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Contest RULES

The LED contests hosted by The Three Wheel Light and Sound Showdown, will soon become one of the most talked about events in the country. It is our goal to establish a LED contest that is fair to all contestants and that provides entertainment to the crowd watching the show. Individuals competing in the contest will be judged on the criteria listed below. Bikes are judged on more than just the number of strips and illumination. It is our hope to give everyone, and not just the person with the most strips, an equal opportunity to compete and win in our contest. 


National Championship 2024-point system


In the spirit of fairness, the Three Wheel Showdown developed a point system for the sound and light competitions. Those traveling around the country competing throughout the year in the sound and light competition will receive points for first and second place. At the end of the season, the points will be totaled to establish rank at the national championship in Atlanta, Georgia. First place finishers earn a buy for the first and second round; the second-place finishers will earn a buy for the first round only. Points received after the Charlotte rally will be applied to the following year. The season ends in Charlotte, North Carolina in September.


Points will be awarded as follows: 

All Three Wheel Showdown Rallies (exceptions listed below) and affiliated rallies such as Maggie Valley:  

1st place: 3 points

2nd place: 2 points


French Lick, IN, and Wisconsin Dells

1st place: 5 points

2nd place: 3 points   




The LED contest must have at least five contestants in order for the $1000 prize to be given.

  1. To participate, all bikes competing must have at least three different areas displaying custom lights. Example: Front, wheels, underbody, interior, etc.

  2. Bikes can only be controlled by one person, the owner.

  3. Anyone coaching the contestant will result in the contestant’s direct disqualification.

  4. Bikes must be turned off while competing during competition.  You may turn your bike on between rounds.

  5. Outside power sources cannot be used on any vehicles during the competition.

  6. For the safety of our contestants and the vehicles, judges reserve the right to disqualify any vehicle with lights that are smoking during the competition.

  7. If requested, vehicles must be able to pull into the ring and out of the ring with lights displayed.



1) Clean Install - Our panel of judges will inspect all bikes in the contest and score them based on how neat and professional their LED light system is installed. Total available points: 10


2) Proper function of all equipment - Contestants will turn on all lights used in the contest. Then, judges will inspect the lights to ensure they are all functioning correctly. Points will be deducted for any lights not working, flickering, or smoking. (Again, smoking lights may cause disqualification) Max point deduction: 20.


3a) Solid color display (The criteria for this section may take more than one rotation)  

  • An assistant that’s designated by the competitor will stand in clear view of the competitor’s bike.  There will be no more than one assistant per bike during any phase of the contest. 

  • Our panel of judges or contest facilitator will select three members from the crowd.  

  • The three members selected will decide on three individual solid colors to be used in all three rounds. 

  • Each member selected will shout out one color at a time when asked by the judge/ facilitator for that round of the contest. 

  • Each participant must achieve the color called out by the selected member. 

  • The assistant will then shout out “All” plus the color the member called out when his participant achieves that color. example: ALL GREEN

  • The first bike to display the color will be awarded 25 points, the second bike will be awarded 15 points, and the third bike will be awarded five points. 

  • After 30 seconds, if a bike is unable to show all solid colors in sync on the bike, they will receive zero points.


3B) Clarity and Brightness (One Round) 

  • All contestants are to line up in two rows directly across from one another. 

  • One of the three members will shout a color. 

  • Contestants will have approximately 30 seconds to match the color. After 30 seconds, the judges will walk down the middle of the two columns. 

  • Bikes will be judged on the combination of clarity and brightness. 

  • Points: 1st place: 25 pts; 2nd place: 20 pts; 3rd place: 15 pts; 4th place: 10 pts; and 5th place: 5 points.  

  • Five points will be subtracted during scoring for any area not displaying the proper color. 

  • If the total points subtracted are greater than the total score, then the participant will receive zero points for that round.


3C) Two Color Combination Display (One round) 

This round is a little tricky but very entertaining. 

  • It starts with the third member shouting out a color. 

  • Contestants will then have 30 seconds to match the primary color requested with any secondary color of their choosing. 

  • The two colors can be displayed through zoning; meaning one area of the bike can be one color and the other area can be any other color. 

  • You can also display your two colors through chasing, meaning your bike can chase the two colors throughout the whole bike. 

  • Finally, you can display the two colors through zone chasing: 

    • You can chase one area of the bike in one color and chase another area of the bike in the other color. 

  • The first bike to display the correct color combination will be awarded 25 points; the second bike will be awarded 15 points, and the third bike will be awarded five points. 

  • After one minute, if a bike is unable to show all solid colors in sync on the bike, they will receive zero points.





When participating in the tiebreaker, please understand the judges’ decision is final. Additional rounds using any of the categories, except for (3B) can be used in the event of a tiebreaker. A tiebreaker round is only necessary if two bikes tie for second. If two bikes tie for first they both move to the final round automatically. 


                                                            The Finals (Three rounds)


4) The two highest scoring competitors will compete in a finals face-off. Each contestant will have between 15 and 30 seconds (minimum 15 seconds) to perform a custom designed light show. Similar to the NBA dunk contest, a panel of judges will hold up a board displaying their scores. Scores range from a minimum of one to a maximum of 10. The winner will be determined by the maximum score after all three rounds are totaled. 

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