The Last Wolf crowd couldn't decide whether this was the fifth or sixth custom show that they have held -1 have attended the last four and can say that it doesn't matter because it's always a cracking event that attracts some seriously nice machines.
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This event isn't just about bikes and beer and meeting up with friends, it's very much about bikers being part of a local community and giving something back to that community, and I would recommend that anybody who gets the chance should grab the opportunity to come along next year. White Trilbys and cricket trousers are optional... *
And this year was no exception - have a look at the stunning 'Purple Haze' that won the awards for Best Custom' and 'Best In Show' or the 'Captain America' replica, pure style! Throw into the mix some very tasty streetfighters (well done Trotter!) and some lovingly restored and maintained classic bikes, and you have everything that's needed.
The action all takes place on the junction of two roads with bikes lined up as far as you can see and the show bikes displayed by the church wall and opposite the old, thatehed White Lion pub. The setting couldn't be more English either - Barthomley, despite being so small that it can hardly be classed as a village, has taken bikers to its heart. The club meet in the pub, and the landlady donated £75 towards the charity fund. And, just to finish off this picture of an ideal English summer, the Vicar was presented with a cheque for £575 towards the church fund (although despite his wife's urging he refused to get on the back of a trike) and a farther £500 was donated to the Air Ambulance.
The crowd filled the road and wandered between the pub, the BBQ and the bikes, and a large crowd gathered for the awards - each category winner was greeted by a
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It's been a while since we've had one of Floris' wild Dutch chops in the mag, so feast yer eyes on this one!
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was looking for a Yamaha XS650', says Wilbert, 'to create a café racer. I bought an ugly matt blacker as a project but, when I cleaned the paint off, it turned out that the original lacquer was still there and in damn good shape too! I polished it 'til it looked like new and then put it on the Internet, and someone offered to swap it for an aesthetically bad XS, a pair of spoked wheels and a bag of money.
'I became a member of the XS Cluh Holland and, at their New Year's Eve party, there was a discussion as to what members were going to build next. It turned out that almost everyone was doing café racers too -that was the moment I knew I would chop my XS.'
Wilbert is a big fan of the Seventies, 'Up to '73, those are the coolest choppers ■ those 'turned backwards' style bikes with long forks, sky high sissy-bars and diamond shaped fuel tanks moulded to the frame.' So, an early Seventies chop it would be!
A Sportster tank, then, would not look right on this style of bike so Wilbert made a sweet prismatic style tank. And, in the same vein, just another Bates headlight wasn't something that this Dutchman had in
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Kitschy ornaments on a Seventies chopper are a must. After he spotted a decorative hook of his father's garden fence, he immediately went to the local DIY shop to buy some, and one of'em is used on the kicker pedal and another is mounted at the hand-shifter.
The exhausts are another nice story. Wilbert works as a fabricator building machines for mushroom farms and, one day, he was visiting a promotion fair for new machinery where a dealer was demonstrating their new pipe-bending machine. He pretended to be interested in the guy's sales patter and ended up coming away with the perfect bends for making his 'pipes.
Mind you, the build wasn't without its problems, 'when the chopper was as good as finished, I only had to weld on a mirror bracket. Because my handlebars are rubber-mounted, I didn't have to loosen the earth strap from my battery but, after I'd finished this job, I saw a little one that I'd missed down near the rear axle and, without thinking about it, set about sorting it out. You can guess what happened next... Suddenly there was a lot of smoke! The voltage had gone through the wiring and the bike was on fire!' he says, laughing about it now.
The paint took its time too. Without being under influence of any form of acid (honestly!), he started to spray a psychedelic colour scheme. It was all starting to look cool when his young daughter came home with a tube of glitter from the toy store. Great', he thought, 'a low budget way of'flakinga tank!'. That evening he laid out the glitter across his paint and fixed it with a layer of transparent lacquer. It looked good but, the next morning, he found that it had all coagulated and clotted. 'It looked horrible as hell, so I had to grab a piece of sand paper and take it all off again...'
The result, though, was well worth the wait - a proper Seventies-style chop made in the traditional Seventies-style manner. Good job, Wilbert! *
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