Las Vegas—Las Vegas BikeFest has announced the roster for the 13th annual Artistry in Iron–Master Builders Championship. The competition will be held during the 16th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, September 29–October 2, 2016.

The annual invitation-only competition, sponsored by Steve Soffa Enterprises and Paughco, will include 19 award winning builders. A limited number of builders are invited to participate annually.

Artistry in Iron participants include builders that have shaped the industry and who are establishing the latest trends in custom bikes and engineering. “Each year we invite those on the cutting edge as well as some past participants and they never cease to amaze us with the incredible works of art that they bring. We are honored that these builders have accepted our invitation,” commented event producer Mindi Cherry. “It solidifies the importance of the Artistry in Iron championship to the motorcycle industry. There are no rules or guidelines on the builds so it is always exciting to see what rolls in.”



The bikes are judged solely by the master builders themselves, and the winner is announced on Saturday, October 3 and presented with a check for $10,000 as well as a custom-designed championship bracelet created by renowned designer and master artisan Steve Soffa. In addition, second place will receive a Paughco Custom Rigid Rolling Chassis and third place will receive a Paughco Springer Front End. The public is invited to visit the bikes during Rally Central hours and to meet the participating builders during autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

Confirmed participants include:
Austin Andrella, Nick Beaulieu, Paul Binford, Johnny Branch, JC and Jimme Lee Coen, Bill Dodge, Adam Gaspic, Ryan Gore, Steve Iacona, Johnny Mac, Pete Pearson, Will Ramsey, Aki Sakamoto, Daniel Sanchez, Mark Shell, Kyle Shorey, Cristian Sosa, Kirk Taylor, Andrew Ursich.

For more information on each of the builders, visit


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