I started my professional career in 1992 by showing my 1st custom in the Rats Hole Custom Bike Show, the only one I knew at this time. Guess what? At 1st appearance, I won my class. As a matter of fact several times in a row, both in Daytona & Sturgis. It’s the way I became friend with the late Karl Smith (a.k.a. Big Daddy). He asked me first to judge some classes, then to become the Chief Judge (I was no more competing), and we began to travel together intensively, here and abroad, from Rats Hole Shows to Rats Hole Shows to foreign exhibitions. In a plane or around a good BBQ meal (his favorite), Big Daddy loved to tell me stories about his show, how it was created, how it evolved. Each conversation ending by him telling me not to forget that it is in his show that the public & medias discovered me. I never forgot and this intro is another proof. Ted Smith, his son and new promoter of the show, just reminded me that the 1st edition of the Rats Hole was in 1973. So, this year, the show celebrates its 35 years anniversary. And I will be there. And you too. As a visitor or participant because if you read this Blog, you love custom motorcycles. So, what will be new March 10th in Daytona to celebrate this anniversary? Sign of the time, a lot of top of the line custom metric bikes competing in new classes created by Ted Smith. He even commissioned a bike called the “Rat Track” to 2 well known metric builders: Nick Anglada, of Custom Sportbike Concepts (to be soon featured on ESPN 2 Metric TV show) and Adam Canni of Canni Design who sketched the bike accompanying this post (he made his reputation providing Industrial Design Services to many motorcycle companies, including Kuryakyn, and Arlen Ness). So if your planning to attend Daytona Bike Week 2007 stop by the Daytona Lagoon Complex (located at 601 Earl St.) and check out the debut of this awesome machine (it’s a single sided swingarm Suzuki Hayabusa 1300). To show off your hot Metric Custom it is recommended that you pre-register your bike by going to the Rats Hole Website.