Custom Builder Gets Repeat Win in Sturgis

Publish Date: 
Aug 19, 2009

Todd Stilicato of Todd's Cycle became the first repeat Best of Show winner in the history of the Sturgis Metzeler Custom Bike Contest.

For the second time in as many years, the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based builder picked up the award during the show at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. Stilicato's creation stood out in the Unlimited Custom with a 21-inch rear Metzeler ME880 tire.

Russ Deuker of Full Tilt Customs picked up the People's Choice Award for his machine sporting two rear wheels.

The Best of Show slot winner picks up an avalanche of prizes, including: inclusion in the 2010 Metzeler Ad Campaign, a three-day apprenticeship with Eddie Trotta, a feature article in American Iron Magazine, a trip to Sturgis 2010, a seat at the annual round table at the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo, four sets of Metzeler Tires, a trophy (don’t forget the trophy), a $500 gift certificate toward a Baker Transmission or Builder’s Kit, a certificate for an All Balls Starter, a certificate for an Boyesen Power X Wing, a certificate for an Danny Gray Seat and a certificate for a Kicker Audio set including 5.25 inch coaxial speakers and ear buds.

This was the seventh year for the contest and it included a lineup of Custom Bike Association-certified judges. They were: Eddie Trotta of Thunder Cycles, American Iron editor Chris Maida, Bob Cashwell of Drag Specialties, Paul Cox of Cox Industries, and Athena Ransom from Vagabond Choppers.

Other winners in each class include: Custom Class, Ron Finch of Finch’s Customs; Chopper Class, Larry Moore, Moore’s Customs; Bobber Class, Mark Shadley, Shadley Bros; Consumer Class, Kirk Kaprenstein from Concord, California; Stage 3 Class, Darren Knoll from Maxwell, Iowa; and Production Class, Mark Dirico of Dirico Motorcycles.