Focus: Born Free Bike Show, OC, CA


It was a busy weekend in Southern California September 26, with not one but two grassroots chopper shows occurring within miles of each other on the same sunny Sunday afternoon. Billdozer and I attended the Born Free Vintage Bike Show in Orange, CA.




Held in the parking lot of Classic Cycles Inc., Grant and Harpoon's event brought hundreds of cats from LA, SD and OC counties. The vibe at this Freedom Machinery production was chill, with complimentary food and beer flowing courtesy of our friends Tony and Andy Dunn, the father-and-son proprietors of Classic Cycles.


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Dozens of industry players big and small donated prizes for the free raffles, and the Born Free crew awarded some great vintage trophies to some equally great vintage iron. When the beer ran out, Tony Dunn personally hit the liquor store to replentish the ice chests. Now that's what I call hospitality. Thanks for hosting a great event.











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Commented on 10-13-2009 At 07:09 pm

Great event
Im happy to say That I was at the first one and hopefully not the last.

Commented on 10-13-2009 At 11:59 pm

I'm kicking myself now for missing this one.

Commented on 10-14-2009 At 03:28 am

I gotta move to Cali...great pics!

Commented on 10-14-2009 At 06:13 am

It was one of the best local shows I've been to in a long time. Sure hope it continues

Commented on 10-14-2009 At 06:32 am

It was really cool to see so many REAL Bikes!!!!!!!Do it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Commented on 10-14-2009 At 06:38 am

I don't recall ever seeing so many great bikes in one spot.
Good stuff.

Commented on 10-14-2009 At 06:49 am

it was a good time, tons of great bikes. we went to the long beach cycle swap meet the next day, then headed home for vegas.

Commented on 10-14-2009 At 05:17 pm

Another score!

Commented on 10-15-2009 At 04:06 am

Yeah it was great, on a hot day too, with cold beer, bitchin bikes...

Commented on 10-15-2009 At 02:31 pm

I go out to L.A. at least 3 times a year so my girl can see her family and I can get away for a bit.Every time I miss a show by 1 or 2 weeks,every time! Damn.

Commented on 10-16-2009 At 09:49 am

What a sick show. Thanks again to all the vendors, promoters, volunteers, taco lady, and Tony and "Vegas is more improtant Andy" for all the hard work.

Commented on 10-18-2009 At 07:17 pm

So grateful to all the sponsors and bikes that made the trip; I am still staring at my $10 event shirt with loving eyes. It was the first time I wished I had brought a video camera, just to document how fast everyone was fed!

Commented on 10-19-2009 At 10:16 am

Wow, looks like a great event!! Where the hell was I ;)...

Commented on 10-20-2009 At 05:30 am

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. California dreamin!
Events like this remind me that Maryland sucks sometimes.

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 05:18 am

Good stuff wish I could have made it , I'll see you next year

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 05:15 pm

Thanks to all that came and those that looked from afar! We are planning the 2010 Born-Free show for June, we'll let you know.

Commented on 11-7-2009 At 06:31 pm

Hope to go next year, looked awesome.

Commented on 2-13-2010 At 04:19 pm

Kick ass festival! I wish there was one over here!
Brazilian bike fests are so LAME!

Commented on 2-13-2010 At 04:19 pm

Kick ass festival! I wish there was one over here!
Brazilian bike fests are so LAME!

Commented on 2-8-2011 At 08:20 pm

Another one i missed.

Commented on 3-23-2012 At 12:29 pm

Utah needs one of these grassroots bike shows.

Commented on 6-21-2014 At 02:05 pm

Have attended every bf show accept 1and 1 more week will be there seeing amazing builds and best part...seeing old friends.

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