Sturgis hosts biker build off

The event is part of the five-day day music festival, motorcycle rally and trade show at Vernon's MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park.

  • May. 13, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Celebrity judges have been announced for the 2012 Sturgis North biker build off.

The event is part of the five-day day music festival, motorcycle rally and trade show, taking place at the MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park in Vernon, July 18 to 22.

“The second annual Sturgis North 2012 promises to be a superb event,” said Sturgis North president Ray Sasseville. “Our event includes classic rock bands, biker build off, show and shines, poker rides, a trade show, and demonstrations. Be part of the excitement and purchase your ticket, plan your lodging or stay on-site as this year we have lots of camping available, so you can make the journey to Sturgis North 2012 a great, memorable experience.”

Along with musical acts such as Rick Derringer, Blue Oyster Cult, Brian Howe of Bad Company, The Guess Who, Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Jerry Doucette, Foghat, Kim Mitchell and Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd are celebrity bikers Paul Yaffe, Roger Goldammer, John Shope, Eddie Trotta and Matt Hotch, who are travelling from Florida, Arizona, California and B.C. to judge the biker build off.

Participants can join the competition in any of the following classifications: freestyle, modified Harley, performance custom, or retro modified.

Those entering can check in at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, and continue to arrive throughout the day. Bikes are to be displayed all five days of the festival, with trophies and cash awarded to the winners on Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m.

Entry fee per bike is $10, and 24/7 security will be provided for bikes being built on pavement in a sheltered, powered, and lit area located right on the grounds, say organizers.

“The area can easily be viewed by onlookers and bike building enthusiasts.”

Costs associated with travel and shipping arrangements are the responsibility of the builder. Also available on a “first come, first serve” basis are place cards, temporary vehicle decals, VIP camping and limited five days passes. No turn tables, special lighting, mirrors, pictures, or models will be allowed in the bike building area.

Tickets and passes are now available online and can be ordered at