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Born Free 8 - June 25-26, 2016 at Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, California

Greetings! This is MOONEYES Steve. I had the pleasure of attending Born Free 8 held at Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, California at the end of June 2016. This is the fourth time in five years for me to attend the Born Free Show and it gets better every time! Grant, Mike and the entire Born Free Team continue to present a top notch vintage bike show every year.

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The day we arrived in California, we headed to the Born Free preparty that evening. The Invited Builder bikes were lined up together in front of the stage area. As the sun went down Grant came on stage to say a few words and the party was over. It was great to chatch up with a lot of old friends there and see the new bikes on display.

Friday Setup Day at Born Free 8
After we completed the setup of the MOONEYES Booth, I took a quick look at the Invited Builders area.
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Show Class Magazine Party at Cook's Corner
In the afternoon, we finished everything we had to do. After a quick bite to eat, we headed to the annual Show Class Magazine party at Cook's Corner. This is another highlight of the Born Free Show and officially kick starts the weekend for many attendees. For a change, we got there very early, before it was dark. It was an amazing sight to see as there were already hundreds of bikes there and more riding in.
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We made it inside through the crowd. Live music was playing inside the bar area. The Show Class Magazine People's Choice Award bikes were lined up in the outdoor area. There were eight bikes in the final round surrounded by the crowd of people. The winner of the Show Class People's Choice Award secured a spot inside the Born Free Invited Builder's area. As the night came, we headed back to the hotel.

Saturday Morning Calm at Born Free 8
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First thing we did Saturday morning was prepare the MOONEYES BOOTH. As previous years, the MOONEYES BOOTH was located on "lake front" real estate which is so great!

Ryan Grossman Uwe Ehinger Kiyo's Garage Max Schaaf Arie Vee Show Class Magazine People's Choice
The Invited Builders were in the process of cleaning up and preparing their bikes so I took a walk around the Born Free grounds. It was still quite early. Swap meet vendors and other booths were still getting ready.
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Spectators with "Grass Passes" were making their way into the on-site parking. All types of bikes were rolling in.

Born Free 8
Just as the crowds started to come in, I took more photos starting with the Invited Builders Area. They were all incredible bikes to see and you can easily spend hours in the sun gazing over each one.
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San Diego Customs FXR Show at Born Free 8
Special areas inside Born Free included San Diego Customs FXR Show as well as Arlen Ness show bikes and digger competition. Making my way back to the Invited Builders area I noticed very long lines forming. It was time for the WALL OF DEATH, a major attraction and crowd pleasing performance by Death Riders!
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The afternoon came and it was time for the Saturday awards and give-away. The main awards were the Invited Builders Awards. First place would win a trip to Japan for HCS2016!
And the winner is...
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Kiyo's Garage and his twin engine Honda CB750!
Second Place: Arie Van Schyndel 1941 Knucklehead
Third Place: Jeff Leighton 1942 Harley UL
First Place: Kiyo and his Twin Engine Honda CB750 bf8_268 bf8_269 Second Place: Arie Van Schyndel 1941 Knucklehead Third Place: Jeff Leighton 1942 Harley UL

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After the Invited Builders Awards, it was time to raffle this awesome Chopper Dave built Panhead! Lucky winner was so thrilled!

Born Free Grant Peterson and Mike Davis Born Free 8
The two responsible for making Born Free what it is today.

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I started off Sunday by browsing the Art & Fuel gallery.
Then I made my way around checking out everything.

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Time flies when you are having fun and suddenly it was time for the awards. Sunday featured all the awards including BF8 Best in Show. After the awards two bikes would be raffled off!

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And after Grant & Mike spent hours going through everything, the Best in Show award for Born Free 8 went to Jeff Leighton and his 1942 Harley-Davidson UL.

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After the Best in Show award was announced, there was more! Two bikes waited to be raffled off. This year, there were many no-shows! They had to pull out so many tickets. Finally, someone in the audience was called and a joyous couple scored an awesome Knucklehead! Another lucky winner scored a brand new Harley-Davidson. Congratulations to all the winners this year at Born Free 8.
Start making plans now for Born Free 9! We'll see you there! Thank you for viewing. Go! with MOON Steve...
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