Annual competition showcases emerging builders and their custom bikes.
Biltwell’s People’s Champ is the show for up-and-comers, independents, and small shops—the builders that make up the fabric of custom-motorcycle culture. Culled from 100s of submissions and then chosen from a round of 24, the six People’s Champ finalists have already demonstrated their talent and creativity. But, in order to be eligible to win the show and the title of People’s Champ, each builder has to ride his custom bike about 50 miles, from Lake Elsinore to the historic Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon.
Cook’s Corner is where the show will take place on June 24, 2022 (the day before Born Free). The party at Cook’s will start at about 3:00 and go until 9:00 pm—when the People’s Champ is announced and all hell breaks loose.
In the meantime, have a look at the bikes—some cool and crazy shit—here, and get ready to vote.
Photography by Geoff Kowalchuk
Biltwell People’s Champ finalist, James Booth of Victoria, British Columbia.
1975 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Biltwell People’s Champ finalist, Aaron Crow of Clairemont, California.
1967 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Biltwell People’s Champ finalist, Greg Gagnon of Ottawa, Ontario.
1964 HD Panhead
Biltwell People’s Champ finalist, Jonny Juarez of Healdsburg, California.
1969 Harley-Davidson Ironhead
Biltwell People’s Champ finalist Clay Krick of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
1976 Honda CB750
Biltwell People’s Champ finalist, Alex Mercier of Wilmington, North Carolina
Vote for your favorite bike between June 20-24, 2022 on the Biltwell People’s Champ website.