Industry News 10/14/2015

EVENT: First Ever AIMExpo Garage Party Celebrates V-Twin and Custom Bike Culture

One of the most anticipated additions to this week’s Third Annual American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) from Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), October 15-18, is the first ever Garage Party. This three-day celebration of V-Twin and custom bike culture will take place from October 16-18 and is highlighted by the AIMExpo Championship of the Americas Custom Bike Show and the Chopper Legends Showcase.

Hosted by Garage Party Ambassador Leticia Cline, this one-of-a-kind gathering will recognize both the past and present of the V-Twin world with a variety of events, including custom bike showcases, live music, and of course plenty of parties!
Everything kicks off on Friday evening with a builders’ party for the exceptionally talented contestants of the Championship of the Americas at Orlando Harley-Davidson Historic Factory. This inaugural event is the country’s premier custom bike competition and the ultimate showcase of design, engineering, and creativity for the most talented builders in the Americas. Special appearances are also sure to be made from custom chopper legend Dave Perewitz and his daughter Jody. Additionally, Cline and Bling’s Cycles owner Bill Dodge will host a Bling’s Cycles Insiders Party at the legendary custom shop in Daytona Beach.

The Chopper Legends Showcase will be the centerpiece of Saturday’s events, featuring some of the finest custom bikes from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, all handcrafted by the most renowned builders in the world – Jesse James, Dave Perewitz, Charlie Hadayia Sr., Freddie Arnold, Kyle Shorey, Todd Gilbertson, and more. Led Sled Customs’ Pat Patterson will host the Showcase, and will have some of his own coveted bikes on display. Additionally, judging for the Championship of the Americas and its four classes of competition – Free Style, Retro Custom, Street Custom, and Performance Custom – will also take place. A special Bling’s Cycles AIMExpo Garage Party Ride hosted by Bill Dodge will leave from Daytona Beach to the OCCC early Saturday afternoon, while a special Garage Party Shuttle Bus will make periodic trips from Destination Daytona to the OCCC and back throughout the day, with renowned action sports emcee and motorcycle personality “Dumptruck” serving as a special tour guide. Tickets are now available.
As Saturday evening approaches the energy will ramp up with a live Garage Party Concert featuring rockabilly music great Rocker Jason D. Williams, courtesy of Ace Cafe Orlando. The party continues long after the music stops with the Garage Party After Party at Miller’s Alehouse, just a short walk down the street from the OCCC.
The Garage Party’s final day on Sunday will provide arguably the biggest news of the weekend, as the winners of the Championship of the Americas will be announced at a special awards ceremony. With the inaugural event serving as an official qualifier for the 2016 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, the four winners will receive a coveted entry and all expenses paid trip to next fall’s INTERMOT International Motorcycle Fair in Cologne, Germany, for a shot at being named World Champion. AIMExpo’s own Bob Kay and Cline will announce the winners as hosts of the ceremony.
AIMExpo Garage Party Schedule (full schedule can be found on the AIMExpo Mobile App)
Friday, October 16
Championship of the Americas Builders Meet & Greet Pre-Party 
Orlando H-D Historic Factory
3770 37th Street
Orlando, FL 32805
7:00pm - 11:00pm ET
Bling’s Cycles Insiders Party
726 North Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
7:00pm ET
Saturday, October 17
AIMExpo Championship of the Americas Judgment Day
9:00am - 4:00pm ET
Chopper Legends Showcase
9:00am - 8:30pm ET
Bling’s Cycles AIMExpo Garage Party Ride
726 North Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Departs at 2:00pm ET
Garage Party Concert, Featuring Live Music from Rocker Jason D. Williams
6:30pm - 8:00pm ET
Garage Party After Party
Miller's Ale House 
8963 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
9:00pm - 2:00am ET
Garage Party Shuttle from Destination Daytona
1637 North US Highway 1
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Departures at 10:00am & 2:00pm, Returns at 5:00pm & 9:00pm ET
Sunday, October 18
Chopper Legends Display
10:00am - 5:00pm ET
AIMExpo Championship of the Americas Awards Ceremony
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
More than 560 exhibitors have already committed to this year’s AIMExpo, now a part of the Motorcycle Industry Council. Exhibitor presence builds each day and companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact an AIMExpo Account Manager toll free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697).
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