Well, for a while I was into showing my bikes. In order to do that and win, it takes doing your homework and paying attention to detail. Also, if you know the judges and what they expect, that's a big help. Be there when they are judging with your documentation to present when questions are asked. Presentation is king. Have period ads, Certificate of Authenticity, and a short history of the bike on display, that kind of thing.
Every bike in a show is prepped to the max and for the most part, every one has perfect paint, chrome and plating. It's a tough job to beat out all the rest. Even a perfect ordinary bike like a 60's Bonnie needs something special about it in order to win against something technically interesting like a Vincent or Ariel square four. (ask me how I know....)
Showing bikes is how rivet counters are created. It really does come down to the smallest details when the judges are trying to decide which bike to award the prizes to.
Not an enviable job in my estimation....
I kind of just lost interest in doing that after a while. Then I put my bikes on display and not in the competition. Judges begged me to put my bikes in the shows, but I thought it was time other guys got some recognition for their hard work. Trophies are nice, but dust collectors. I gave most of them away with the bikes when I sold them.
I'm glad I did it. It satisfied my competitive urges for a while.
Bikes 1974 Commando 1985 Honda Nighthawk 650 1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger" Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.