Monday, July 01, 2013


From the Southsiders MC - the 'official' video compilation of their fantastic event.  I'll have more reportage on the event, but this certainly captures the uber-cool artist-outlaw vibe created by the international crowd.  Wheels and Waves touches the vital heart of a collided art/motorcycle aesthetic, with a uniquely European spin.

Southsiders present: Wheels & Waves - second edition from Douglas Guillot on Vimeo.


Kraut said...

It takes a European to make Americana look so sexy

William said...

Paul dear,
Last week I fumed about the Crocker replica thingy..
I was aware that you were at W&W..I saw you and Chris on the first vid'
But ..
"uber-cool artist-outlaw vibe"...
"collided art/ motorcycle aesthetic"..
Sadly, there's not a hell of a lot of motorcycles involved in their burgeoning self promotion..
I have NEVER yet seen anything from a single one of any of them that equates to quality..
the sort you and I would expect to see from a factory studio..
Certainly NOT the grossly priced clothing or helmets.. Lifesavers or fashionista tackle..?
What I see is a sort of "Rat Bike" culture.. scruffy, dumbed down..
much like most of the "Arty" crowd now flocking into Motorcycling.
Gawd help us all.. life as it is lived today.. and the clowns it attracts.
You MUST realise this is NOT aimed at you.. but at the art fairies and their fellow travellers.
They certainly don't appear to be interested in true progress in our sport
Come back Dr T.. we sure need you now!
Best regards as ever
And Paul dear.. I love and admire your work.. but you KNOW that.

The Vintagent said...

Mr. Ferry, you MUST realize I'm the ultimate art fairy, flitting from continent to continent to chase elusive and exotic motorcycle aesthetics. I am also the ultimate self-promoter, making my living from a blog, and if you've ever seen my Velocette KTT Mk4, you'd realize I probably fall into the 'rat biker' category too. While your rant was not aimed at me, I am struck square in the chest, and own it completely.

The things I love about this crowd: nobody cares what you ride (although they do appreciate if it's special), nobody cares if your bike isn't 'original', nobody cares what you do or who you are. The famous and the humble rode together and hung out in nice places, simply because it was Fun. When was the last time you had so much fun?

I look forward to this event all year - beautiful, intelligent boys and girls, fun and creative motorcycles, increcible scenery, and while it might look completely pretentious on the outside, the feeling while there is just the opposite. The space is full of warmth and cameraderie. It reminds me exactly what makes motorcycling the best good time possible.

Anonymous said...

Paul - I thought that the "gent" in Vintavent meant gentleman, ie. "a man whose conduct conforms to a high standard of propriety or correct behavior" per Webster. I must assume, then, that someone forced you at gunpoint to wear the I Love Seafood tee shirt. Call me a prude, a scold, old fashioned, etc......

William said...

Paul dear,
I come from an older culture.. this is all beyond me really..
Whilst I have strong views and they are strongly expressed.. it is NOT my intention to be rude to you or anyone else.
Really I struggle to understand why these arty types don't try to influence our fabulous sport back towards sense.. eg light, very swift motorcycles with some style.
So far as I can see, few if any factories are providing this..
So, Mr Grumpy-Old-Fashioned.. totally retires mortally wounded to a dark corner.
Where I hope the old bugger can keep quiet for a while. At least.
Best regards
AS to your Velo.. I've lived around old, oily-rag bikes all my adult life.. they're cool.
However, that Tartan [plaid.?] jacket does worry me some..

The Vintagent said...

Ah, the 'seafood' shirt. Propriety dictates that even a gift in questionable taste should be worn in the spirit given, ie, with humor and affection, and a healthy dose of 'get over yourself'. Fred Jourden carried out a promise to "make a tee shirt" from an offhand, 'lad's moment' comment at a bar in Paris, which had him rolling on the floor.

Moral of the story - be careful what you say, you may end up wearing your words!

Anonymous said...

I need to agree with Anonymous in this instance. Propriety dictates adherence to previously established propriety, particularly in public settings. Friends understand this.

P. Schmidt

Anonymous said...

In your reply to Ferry you said there were famous people in attendance. Pray tell who? Please show pictures.