The winning name in the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Race to Rebuild Sweepstakes has been drawn, pulled from a list of almost 20,000 entries – the largest ever for any of our builds – in our giveaway of the 1983 Honda CB1100F we had Herm Narciso and Jason Paul Michaels at Dime City Cycles customize in a resto-mod vein.
Winner Joe Adkins, Columbus, Ohio, was more than a little stunned when he got the call telling him he’d won our bike. “I don’t think it’s really set in,” Joe said when I spoke with him, adding, “It’s pretty amazing that out of all the people who entered, I won. My friends don’t know whether to believe that I actually won the bike.” Currently motorcycle-less, Joe says he was inspired to enter because of the growing popularity of the vintage custom class. He’d been looking at bikes for sale but couldn’t scare up the cash to buy one, so he thought maybe he could luck out and win one. Talk about lucking out in a big way.
Joe’s going to have to temper his excitement for a few weeks, however, as our Honda CB1100F is currently in transit from Dime City Cycles in Largo, Fla., to Portland, Ore., where Herm and Jason will display it along with 69 other customs in Thor Drake’s The One Motorcycle Show Feb. 7-9, 2014. An invitation-only event, The One Motorcycle Show has in five short years become a major stepping out party for the burgeoning vintage custom crowd, with upwards of 6,000 people per day checking out the machines on hand during the three-day show. The show, which is free and open to the public, features a lot more than just motorcycles, with live music, films and yes cheap beer rounding things out. If you’re anywhere close to Portland you really should check this event out. We’d suggest going to The One Show website for tips on where to stay and eat during your visit. Good times, for sure.
Once the show’s over we’ll ship the Honda to Joe, so stay tuned for an update report when our project Honda CB1100F finally gets parked in the garage of its new home. So congratulations to Joe Adkins, and to the rest of you, well, there’s always next time! – Richard Backus