Roland Sands Presents...
The Moto Beach Classic
Setting up the Inked Iron booth right on the edge of the beach is epic… although I’m still shaking sand out of my clothes. The inaugural Moto Beach Classic was off the chain this past weekend. Roland Sands and his army managed to pull off a small miracle with the short timeframe they had from concept to completion, and it was everything we’d hoped.
I had the blessing of being part of a number of features at the event and am so thankful for the opportunities. My initial connection with the event was through the Bonnier Motorcycle Group who had reached out to collaborate on the Hooligans for Hurricane Relief project which was launched at the Moto Beach Classic. We put in a lot of work to make it happen, and I was able to provide the branding and t-shirt design which raised over $1,700 from sales at the event and over $400 online on day one!
As if all of this wasn’t enough, the amazing Kelly Yazdi, who was the driving force behind the Wild Gypsy Tour at Sturgis Buffalo Chip, reached out to me to include my artwork in the Architects of Inspiration exhibit which included work from both artists and motorcycle builders. Alongside my artwork, I brought some photography by Erik Jutras (@mr_pixelhead) and bikes from Speed Craft, Untitled Motorcycles and AJ Pushkarna’s BMW Scrambler. So very honored to be a part of the exhibit.
As with most shows, I had the booth set up and was slinging my wares. Supporting me was a crew of close friends and influencers. The booth featured Biltwell helmets, my art and apparel, and those damn zippered hoodies which sold like hotcakes as the sun dropped and the beach front breeze picked up.
One of the reasons I love to vend at motorcycle shows is the company. It’s always a pleasure catching up with friends and generally putting smiles on folks faces with the inspirado I’m pushing. The latter is one of the reasons you’ll see me back here next year.
Then, of course… the main event. Holy shit. Super Hooligan flat track racing at it’s finest! On the beach, no less. It’s always an incredible experience to see these guys high-fiving, shaking hands, sharing a beer or two and then ripping around the track. It’s a rush. If you’ve never seen flat track racing before it’s time you do. The Hooligans take everything to the next level.
Massive congrats to Andy DiBrino for winning the RSD Super Hooligan National Championship and the Indian Motorcycle FTR-750 factory flat track bike grand prize, and of course to the top 2 finishers of the Bolsa Bonzai Superhooligan main event: Frankie Garcia #214 (Ducati) and Mikey Virus (Harley Davidson).
Huge thank you to a few of the folks who made it happen, including Roland Sands, Kelly Yazdi, Mary Hardcastle & Nichole Starkey from Bonnier Motorcycle Group, photographer extraordinaire, Errol Colandro and my trusty sidekick Amanda Ervin, and the entire crew at Roland Sands Design, BWW, Valero Energy and the Moto Beach Classic for all of your hard work in making it happen. Too many others to thank, but what a blast.
On Saturday the 25th of January, 2016, hundreds of motorcycles, riders, enthusiasts and Los Angeles riff raff descended upon Lucky Wheels Garage for what will be known as the quintessential 2016 kick-off party