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Café Racer TV and Destination America Feature Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Shows Airing This Week

By December 5, 2013General Posts

BUFFALO-CHIP-CAFE-RACER-TV-LICHTERFootage shot at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 32nd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival will air during two separate television programs this week. Destination America premieres “Badass Biker Rallies” on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 10/9C. Then on Wednesday, Dec. 4, footage from the Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art exhibition will air on Café Racer TV. The programs are two of nearly a dozen TV shows filmed during the campground’s annual Sturgis Rally festival in 2013.

The Café Racer TV series gives viewers a look into the culture and craft of the café racer. In the episode filmed at the Buffalo Chip, the program explores the premier Sturgis Rally art exhibition, which was this year themed “Ton Up! – Speed, Style and Café Racer Culture.” The hour-long program airs Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET and again Thursday, Dec. 5 at 1 a.m. ET on Velocity.

The episode filmed at the Buffalo Chip focuses on the photography of Motorcycles As Art curator, Michael Lichter. Viewers will discover what it was that made him base the Buffalo Chip’s 2013 exhibit on café racers and how the bikes fit in with a Sturgis Rally crowd. In addition, the show interviews celebrities like Willie G. Davidson and Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister—asking them to weigh in on both the work of Michael Lichter and the history behind the café racer.

We are always so thrilled to be able to share Michael Lichter’s photography with our festival guests,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “So to have the ability to share his vision and talent with the rest of the world is an amazing honor.”

Several additional Buffalo Chip events and attractions were captured for the premiere of “Badass Biker Rallies.” The Destination America film crew chose to camp at the Buffalo Chip for the duration of the Rally so they could get in on the Authentic Sturgis Experience. The crew spent time with venue owner, Rod Woodruff, and filmed such activities as midget bowling and machine gun shooting at the gun range.


The Buffalo Chip has appeared in numerous television episodes since the end of its 2013 Motorcycle and Music Festival. In August, Country Music Television (CMT) aired three hour-long specials filmed exclusively at the Sturgis campground as part of its CMT Bike Week series. Episodes of Velocity’s “All Girls Garage,” History’s “Top Gear” and CMT’s “Orange County Choppers” later featured the Buffalo Chip this Fall. Many of these programs are still in rotation, so check your local listings for re-air dates.

Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip” and “Food Paradise” will be the next television programs to feature the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. More details will be announced as air dates approach. For more information on television programs filmed at the Buffalo Chip or on the events they featured, visit