Thousands of Bikers from All Over the World Flock to Las Vegas for BikeFest

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 3, 2008) – When the eighth annual Las Vegas BikeFest™ cruised into downtown Las Vegas October 2-5, 2008, more than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world enjoyed four days of all things related to the exciting world of custom motorcycles.   Approximately 300 vendors showcased the latest in parts, accessories and apparel, but the highlight of the event was the Artistry in Iron competition where custom builders compete for the coveted title of Master Builder in an exciting biker build-off competition. 

“Las Vegas BikeFest returned once again, showcasing the most innovative and cutting edge aspects of bike building,” said Harry Schwarz, president of Full Throttle Events, one of Las Vegas BikeFest’s partners.  “There are only a few places where you can immerse yourself in the excitement and uniqueness of this culture.  Las Vegas BikeFest is one of them, which makes it the coolest place to be in the desert. ”

Artistry in Iron, the peer-judged, invitation-only custom bike building competition, featured some of the most innovative custom bike building BikeFest has seen yet. With 20 builders gathering from all corners of the U.S. and Canada, the competition was steeper than it has ever been. As expected, the bike builders rose to the challenge, creating some of the most unique and creative bikes seen yet. Roger Goldammer of Goldammer Cycle Works Ltd. in British Columbia took home the top prize.  Along with winning $20,000, Goldammer took home the respect of his peers who voted his bike into the winners circle, beating out 19 hand-picked bike builders, including Kris Krome, Kirk Taylor, Jim Nasi and Satya Kraus, among others. 

Attendees also enjoyed the Las Vegas BikeFest Concert Series featuring some of the hottest music acts around including Santana and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Harley-Davidson demo rides, the always unpredictable Mr. and Miss BikeFest Competition, a $100,000 Poker Run, World’s Strongest Biker Competition and a wet-and-wild Bikini Contest.

Plans for the 2009 Las Vegas BikeFest are already in the works, with the dates for the event set for October 1-4, announced Schwartz.

For more information, visit, call toll-free 866-BIKEFEST (245-3337), or e-mail

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