BSMC Event II - The Aftermath
By Anthony van Someren - 14 Oct 13
Frankie from Billy & Bo (above) and Woody (below)Our new event hosted over 60 custom built bikes from 43 builders, making room for around a dozen shed-builds, and new talent builders too. Shoreditch Studios were also kind enough to let us take control of their outside space under the railway arches so we could create some Bike Shed signage, which was taken care of by Dan and Mark. Huge thanks to Dan (from Decreate) for spending the day translating our A4 sized logo graphics into a mural that became the focal point of hundred of photos and Facebook profile pics. Art was supplied by Conrad Leach, Benedict Radcliffe and Corpses from Hell, with photos from Kristina Fender and Merry Michau, and projected films supplied from builders all over the world from the likes of Blitz, Ellaspede, Old Empire, Untitled, El Solitario, Fuel and many more. We also wanted to bring in more of the London street-using community into our world. In Europe, Australia and the US a lot of the new cafe racer, scrambler and brat style riders come from scooters, bicycles and skateboards, and in London the fixie scene has been leading the way in combining two wheels with cool places to hang out, so, we crossed the great divide into pedal-power by exhibiting Era Cycles' Barry Sheen tribute bicycle and Tom Donhou's insane world speed record attempting bike. Over the weekend we had 5000 visitors in all, with around 120 exhibitors and staff. The Saturday was rammed full from the minute we opened our doors and barely let up till around 3pm where things mellowed to a manageable pace. Any more and we'd have been told to close the doors by security staff. Phew. The best thing was the mix of people. We knew that the bikers would come but we also loved seeing people turn up without crash helmets too, and even better if they had their families with them. For us it was an amazing experience. We can't thank all of you enough for coming and taking part, and trusting us to put on another quality event. Whether you were an exhibitor, an artist or photographer, volunteer helper or visitor, we needed each and every one of you to make such an enjoyable weekend. And, what next? is the question we get asked the most. We'll definitely keep putting on the shows, to help bring new people to the new wave custom scene, and we hope that more and more of you will take part and turn up. Meanwhile, we're also looking for a permanent home, so watch this space. The photos on this page were taken by a dozen or so BSMC members, exhibitors and visitors. There are hundreds to view, and many are linked via our Facebook Pages & Album. Also see more on this Facebook album from David Marvier.
Vikki - AKA The Dutchess - without whom there would have been total choas.
Ali - Sheditor, staff-wrangler, keeper of the plinths and owner of too many bikes.
Maxwwll AKA Corpses from Hell
Benedict Radcliffe's life-sized Honda Goldwing sculpture. Just needs a frame chop & loop for a Brat-style makeover
Gunnar's z750 "Black Bullet"
Old Empire Motorcycles Honda 250 Superdream - AKA "Hunter"
Probably the best streetfood in the world, from Street Kitchen
Spirit of the Seventies ER-6, Shinya Kimura's Firebolt, The Deus Mono and it roCkS' Sunburn.
4h10's Guzzi (aka the Bike Shed posterboy)
Urban Rider's store, with the Bike Shed special edition Speedsters from Davida (below)
Young guns, Auto Fabrica
All motorcycle faiths welcome... "Jesus Loves You Too" by Conrad Leach
Motoboard, also from Conrad Leach (L) with Nick's Pantah (R)
RB Kustoms' xs650
The bike park was almost as cool as the exhibition.
Clutch Customs, Marc's SR500, Untitled Motorcycles' Board-tracker
The bar, a fitting location beside the guys from Down & Out Cafe Racers (it was in their contract)
Old Empire Motorcycles' "Bulldog"
Corpses from Hell's jackets preside over trackers from TH1RTE3N Motos.
Huge prints from Kristina Fender
Oily Rag's Triumph bobber
Over the Road's indoor/outdoor yard...The Full list of exhibitors and participants included: Moto Guzzi, Deus Ex Machina, Urban Rider, Shinya Kimura, Spirit of the Seventies, Untitled Motorcycles, Old Empire Motorcycles, Kevils Speedshop, Cafe Racer Customs, Auto Fabrica, Kingdom of Kicks, Corsa Italiana, Foundry Motorcycle, 4h10, Clutch Customs, Down & Out Cafe Racers, Thirteen Motos, Muff Customs, RB Kustoms, Krazy Horse Customs, CMBL, it roCkS!, Racefit, Oily Rag, Da Bolex, Sideburn Magazine, Benzina Magazine, The Ride, ODFU, Era Cycles, Tom Donhou, Conrad Leach, Benedict Radcliffe, Corpses from Hell, Kristina Fender, Merry Michau, Maple Motorcycle Jeans, Woody, Billy & Bo, The Street Kitchen Huge thanks to Moto Guzzi, Deus Ex Machina and Urban Rider for having enough faith in us to sponsor the event. Also, big thanks to Merry Michau, David Marvier, Simon Krajnyak, Gareth Roberts, Mark Jackson, Dean Ashton, Gunnar Broucke, Andy Geeroms, Osvaldo Coutinho, James McCombe, John Eldridge, Johnny Moto and Dave Sutton for the pics on this story (Hope I didn't miss anyone). See you at the next one? Dutch, Vikki, Ian, Ben & Adam & The BSMC