The Sang-Froid Riding Club ("the preppy ones" among Portland's biker ilk) are hosting a month-long show in July and August at Graeter Art Gallery called Building Speed: Motorcycle Racing and Mechanical Triumphs of the 1950s-60s. In addition to the artwork of Dan Ness and Corey Smith, the show will feature vintage bikes of the Flattrack, Roadrace, Motocross, and Café Racer variety. From the official synopsis:
Building Speed: Motorcycle Racing & Mechanical Triumphs of the 1950s - 60s will deconstruct, re-build and celebrate vintage racing motorcycles’ historical and cultural impact in an America that strives to better understand its place in 2012 and beyond. The show's nucleus will be a collection of race and performance motorcycles spanning different nations, builders, companies, styles, visions and purposes. Each bike and proud owner will tell its own story but will collectively represent a modern day renaissance in golden age engineering, mechanics’ and builders’ pride of our past. In our post-industrial modern day America, this show will strive to re-ignite the importance of an inventive, resourceful, do- it-yourself American vintage motorcycle culture that prided itself not on quantity, but on quality, skill and speed.
The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on July 5, but will remain active through August with events ranging from a book release to an appearance by a hot-shit racer. Hit the jump for the full calendar.
7/5 Grand Opening and first Thursday reception: dress down in your racer clothes.
7/12 Movie night presented by Sang-Froid Riding Club
7/17 Evel Knievel Days book release party with author Pauls Toutonghi
7/21 Sang-Froid Riding Club motorcycle ride to Vernonia and Portland International Raceway
8/4 OMRRA Vintage Racing Days after-party with guest appearance by legendary TT moto-racer Dave Roper
8/17 Bridge City Cycles Technician Workshop: tips on how to buy a used bike plus stripping, wrenching, and ice-cold beer
8/25 Closing party! Live music, bike gawking, workshops, photo booth, beer and food
***All events will be held at Graeter Art Gallery***