Handbuilt and MotoGP, Austin TX
This weekend was so jam packed with moto-awesomness that I don't even know where to start. I had one heck of a journey, hanging with some of the best friends a girl could ask for, and getting to step foot inside the American MotorDrome, the first time I have since my best friend, Samantha Morgan passed away in 2008. Sam was my very best friend, and she was a motorcycle wall riding daredevil. She was the epitome of what this entire sport is about. There are so many aspects, avenues to motorcycling, from racing, to the craft and art, to the simple pure pleasure of riding. The first step inside took my breath away, I could literally hear Sam's voice, and could feel her whizzing past me and she had done many years before. Watching that girl ride the wall of death was a spiritual experience for anyone so lucky to witness her. To say this was emotional for me would be an understatement. This set the tone for the rest of the weekend. I was lucky enough to be invited to watch MotoGP racing at COTA with Robert Pandya and a few friends, the Octo Pramac race team. To watch this team in action is simply amazing. They are so focused and work seamlessly, each and everyone doing their job to absolute perfection. I was firing on all cylinders just watching this team and of course listening to the machines scream past out on the track. My first time attending MotoGP in person, and will not be my last, this is simply not the same watching on TV. I also got to spend some time with Alan and Stefan from Revival Cycles. These guys have built up not only an amazing event; The Hand Built Show, but have created one hell of a shop. Every great piece of machinery needed to create some amazing works of art was present at this establishment. The guys are very humble and happily admit to being "Moto-Geeks", which I can relate too. Now, lets get to the show. A beautiful display of amazing hand crafted moto-talent, expertly laid out for optimal viewing pleasure. enjoy some of the shots here. And what cool event could possibly take place without some Hooligan Flat Track Racing? Of course it was going down, in fact it was going down in a parking lot across the street, that was magically transformed into a short dirt oval track, with just the right ingredients for the perfect place for Hooligans to tear it up. For more images from this action packed weekend, be sure to visit the Hand Built Gallery in my Collections on this site. ~Sara
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