“The Stampede” takes place in City of Industry the Thursday before the Born Free Show. The event serves as a precursor to the show on the weekend with a laid-back fun vibe and abundance of motorcycle enthusiast camaraderie on display. Racers, fans, and bike builders alike bench race and share their stories of late nights in the garage, into the wee hours of the morning, after putting in 10-hour days at their real jobs. There is also an Invited Builders Meeting followed by flat track racing at the Industry Hills Expo Center that included a Super Hooligans X Games Minneapolis qualifier. It’s another example of what makes the motorcycle culture so appealing.
“Freebird” by Invited Bike Builder David Morales
Our team landed in Orange County on Thursday and headed directly to City of Industry for The Stampede. We met up with David Morales and Fabian Campos from the Denton Moto Collective for a quick interview about David’s entry in the Invited Builders Show with his 1957 Triumph, “Freebird.”
Bikes of The Stampede
After hanging with the Denton crew, we had a chance to preview many of the bikes entered in Saturday and Sunday’s Invited Builders Show. The diversity and level of creativity of the bikes on display was astounding. Then there’s the bikes ridden to The Stampede and the A+ people watching. Good times and more cool vibes.
Super Hooligans X Games Qualifier
Later in the day, it was flat track racing time in conjunction with the Super Hooligans X Games Minneapolis qualifier. Tucker and Twin Power athlete and ambassador Stephanie Pietz was on hand, along with other athletes representing Tucker Brands on full display to the large crowd in attendance. As usual, the Hooligan racing provided plenty of action, excitement, and fun for the racers and fans alike. If you haven’t been to a Super Hooligans race yet, there’s still plenty of opportunities to check one out this year.
That’s it from our Stampede experience. Look for more updates from Born Free 11 in the coming days.
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