Born Free Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

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.

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

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.

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

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.

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve


Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

What’s unique about Born Free is that it’s open to all makes and models regardless of year. Spectators park their bikes on the grass inside the venue, allowing everyone who rides into the park to become part of “the show.” The weekend is all about motorcycles and the culture surrounding them. From stock rides to crazy customs, it was pure motorcycle madness.

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

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.”

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

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.

Born Free Motorcycle Show, Fuel CurveBorn Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

The VANS half-pipe was a huge hit, as show-goers got to see skaters catching big air all weekend. Skating legend Steve Caballero, a gear-head himself who had his 1969 Honda CL175 on display, got a huge applause every time he hit the ramp.

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

And don’t forget The Give Away, a Born Free tradition, where 25 bucks gets you a raffle ticket and a chance to ride home on a 1945 Knucklehead or a 1968 Shovelhead. We didn’t win but we tried!

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

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.

Born Free 10 Motorcycle Show, Fuel Curve

Until next June…Ride free friends.

Born Free 10 Photo Extra!

Growing up just miles from Fremont Drag Strip where his father both worked and raced throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Marc Gewertz was exposed to the excitement, color, and pageantry of hot rodding at an early age. During junior high, he began taking his Nikon camera to the dragstrip to capture the action and the people behind all those fast cars. With a penchant for being in the right place at the right time, he quickly developed a reputation as being one of rac­ing’s rising young photographic talents.

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