Las Vegas, NV – As we have reported previously, PSI owner Marc Brenner and Campus Director Bernie Thompson are all about supporting the sport. This event was the perfect venue to expose students to the consumer direct experience on a national level and a great place to promote the many great sponsors that support the PowerSport Institute (a branch campus of Ohio Technical College) every day of the week.
So, Education Manager for the V-Twin Division of PSI, Ron Radeke packed up the staff and students……gathered a ton of free gifts supplied by numerous sponsors and a bike to build at the event and headed west. A three day drive from the PSI Campus in Cleveland, Ron stopped by the long time supporter of the school, Paul York’s Thompson Choppers in Nixa, MO. and threw him and his display in the trailer too………….AND off they went to Vegas.
Once in LV, the weather was hot and dry and the action was hot and heavy!
PSI artists Pete “Deuce” Gonzales and Pat Downey were busy the entire time doing FREE air brush tattoos on the many spectators that just wanted to go wild for the weekend. This activity was well received by all and everyone had a lot of fun with it.
During the entire weekend, Ron Radeke was busy giving away thousands of dollars of prizes supplied by Yuasa Batteries, Jim’s Machine, Bikers Choice, DP Brakes, CHICAGO Air Brush, Hayden Primary Adjusters, ACCEL Motorcycle Products, Matco Tools, PSI, with the grand prize coming from Speedway Motorsports Shelters. Check out the happy winners below:
In addition, the International Master Bike Builders Association was part of the exhibit and presented an award to Jim Guiffra of AFT Customs for his achievement of Master Builder Level 2 certification…..Congrats to Jim. Check out this video to learn about a very unique builder and his staff………ALL GOOD!
Rounding out the show for PSI was Thompson Choppers as they had a huge display of frames, springer front ends, and sheet metal. In fact, Thompson Choppers was the company that facilitated the beginning of the bike building project as they donated a frame and sheet metal for the project. There will be more details of the bike building project in a future article that focus specifically on that project, the companies and people involved and will show the finish product.
The Bikefest in general was a great time with something for everyone. They had three custom bike shows, stunt riders, boxing / martial arts exhibition, Miss Las Vagas BikeFest and Mr. Las Vegas BikeFest contests, live music,a great line up of vendors, and of course many media partners were in attendance to report on the activities.
PSI reports the event was a huge success for them as they sincerely thank Chuck Schartz and the excellent staff at Convexx / Las Vegas BikeFest for the opportunity to attend.
The next PSI event that you DON’T want to miss is the Fall Open House……check it out.
For further details on PSI or Las Vegas BikeFest, simply click the on the logo at the top of this article to go to their websites.