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THE MID-SUM­MER, MID­WEST RALLY

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J&P Cy­cles was priv­i­leged to a huge turnout and an awe­some show on June 24–25 as part of its an­nual Iowa Bike Rally in the ru­ral town of Anamosa, Iowa, at the for­mer main ship­ping fa­cil­ity. De­spite no longer be­ing the main hub for base of op­er­a­tions, the large ware­house served as the per­fect venue for the an­nual show that typ­i­cally draws more than 10,000 peo­ple from the sur­round­ing area over a two-day pe­riod.

Hot Bike mag­a­zine was proud to host the first garage-built bike show dur­ing the event as we searched for the top home­grown builder to be in­vited on the 2017 Hot Bike Tour. No pro­fes­sional shops were al­lowed to com­pete; in­stead, all the en­tries had to be built in-house with noth­ing more than skill and in­ge­nu­ity.

Doug Lam­bert ended up tak­ing home the big prize with his spe­cial con­struc­tion Shovel head rigid, in­clud­ing a $3,000 check from J&P Cy­cles. While hav­ing a stock-look­ing ap­pear­ance, turns out the bike started as noth­ing more than a frame and a mo­tor that fell out of the back of a truck go­ing down the road. Doug re­built the bike from scratch, in­clud­ing ma­chin­ing most of the parts that never ex­isted stock. The end re­sult was noth­ing short of a top-qual­ity build, and Doug proved his craft­man­ship when he rode it in the Hot Bike Tour as an of­fi­cial in­vited builder. HB

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