Motor Bike Expo awards and competitions
Motor Bike Expo is the event where professional customizers challenge each other and unveil to the world what will be the newest upcoming trends.
There are a number of contests organized by companies and motorcycle magazines which recognize some of the most fascinating bikes present; for deciding who is the “King of Verona”, there’s the MBE AWARD.
MBE Award
The MBE Award, organized directly by the Motor Bike Expo staff, is the most important contest that bike builders can take part in.
Every year a “top 10” selection of bikes on display at the event, all hand-picked by a panel of judges made up of four legends of customization from the USA, Asia, and Europe.
Only one customizer can claim the title “King of Verona”, doing so by securing the highest vote from the judges.
Contests from previous years

In Hall 1 at MBE, the expansive Lowride Bike Show hosts a number of custom motorcycles from every corner of the international custom scene, an occasion for the public to see one-of-a-kind motorcycles up close which have been prepared specifically to be shown in Verona.

  • Best of Show: T4 Motorcycles
  • Bagger: Devil’s Garage
  • Bobber: Low Society
  • Cafe Racer: American Dreams
  • Chopper: Steve Drieghe
  • Club Style: Bad Boys Garage
  • Freestyle: Meccanicamente
  • H-D Modified:
  • Scrambler: MC Cycles
  • Sporty award: RCK-Roll Chop
  • Best Paint: DOX Design

Organized by: LOWRIDE

contest Lowride Motor Bike Expo

Kirk Taylor and King Bado, specialists in the Californian “club style”, picked out the best bikes based on the Harley-Davidson Dyna or FXR, riding this most recent custom trend.

Vallese Garage

contest Clubstyle Motor Bike Expo

The staff of the publication Motociclismo organize the “Concorso di Eleganza” (The Elegance Contest) for the most beautiful creations on two wheels.

Vittorio Sgarbi and Norihiko Harada, Vice President of Design for Zagato, awarded the first three winners within the categories “Cruise”, “Gravel”, and “Wind, the winning bikes best suited, respectively, for travel, however long or short it may be; the “tessellated” bikes which follow the scrambler trend; the sporty or café racer bikes, those whose form seem to have been designed by the wind.


Numerous credit vouchers to be used by winning customizers to purchase unique parts from one of the world’s most important aftermarket accessory distributors.


One of the most prestigious awards is this one presented by Karen Davidson and Ray Drea, Principal Stylist at Harley-Davidson. This is awarded to the best-designed motorcycle according to the two American motorcycling icons.


Professional and amateur customizers go head-to-head for prizes dedicated to Special motorcycles and to “garage-built” bikes. The trophy is delivered by DJ Ringo.

Judges: Mr Martini, Officine GP Design, XTR Pepo

Winner: Simone Lovatti [ITA]

contest Ferro Motor Bike Expo

The Magazine Award is an international showcase for the customizers present at MBE.

The top magazines from the custom world choose their favorites from among all of the motorcycles at the event; the winning bikes (one per magazine) each receive an in-depth article as well as prizes presented by the main partners of Motor Bike Expo.


Magazine Award Winners 2020:

  • Iron Trader News & The Buffalo Chip (USA) Bottega Bastarda
  • Vibes (JAP) Boman
  • Easyriders 8 (USA) Hard Nine Choppers
  • Custombike (GER) Radikal Chopper
  • Pipeburn (AUS) Stile Italiano
  • Bikers Insider (RUS) Hillside Classics
  • Madness Photography (NL) Boccin Custom Cycles
contest Magazine Award Motor Bike Expo

Il Metzeler Award, instituito e organizzato dal noto brand di pneumatici del Gruppo Pirelli,

è il riconoscimento ai migliori preparatori che espongono a MBE una special equipaggiata con “gomme” Metzeler.

Vincitore 2020: ED Special

Vincitore 2019: MS Artrix

contest Metzeler Motor Bike Expo

Jody Perewitz, world land speed record-holder on the salt flats and daughter of renown customizer Dave Perewitz, awards the Perewitz Paint Pick to the best paintjob on display in the halls of MBE.


Becoming one of the most exciting moments at Motor Bike Expo, the International Stuntman show is now approaching its sixth edition.

The best stuntmen from around the world meet in Verona and challenge each other with burnouts and jaw-dropping tricks…

contest Stuntman Motor Bike Expo

The largest Indonesian festival dedicated to custom motorcycles, aside from their presence in Verona with an impressive exhibition area, organized a contest in which the best Specials on display are the winners of numerous cash prizes along with “The Greatest Bike” being invited to the grand final in Indonesia.

Suryanation Motorland Winners:

  • The Greatest: Gallery Motorcycles (Ita), Deeva 1920
  • Championship: Radikal Chopper (Ita), Newaza
  • Modified H-D: Rocket Bobs (Eng), Rocker Dyna
  • Vintage Old School: Hazard (Ita), La Veloce
  • Cafe Racer: Stile Italiano (Ita), Rino Caracchi Tribute
  • Best Engine: Hazard Motorcycle (Ita), La Veloce
  • Best Paint: Motofficina Marinelli (Ita)

The 10th edition of Motor Bike Expo in Verona lined up perfectly with the tenth anniversary of 70’s Helmets. It’s from this that the idea was born to bring the best custom painting and pinstriping artists from the Far East to the visitors at MBE 2018, organizing a thrilling contest called “The Art of Kustom”.

The list of competing artists:

  • Makoto Kobayashi of M&K Custom Signs [Japan]
  • Minoru Goto of Mr.G Art Studio [Japan]
  • Keiji Takata of Jetwrench Art Studio [Japan]
  • Jeffrey Chang & Ass Hung of Air Runner Kustom Studio [Taiwan]
  • Prasobchai Tounku of Vee 54 Custom Paint [Thailand]
  • Itthipong Danupolnuppakao of Twocs e Custom Creative [Thailand]
  • Masse Jacop & Chakkaphan Rungsukcharoen of Fat Boy Design & Mooneyes [Thailand]