Due to geographical location, participants, type of scheduled activities, each bike show, rally or exhibition has its own flavor. It was my 1st time at the 3rd edition of the Canadian Biker Build-Off held in Ontario last weekend. Not only is the area beautiful (visit Niagara Falls and the wineries), the people extremely friendly, but the bikes produced in Canada are of extremely high level. It was quite surprising to see the best shops present custom bikes with a legally obtained license tag in a country where legislation is tougher than in the US (FYI the French & English sides have different regulations with the French side having the tougher laws). Concept & Design Cycle won the bragging rights of being the 2008 Canadian Biker Build-Off Champion and although I was not judging it was right away my favorite. It was a big family affair with visitors, builders & vendors all mixing together in after show parties improvised in local restaurants or private homes. I want to thank the Canadian Customs for letting me zoom several times through the border without even checking my US passport, the organizers Vern & Randy Savage from Savage Production for their hard work and dedication to the custom world, to Elizabeth Fritshaw for her
Swiss precision at timing all the events (and to her mother for cooking cookies for me), to Radical Randy for his talent at entertaining crowds, to Heather Ireland of Biker TV for asking me the right questions front of the camera, to Jeff Starke & crew of IMBBA (International Master Bike Builders Association) for perfectly judging the bike show, to all Canadian professional builders for being good friends and bringing me chocolate ice creams all day long (it was 85 F), to Lisa Tache from Clare’s Harley-Davidson of Niagara for being my improvised assistant, to Jodee Fine from The Tattoo Academy for telling me hours of very funny true stories and jokes, to all visitors who came to me to say hi and buy a tee. Canadian Biker Build-Off is really the biggest and baddest show in Canada. I recommend that you participate or visit next year during the last weekend of July. Only one thumb down to the US airport security guy who at 6.30 in the morning asked me if I would prefer to drink (fast) my bottle of Canadian wine front of him or have it confiscated. Of course I don’t drink red wine at breakfast..