Show Class Magazine's People Champ Top 24 + 1


Seems that when someone comes up with a good idea they never leave it alone… they always “improve it” into the ground… that’s the reason we are all into “vintage” (as much as I hate that word – thanks “media”) choppers…. Why fix it if it aint broke, right?


Well, when we first came up with the People’s Champ my biggest concern was that we might be “improving” the show at its detriment….. my other concern was that I wanted to make sure that the winner of the People’s Champ was up to snuff with the other bikes built for the show…. I have to say that last year’s People’s Champ far exceeded my expectations and I think added something rad to the show thanks to the amazing work of all the guys involved in the contest…. So, when we were asked by Mike and Grant to get on the hunt again we were stoked….


With the People’s Champ Part Deux our goal (once again) is to both let the public get involved in Born Free and to help showcase some of the builders out there that might have been overlooked otherwise…This year we had over 70 people looking to make it to the big dance… believe me I was stoked to have that many people interested in putting themselves out there…. But that also meant that I had a REALLY HARD decision to make. Here's some of the amazing entries we got….



We have to whittle the field down to the top 25 so we can turn all the decisions over to the PEOPLE to figure the rest out…..


Here are the top 24



Alex Pereira



Ashley Mitchell



Brian Buscemi



Bryan Trigila



Carlos Rodriguez



Chris Graves



Clinton Wallace



Cristian Sosa



Dan Kocka



Elias Klien



Eric Spear



Jason Robson



Jason Uhouse



John Dunn



Josh Brennan 



Jud Ferguson


Kenny Kirk


Kevin Crilly


Kyle Edgar


Matt Bentley


Matt Whitlock


Pete Mason


Spencer Getty


Tony Tyrell



I’d like to say we have a scientific process but we don’t….. 5 of us just sit around looking at the submissions and we argue until we narrow it down to 25….. well, that didn’t work out so well….. we have 24 that we agree on but that last spot…. Hey, there are no rules with Show Class Mag so I decided, why not take the last spot to the PEOPLE and get the party started early…. So, with the help of the Chop Cult, we have the top 24 roster chosen and we are gonna let the PEOPLE pick the 25th…. You can vote here on the CC and help us make up our minds… voting starts NOW and ends Friday at 12 midnight EST (Saturday morning for those who wanna split hairs)


Here’s the 5 person knife-fight….. now, get to voting…. Haha….


Chris Schulte - 6" over Hot Rod Shovel


Larry Henry - Single loop 93" Panhead


Mike Nielsen - Show stopping Pan


Rick Bray - Fuel-injected race inspired Shovel


Ryan Hagar - Denver's style Shovel


Click here to cast your vote 


We had a lot of amazing entries…… We had to constantly tell ourselves that being part of Born-Free takes more than just a bitchin’ chopper…. Every single builder showcased at Born-Free takes it to the next level…. As such, we had to be on the lookout for bikes that we thought had the potential to blow minds….. hopefully we got it right…. Haha…..




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Commented on 12-16-2013 At 07:16 am

tough choice.. but my vote is in !

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 09:06 am

Can I get a picture of my bike posted and not just my ugly mug holding the engine haha!??

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 09:40 am

honored to be in here with a ton of great guys. oh and someone spelled my name wrong.

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 10:03 am

Matt Whitlock already won with that sweet ass Kenny Rogers portrait...

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 10:45 am

Very honored and humbled to take part in this with so many builders i look up to.

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 11:06 am

Cool! Stoked to be one of the last five. -mike

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 12:09 pm

This is Awesome! I have to great friends that have been picked. Good Luck Kenny and Clinton!

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 02:29 pm

JohnnyROT- changed out :-)

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 02:54 pm

Lisa, Thank you! I'de like to thing most of these dudes would rather look at my bike than me haha! Congrats everyone!

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 03:26 pm

my votes in. won't say who i voted for, but i will say i'm not a girder fan lol.

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 08:09 pm

Those snowflakes are sweeeetttttt... Hope they make it in....

Commented on 12-16-2013 At 09:01 pm

@Buscemi - Fixed

Commented on 12-17-2013 At 04:07 pm

Can't wait to see Whitlock bring home the win!

Commented on 12-17-2013 At 04:07 pm

Can't wait to see Whitlock bring home the win!

Commented on 12-17-2013 At 06:26 pm

Cant go wrong with a pan chop. Love the pic of the spirder too. Beenookin for one for a while

Commented on 12-18-2013 At 07:17 am


Commented on 12-20-2013 At 01:13 pm

Nielsen. Denver. Done.

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