American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 230 September 2018 - Page 20

$10,000 Grand Prize for Winner of Indian Motorcycle ‘The Wrench’ Contest for Amateur Builders The Sturgis Rally saw Indian Motorcycle unveil the final three custom builds from its ‘Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off’ at the Buffalo Chip. Fans had until August 16th to vote for their favorite and help select the grand prize winner, who was announced via social media on August 21. The winner was revealed as NASA engineer Alfredo Juarez, of Las Cruces, NM., who scooped the Grand Prize of $10,000. Juarez said “this experience has been amazing inside and out. It’s been a huge blessing for myself and my family. I’m proud of the final product, not only for all the work I’ve put into it, but for all the work my family has put in and the sacrifices they have made to allow me to focus on this over the last three months.” The domestic U.S. custom motorcycle competition, which was designed to spotlight non- professional builders who “wrench for the passion and not Winner - Alfredo Juarez: The NASA Engineer won the $10,000 Grand Prize and said that “this experience has been amazing inside and out.” In selecting Juarez for the final the judges had said “From the moment we saw Alfredo’s drawing, we could tell he was a very special contestant. Drawn to scale with measurements he took from a Scout at a local dealership and a picture of the engine, the concept has style and flow, but, also, it had the engineering and mechanical aspects that only a real builder would include. At the time he was awarded the Indian Scout and $10,000 build budget Juarez said “I am definitely not a paper engineer. I can turn a wrench. I’ve got the gear, the skills, the experience, knowledge, drive and the work ethic to get this done.”