Art and Moto was the first event of its type held in Portugal. It was organised by Cesar of Cafe Racer 351 (the godfather of the fledgling cafe racer scene in Portugal) and Sideburn collaborators the Spanish artists Antonio Merinero and Raulowsky - with the help of the small but enthusiastic Portuguese scene.
The event took place at the LX Factory, a old printing works that's been turned into shops, bars, offices, studios, cafes and a large book shop. The compound is huge and cobbled, giving it a self-contained village high street feel.
That's Cesar's Thruxton, above. The 351 refers to the dialling code needed to call Portugal from abroad.
What I thought was a great touch were the collaborations between Merinero and Raulowsky. Merinero did the base of the piece above, then sent the work to Raulowsky who painted on the highlights and lettering. The also created the show poster together, below left.
Antonio Merinero (hat and beer) with Fede from bike modifiers CRO, Madrid, in a cool bar in the LX compound called Impossibly Funky.Into The Wild shirt Raulowsky designed for us.
Porto-based architect Nuno Capelo showed his art for the first time. Lovely fella and nice work.
Also within the compound were a couple of interesting shops and good restaurants (the latter being something sadly lacking at every UK bike event). This shop sold old audio equipment.
Love this tree stump DJ platform.
Compared to France, Germany, UK or Italy, the Portuguese custom bike scene is in its infancy, so everyone was rightly proud of the quality of the event, effort and bikes.
This very cool CB750 had a lot of great touches. It's called the Gravedigger. Bikes in a bookshop? Dreamland.
It will be on show a The Bike Shed Event in London this month.