Witness this Amazing Collection Curated by Michael Lichter and Paul d’Orleans at the Chip’s Free Motorcycles as Art Exhibit
Explore a beautiful and though-provoking display of motorcycles and related art during the Sturgis Rally at the Buffalo Chip’s 2014 Motorcycles as Art Exhibition. This year’s theme, “Built for Speed – Race Inspired Motorcycles and Art,” marks the sixth year in a row that the annual Buffalo Chip exhibit has been curated by famed motorcycle photographer, Michael Lichter, and the second year with the Vintagent’s Paul d’Orleans. Together, they will show you the connections between motorcycle racing and custom bike designs inspired by racers with this impressive display, Saturday, Aug. 2 through Friday, Aug. 9.
The purity of purpose in the “Cut-downs” of the 1920s, “Bob-jobs” of the ‘30s, Café Racers of the ‘50s, “Drag-bike” choppers of the ‘60s, and “Street Trackers” of the ‘70s has had enduring appeal with customizers today. This display will guide you through both the original racers and the beautifully crafted custom bikes taking inspiration from them.
Each custom bike in the Built for Speed Exhibition reflects a different branch of racing: Speedway, Flat Track, Drag Racing, Board Track, Grand Prix and Land Speed Record. Race-themed painting, photography and prints by artists equally inspired by competition motorcycles will adorn the walls surrounding these amazing machines, in addition to an all new “21 Helmets” display from SeeSee Motor-Coffee in Portland.
The 35 motorcycles in Built for Speed include customs by long established and emerging builders, side by side with factory-loaned machines.
Builders sending bikes include:
Atomic Trent Schara
Dan "Bacon" Carr
Danny Schneider (Switzerland)
Jason Paul Michaels
Kenji "Ken" Nagai (Japan)
Factory-built machines include:
- Harley-Davidson’s Custom Street 750
- Indian’s “Spirit of Munro” Streamliner
- Confederate Motorcycles’ Land Speed Racer
- Icon’s “Iron Lung” Road Racer
- George Smith’s “Tramp” (replica) from S&S
- Deus Ex Machina Buell Bully
- Clem Johnson's original Vincent "Barn Job" from John Stein
Artists on the walls include:
Don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this stunning collection of motorcycles and art assembled at the Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Event Center during the Sturgis Rally. As always, Motorcycles as Art is free and open to the public.
What’s your favorite era and style of bike built for speed? Tell us below.
Special thanks to the 2014 Motorcycles as Art industry sponsors: Ace Cafe Orlando, AMSOIL, Avon Tires, Baker Drivetrain, Carhartt, Crusher Performance, DHL, GEICO Motorcycle, Hot Leathers, Icon Motorsports, J&P Cycle, Keyboard Motorcycle Shipping, Kuryakyn, Motor Bike Expo, Mustang Seats, Progressive Suspension/Burly Brand, Ridewright Wheels, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, STI-CRST Specialized Transportation, Spectro Oils, S&S Cycle and Tucker Rocky / Biker’s Choice.