Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Boots Were the Highlight of the Show...

Okay, not for me but the two guys I was with seemed to enjoy them, as did every other red-blooded male in attendance at KevMarv's January bike expo in Boston.
Getting to the Seaport Convention Center was a bit of an adventure; as we pulled up to the building, we noticed guys in loafers and sweaters tied around their necks...hmmm, not your typical biker event, we thought. Not afraid to ask for directions, and before shelling out 20 bucks for parking, the old man asked a guard if we were in the right place. 'Nope, this is the dentist convention', he said. Ahh, makes sense. One more block and we knew we were in the right place - vests, leather, boots and facial hair littered the entrance.

Admission was $15 and as with all shows, coupons for $2 off are on various sites, including Kev-Marv's homepage: http://www.kevmarv.com/. I've noticed they have cancelled either one or two shows this year, not sure why.  Attendance has been heavy at both events I have gone to.

Valerie Cormier, Playboy model
Depending on the show, guys have their choice between TV star, Michelle Smith or Playboy Model, Valerie Cormier. Valerie was in attendance at this show, signing posters and posing for fans. She was very pretty and teeny-tiny; the men were happy with her chosen outfit, especially the boots. I was just happy to see the snickers bar next to her diet pepsi. My kind of gal...

 There were hundreds of vendors showcasing the latest in bikes, apparels and accessories.  Several vendors displayed custom paint jobs. Corso Cycles painted this 1997 RoadGlide, known as 'White Thunder'.

We had an interesting conversation with Dinah Deville about all of her piercings. We were especially intrigued with her neck piercing...looked quite painful. In case you don't know...we didn't...it's called a 'nape' piercing. Entertaining as well as educational.

Dinah Deville, Pin-up Model

Mom's of Manchester, NH and Foxboro, Mass, brought along their Million Dollar Rolling Showroom, including this custom painted Victory.

All the action was found over at Perewitz's trailer. They had a huge space with several bikes and were having a party. Looked like they were all having a blast.

Dave Perewitz

Perewitz ladies - girl on the left is his daughter, Jody, I believe. They were very friendly and were partyin' it up. WooHoo!
Perewitz Ladies

'Lucky T' a 1928 Indian, is an original 'Wall of Death' bike owned by Roger Chinaud of Saints and Sinners tattoos in Wareham, Ma. Took first place in 'Best in Show'.

Wall of Death

Motorcycle Monster was there...he is big...and yellow. Not to be confused with Big Bird though...much more ominous. But like Big Bird, he has a message. Signed a pic for my daughter telling her not to text while driving. Solid Advice.

Motorcycle Monster

After a fun day at the show, we decided to cruise around Boston for a bit and ended up at Santarpio's.
Fanueil Hall Driveby
Located by the airport in East Boston, Santarpios is famous for its pizza. Established in 1903, it is a favorite of Rachel Ray and has been inducted in to the Boston Hall of Fame. The only other option on the menu, other than the pizza is BBQ skewers. But really, what more do you need? Cold beer? They have that too. Prices are extremely reasonable and food is 'wicked awesome'.

Santarpios, Boston

"You know, I don't think that they have enough meats on sticks. No, seriously, if you think about it, they have plenty of sweets, right? They have lollipops, they have fudgesicles, they have popsicles, but they don't have any other meats on sticks." - There's Something About Mary....Well, Mary, you spoke and Santarpios listened...they have steak, lamb, and sausage, all on sticks, served with crusty bread and cherry peppers. Wicked pissah'.

Santarpios, Boston

We Boston...thanks for a great day!

Boston Skyline

Monday, February 14, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dinah, Dead Girls, and Deals at Springfield Motorcyle Show

It's the dead of winter and unless you are a snow bunny, which I am not, there ain't a whole lot going on. Thankfully, there are a few bike shows in the area.

This January, the Outdoor Sports Expo Group hosted its 6th annual 'Springfield Motorcycle Show' at the 'Big E' in Western Springfield, Mass.

My experience with this location is at the fair in the fall eating fried oreos (yum) and corndogs; I have never been to an event inside and I certainly was not expecting the lines above. Thankfully the weather cooperated and it wasn't too cold, otherwise I'da turned right around. To be fair, the line moved quickly, probably 20 minutes to get through, but seriously...they need more than two people selling tickets. Not sure who to blame, the venue or the sponsor but kinda ridiculous in the dead of winter to have to wait outside for so long. But anyway, that's my rant for the day...on to the show.

Crowds seemed especially heavy on Saturday, which could have been because of the storm the previous evening kept people away or more likely was because the headliner of the show was 'Mikey Tetul' from 'Orange County Choppers'. He, along with two of his castmates, Vinnie & Cody attended all three days and were there to greet fans and sign autographs. Mikey seemed exactly like his character, a big loveable teddy bear - he was sportin' a new 'do and looking good. If you are a fan of the show, you know that he is now an 'artist'. Several of his paintings were on display...very colorful...and that's all I have to say 'bout that.

After OCC, Cody & Vinnie branched off to form their own shop and brought along several of their custom bikes

Local charitable organizations were in attendance seeking support for their causes.  There were quite a few 'save the boobies' type of charities...I guess because bikers like boobies so they will give in order to save them? I don't know...I would have expected more 'save the peepees' at a bike show, but I don't think there is such a thing...yet.

'Best in Show' goes to the display below - the empty boots and hat were a tribute to our fallen heroes and their loved ones left behind. A somber reminder to us all of the sacrifices made by our military and their families...

Another charitable organization attending the show were the Shriners...did you know that the hat they wear is called a 'Fez'? Named  after the city it was manufactured in - Fez, Morrocco. Bet ya didn't know that...I didn't either. I always thought it was the Grand Poobah Water Buffalo Hat...darn Flinstones.

So when I first saw the 'Dead Girls' display from Evil Works Ink, my first thought was 'why'?   An artist known as 'Wolf' transforms beautiful girls in to the walking dead...again, I ask why?

So, I hung around for a bit to watch the transformation from dewy face young woman to bloody, mutilated zombie with her face ripped. The results were so realistic and creepy that I expected they would be making an appearance in an upcoming nightmare.  It's close to midnight, and something evil's lurking in the dark...

Attorney Haymond's ladies, a staple at bike events, appeared in a fashion show hosted by a local radio DJ. Boots, chaps and all kinds of leather were modeled for the eager audience.

How's my butt look? 

On the sidelines was pin-up girl Dinah Deville, who was there with New England Biker to greet her fans...best pic I could get, sorry! Stay tuned for next post, I have a few you're gonna like, guaranteed. 

With all of the entertainment, it's easy to forget about the starts of the show and the reason why we all leave our warm homes on a frigid New England day...the bikes.

Old School

This was the bike I voted for, for fan favorite...bling-bling

So shiny and pretty..ya think that is the reaction builder hoped for?

Vendors for all budgets were on display from clothing and jewelry to parts and accessories sold by local motorcycle stores. Plenty for everyone...

It was a fun afternoon, straight out of Hollywood with pin-up girls, television starts and zombies. I'm looking forward to next January to see what surprises OSEG has up their sleeves. Paul, Sr. perhaps? I hear he needs the money.