Usually when I go out to make photos for an article, it involves packing up my motorcycle with all my cameras, computers, sleeping gear, toothbrush, etc, or it might involve planes, trains and automobiles. But whatever the mode of transportation, it'll mean it's going to take a while before I get there, and even longer before I get back. That's because I live in the real countryside, in a small (186 inhabitants) village in Upper Normandy. My next door neighbors are cows, and I mean the animals.
Once or twice I've had something as a source for an article close-by, usually 15 to 30 minutes ride from my house, and that made me happy, but last weekend on Sunday, in the closest town to me, Cany-Barville , was a exhibition called "100 Years of Motorcycles". Cany-Barville is almost at walking distance from my house, a little over 5 kilometers, so the expo got marked in big black marker in my agenda (something my iPad did not like), since it was going to be one I was not going to miss.
The only thing that troubled me, and I never got a response, was why "100 years". Motorcycles have existed for more than 100 years. Anyway, it didn't spoil my fun. So off I went to the exhibition. Now do remember, we're in the middle of "shit-kicker" country, so whatever it was going to be was small but done with gusto.
The exhibition was held in the community hall of the bustling town:
There were several rows of classic & vintage motorcycle on display, and several of the bikes were for sale.
As is the case with many of these exhibitions, you were able to buy spare parts at the show.
BMW R69S (600cc) from 1967
TWN, German Triumph from 1939, 250cc 2 stroke
BMW R50 from 1950, 500 cc
Portuguese Casal from 1980, 50cc (Zundapp base)
Ural M63 from 1972, 650cc
IMME from 1948, 99 cc, 3 gear, 2 stroke
IBMW R75 Russia from 1943, 750cc, 2 Wheel drive
Zundapp K500 from 1936, 500cc
DKW 250 Sport from 1937
BMW 4 seater sidecar