Daytona is to motorcycle events what Godzilla is to monster movies -- big, loud, and fun to watch. There is literally something here for everyone, whether your gig is touring, custom shows, bar hopping, racing, or a combo plate of the above. Bike Week is the largest rally in the country because it has something for every type of rider imaginable.
The Rat's Hole Show The untimely passing of Rat's Hole Bike Show promoter, Karl "Big Daddy Rat" Smith, cast a sad shadow on this year's Daytona show. Karl passed away from a heart attack on Monday, March 4, 2002. He was 74 and the driving force behind the Rat's Hole Show, which he started 30 years ago. Check the photos below.
At the Races On Sunday, Nicky Hayden took top honors, winning his first Daytona 200 by a wide margin. At Sunday's Buell Pro Thunder race, Kirk McCarthy captured First Place and shattered the track record during Thursday's qualifier. Ricky Carmichael claimed his third consecutive Daytona victory in the AMA EA Sports Supercross. Take a look at the following pics.
The Vintage StuffOld iron could be found in various parts of Daytona from Main Street to the vintage races. The bikes covered the gamut of age ranges of Indians, Knuckles, Pans, Shovels, and Ironhead Sporties. Restorers could also hit up swap meets for parts, as you can see below.
Born in the USAAlthough more prevalent during last year's Biketoberfest, the reawakened American spirit was still going strong during Bike Week, as evidenced by the many Stars and Stripes bikes, such as these.
Greetings from the Camel Roadhouse The Camel Roadhouse folks unveiled their '02 Giveaway customs to an eager audience. Shirley Baker-Hopek (shown below) collects her $40,000 prize as the winner of the Camel Biker '01 Sweepstakes.