Facebook voting ready for Milwaukee high school vintage motorycle buildoff

Publish Date: 
May 17, 2011

Teams from six Milwaukee-area high schools will showcase their vintage motorcycle restoration skills at the Iron Horse Hotel June 2.

The BUILD Milwaukee program is a new initiative by The Iron Horse Hotel that offers high school students an opportunity to learn motorcycle restoration while developing business, trade and interpersonal skills. It is sponsored in part by Markel American Insurance Co.

Each team was given 90 days (starting Feb. 15) and a budget of $2,000 to restore and customize a vintage Honda BC or CL 160.

The bikes will be judged based on five sets of criteria: Fastest (dyno competition), Art Bike (panel of judges), MilVin Moto Best of Show, all to be voted at the event; plus Crowd Favorite (social media driven voting), and Best Documentation (presented to the team that captures the best documentation process).

Enthusiasts can vote for their favorite motorcycle on www.facebook.com/Buildmoto from May 23 to 31.

After June 2, the bikes will be raced at Road America's Vintage Classic Weekend in Elkhart Lake (June 10 to 12), and showcased at Mods vs. Rockers in Chicago (June 18). Discovery World will serve as the official museum display for the program, where the bikes will be on site from June 21 to July 29. The final viewing of the bikes will take place at The Rockerbox Street Festival in Milwaukee on August 6.

"This is a great opportunity not only to help build some great motorcycles, but to help introduce local high school students to the art of motorcycle restoration," said Ted Wentzel, Markel American's director of marketing. "We're so excited to watch the progress and to see all the bikes when they're finished."

Posted by Holly Wagner