5/23/13

Http://www.wheels-and-waves.com







After long weeks of waiting, our Wheels and Waves 2013 website is finally online.

You'll find all the necessary participant's information for the event which takes place mid June, but also discover this year's section called "registration" allowing you to sign-up for the two rides (Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June), and to pre-register for meals.

The numbers are limited, so your cooperation will allow us to plan & privilege all registered participants.

A big thank you to all of our partners, without whom this event could not exist.

I would also like to thank the W & W team for their considerable efforts:
Thierry de Miras, Jérome et Valérie Allé, Benoit Guerry, Olivier Prat, Kenny Jacob,Vincent Lassere,
Anik Labreigne, Neil Williams, Phil Lalemant.

Special thanks to Steven Burke for his remarkable graphic design work, and to Marc Steinmetz who developed the website.

Come see it at: Wheels-and-waves.com




Après de longues semaines d'attente, nôtre site Wheels and Waves 2013 est enfin en ligne.
Vous y trouverez toutes les informations utiles pour rejoindre l'événement du mois de Juin, mais aussi cette année une rubrique "enregistrement" vous permettant de vous inscrire non seulementpour les deux rides (Vendredi 14 et Samedi 15 juin), mais aussi de vous inscrire pour les repas.
Leur nombre étant limité, cela nous permet d'évaluer à l'avance le nombre de participants.

Un grand merçi à tous nos partenaires sans lesquels cet événement gratuit ne pourrait exister.
Je tiens aussi à remercier toute l'équipe de travail pour leurs efforts considérables
Thierry de Miras, Jérome et Valérie Allé, Benoit Guerry, Kenny, Olivier Prat Jacob,Vincent Lassere, Anik Labreigne, Neil Williams, Phil Lalemant
Merçi à Steven Burke pour son remarquable Design graphique, et à Marc Steinmetz pour le développement du site.

Rendez vous sur Wheels-and-waves.com






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5/21/13

El Solitario Ducati Petardo for Wheels & Waves



Time is running out and our dear Petardo is still a nasciturus. All the team is working hard to have it ready for the Biarritz party but we know this will be hard. All the necessary bits are finally here but we are still facing a couple of unwanted compromises that seek to work around them before… BOOM!@#$ disappearing in a cloud of smoke!


El Solitario Ducati Petardo for Wheels & Waves from El Solitario on Vimeo.




5/14/13

Four Artists at Wheels & Waves






Galerie 13 Avril - 22 Avenue Montjoly - Biarritz Thursday June 13th 7pm







BILL PHELPS
Le photographe New-Yorkais Bill Phelps s’est forgé une carrière de renommée internationale en apportant sa vision artistique au monde de la publicité, et en collaborant avec des magazines de mode telles que Vogue Italie, The New York Times et Interview. Les portraits et paysages shootés par Phelps font de lui un réel poète de la photographie. Egalement féru de motos et propriétaire du Café Moto à Brooklyn, Phelps présentera une série intitulée “Ocean” ou l’on retrouve les éléments phare du Wheels and Waves; l’eau et la moto.

Brooklyn-based photographer Bill Phelps has built an international career working in advertising, and lending his talents to fashion magazines such as Italian Vogue, The New York Times and Interview. He is considered as one of image-making world’s true visual poets for the portraits and landscapes he has shot. Also captivated by motorbikes and owner of the Café Moto in Brooklyn, Phelps will present a series of photographs called “Ocean” in which two of the main elements of the event Wheels and Waves are highlighted; water and motorbikes.
http://www.billphelps.com/










ALAIN DUPLANTIER
Photographe, réalisateur de long-métrage, de clip et de pub, Alain Duplantier découvre sa passion pour l’image à 13 ans. Il fait ses armes dans des labos et des studios photo, assiste de grands photographes tels que Jean Baptiste Mondino, et enchaine les opportunités de boulot qui se bousculent. Dès 1989, Libération le remarque pour son style très affirmé et lui ouvre ses pages afin d’y réaliser des série de portraits de personnalités de tout bord. Il turbine aux décibels punk rock, il traine dans tous les concerts possibles et inimaginables et photographie des grands noms de la scène rock , parmi lesquelles Lou Reed, Bjork, Brian Jones, Etienne Daho et Bertrand Cantat, qui seront exposées à la Galerie 13 Avril dans le cadre du WHEELS and WAVES.


Photographer, cinematographer and director, Alain Duplantier discovered a passion for image-making at the age of 13. Building his career after assisting many professionals within developing photo studios, he was also the assistant of some big photographers such as Jean Baptiste Mondino. Many opportunities raised to him, before French newspaper Libération got him to shoot a series of portraits of some of the biggest personalities of all kind. As he gets to hang out in the indie punk rock scene, he found himself shooting some of the biggest figures like Bjork, Lou Reed, Brian Jones, Etienne Daho, and Bertrand Cantat. Some to can be witnessed at Galerie 13 Avril at the launch of WHEELS and WAVES.
http://www.alainduplantier.com








BRIAN BENT
Influencé par le design, la mode et l’architecture du début du siècle jusqu’aux années 60, l’artiste et surfeur Brian Bent est un homme aux talents multiples. Sa vie et son univers artistique évoluent autour de la sculpture, de la peinture illustrative, du design d’intérieur, de la musique, du surf mais aussi de la contruction automobile et plus particulièrement des vieilles voitures de course. Cette année, Bent nous fait l’honneur de venir exposer des toiles peintes spécialement pour le WHEELS and WAVES, une première exposition en France pour l’artiste Californien.

Self taught and influenced by the mid-century modern period of design, fashion, and architecture, musician, artist and surfer Brian Bent exhibits for the first time in Europe at Wheels & Waves.
It would be so simple to place Brian Bent in a box and say, “Hey look, there’s Brian the painter” or “I just saw Brian Bent the hot rod builder flying down the road in a fresh built jalopy”. It might be easier for the artist to settle on building 1930s style kook-box surfboards or doing his own unique style of screen printing. Focusing on any one might make life a little less complicated for him but that’s not who Brian Bent is. This man does not actually do work with the aim to sell or publish (although he achieves both very well) he just creates as and when the mood and direction takes him. One day a car, the next a collection of prints or some clothes to wear and the next... who knows? Brian Bent’s life is his art and for Wheels and Waves 2013 he brings with him a new set of paintings especially for the show in Biarritz.

http://www.brianbentgallery.com/











ALBERTO GARCIA ALIX
Le photographe Espagnol Alberto Garcia Alix débute son travail artistique à la fin des années 70 après la mort du General Franco. Témoin du quotidien, de ses nuits et de ses contours, il dépeint le mouvement culturel de la Movida dans sa pure vérité. La marginalité, la drogue, et le rock and roll en font partie. Malgré la dureté de certains de ses portraits, il n’en capte pas moins une grande poésie. Publié dans de nombreux magazines de mode et reconnu dans le milieu de l’art contemporain, Garcia-Alix est l’un des photographes les plus représentatifs d’une époque, d’un mouvement, d’un pays.


Spanish photographer Alberto Garcia Alix debuted as an artist at the end of the seventies, after Franco passed away. He was witnessing the everydaylife and the underground nights lived by his friends at the time, and despite the true.. and sad life they had, Garcia-Alix managed to share the emotional dimension of it all. Garcia-Alix stands as a true representative of The Movida; that - word - echoeing with sex, drug and rock n roll.
http://www.albertogarciaalix.com
















5/1/13

Vintage Revival Montlhéry 2013





In France we have the great good fortune to possess L’Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry not far from Arpajon in the forest. Even better we have permission from the VRM to drive along it every two years The fact that we can only ride along a small part adds to the mythology of this legendary route, where many records have been established and broken, such as that of Bert Le Vack, hurtling along on a Brough-Superior, at over 200km/h back in 1929.
heroic Bert painted by Geo Ham

Sadly the condition of the circuit, compounded by today’s draconian regulations, and the lack of too-costly maintenance, means that you can no longer drive all of the original circuit. The old world charm and rural beauty can be misleading for as well as the feeling of making history driving along this old road, you are accompanied by a bumping, jolting ride from which Evil Knievel would be proud of emerging unscathed.

in red the actual circuit


Last Autumn we decided to join the meet of pre 1940 cars and bikes, organized by Vincent Chamon and his team.
Our friends ”P” and”M” had prepared two Norton Internationals: a 350 and a 500, with their well known Gardengate frames and roadholder forks

These machines, precise as Swiss clocks, have had multiple rides along the Circuit de Montlhèry but are returning to their old stomping ground for the first time for 12 years.

So, compared to our previous visit we had an additional role: I must say that nowadays, I really appreciate doing rather than watching.

This year the turnout was exceptional, there were not only some machines from the Brooklands Museum, but also one from the Hockenheim museum. I was particularly attracted by the two Mc Evoy 1000cc racers, one of which was “Bad” with its 8 valve engine, a reinforced frame, and black finish, while the other was more refined. I shouldn’t forget the presence on the track and in the pits of the most fabulous French motorcycle ever built: The Koehler Escoffier Georges Monneret 1935. There were many other motorcycles and the pits were dominated by the infernal Franck Chatokhine on his Speed ​​Twin passing above our heads whilst Banking, spurred on by Dimitri Coste on the family ES2. As for the cars, despite the countless wonders whirling around my head, I have retained the memory of the fantastic The Graham 8 Lucenti Indy car from 1932, with its 8 inline pots. We also had a real admiration for the Stewart Sandford 3 wheeler car/cycle with its Ruby built compressor motor complete with aluminium casing. One of my favourite French brands, "Avions Voisin", was also well represented. and to top it all off the Hélica powered propeller 1919, an incredible machine straight out of a cartoon.

The atmosphere was wonderful, despite having to leave the circuit at 5:30 p.m, and (Vincent if you're listening ...) some visual pollution due to the modern cars mixed in with the old ones on the stands.

Our experience of the track with the Inters was a beautiful gift from "P" and "M" who at 82 can no longer drive, kindly offered us his place. An elegant pass of the baton. After each session, the smiles of our four pilots spoke volumes about the sensations experienced.
Looking closely reveals the Inter "Cammy" 1938 to be a modern motorcycle for its time, with a perfect frame, an engine phenomenally powerful for a single, no wonder it has been the bike of choice for private pilots, followed closely after by the Manx.

In the diary for 2015 and once again congratulations to the organizers.

vp





Dimitri Coste on Norton ES2 1935

Moto Guzzi Dondolino










OK Supreme 500 1934


Mc Evoy 1000 cc Anzani 1927



Triumph Speed Twin Supercharger Brooklands 1938









"Dr Norton"



Torpedo 1909 replica


French Indian club




Our Setup

A Two Cam


The most fantastic French French Motorcycle ever: Koehler Escoffier 1000ACT Georges Monneret

Georges Monneret " Jojo la Moto" with the same bike in 1935

Rolland Pilain was the first car to beat a record at Montlhéry


Delage


Bentley Tourer




Avions Voisin "Art Déco" interior by Paul Poiret

Hélica (Leyat) Replica 1919, the roadster version








The "Cocotte" famous Avions Voisin Mascott

Ford Woody 40

Neracar

Bedelia BD 2 Tandem 1912


Thomas with The Graham 8 Lucenti Indy car from 1932






Thomas und Ingrid

Always better when people are well dressed








Brasier  Hispano V8 engine1908

George Cohen and Paul D'Orleans



Jérome Coste




Jérome Coste wearing his Latest creation "The Castel" 

Jérome with the Castel and El solitario's Bonneville Coverall



Would kill for a racer like this one

Koehler Escoffier Mandoline 500cc









Brooklands


Excelsion Manxman 250



My favorite the Mc Evoy 1000 8 valve all black racer 1924

DKW SS 250  1938 Single with 2 pistons 2 strokes compressor 130db








another Mandoline

Stayer with probably a 2liters Anzani engine

Magnat Debon 175 racer










The Best Cyclecar on show the Sandford compressor, Ruby engined


English engineering by JENSEN


OMG let me take one last pic please !


 last advices before the run , Many thanks to "M"



Me Just before being blowed by Franck Chatokhine the fastest rider on the track

Julien from our team discovering track's adrenalin ...
Fred our Team mate




Third row


Pierre 
The Chase between Pierre and Dimitri