Bikes, Babes, Barbecue….what better sums up the SoCal Kulture scene. But sometimes you have come up with a whole new menu when the cupboard is bare.
Back in 2007 when they couldn’t find a descent bike party in the area, four Venice Beach vintage bike fans put together the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club… Shannon Sweeney, Jeff Verges, Hunter Knight and Patrick Dunn-Baker.
Says Shannon, “Here in the Venice area we have a bunch of bike shops but no local activity, so we put this event together so everyone could network. And we did it so that it encompasses all motorcycles, everybody welcome. It’s a chance to meet other creative-minded people, to ride bikes, and have some interesting bike and art community conversation.”
The first event back in 2007 was a great success and so plans were set in motion to schedule more events, the latest and greatest 6th annual rally transpiring this past Saturday September 14, 2013 and the third time at the same location Venice. Spearheading the event was VVMC Brady Walker, a studio recording engineer as well as an event planner as well as a vintage road racing. He spent months dealing with the paper work and cajoling the local officials until a location was squared away, a place usually occupied by Sunday shoppers looking for fresh vegetables, as it were a Farmer’s Market. However on this particular Saturday several thousand spectators drawn to a smorgasbord of tasty vintage machines of types, descriptions and personalities.
In addition to the bike show, spectators were entertained by five bands including the soon to be famous rocknroll phenomenon called Flynt, a group of 14-year olds that rocked the house. The crowds were well fed tasty barbecue and had chances via a raffle to win great prizes provided by the rally sponsors, the proceeds benefiting the Los Angeles Fire Department. For $10 you could also take home a beautifully restored 1960s bike, the funds raised helping to pay for the cost of staging the rally and for promoting future VVMC events. The bike competition included Best British, Best American, Best European, Best Café, Best Customs, Best Japanese, Best Race Inspired, Best Custom Exhaust and last but not least Ugliest Bike. Milestone Machine Highlight of the bike show was 1960s dual Triumph engined dragster, once the quickest bike in the world and just recently restored. Bike won Best Race Inspired trophy. This year’s party also saw the largest turn-out of lovely ladies in the pin-up competition vying for the coveted pink sash and title of Miss VVMC 2013.
1939 Indian Chief, the one and only bike owned by Abel Mares, took trophy for Best American bike.
Nik Ray Falco, owner the Trim Salon in Santa Monica, hosted the pin-up competitions that attracted contestants from all over the country and even Japan.
“Get outta my way, I heading for the 6th Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally."
Double the Fun
1960s Dual Engine Triumph held records as World’s Fastest Bike. Owner by John Stein, author of Milestone Dragracing book, it was restored by the Four Aces shop.
Wendy Newton rode in on her ’69 Triumph done up “Bud Ekins” style. Wendy also competes in AHRMA vintage racing.
Band called “Flynt” made up of 14-year olds got a standing ovation, and it was the first time they ever got paid for making their music, but definitely not the last.
Original Patina- Lot 516
1940 BSA M20 still carries it original WWI era British military markings. It’s for sale along with several other vintage bikes as owner Steve is starting up a new barbecue sauce company. Bike needs some TLC but has “potential.”
Mona Lisa Smile – Pin-up Contest Lucky #7
“Juicer V-8” - Quite a Jolt
High voltage V-twin could be wave of the retro-future….just plug and play.
Casting a Long Shadow
Shannon Sweeney of SS Classic Motorcycles (Venice,CA) discusses the finer points of Vincent Black Shadow ridden to the event by owner Antoine.
One of several custom motorized bicycles offered by restorer Jay Schwartz of Santa Monica. Wooden box is handmade, “tiller” style handlebars grafted from grocery store shopping cart. Price is $2,000 for lots of grins.
Cupcakes in the Wind….
Springer Bobber Special
Since the 1979 Yamah XS650 bears a strong resemblance to the classic Triumph Vertical Twin, it’s now a popular base for all kinds of custom work including Brett Lewis’ interpretation. Note very cool cut-out pipe.
Blonds Having More Fun Together….
Still Snortin’ - 1935 Norton Model 50 single
Personal Pick for Best Smile
Marching to a Different Drummer
Five bands kept the music rock n rollin’… these guys playing at the popular Santa Monica watering hole Gasser Lounge.
Event was definitely F rated… for Family.
A Biker to Be’s First Impressions
Ya gotta a complaint about helmets….?
Crusty 1956 Velocette Venom was ridden to L.A. event by Jeff Scott all the way from near San Francisco – Winner of Best British class
Tat with a Tale
The letters are Phoenician and stand for the name of Mother Earth…something to think about.
13 can be a Lucky Number….
…..and the winner is…Miss Nicci…
Time to XR it Home…See you next year at the 7th Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally….