Spearfish, SD (November 24, 2015) – Black Hills area high school students are invited to apply for a position in the prestigious Buffalo Chip Challenge 2016 custom motorcycle build program with a chance at $8,500 in scholarships. Students accepted will learn valuable mechanical skills and customization techniques through hands-on instruction from industry professionals at Dakota V-Twin and Baggster, both in Spearfish. The class will meet two to three days per week December through April during after-school hours and on weekends. A variety of criteria including level of participation, interest and improved abilities over the course of the program will determine the three scholarships to be awarded in May by Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. There is no fee for students to join the program, but space is limited. Interested students should visit LegendsRide.com/Scholarships to register before the Dec. 11, 2015 deadline.
The Buffalo Chip Challenge allows students the opportunity to work with motorcycle industry veterans Keith Terry, Randy Cramer and Chris Malo in a real shop environment. Students will split into two teams to customize an Indian Chief Classic and a Victory Cross Country. Celebrity customizers John Shope of Phoenix’s Dirty Bird Customs and Rusty Jones of Sioux Falls’ Rusty Jones Customs will also serve as major parts sponsors in the program. Many of the motorcycle industry’s top companies continue to sponsor world-class parts for this Buffalo Chip build program each year, recognizing its significance as part of the growth and success in American custom bike building.
In addition to working with the industry’s finest, participating students will also have the opportunity to accompany program instructors to the world-renowned Donnie Smith Motorcycle Show in St. Paul, MN April 2-3, 2016 where both motorcycles will be entered. The completed motorcycles will then be auctioned in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride® in Deadwood on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.
For more information on the program contact Brad Schneck at 605-347-9000.
About the 2016 Buffalo Chip Challenge™
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its sixth annual Buffalo Chip Challenge. The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders, Keith Terry, Randy Cramer and Chris Malo, to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing two stock motorcycles. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world experience they can use after graduation. Throughout the years, the custom creations produced in the Buffalo Chip Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions, including winning first place in the Full Custom Bagger Open Class at the Donnie Smith Bike Show.