The Handbuilt Show is just days away and the guys and gals from the American Motordrome Wall of Death are getting ready to wow the crowd again. Last year, we caught up with Mikey Johnson, Charlie Ransom and Wahl E Walker for a little one-on-one interview about the history of the 15 foot wall and how they got the itch to join in on the death defying 3 g's of pressure.
The Handbuilt Show wouldn't be the Handbuilt Show without the artistic wizardry of Jeremy Lacy and Downshift Studios.
We are just weeks away from this years show in Austin, TX and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us. We caught up with him last year to ask him how motorcycles positively influence his life and his work, and how he combines his passion for sketching and motorcycles together.
In today's moto culture, you would be hard pressed to find a motorcyclist in America who has not heard of Alicia 'Motolady' Elfving. Since the 2011 establishment of her website themotolady.com, Alicia has combined her love for motorcycling with her passion for marketing as a means of encouraging female riders (males too) into the sport and to keep them there.
You will see her passion for motorcycles and the motorcycle culture exuded in her detailed and energetic blogs featuring women who ride, gear and fashion reviews, news in the industry, motorcycles as art, and more. In addition to being a two-wheeled junkie, she is also a writer, photographer, artist, and she makes bad-ass leather goods and jewelry.
Alicia has truly made an impact in the motorcycle community by helping change stereotypes for female riders and by providing them with resources to be better informed and safer riders. We at Motorcycle Missions can say we are a few of many positively influenced by her passion. Thanks Alicia!
Photos and video: Dalton Campbell Photography www.daltoncampbell.com
Dual Sporty photos: Sean Delshadi
Pandora photos: Shaik Ridzwan
Doc King and Daniel Egbert are two extraordinary veterans who could have been a statistic, but instead set out on motorcycles to empower other veterans and their families through their documentary and call to action, Project 22. We met up with them in Los Angeles to learn more about their background, the Project 22 film, and to find out what future projects they have in store. Please visit them at www.medicinalmissions.com for more information about their mission.
Retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Alan 'Doc' Cotton spent 23 years of active duty service as a medic with four combat tours. After his final tour he returned home to his family, hoping life would return to normal. Instead, Doc found himself discovering a new way of life, living and coping with Chronic PTSD...until a friend introduced him to motorcycles.
Fast forward 6 years, Doc races motorcycles and is the successful owner of 812 Suspension Design in Round Rock, TX. This is his story of triumph over his PTSD diagnosis and how motorcycles have not only helped him survive, but have helped him thrive. Find out more at 812suspensiondesign.com
Meet Tyler Livesay, Florida native and founder of The MX Factory in Austin, TX. With 20 years riding experience, Tyler has combined his love of motorcycles and healthy living with the hope of teaching young kids (and young-at-heart adults) to be good riders and good people. In addition to motocross, his 'Learn to Ride' program focuses on healthy lifestyle and habits that students can carry through their life as they go.
Photo credit: Dalton Campbell
Joe Sparrow is a motorcycle drifter who finds his greatest peace when riding rubber side down on two wheels. With over one million miles traveled, he tells us the ups and downs of calling the road home, and shares his love for motorcycles and the adventures he has on them. He just loves riding, and he just wont ever stop doing it.
Photo credit: Dalton Campbell
Erin Sills is not only a valiant and successful business executive, she is also has 15 World, National and Guinness World Records. When she is not in the office, you will often find Erin on two wheels, her favorite being the record-breaking kind.
In 2015 she lost her husband on a motorcycle and continues to ride and race in his loving memory. Erin will tell you, motorcycles have been her medicine for healing and are what help her stay focused despite the pressures and demands of life. She also finds hope and encouragement in the presence of the amazing people who share her love for motorcycles.
Photo Credit; Dalton Campbell, Megan Kinderis, Andrew Wheeler, Phil Hawkins, Scooter Grubb, Horst Rensler