Ferrous does Bike Shed 2018

Words: Scott Blackburn  Images: Drew Deas

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Over the weekend of the 25th to the 27th May London's tobacco docks became a greenhouse for beards. The historic venue was filled with the sound of blues, rock and punk and the occasional roar of someone revving a motorcycle engine to impress the crowds. With 239 bikes positioned beautifully around the rooms the show was certainly well worth the visit for anyone with even the slightest interest in bikes.

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While the talented Rev Ferriday, Matt Mitchell and Mike Dr. Blue filled the stage with their brilliantly fitting folk and blues, tattoos were inked, hair and beards trimmed and appetites satisfied. With this year's event even bigger than its predecessors, maintaining the constant pattern of growth, we at Ferrous found ourselves in a mechanical Narnia. A fantastic selection of beer and whiskey all added to the effect with Budvar and Rebel Yell in particular loosening the crowds.

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Bike Shed as usual was a somewhat star-studded event this year too with Triumph, Indian, BMW, and Royal Enfield making an appearance, just to name a few. Nonetheless the custom builders were the real crowd draws. The custom exhibitors had come from all corners of the globe and included the likes of Mutt Motorcycles, Death Machines of London, deBolex Engineering, Side Rock Cycles, Foundry and countless more all showing off their personal best. As well as the more established names were 32 shed-built bikes to show that a little time and elbow grease can still get you a place in the spotlight.

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As if the bikes themselves weren't enough there was also a dizzying number of trade stalls selling everything you could possibly need for riding and owning a motorcycle. The biggest stand obviously being Bike Shed's where they had on display their range of quality merch. As well as the beautiful array of motorcycle ingenuity a number of artists and fellow magazines were in attendance, Built and Sideburn having stands and Iron and Air's Chris Nelson over from the States making an appearance amongst the crowds.

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Outside by the canal side and it's resident pirate ship were a fantastic selection of food stalls serving a range of food just as international and amazing as the bikes. This is as well as the half a dozen or so stands that were in the middle of the venue, leaving you spoilt for choice as to what to have for lunch. Just round the corner from the food was a Ford GT-40 from CCC London, just to add to the view and for a little variety.

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The event not only serves to entertain but also to encourage, celebrate and inspire people to engage with the custom scene. It's almost certain that next year's event will be bigger and better, perhaps with some of the new exhibitors having been inspired by something they happened across at Bike Shed one year. In the unlikely event the show itself isn't enough inspiration you can always jump over to Bike Shed's permanent residence in Shoreditch where you can experience a wonderful sort of microcosm of the show all year round.

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To any of you motorheads out there who didn't or couldn't make it definitely make sure you set the weekend aside next year and make the trip to London. It's hard to put across the constant sense of wonder felt while making your way around the venue, you'll just have to experience it for yourself. The dates for next year's show have already been set as the 24th to the 26th May 2019. To Bike Shed the only comment, other than thank you for a weekend to remember, is maybe a little more air con next year.