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24th Annual Michigan Motorcycle Show - December 13, 2011
December 13, 2011 - Saginaw, MI – Michigan’s longest running custom motorcycle show has announced several landmark changes. The 24th installment of the annual Michigan Motorcycle Show will feature a new accredited judging system, grand prize, featured attractions, and producer.
Since 1988, the Michigan Motorcycle Show has attracted thousands of motorcycle lovers to the Birch Run Expo Center every January to view some the best custom bikes Michigan builders have to offer, browse motorcycles, accessories, services and apparel offered by vendors from throughout the Midwest, and enjoy music, food and entertainment tailored to scratch the biker itch that tends to flair up in the dead of a typical Michigan winter.
The Michigan Motorcycle Show has partnered with the International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA) to judge what will soon become the gold standard of bike shows in the Midwest. The IMBBA is the only judging agency that trains and certifies its judges, bringing a standard of bike show classification and judging that ensures a record of results.
“The Michigan Motorcycle Show will join a select number of USA bike shows that will be judged and certified by the IMBBA”, said Jeff Starke, IMBBA President. “We are excited to work with the producers of the Michigan Motorcycle Show to expose Michigan bikers and bike builders to a standard of excellence amongst bike shows that has been recognized world wide. Since its inception in 2005, the IMBBA has continued to raise the bar in the motorcycle industry by challenging experienced bike builders to compete in IMBBA sanctioned bike shows and have their work fairly judged, as well as expose young professionals and enthusiasts in the industry to knowledge and training that will advance their craft and the industry as a whole.”
In addition to a higher standard of consistent judging, the affiliation with the IMBBA brings additional benefits to the Michigan Motorcycle Show; the motorcycle judged Best in Show at the 2012 Michigan Motorcycle Show will receive an expense paid invitation to participate in the IMBBA qualifier class and be granted dual enrollment in the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building held in Sturgis, SD August 5th-8th 2012.
“Our affiliation with the IMBBA, and with it the AMD World Championship, will bring a level exposure to Michigan bike builders that, up until now, was almost unobtainable to many in-state folks in our industry” said Chad Dutmers, the new promoter of Michigan Motorcycle Show. “By increasing the quality of judging, the quality of competition amongst builders will improve, increasing the level of exposure to the national industry press for participants, and ultimately the entire Michigan motorcycling community benefits. The idea that the winner of the Michigan Motorcycle Show will represent the Great Lakes State in the World Championship is just awesome!”
Along with an impressive slate of custom bikes, the 2012 Michigan Motorcycle Show will feature motorcycles and artifacts from one of the finest collections of antique motorcycles in the world: The Melvin Motorcycle Museum brought to you by Hagerty. Located near the beautiful shores of Oscoda, MI, the Melvin Motorcycle Museum boasts some of the rarest of motorcycles from manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, Indian, Honda, Triumph, BMW, Norton, Matchless, Cushman, and many more!
“We are excited to share a portion of one of the most unique motorcycle collections in the world at this year’s Michigan Motorcycle Show” said Derek Prechtl, Vice President of Hagerty. “Old Indians, Harleys and Hondas are the cornerstone of our presentation. Exhibits include the history of American motorcycling and motorcycle design as shown through the original drawings of the Indian factory, extensive memorabilia and, of course, rare motorcycles from around the world.”
For those bikers who have been regulars at the Michigan Motorcycle Show over the past twenty three years, they will notice a change of producers at this year’s event as well. The event has changed hands and will now be produced and promoted by Chad Dutmers, the owner of the largest and oldest motorcycle events company in the Midwest; Giant Motorcycle Swap Meets.
“We are excited to be involved in what I know will be the ultimate bike show in the state, and eventually in the Midwest” said Mr. Dutmers. “It’s all about the bikes, and by bringing a higher level of judging, bike quality, competition, and attractions to the event, everyone wins. Of course we’ll pack the place with unique vendors and are looking forward to rocking through the weekend with great live bands, beer and food. January’s a cold month in Birch Run, MI. Why wouldn’t you want to warm up to some of the hottest bikes at the Michigan Motorcycle Show?”
About the Michigan Motorcycle Show
Michigan Motorcycle Show, headquartered in Traverse City, MI, is Michigan’s largest and longest running custom motorcycle show. The company promotes one annual event at The Birch Run Expo Center over the third weekend in January, 21st-22nd 2012. The event is held indoors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday the 21st and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday the 22nd. For more information visit www.mibikeshow.com or call 1-800-968-4242.
About the International Master Bike Builders Association
The IMBBA, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL was established in 2005 in order to identify a point system that could be used worldwide to recognize the craftsmanship and skills, knowledge and talent employed in quality bike restoration, rebuilding, and radical from-the-ground-up customization. In addition to bike show accreditation and judging, the IMBBA focuses on builder education and mechanic certification. For more information visit www.masterbikebuilders.com or call 1-262-501-4500.
About the Melvin Motorcycle Museum
The Melvin Motorcycle Museum, headquartered in Oscoda, MI, was established in 2011by Marge and Bill Melvin and contains one of the largest and most unique collections of antique motorcycles and artifacts in the world. For more information visit www.melvinmotorcyclemuseum.com or call 1-989-569-3660.
Hagerty, headquartered in Traverse City, MI, is the largest insurer of classic car, boats, and motorcycles in the world. For more information visit www.hagerty.com or call 1-877-922-9701
About Giant Motorcycle Swap Meets
Giant Motorcycle Swap Meets, headquartered in Traverse City, MI, was established in 1975 and is the Midwest’s largest promoter of motorcycle swap meets. The company promotes nine, one-day events in five locations throughout the states of Michigan and Ohio each year – The Lansing Center, The DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, The Birch Run Expo Center, The Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, and the I-X Center in Cleveland. All events are held indoors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information and a calendar of events visit www.motorcycleswap.com or call 1-800-968-4242.