Born Free 10 – A Decade of Two Wheeled Debauchery
Born Free 10 was a celebration of epic proportions for those who live on two wheels. Nestled in the hills of Orange County, CA, along a twisting canyon road, you’ll find Oak Canyon Ranch, a 17-acre park where most people come to get in touch with nature. But on June 23-24, thousands of choppers, bobbers, hardtails, café racers and motorcycles rumbled through the gates for the 10th annual Born Free Motorcycle Show.
Chrome, flames, candy paint, sissy bars, halter-tops, leather and lots of ink – it was motorcycle mecca in terms of machines and the men and women who worship them.
The 2018 event was a far cry from the first show in 2009, when 200 motorcycles gathered in a parking lot not far from the current location. Now, 10 years later, Born Free has established itself as one of the largest vintage chopper and motorcycle shows in the United States, drawing more than 20,000 two-wheel fanatics.
All eyes were on the Invited Builders display, a special showcase where top builders were hand picked from all over the world to display their custom bikes and choppers. Twenty five builders from as far away as England and Japan showed off their newest creations, many built specifically for the event. It’s a rare opportunity to see so many custom builds all in one place. The super-sleek 1948 Harley UL salt flats racer built by Justin Walls from Grove City, OH, took home the coveted “Invited Builders Award.”
What goes better with motorcycles than beer, babes and bands? Born Free had all of that and more, including tons of vendors selling everything from helmets to engine parts. If you couldn’t find it there, it probably doesn’t exist.
There is a unique combination of old iron and modern bikes at Born Free that just works. Whether you prefer radical customs, survivors or stock rides, fans of all ages can find an appreciation for each. Maybe that’s because everyone in attendance had one thing in common…an affinity for motorcycles and fun.
Until next June…Ride free friends.