My painting "Diavolo" will be for sale after the show.
Wednesday, July 24
I got an email from Michael asking if I had any cafe racer related artwork for an upcoming show. I had done a few pieces that would have worked years ago but they had all been sold back then. I had an idea for a piece though so I told him I'd do my best to get it done and framed in time for the pickup. I was pretty honored to be included in his show. Some of my close friends have bikes on display like Shinya Kimura, Kim Boyle, and Brawny. If you make it to Sturgis it's worth checking out for sure.
Friday, July 19
There are hand painted moon discs for the hot rods and customs and best chopper class. For the bike show I wanted to do something special so I hit up some people and we have custom made trophies being done by some great builders
Best Sportster-Andy Carter/Pangea Speed
Best Shovel-Dalton Walker/Split Image Kustoms
Best Pan-The Harpoon
Best Knuckle-Michael Barrigan/Evil Spirit
Best Japanese-Arie Van Schyndel/JDA
Best British-Wes White/Four Aces Cycle
Best Cafe-James Kaye/Detroit Brothers
Best Antique-Caleb Owens/Cro Customs
Special prize from Roland Sands RSD for the RSD pick and more to come.
There will also be giveaways from DicE magazine and others. Stay tuned...
Thursday, July 18
New ownership of the show is bringing some long overdue changes. Custom vans and vintage lowriders are now welcome. Also the bike part of the show that all but died off is coming back in a big way. This year Old Gold is sponsoring and organizing the motorcycle show within the Nats. There are custom trophies being made by seriously talented builders and fabricators, giveaways, special guests, vendors, and a motorcycle corral outside the show for non show bikes. The focus of the bike show is pre Evo American choppers and vintage tin, Brit bikes, Japanese choppers, cafe bikes etc. Baggers and billet barges will be allowed to park in the bike corral but not inside the show. This is the first year the show is open to Japanese brands. Evo sportsters and big twins that are customized and fit the show vibe will be allowed in at the discretion of the show employees. The entry is $15 for the bike and rider to participate in the show. There will be live music, food, artists, pinstripers etc. right accross from the beach at the Ventura County Fairgrounds which is the same location as the David Mann Chopperfest. Saturday August 31st. For info on being a vendor go to venturanationals.com
Tuesday, July 16
That was my only plan. Solo. Inspiring, recharging my batteries and getting to see parts of the coast I haven't seen in years, if ever. Ran into Ryan and a handful of other familiar faces at Digger Darren's in Oakland. Max lead the way for a beautiful night ride from Oakland to the city over the bay bridge. The next day I headed west and north. Sheared all of the rivets on my rear sprocket and Max and his friends grabbed a spare drum in Oakland and saved the day. Drinking root beer floats and fixing broken knuckleheads. Spent some time on highway 1, drank with the locals, and slept under the stars. Made some repairs to the bike, killed some time in Inverness, and headed home the long way.
Tuesday, July 9
Old Gold Garage "Apache" pullback drag bars. Seriously aggressive styling with ergonomics comfortable enough for the long haul. Perfect for your Dyna, Sportster, FXR, or any street machine. These will be available in raw, black powder coat, stainless, and chrome.
Saturday, July 6
Wednesday, July 3
Tuesday, July 2
I changed up the knucklehead. The biggest change was from a stock springer to a rare single spring Ron Finch springer and spool wheel. When I got it it was rough and missing parts so its pretty awesome to see it back on the road and working like a charm. I also replaced the old hummer tank with a nicer one and painted the tins. More changes on the way...