The Horse Smoke Out Joe's Ride-in Bike Show

The Horse BackStreet Choppers Magazine Smoke Out Issue No.1

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This show is still the quickest path to have your bike featured in the pages of The HORSE Backstreet Choppers Magazine and now we are taking it even further. Entry fee is still only $20.


noun  am·a·teur  \ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌchu̇r, -chər\

one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a professional...

This is the competition where regular guys (Joe's) get to see what it is like to build a chopper to a fixed schedule. It looks simple on television, mock-up, fabrication, send it out to paint and assemble it on the eve of the show.

Want to compete in the ACO?

The surest way to be selected as one of the ACO builders for Smoke Out 19, is to win the ride in bike show at the Smoke Out. If you are one of the 10 winners of the “Joe” class (in the ride in bike show) you will have a slot to be one of the ACO builders the following year, if you're up to it.

For the other unfilled slots for the ACO, Englishman will pick builders from random applications mailed into The Horse magazine, as per the printed instruction in the magazine. A total of 10 finalist are chosen and we don’t know how many will make it, we usually lose a couple because they couldn’t finish for some reason. Celebrity guest judges select the winner.


Rules the builders follow:

  • No ‘pro’ shops are allowed to compete, in other words you cannot do this for a living.
  • This must be a “new” project, so no “already been building for six months’ stories.”
  • Build whatever you want, no restrictions.
  • Entrant must show up with his bike at the appointed time at the Pine Inn on the Saturday morning of Smoke Out 18. At that time, the bike must start, and it must make it the ten miles or so to the Smoke Out grounds under its own power.
  • Bike will remain on display at the Smoke Out until after judging (usually around noon).
  • The winners for the Bike Show and Amateur Chop Off are announced later that day (Saturday) on the main stage. Hammer and Englishman will be on the main stage beginning at 4:00pm with the results!
  • The winning bike will be shot for a full spread in the magazine. We can’t promise the cover like the last winner (Max Neubaur) got with issue #137 but we’re willing to try. In the end, everybody wins, they all have a brand new chopper, and we get to see them, not too shabby!


REGISTER NOW for the Joe's Ride-in Bike Show to be considered for Smoke Out 18 ACO!

Check out a video of the last The Horse Smoke Out sponsored by Lowbrow Customs! June 16-17, 2017 

The Horse Smoke Out 2017 Presented by Lowbrow Customs from Lowbrow Customs on Vimeo.


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