Sturgis Bike Week: IMBBA Honored

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Sturgis, SD – If you didn’t grab your camera, you wish you would of. On Sunday, August 8, 2010 during Sturgis, Bike Week, IMBBA was honored on stage at the Broken Spoke Saloon (campground) before crowds of spectators that witness a heart-felt reunion and gathering of the some of the world’s top talents in motorcycle building.

To share in the event was our host Jay Allen, Broken Spoke Saloon’s icon, and Kris Krome Master of ceremonies was none other than the world famous Randy Akers a.k.a. "Radical Randy".

From Canada, Bob McKay, USA’s Ron Finch and Mondo Porras "Godfather of Choppers" received honors and welcomed into IMBBA Hall of Fame, by Jeff Starke, IMBBA’s president and Founder.

A highlight to the ceremony was when, IMBBA Hall of Famer Paul Yaffe, took the microphone and did an impersonation of Ron Finch that had the audience and builders hysterical with laughter.

Just before the presentation ceremony, IMBBA called up on stage the newest of builders to receive their Certification and trophy for reaching the top level of Master bike Builder Level II.

They were: Lee Wimmer, Steven Broyles Sr., Don Bittman, Ryan Robinson, Jim Nasi, They were greeted on Stage by former Hall of Fame Recipients, Paul Yaffe, and all the way from Germany, Fred Kodlin, who made the trip specifically to welcome these builders into the IMBBA association.

Following the ceremony, was a reception dinner that topped 200 guests, held on the upper deck of the Broken Spoke Saloon.

"This event held promise to the industry coming together and representing a legacy of talent, skills, knowledge, that when combined, will leave the industry better than the way we found it", said Jeff Starke.

With the bringing of academic books authored from the experience of these and many other experts in our industry and being able to pass it on to the Young guns our next generation of bike builders, helps the industry through the Hall of Fame and directors of IMBBA, fulfill the mission of IMBBA.

Without this unity we would otherwise continue as we have for the last 100 years or so. IMBBA is proud to be the traffic director and hold these talented individuals up to the public in favor and see them globally recognized for their contributions and artistry of their trade.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).