Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This year's roster of artists included photographer Bill Phelps (featured previously on The Vintagent), painter/musician/preacher Brian Bent, Spanish photographer Alberto Garcia Alix, and photographer Alain Duplantier. El Solitario showed their latest Ducati-based custom, looking like nothing you've ever seen, and surely their best work to date.
Surprise guests of the evening included the prototype BMW R90S built by Roland Sands (and recently debuted at Villa d'Este), accompanied by Roland himself, and Ola Stenegard, head of BMW motorcycle design. Also on show, thanks to the foresight of Sebastien Lorentz, was the equally spectacular BMW R7 (also much discussed on The Vintagent). More on the BMW show-up later...
The art was all top notch, the venue quirky enough to satisfy everyone, and the hugely international crowd was thrilled to meet up. BikeExif's Chris Hunter arrived from New Zealand, plus Jordan Kightley from the Gentleman Racer rides and Sydney Cafe Racers, plus lots of Americans/Brits/Dutch/German etc riders. Next: Friday's ride and illegal sprint race!