There was a time when building custom motorcycles came with zero promise of fame or fortune. Instead, it was purely about the love of chopping, welding and grinding on sheet metal and the satisfaction of creating a one-of-a-kind work of rolling art.
The competition is not open to professional builders and contestants cannot make a living customizing motorcycles. Motorcycle industry professionals, such as a mechanic or salesperson, are welcomed to submit.
That’s why in 2018, Indian Motorcycle will stage a totally unique custom build competition that celebrates the undiscovered builders.
This competition is not open to pros. It’s only for those who build for the passion, not the paycheck. We’re not asking you to quit your day job. But if you’ve got what it takes, you’ll earn a $10,000 payday and a spread in Hot Bike Magazine.
But that’s not all. Each builder selected to participate will receive a $10,000 build budget, a brand new Scout Bobber to serve as the canvas for their personal work of art and a trip in July to Minneapolis for a party where the finished custom Scout Bobbers will be unveiled.
From March 15-30, amateur builders can submit to be one of three chosen participates. From April 3-13, the top submissions will be showcased online and available for fan voting.
To enter, wrenchers can visit IndianMotorcycle.com and submit 500 words explaining their build plans and why they’re deserving to be one of three participants. Submissions should include a sketch or digital design rendering of their customized Scout Bobber concept, along with descriptions and imagery of previous builds. Those submitting are asked to include any references who can reinforce their talent and justify their skills. Video submissions are also welcomed.
Participants will design and create their own take on the stripped-down, 100 horsepower cruiser. The three custom Scout Bobbers will be unveiled in July, followed by a fan vote. The winner will be announced at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and will receive a $10,000 grand prize along with a feature spread in Hot Bike magazine.