So begins this feature in IronWorks magazine from March 2001.
It's not that long ago in the grand scheme of things, but being into 'our' kind of bikes meant seeking them out in the background of magazine photos taken at hot rod shows. A bit like how it was when choppers first emerged in the sixties.
As this article on the second Anti-Blessing in Orange points out, the 'rat rod' scene was where you'd find many of the young traditional chopper and bobber riders back then; and I think it's still true that a lot of us feel more in common with hot-rodders than other 'bikers'.
I remember poring over these photos of Chopper Dave's Panhead, drinking in the cool details... after all, finding bikes like his in print back then was pretty hard. The rest of this issue is back-to-back Bourget/Billet/Martin Bros/Billy Lane/fat tyres and rancid paint schemes.
Perhaps in another ten years we'll be back to searching for tit-bit references to 'old school' bikes in the custom bike magazines again.