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Lees Summit, MO, United States, 2011/06/09 - It seems it was just last year IMBBA was founded. An idea created out of frustration and the reality that the industry of motorcycle restoration, racing, customizations, repairs and bike competitions had no specific place to call home.
No group of representatives to pass on what we have learned to the youth and future of our industry. Granted, there are clicks and groups working their own individual agendas towards recognition of many sorts and all are valuable contributions to be sure, but no one entity to represent the professional trade as a whole.
To do that means, IMBBA goes global and working with cultural, political, and commercialization not to mention, the language barriers.
A herculean attempt at best, the brain child of Jeff Starke, emerged when after an era of being a bike judge for a number of the icons in the industry, discovered that the “good old boys club” was the standard / representing authority that recognized a builders knowledge, education, proficiency in what presents itself as an assembled and designed bike in competition. Too often, their bikes, Sometimes judged by pros, sometimes not many times yielded a result where no real justification for why they lost or won!
Jeff discovered after lengthy discussions with many builders, that their talents and skills were all over the board. Hence, the development of the points system and the criteria of Fit, Form, Function and Safety guiding judges to qualify the education, training, and skill levels of the bike itself, its builder, owner, and rider.
In six years, IMBBA has established itself in several High Schools and one post secondary Technical school with educational materials. These tools of education and the institutions will soon becoming industry training centers for aftermarket manufacturers. All of this provides a wealth of knowledge and information to the youth coming into the work force.
Developing relationships with ten countries having IMBBA certified builders and representatives that have or are working on IMBBA websites to help their fellow builders educate the consumer. With help from the Chopper Institute, the IMBBA is developing and establishing a LMS (Learning Management System).
This system will track and administer training modules for builders/students on line to achieve the necessary points towards an IMBBA certification. The tracking system compiles points earned from building and racing competition circuits. So far, there are nearly 80 of the world’s top builders certified. Our next five year plan is to establish a global standard for these competitions.
IMBBA (masterbikebuilders.com) launched its Hall of Fame where the same points system is used to determine the life time achievements of builders globally and recognize their contributions to the industry. IMBBA’s final goal will to be the home that we can hang our hat on and proudly display our accomplishments and record the fact that we did exist and we left the industry better than the way we found it. Again, this achieved through education and training using publications that will be the lighthouse for youth to focus on and replicate in reaching a certification in Motorcycle, transportation, engineering and design. Our goal is that one day this will develop this system into a college degree accredited program.
IMBBA would be remiss in its goals and duties if it failed to recognize the pioneers of this association that have supported and given 200% efforts in establishing and supporting IMBBA:
Ken Marciniak, Freddie Arnold USA Representative, Bob McKay, Canada Representative, Fabrizio Farve, Italy representative, Fred Kodlin, Germany representative, Ger Conlin, Ireland representative, Mario Kalutcha, UAE representative, Sandor Gorbe, Hungary representative, Joe Distefano, Director.
In addition, the entire IMBBA Hall of Fame Class of Inductees
Doug Hall - Chopper Institute
Steven Broyles - Stevenson Cycle
Laszlo Salsay - Howell High School
Steven Jones - Eden High School
Kevin Baas - Kennedy High School
Marc Mazzerolle - Bernice MacNaughton High School- Canada
Darin Maltsberger - Mitchell Technical School
Charlie Hadayia – Bikers Choice / Tucker Rocky
Mondo Porras – Denvers Choppers
Lee Wimmer – Wimmer Machine
Brenda and Dan Lawson – The Dan Lawson Band
All IMBBA Certified Builders and Certified Judges - Special thanks to all the supporting members of IMBBA
To view what is now going to be a monthly edition of the IMBBA Newsletter, go to the website for coverage on the life of the International Master Bike Builders Association.
For details on how to support the organiziation, please contact Joe Distefano.