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Organized as part of the Polish Bike Week

By Chris Bienkiewicz, Game Over Cycles

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On August 4-5 in Poland, the 1st Karpacz Custom Bike Show 2023 took place. It was a unique custom motorcycle competition organized as part of the Polish Bike Week, an event listed in the official HOG
(Harley Owners Group) calendar, which annually gathers at the foot of the Sudetes mountains (south-west Poland) with several thousand motorcycles and tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts.

The 1st Karpacz Custom Bike Show 2023 was a custom competition organized by HD Tour, the organizer of Polish Bike Week, and Game Over Cycles, the most acclaimed Polish custom company, whose machines
have been awarded at the world’s largest and most prestigious events. The first edition of the event left a strong mark on the map of custom events in Poland, both in terms of attendance, the level of the competition, and the attractiveness of the prizes.

“A total of 81 motorcycles were registered for the competition. The event immediately took on an international character, as besides customizers from all over Poland, we also welcomed participants from the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovenia. I’m also pleased with the very high level of the competition.

“The machines that appeared in Karpacz could easily compete in the largest global events, in which we participated, such as the European Bike Week in Austria, or the Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis Rally in the USA,” said Stanislaw Myszkowski, the head of Game Over Cycles, when asked about
impressions after the event.

“The clear winner of the competition turned out to be a motorcycle with a sidecar built by Waldemar Obiala from Poland. The individually crafted vehicle captivated both the jury and the audience with the incredible amount of work put into its construction and the aesthetics of the finished vehicle. The machine won three categories: Trike, Painting, and the most significant one, Best of Show.

“I did all the work, including the design, myself. The work on this motorcycle took about 2.5 years, but it was done with breaks, so under normal circumstances, the vehicle would have been completed much faster. The design of the motorcycle was inspired by the 1920s era, especially in terms of the machine’s lines and appearance. I’m very happy that my motorcycle was appreciated in a competition with such strong competition,” commented Waldemar Obiala, the owner and creator of the award-winning machine.
Stanislaw from Game Over Cycles (left) and Waldemar the Best of Show Winner.
Stanislaw from Game Over Cycles (left) and Waldemar the Best of Show Winner.

Summing up the event, Stanislaw Myszkowski added, “I consider the first edition to be very successful, and we already have plans for the next one. Karpacz Custom Bike Show will be an annual event that we will continuously develop, following in the footsteps of the biggest events in the world, while also carving our own path and organizing the event in a way that others don’t. We’re already inviting everyone to the next
edition and see you in Karpacz in 2024.”

1st Karpacz Custom Bike Show 2023 - full list of winners:

Pawel Zajdel
Name: Shovelhead
Brand: Harley-Davidson FLH
Customization: Pawel Zajdel

Waldemar Obiala
Name: Ural
Customization: Waldemar Obiala

Vito Klemencic VK Custom Works (Slovenia)
Name: History
Brand: Harley-Davidson Flathead
Customization: VK Custom Works

Mariusz Kolacki
Name: After
Brand: Harley-Davidson Vrod Muscle
Customization: Snikers Custom Motorcycles

Patrick Sommer (Germany)
Name: Performance Bagger
Brand: Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
Customization: Patrick Sommer

Lukasz Borsukiewicz
Name: Street Racer
Brand: BMW R100s
Customization: Borsukiewicz Motorsport

Roman Buš - Wildstyle (Czechia)
Name: Harley-Davidson Softail
Customization: Wildstyle

Pawel Stachura Nine Hills Motorcycles
Name: Criminal
Brand: Harley-Davidson Breakout
Customization: Nine Hills Motorcycles

Boguslaw Bogdanowicz
Nazwa: Harley Davidson V-Rod
Customization: HABETA Custom Szczecin

Bozena Strózyk
Name: Agata
Brand: Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
Customization: V-Force Poznan

Waldemar Obiala
Name: Ural
Painter: Waldemar Obiala

Krzysztof Wencel
Name: Rust Pistons
Brand: Harley-Davidson Slim

Waldemar Obiala
Name: Ural
Customization (construction, bodywork, leather, painting): Waldemar Obiala

The winner of each category received a trophy and sets of tangible prizes from the event partners, companies Anest Iwata and Novol. Additional awards were given to the winners of specific categories:

Chopper/Bobber - leather motorcycle accessories (Piotr Lucky Lapandro)

Modified Harley - custom exhausts (BT Choppers)

Special Jury Award - service at Jack's Motorcycles Garage

Show Partner Award - Voucher for a stay at the five-star Tremonti Karpacz hotel

Painting - personalized motorcycle helmet painting by one of the most esteemed Polish airbrush artists, Piotr Parczewski, who has adorned helmets for figures like Kamil Stoch, a world champion and three-time
Olympic gold medalist in ski jumping.

People’s Choice Award - invitation for a 6-day trip along the Spanish Costa Blanca coast funded by Eagle
Moto Rent, Travel

Best of Show - VIP invitation to Custombike-Show in Bad Salzuflen (Germany), the world’s largest trade fair
for modified motorcycles, including accommodation as well as a leather seat by Piotr Lucky Lapandro.


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