Verona Italy Motor Bike Expo
a time to make friends!
Our trip to the Motor Bike Expo in Verona could have received many headlines with positive titles. But the title “Visiting friends” describes it most accurately. All fellow travellers were the same opinion that they have rarely experienced such a beautiful and pleasant time at the fair.
The destination of our trip was on the one hand the presentation of the new Custom Chrome Europe Bike which we built for the 50th anniversary of the company. On the other hand the invitation of Andreas and Kim to participate as judges in the jury of the bike show “King of Verona”.
After a little research on the internet we decided to go to the Trattoria alla Colonna. We liked the ambience but the food was a little disappointing. Unfortunately, the schnitzel with the appropriate name Coteletti, which is praised as a local delicacy, was not our favourite. Salami with cheese on a flattened schnitzel was not tasty and also not Italian. Without further delay we decided to look for a italian dessert in the city centre to make souls happy. What could be better than italian gelato! Salt caramel, tiramisu and dark, almost black chocolate of the finest quality sweetened our way home to the hotel.
The exhibition halls welcomed us relatively empty and tidy. We immediately liked the wide walkways between the booths and the good supply of fresh air. Our first target was the Custom Chrome booth to discuss all important points for the upcoming presentation. The 50th Anniversary Bike was ready, but still covered to keep the tension up. All participants had taken great care not to publish any pictures of the bike in advance. At 12:00 o’clock the time had come, under the eyes of the press and many visitors, photographer Horst Rössler guided through the presentation. All the big names of the scene, such as Cory Ness, son of customizer legend Arlen Ness, Custom Design Parts boss Kirk Taylor, Wolfgang of BSL Parts and the Custom Chrome team around marketing boss Axel Scherer were gathered at the booth. With applause Kim and model Georgia pulled down the velvet and unveiled the long-awaited bike. The opinion and comments were directly unanimous – “What a great bike! A delicious Sacher cake was cut for the 50th anniversary and a few bottles of good prosecco were beheaded to round off the celebration.
At the end of the day there was a meet and greet behind the scenes. The judges of the bike jury came together for pre-judging and there was a relaxed exchange among old friends. This year the jury was again top-class, besides Baggers Nation Boss Paul Yaffe, Sturgis Buffalo organizer Rod Woodruff and Bord Track pilot Brittany Olsen also the Thunderbikers Andreas and Kim Bergerforth. Concentration had to be increased once again briefly and each of the judges had to ask themselves a few questions about customizing in an interview in front of running cameras. Our father-daughter duo tackled the situation with flying colours and was able to draw relaxed from 35 years of experience.
Friday began as before with a good breakfast and another walk to the exhibition halls. For the day the election of the King of Verona took place. The prize is awarded as Best of Show and already draws a clear line to the coming customizing trends of the upcoming season. The renowned finalist field consisted mainly of italian conversion specialists and mechanics. Pepe Lorenzo stood out from the crowd as a person and his red Chicano Chopper as an exotic. All participants were first introduced personally with their bikes before the judges gave their ratings. There were 5 up to a maximum of 10 points to be achieved, whereby the 10 could only be awarded once. Andreas’ choice of 10 was the naked silver BMW speedster by Radikal Chopper from Italy. The craftsmanship was convincing and the harmonious design spoke a clear language, “We have a winner! Andrea Radaelli wins the crown and is named “King of Verona””. With applause he is awarded and put on the coveted silver bracelet. After countless photos were taken with all the jurors and organizers involved, the official part was over and we mingled again in the hustle and bustle.
In the exhibition halls we met many old friends and made new friends. The parties at the Punta Bagna and Rokker Clothing booths were just a few of the places where people got together for a beer and exchanged news or celebrated the old good times.
At the end, as is well known, there is always a conclusion and this is short and to the point,… Guest of friends.
I guess that’s all there is to write. Thanks Motor Bike Expo, Arrivederci Verona.