Bikes, Babes, and Billy Joel (Maybe): The First Wynwood Vintage Motorcycle Festival
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|Left to right: Celina Beach, Juan Rosal, Teena, Elizabeth, Rick Rosal|
And now you can add vintage motorcycles and pin-up babes to the agenda.
Old Soul Young Blood, a Miami-based company dedicated to resurrecting old school thrills and bike culture of yesteryear, is throwing the first annual Wynwood Vintage Motorcycle Festival. Sponsored by Wood Tavern, the crew's weekly hangout spot, the event will host live music, food and drink, a pin-up beauty pageant, a skate ramp, and of course, a classic motorcycle competition.
"We did it on purpose. Not only to bring more people to the event, but to bring more awareness to the vintage motorcycle community," Juan Rosal of OSYB told New Times of the bold decision to host the event during one of the busiest party weekends of the year.
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|James Bailey, Juan Rosal, Luis Nagaki, Rick Rosal (OSYB Crew)|
"We all have a passion for the vintage stuff so it was pretty easy for us to go from there. It all started in a shed, we were building motorcycles..." Rosal said of how OSYB came to be.
For them, this isn't a hobby, it's a way of life. The boys were in the process of building their bikes when they happened upon Wood Tavern and decided it was going to be their spot. Now, they host a vintage bike meet up every Thursday night where what started as eight bikes now attracts close to 80.
From customizing bikes to reviving to the aesthetic of simpler times, the boys are excited to introduce Miami to a side of wild it hasn't yet had a chance to embrace. Recently returning from a vintage motorcycle show in Dania Beach, the crew from OSYB had the chance to talk bikes with Billy Joel when he stopped by their tent, where he mentioned a possible stop at the festival. "He's into the whole scene, so who knows, you might just see him," Rosal said.
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|A Thursday at Wood|
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The First Annual Wynwood Vintage Motorcycle Festival takes place Saturday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Wynwood Park, 75 NW 24th Street, Miami. Free parking and admission. Free online registration for vintage bike competition, $5 registration for day of show. Bike must be at least 30 years old, arrive at registration booth at 9 a.m. and no later than 10:30 a.m.
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