 At 05:34 pm

good to see these puppies by Stew and Sheldon see the light of day.

that 'wheelchair' ramp from the street to the ballroom is a hoot. 3 stories tall and a straight shot!

good times.

Commented on 2-6-2011 At 11:59 pm

cool, If noticed billdozers trump is for sale in NY city in the FS adds right now. It has paint and a cleaning on it. I think a 23" tire too.

Commented on 2-7-2011 At 03:48 am

Spartan georges bike is my favorite for sure!

Commented on 2-8-2011 At 05:11 am

Great memories right there.

Commented on 2-8-2011 At 07:15 am


Commented on 2-9-2011 At 11:57 am

Warrens' Shovel takes the cake!

Commented on 5-4-2012 At 10:14 am

Damn, where was I when this shoot was going down... belly up on the beach with bottle of tequila, mmmmaybe!

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