Award-winning custom bikes coming to Branson motorcycle rally

See the 2006 Sturgis ‘Best of Show’ bike at World’s Largest Titanic museum attraction May 18-20, 2007

Custom bike builder Michael Ballew, winner of Metzeler Tires’ “Best of Show” Award at the 2006 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, will be on hand at the World’s Largest TITANIC Museum Attraction along with four of his award-winning bikes, May 18-20, 2007, during the Branson Motorcycle Rally.

Museum attraction co-owner Mary Kellogg-Joslyn said she wanted to bring Ballew to Branson because, “…having him here will add another fun element to the rally and this is our way of welcoming these folks to town,” she said.

Ballew’s award-winning candy-apple red custom bike, which was featured in April’s American Iron Magazine, will be on display daily at the museum attraction starting Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 along with three other show-stopping bikes. Fans will have an opportunity to take photos of the bikes and meet Ballew, the 32-year-old owner of Ballew’s South Central Customs in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The outdoor event is free and open to the public.

The World’s Largest TITANIC Museum Attraction is Branson’s new landmark tourist destination. The 17,000 square-foot, ship-shaped structure – built half scale to Titanic’s original size – towers more than 100 feet above its anchored position on Highway 76. A 90-minute self-guided tour covers 20 galleries on two decks where over 400 priceless artifacts that once belonged to Titanic’s passengers or crew are on display. None of the artifacts were retrieved from the ocean’s floor. Dramatic lighting, ambient sound, photographs and video accompany a creative mix of music from the period, and hands-on devices give visitors the sensation of being an original passenger on Titanic’s 1912 maiden voyage.

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