Back to the roots, back to base, back in January....!
…and back to the original three-day event duration, which was especially requested back by many exhibitors tired of four “out of shop” days. So the “shrinking effect” of the two Covid events in hot Italian summertime temperatures did finally have a learning effect. Friday through Sunday, Motor Bike Expo 2023 attracted thousands of visitors to the Verona fairgrounds, now well stocked with sufficient parking space, and conveniently located between the historic center and the Autostrada.
15 years of custom madness on the Adige!
The still in print two Italian custombike magazines “Bikers Life” and “Low Ride” have their own bike displays, with the huge Low Ride Bikeshow traditionally occupying Hall 1, although this year heavily filled-up with local US cars and Hot Rods. Moreno and Micke Persello of “Bikers Life”, co-founders of the then Chopper & Custom Show event in Padua and also organizers of the top Italian outdoor event “Bikerfest” in Lignano-Sabbiadoro in May, did greet MBE visitors with a Thunderbike cover on the new magazine issue.
King of Verona!
In addition, for the last 5 years there has been the “King of Verona” competition, where the 10 best bikes are selected by a jury – and then the “King” of the weekend is chosen by the very same Jury. This year the jury’s decision fell on Italian top-builders Hazard Motorcycles and a dragster custombike which actually had been “under construction” for 4 years. The role model for the “final stage” of this project was a “Riva” luxury sportboat from the renowned boat builders in Riva del Lake Garda with (original) Lamborghini engine – which explains the color scheme of the Sportster engine and the “wood paint” design of the fairing…
Thunderbike’s product range was represented by Custom Chrome Europe, who presented the “King of Verona” with a brand new Ultima “Twin Cam” engine. This will probably be found next year in a new “Hazard” project!
Impressions from the Motor Bike Expo's 15th birthday
But as they say "Un'immagine vale più di mille parole", so here - in compact form - are a few impressions from the Motor Bike Expo's 15th birthday. The party south of the Alps continues – and this is what everybody was hoping for...
Outdoor & Stunts
Text & Photos: HRF – Horst „Motographer“ Rösler