2012 Daytona Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show Winners

This year, organizers Ted and Pam Smith squeezed about 180 custom bikes in the beautiful setting of the Daytona Lagoon amusement park to compete in the 40th Annual Daytona Bike Week Rat’s Hole Show. And the top winners in each class are:

Best Of Show: Steve Galvin, Wikked Steel.

Over 1000 cc Super Radical: 1st. Denny Ritchie. 2nd. Paul Cavallo. 3rd. Notorious Choppers.

Over 1000 cc Radical: 1st. Stephen Galvin. 2nd. House Of Thunder. 3rd. Andy McCaslin.

Over 1000 cc Custom: 1st. Robert Wolf. 2nd. Nicky Collela. 3rd. Notorious Choppers.

Over 1000 cc Stock: 1st. Billy Mc Farland.

Over 1000 cc Custom Metric. 1st. Scott Wheeler. 2nd. Colton Bowie. 3rd. Colton Bowie.

Over 1000 cc Radical Metric. 1st. Sic Chops. 2nd. Steve Galvin. 3rd. Will Robertson.

Cafe Racer Class: 1st. Paul Cavallo. 2nd. Shannon Hulcher. 3rd. James Goodrich.

Bobber Class: 1st. Chris Richardson. 2nd. Doug Bogart. 3rd. Robert Cunliffe.

Full Dresser & Touring Class: 1st. Ronald Carriere. 2nd. Rich Bazzanela. 3rd. Jody Jendon.

Extreme Full Dresser: 1st. Scott Maeyert. 2nd. Gary Miller. 3rd. Tony Crouch.

Antique/Classics Restored: 1st. JR Schaeffer. 2nd. Larry Smith. 3rd. Betty Ebersold.

Antique/Classics Unrestored: 1st. Wayne Parrott. 2nd. Rod Rankins. 3rd. Mark Hampton.

Sportster Radical Class: 1st. John Shipley. 2nd. Matthew Bittman. 3rd. Steve Iacona.

Sportster Custom Class. 1st. Steve Carr/Danny Toole. 2nd. Sic Customs. 3rd. Kyle Harrison.

Sportbike Class: 1st Brian Grog. 2nd. Top Fuel Tech. 3rd. Michael Green

Three Wheeler Class: 1st. Joseph Reese. 2nd. Keith Knoud. 3rd. Cale Mutter.

Two Wheel Auto Class. 1st. Ken Schels. 2nd. Steve Lamb.

Most Unusual Class: Mike Belland. 2nd. Buster Carroll. 3rd Greg Green.

251 cc To 1000 cc Class: 1st. Mark Estopinal. 2nd. Ken Adams. 3rd. Ken Adams.

1 To 250 cc Class: 1st. Ken Adams.

Rat Class: 1st. Rat Smitty. 2nd. Ron Clifton. 3rd. Donnie Turner.

(photos courtesy and copyright @ H. Roesler)

14 Responses to “2012 Daytona Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show Winners”

  1. 1 Drake Mar 27th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    This year was a great show with good atmosphere and the Miss Rat’s Hole was prettier…

  2. 2 Greek Mar 27th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Nice trophies. Plastic or bronze?

  3. 3 Shifter Mar 27th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Wood seat? Hmmmm…

  4. 4 Rods Mar 27th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    The girl is holding a trophy “America’s World Champion.” How is it possible? You are America’s Champion or World’s Champion. Doesn’t make any sense to me.

  5. 5 Mar 27th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Great Show with tons of bikes…and “RATTY” awards… you know I want to win one of those some day!
    The only thing I lack the ability to build a bike…but other than that…

  6. 6 Danny Mar 27th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The best trophy is the girl. Seriously, I was there. Good show.

  7. 7 Patrick Mar 27th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Congrats Steve. Again.

  8. 8 Horst Roesler Mar 28th, 2012 at 5:08 am

    “America’s World Champion.”

    To clear up things a little bit, “America’s World Champion.” was the final and last trophy given away, actually honoring the “Best of Show” bike that now was picked by the assembly of Judges themself, rather than an automated “computerised” point system, on which the Judgement of the different classes is based on.

    The term might be irritating – and is most probably choosen to “tickle” other bike show series with international fame and attention. As I am or was involved with most of those other events, each of them have their own ideas of how to judge the bikes, given the available time for each event, and why not? There are several (I’m not into it, so I really don’t know how many) boxing championships. All of which promote the sport.

    The target is and should be: To promote Custombike building, honour creativity, craftmanship, design and technical excellence. The more shows focus on that, the better.

    Personally, I felt that they should not have named ther “Best of Show” trophy “America’s World Champion” (they gotta be glad that an american won the trophy!?), as the now 40 years old event does not need any boost (or “boast”). Any place/position at the Rats Hole stands out.

    Maybe its time for a little reminder that all other shows bowed before the Rats Hole anyway? AMD always sheduled their events that participants at Sturgis always had the opportunity to enter the Rats Hole Show – and DHL’s Michael Behrens went t great efforts to transport the european competitors to where ever the event was held.

    This years “ultimate builder custom bike show” at the neighbouring Ocean Center had the trophy ceremony on Friday to allow participants to compete at the Rats Hole. And what a great addition they were! The only thing I always wish at the Rats Hole Show is: 48 hours of showtime and daylight!

    Anyway, One thing remains to be stated: For all that excellence and work, the Rats Hole Show has never attracted any major Sponsorship. As costs are ever increasing, so would be the need for somebody to step in and support the show. Ted and his Family were thrown in at the deep end 10 years ago – and althought they made the show look good and successful, organising Bikeshows does not get you rich.

    Ted may forgive me for quoting him out of a private discussion, but his sentence “I am ready to go back to the beach and have everything for free…” still rings a bell. This, of course, could only be achieved with the help of somebody stepping in as a Sponsor. 40 Years of Rats Hole Show are a proof that this show is here to stay!

  9. 9 Rider2 Mar 28th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    How about “Super World Champion of the World” or “Ultimate World American Super Champion 1st Place Best of Show Mega Best Custom”?

    Sounds to me that it’s just a trophy for best of show and should be called as such. This is not the Olympics people…. just a bunch of guys showing their creations in Daytona. I remember the simpler times where Best of Show was good enough for everybody, where sponsors and advertising people weren’t influencing judges and where you didn’t win a 14 ft tall trophy and a super-bowl size diamond ring because you knew how to bend metal and paint flames on a gastank.

    Just say’n

  10. 10 maddpuppy Mar 28th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I`m with Danny ! Shes Hot.

  11. 11 Mar 29th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    House of Thunder bike is several years old and pulling down very respectful placements in the eyes of the judges.

    Lots of valuable time, great engineering and excellent workmanship by Eric Vauth in the House of Thunder bike. It should have pulled best in show hands down.

    Boss Hawg

  12. 12 Zoomer Mar 29th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Rider2, size and presentation of trophies is and should be immaterial, the pride and honor of competing against your fellow builders is the true reward. As far as addressing your comment about how sponsers affect the judges, its obvious that you’ve never spent any time with the Rats Hole crew. Every one of our judges prides him or herself on honesty and integrity. We spend our own time and money to do our utmost to present a memorable event without any pay or other compensation. Traveling sometimes 1000’s of miles at our own expense to give diverse builders from anywhere in the world a chance to truly see who is the “Best in the World”.

  13. 13 Mar 31st, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Do they pay royalties to Ed Roths family? Wiz

  14. 14 Apr 2nd, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I am soooooo bummed my buell custom’s battery shit the bed 8 miles away from show !!

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