Wheels & Waves 2014 just happened. I had planned on posting some lengthy, esoteric write-up to accompany these photos, but with the beautiful French women, motorcycles, and beautiful French women riding motorcycles – well, I've probably already got your attention.
David Marvier was our man on the ground for the third annual Wheels & Waves hosted by the Southsiders MC in Biarritz, France. The talented photographer, who's work has graced our pages many times, shares a few words with us after the gallery. Stay tuned for Issue Fifteen featuring David's complete write-up, along with more images and words from the Southsiders MC.
Writing about Wheels & Waves is not an easy exercise. The energy, the excitement, and the creativity were almost tangible the first minute my feet hit the ground.
The place is just amazing. You can look at the whole city to your left, but on the other side, there is a beach and the ocean, with a light house up on a hill close to it. A small breeze makes the harsh sun enjoyable. And then, in the square around the light house – engines, motorbikes, bikers, sexy tan legs, beers, vintage clothing, and parked motorcycles from high level builders from all over the world. There is a California vibe in this otherwise French place. The city, usually quiet and sleepy, is full of different exhaust noises, and everyone is as excited as a kid on Christmas.
The second day brought the races. What a great experience to see Seb, the owner of Lucky Cat Garage (featured in Issue Thirteen), racing with his dragster, the Sprintbeemer, and David from El Solitario with his old, oily Harley, or those fellows with old classic BMW's, BSA's, Norton's, and others. It felt like being in a Sergio Leone western, moving from one world to another.
The third day was a 250km run in Pays Basque. Many different bikes and bikers were represented here – from the trendy Parisian, to the old biker with 1920s Norton. I had more than 200 motorcycles in front of me! What an amazing experience.
I told the Southsiders MC that they gave us a great weekend, but they told me that all of us did it. Great people and great spirits. Don't miss it next year!
David Marvier Photography