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Roy's Toad was the convincing winner of the hotly contested Canadian Special competition, securing over 18% of the votes. Off Road Toads, the Canadian built brainchild of Rod Kirkham, are high up on the wish list of many collectors but they are rarely seen on the open market. This fillet brazed beauty is built up with some of the most desirable parts of the era and is a well deserved winner in the impressive 20 strong field.
Congratulations to @KayOs, and his HWE, for taking top spot in April's competition. It's always nice to see something a little different come out on top and it's definitely worth checking out the build thread here. There were eighteen entries in total, with some real top class builds, so taking over 20% of the votes is quite an achievement. See the full line up here. Without further ado here's the winner, in all its moody glory
That's two for two in 2024 for @markjohnson76, this time with his 1989 Roberts Phantom. Picked up locally, for not much more than a song, Mark had the frame, in all its Columbus Max OR beauty, and a Zinn fork refinished by the Vaz brothers, Winston and Mario, who both worked for Roberts previously. Winston confirmed that he built this frame back in 1989, so who better to carry out the work! You can check out the before and after pics in this thread and see the full line-up in the poll thread. Congrat's Mark!
Forgot to post this one up the last time we held a 98+ BoTM competition. 18 bikes were entered and @wadsy managed to haul in over 40% of the votes. Martin is the custodian of this former Phillip "Pipmeister" Mock owned Kona. For those that don't know, Pip was one of the resident Kona gurus here on Retrobike, and all round lovely bloke, who sadly passed away last summer. Pip's fleet of Konas are now spread across the retro community, and are documented in this thread The 2010 Kilauea is a rare bird, and you can read more about @wadsy's bike in his build thread. Also check out Kona ambassador @al-onestare's write up on the Kona-cog here RIP PIP
Big congratulation to @staffy for holding off @racecarjohnny's Brave and crossing the line in top spot. Do check out his build thread where you can see the significant transformation take place. Other might have sent it to the scrap heap, so hats of to Staffy for taking on the challenge. Here's the completed build, followed by a before shot. You can see the other entries and the poll results here and here.
@Dimas won the June 2022 competition with this stunning P21, complete with Ritchey WCS build kit, and he came out on top of a very tight Bike of The Year poll, securing top spot with 14.5% of the votes. Only 3 votes split the top 4 bikes, so it really was very close. You can see the poll results and all the entrants here and see the build thread for the bike here. For your convenience, and pleasure, here are a few more pics of the Retrobike Bike of The Year for 2022.....
Jim's meticulous rebuild of Don Myrah's 1990 Fat Chance race bike took the crown for December. The frame has all kinds of little features that you'd hope for from a team rider's bike, and was a truly bespoke frame. Here's a pic of the finished article, followed by on old image of Don, astride the actual bike, alongside Ned "The Lung" Overend. Here's a link to Jim's full build thread, where you can see the bare frame as acquired https://www.retrobike.co.uk/threads/the-myrah-fat-chance-is-done.430458/page-4
November was an 'Amnesty Special', where people got another chance to enter a bike that had tried, and failed, previously. If you take look at the line-up you'll probably be surprised that many of them hadn't already won; a testament to the standard of bikes on the site. We got a bumper crop of 27 entries but, as usual, there can be only one. @My_Teenage_Self took the crown with his 1994 Lotus, kitted out with a Pace fork and an XTR groupset. Almost 30 years ago this was a real head turner, and nothing much has changed!

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