6th Annual David Mann
This eclectic show has grown in size and strength since it’s beginning only six years ago. Originally the brainchild of David Hansen, the first show was held only several months after the death of famed artist David Mann whose artwork showcased what he envisioned as the biker lifestyle.
Each Chopper Fest features a substantial display of his original artwork along with a huge custom motorcycle show. Not to be forgotten is the Vendor/swap meet area that sprawls over the Ventura County Fairgrounds on California’s sunny ocean shore. Darn near anything needed to assemble your own custom ride can be found there and the laid back crowd of vendors and show-goers enjoy a companionable time swapping stories of their own builds, rides, and treasures found at other swap meets.
Roving reporter Rudy Alba drove down (the weather was too dicey to ride his motorcycle) for his first time at this show and here’s his thoughts on the experience:
“Originally I was planning on taking my scoot with me, but the weather prediction didn’t look good so I just packed my stuff and drove down in my car instead. What a long boring drive and man did it pour. Thank God the sun finally came out Sunday morning turning into a beautiful day. This is my first time attending this event and really loved it. The venue is wonderful right on the beach. I totally love the bikes I saw there and everyone was so cool and friendly. It’s a different vibe than most of the events I attend and I have to say I rank this among the best. I walked around and talked to vendors and spectators alike, asking a lot of questions and learned a lot. The band that played belted out some great sounds. I will definitely make it back for next year. I hope you enjoy the pics.”