About the AIMExpo Championship of the Americas

For the first time in motorcycling history, there is a world class bike show focused on builders from all of the Americas that will serve as a path to compete in the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The AIMExpo Championship of the Americas is a showcase of design, engineering and creativity by custom bike builders from as far north as Greenland all the way to the tip of South America.

The show will feature 4 classes based on different platforms as opposed to catering to the style de jour. Customizing a motorcycle as an expression of your personal identity has been the essence of two wheel differentiation and satisfaction since the GI’s returned home in the 40’s. The opportunity for enthusiasts, members of the media, and the greater industry to appreciate these rolling masterpieces of art and meet their creators will be a memorable experience for one and all, no matter what your type of riding or particular brand preference might be.

2016 Free Style First Place Josh Dickinson

2016 Retro Custom First Place Jordan Dickinson

Recent World Champions have been crowned from both Canada and the United States with world class entries emerging from Mexico, Columbia and Argentina. When custom bike builders from all over the Americas meet in Columbus in September they will be competing for a coveted entry, plus expenses, to represent the Americas in the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at the Intermot international motorcycle fair in Cologne, Germany in the fall of 2018.

2016 Street Custom First Place Adam Karns

2016 Performance Custom First Place Jesse Spade

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2017 AIMExpo Championship of the Americas – Official Rules

Entry Process

  • Click here to register online
  • Complete entire entry form and affidavit of Liability and Publicity Release and sign electronically.
  • Specify desired class you wish to enter:
    1. Free Style: Anything goes, 2 or 3 wheel drivetrain/chassis motorcycle configuration as defined by the DMV. The only limitation is the builder’s imagination and resources.
    2. Retro Custom: Must have a pre-84 OEM engine, replica engines are not allowed. Custom or modified stock frames are acceptable. Must be a 2 or 3-wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by the DMV.
    3. Street Custom: Must have a major OEM engine and frame. Neck may be cut to rake frame. Hard tail sections and wide tire kits are acceptable. Must be a 2 or 3-wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by the DMV.
    4. Performance Custom: Must have engine and/or suspension upgrades. Does not have to be street legal. Modified or competition specific frames and stretched swing arms are acceptable. All forms of competition (drag racing, class C, road racing and off-road) 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configurations as defined by the DMV are acceptable.
    5. Peoples’ Choice: The one favorite bike chosen by popular vote
  • E-mail 2 photos of bike, 1 left side straight on and 1 right side straight on, to bkay@mic.org. You may also text photos to Bob Kay at 817-312-0380
  • You will be sent a credit card form for payment, please present your payment confirmation copy during your on-site registration at AIMExpo. Free Style entry fee is $150 and all other classes are $75. Entry fees include 2 exhibitor passes per bike.

Eligibility

  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified
  • The AIMExpo Championship of the Americas is open to all builders/owners of custom 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configurations as defined by the DMV that are legal residents of North American, Central American and South American countries that are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.
  • All entry forms and photos become the sole property of AIMExpo and will not be returned.

Judging Rules

  • Judging will be conducted by a “Peer Review” of fellow builders entered into the AIMExpo Championship of the Americas. In addition AIMExpo has the option to invite VIP Industry expert judges. One voting form will be issued to each builder or VIP upon site registration regardless of the number of bikes entered. Competitors cannot vote on their own bike.
  • Correctly tallied and completed judging forms must be returned to the registration desk or deposited in a Peoples’ Choice ballot box by the stated deadline to be included in the voting process. In the event of a tie on points for any award, the entry with the most first place votes of the tied entries will be deemed the winner. Any disputes will be decided by the Sponsor and considered final.
  • Peoples’ Choice will be decided by popular vote open to all attendees and exhibitors.

Bike Displays

  • AIMExpo will provide a display area, some will be elevated as arranged for presentation, and an 11” x 17” display sign provided by the sponsor accompanying the motorcycle. The information provided on the entry form will be used to populate the display sign.
  • No other items may accompany the motorcycle in the display. This includes, but is not limited to; turn tables, lights, mirrors, trophies, pictures or models. The owners/builders and or models may stay within the vicinity of their motorcycles; this is actually encouraged, and promote their bike/company. Business cards and or literature may be handed out but in no way surplus cards or literature may be stored visible to attendees.

Prizes

  • Free Style
    • Winner: Up to $7,500 reimbursement for expenses to attend the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building including motorcycle transit by ship, transit insurance, air fare and lodging for the builder. Qualified reimbursement is only eligible for the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom bike Building, is not transferable and will be paid net/45 upon receipt of an invoice indicating the actual service. Entry must be ready for shipping by August 1, 2018 to allow for customs paperwork and transit time.
    • Runner Up: $2,500 in merchandise credit
  • Retro Custom
    • Winner: $2,000 in merchandise credit
    • Runner Up: $500 in merchandise credit
  • Street Custom
    • Winner: $2,000 in merchandise credit
    • Runner Up: $500 in merchandise credit
  • Performance Custom
    • Winner: $2,000 in merchandise credit
    • Runner Up: $500 in merchandise credit
  • Peoples’ Choice
    • Winner: $500 in merchandise credit
    • Runner Up: $250 in merchandise credit

General

  • All motorcycle entries must be able to start, run, move under their own power and stop. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to require verification of ownership and retail value of any custom motorcycle in a form acceptable to the Sponsor.
  • Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry it deems to be offensive, inappropriate, or not in keeping with sponsor’s image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the official rules.
  • Participation in the AIMExpo Championship of the Americas means the entrants agree to (a) abide by the rules of the Sponsor and judges, (b) to release and hold harmless the Sponsor/AIMExpo, the Sponsor’s sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotional agencies, and all of the officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the collectively released parties from any and all injuries, liabilities, losses and damages of any kind to persons including death, or property damage resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the entrant’s participation in the competition or any competition-related activity including travel and shipping to and from, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the awarded prize or use by the released parties’ of any rights granted; and (c) to the use by the Sponsor and its designees of his or her name, company name, trademarks, logos, entry, biographical information, voice, performance, photograph, image for trade advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any or all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the internet, and in perpetuity, without compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so.
  • Released parties are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, delayed, inaccurate, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, destroyed, mutilated, stolen or postage-due entries, entry fees, vote ballots, or mail or lost or stolen vote ballot boxes or for any errors or problems of any kind whether in connection with this competition, including without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the competition, the processing or judging of entries, the tabulation of votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any competition related materials or the cancellation of the show. Released parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this competition or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor may disqualify anyone from participating in the competition or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the competition by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives or who are otherwise in violation of these official rules. Any attempt to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the competition may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages, including attorneys’ fees, from any such individual to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify, cancel or suspend any portion of the competition for any reason. The competition is governed by the laws of Ohio.

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  • Entrants, by participation in this competition, accept the terms of the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.
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