WARR’S ‘RASCAL RACER’ WINS THE NATIONAL CUSTOM KING CROWN
Warr’s Harley-Davidson, Kings Road, London is the winner of the Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland 2016 Battle of the Kings (BOTK) custom contest and becomes holder of the national ‘Custom King 2016’ title. The winning ‘Rascal Racer’ recently represented the UK & Ireland in the 2016 Battle of the Kings European final. This year's competition saw 211 dealers across Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) take part, and the public voting phase attracted over 65,000 votes.
The national final included a select panel of judges from all aspects of motorcycling vote on five BOTK finalist machines as chosen by online public voting from an original entry line-up of 30 Harley-Davidson dealer-built custom Iron 883™ motorcycles. The end result led to Warr’s Harley-Davidson taking the win.
The Kings Road-based dealership is no stranger to success within BOTK; this year’s contest saw Warr’s Harley-Davidson defending its Custom King status after winning the inaugural BOTK contest in 2015 with its stunning Dark Custom ‘Urban Racer Sprint’ based on the XL1200 Sportster Forty-Eight.
For 2016, Warr’s came to the public voting stage with ‘Rascal Racer’, an immaculate modern interpretation of the iconic Harley-Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer. As with all entries to BOTK 2016, the base bike used for Warr’s Dark Custom entry was the Sportster® Iron 883 from the Harley-Davidson® Dark Custom range, achieved within a maximum retail price of both bike and customisation of £12,995.
Judging at the BOTK final round was by a select panel of five independent motorcycling experts:
*Ped Baker – Managing Editor (Digital & Events), MotorCycle News
*Gary Pinchin – Editor, Built magazine
*Anthony “Dutch” van Someren – founder & CEO, Bike Shed MCC
*James Jordan – Kingdom of Kicks
*Patrice Morin – Product Planning Manager EMEA, Harley-Davidson Europe.
The judges were tasked with judging each of the five finalists across three categories: 1) design vision, 2) originality and creativity, and 3) quality of build and execution.
Because of the incredible originality and design detail of the five bikes, judging was a close-run affair. However, a decision was reached with the result that Dublin Harley-Davidson took third place with “Dorcha”. Second place was awarded to “Tresspasser”, a by-product of equally skilled custom minds from Maidstone Harley-Davidson.
John Warr, MD Warr’s Harley-Davidson, and Charlie Stockwell, Chief of Design Warr’s, were both on hand at Bike Shed London to accept the title of BOTK Custom King 2016. Upon receiving the title for a second consecutive year, John Warr said: “I'm really just so happy for Charlie and the team at Kings Road. Their creativity in design and the beautiful way our custom builds are put together just stands out head and shoulders. For the second year running its clear Warr's really are the Kings of Harley Custom!”
Warr’s Harley-Davidson and its victorious “Rascal Racer” attended Wheels and Waves, Biarritz for the last stage of the competition, competing against 11 Harley-Davidson dealerships across the EMEA region.
At the event, the entries went before a judging panel including: Gary Inman, Sideburn Magazine; Thor Drake, See See Motorcycles; Fabrice Roux, Moto Heroes Magazine; David Borras, El Solitario; Jerome Alle, Southsiders Motorcycle Club and Michael Spaeth, Consumer Segment Lead Outreach at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. On Thursday 9th June, they crowned the Athens dealership the EMEA winner, with its ‘Nyx’, the Ancient Goddess of the Night, inspired build. The bike was built by Paschalis Tsalamagkas and Yannis Kourougiaouris.
The team from Harley-Davidson Athens wanted to build a café racer that took inspiration from the Ancient Goddess of the Night – a shadowy figure of power and beauty. Viewed from the rear, the bike resembles a snake and from the front a panther, both creatures of the night. The deep gloss black paint with hints of silver flake allude to a starry night sky.
The winning bike, and the rest of the finalists can be viewed on the Custom Kings website.