IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Bonneville Customs is a shop that specializes in handmade custom bikes. They've won a few awards so far and have the opportunity to be a part of a big competition.
The guys are heading to Las Vegas, Nevada tomorrow for the "Artistry in Iron" competition. They are one of 20 people chosen to take part in the bike building contest. This is the second year they have been invited.
They say they are honored to be selected.
"It's a big honor for us to even be picked. You get picked by other builders to go to this particular show. So the builders pick builders to come and compete and then the builders themselves are the judges," says owner Mark Shell.
They've been working on a custom bike.
"I always want to do something different that nobody else has done. So with this, since it's such a small engine I wanted to keep the bike small," says Jon MacDowell, Electrical Engineer who has been working on the competition bike.
Shell has a passion for getting kids involved in the trade industry. He's even done fundraisers for Technical Careers High School.
"There's a lot of computer stuff out there which is awesome but it'll be a long time before robots are building buildings. It's a real business, it's a career, it's not just a job," says Shell.
The guys love what they do.
"I love coming up with the concepts, I love putting it into action, and I love seeing what works and what doesn't work about it and then redesigning it," says MacDowell.