**New class added for Rat Rods. Same basic rules. 45 day build time, $2,000 max spend**
“It’s not what you buy, it’s what you build.” – Rob Borden, Saddle Sore Ranch
Anybody can save up a wad of cash, and go buy a hot bike. Or finance one at the local dealership… Then pull up to Starbucks and park next to two other ones just like it… If that’s what you’re into, this challenge is not for you.
The “Blue Collar Build Off” is where creativity talks, and bullshit walks. Assemble a team of up to 4 people max, and start gathering parts and a donor bike. If you already have an old bike sitting around that you haven’t gotten around to yet, PERFECT. Spend up to $1,500 making it the baddest ride you can. You will also want to choose teammates that have skills, a bunch of parts, or maybe even the donor bike laying around.
Once we say “Go”, you’ve got 30 days and whatever is left from your $1,500 build budget to build the baddest bike you can build. At the end of the build period, you will meet at the Wild West Rendezvous, held at the Saddle Sore Ranch in Golden Valley, AZ and participate in the “Builder’s Ride” (approximately 100 miles). Upon successful completion of the Builder’s Ride, your bike will be qualified for the pre-show in Oatman, AZ with 10,000 to 20,000 spectators rolling thru and looking at YOUR bike. Countless magazines, photographers, and BIG NAMES from the motorcycle industry from all over the world will also be rolling thru and seeing YOUR bike. Who knows where this could lead for you!!! Our event has been featured in Cycle Source Magazine, The Horse – Backstreet Choppers Magazine, Quick Throttle Magazine, countless newspapers, websites and event the ABC News. The official judging, trophies, afterparty and weekend camping will take place back at the Wild West Rendezvous, at the Saddle Sore Ranch.
Alot of people will say it can’t be done for $1,500. Again, creativity talks, bullshit walks. This challenge is not for them. They don’t have what it takes. They are the ones that are probably parked at Starbucks. This is for down and dirty, nitty gritty, grease monkey bad asses. I guarantee you, the bikes in this competition will turn a whole lot more heads too.
***The Wild West Rendezvous is a 3 day camping event. There is an admission charge. Single day passes are available. Admission is waived for all build team members.***
The seclusion is part of the appeal at the Saddle Sore Ranch. It allows us to have a great time, and make amazing memories, without disturbing any neighbors and without having nosey neighbors disturb us. To date, we have had thousands of people at the ranch, from around the world. They come on motorcycles, trikes, cars, trucks, rv’s, motorhomes, etc. All without issue. However, please be advised that due to the road conditions in certain areas, for extended length rv’s, motorhomes or vehicles pulling extended length trailers, high clearance is recommended.