The world famous Rat’s Hole Show will be held again this year at the Buffalo Chip on Thursday August 12th. The iconic Rat’s Hole Custom Chopper Show will be featured at the Legendary Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 11, 2011. The show’s sole ambition is to showcase the innovations and talents of motorcycle builders from all over the world. The show started in 1973 with a couple of bikes in an A&P parking lot at the Run to the Sun in Daytona Beach and has morphed into an International phenomenon with shows in South Dakota, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, Colorado, South Caroline and Italy.
Over the last 38 years, since the show’s conception by Karl “Big Daddy Rat” Smith, careers have been made from having a bike featured on the main stage of the Rat’s Hole Custom Chopper Show. Legendary designers such as Orange County Choppers, Dave Perewitz, Indian Larry, Cyril Huze and countless other industry icons have launched their careers as a result of the show’s reputation and strong tradition of creativity and excellence. Now run by Smith’s son, Ted Smith, it’s attained icon status with features on American Choppers, the World Biker Build-Off on the Discovery Channel, the International Biker Build-off on the Speed Channel, Big, Big Bikes on the Discovery Channel and Born to Ride TV.
Legendary Buffalo Chip attendees will have the pleasure of examining the eye-candy of over 400 custom-designed, custom-built, customized, innovative bike creations, built by the best bike builders in the world at this year’s Bike Week. The bikes will be judged in numerous categories including most unusual, unique/classics restored and unrestored, rat class, three wheeler, sporster radical, sportsbike and many others. Bike entry registration is $35 and all bikes must fire at the gate. The event will be held near the Event Center and Michael Lichter’s Exhibit inside the Buffalo Chip on August 11, 2011. Rally-going bike-o-philes will be able to examine the bikes for free during judging hours from 10 am to 4 pm. Awards will be presented at 5 pm. Trophies will be presented to all winners. Register your bike at Rat’s Hole and visit Buffalo Chip to make your 2011 Sturgis Rally accommodations.