FOA Show n Shine 13 write up!
FOA Show n Shine – Part Two – Saturday November 30th 2013
With what was starting to feel a little like the difficult follow up album, the FOA Show n Shine, once again, proved a popular event for collectors and fixie kids alike at the home of FOA, The Electron Workshop in North Melbourne.
Admittedly, with entries being somewhat lower than 2012, I was a little anxious in the weeks leading up to this year’s show. But, with a solid crew of volunteers on the Friday night before the show, everything started falling into place and I began to relax. The desks were packed away, iMacs stored, Velo Cycles’ generously donated racks were put together, prizes were compiled and allocated, beers were drunk and stallholders Bespoke Chainrings and Curve Cycling arrived to setup for the next day. By Saturday I found myself back at the Workshop with almost nothing to do but relax and await the people!
Soon enough though, the Coffee Peddlr arrived and got to work on setting up his amazing orange Citroen van, ready to pump out some fantastic coffee for the hordes, many just as keen to check out the van as the coffee.
In 2012 we ran the show at night in order to complement FYXO’s ACBS, and this year we did it again, not because of another event, just because it seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately some people were caught unaware, and we even had a visit from Paul Farren, but with an empty warehouse, there wasn’t a lot to see, apart from my track bike hanging from the ceiling and Blakey’s one off Splatter Bike on ‘display’ after his recent altercation with a car.
Eventually entrants began to appear and the racks started to fill with bikes of all shapes and sizes. My earlier anxiety about the number of entries was soon forgotten as it became evident the quality of what was on show had stepped up a notch. Homemade steel street fighters, vintage track bikes (1900 BSA), brand new roadies (Vanilla Workshop Speedvagen) and an insane fluro Perkins track bike were some of the stand out entries to come past the rego desk. A mix of old and new faces was fantastic to see, and the people I was able to have a chat to all seemed to be really looking forward to the evening.
5pm came and went, and soon enough the music was pumping (thanks to FOA’s own DJ Velodrone, all the way from Adelaide and Cargone Couriers’ incredible stereo bike), the bar was busy and the racks were full. Glitches were few and far between, and upon wandering outside I discovered that the Coffee Peddlr van had now been joined by the Beatbox Kitchen and was serving up tasty burgers to the masses in the vacant lot next door. This obviously attracted the ire of the local neighbours as we soon had two police vans in attendance, visibly disappointed to discover that we had a valid liquor licence and there were no arrests to be made. Thanks for coming though guys, really appreciate you checking in on us…
After a quick couple of laps around the Workshop, I realised that we were nearing awards time and the swingtags on every bike were starting to become rather covered in star stickers, indicating there had been some keen voting in the People’s Choice award. Knowing that judging was already well under way, the crowd anticipation built and soon everyone was abuzz with discussion on who (and what) would take out the top prize. We were extremely fortunate to have one of Australia’s most respected framebuilders, Ken Evans, to help us with the judging and by 8pm the results were ready (see full list below)!
After an incredibly smooth awards ceremony (amazing how much easier it is when Brendan has a name to call!!) by infamous MC Brendan Bailey, it was onto the ever-popular People’s Choice award. Brendan, being a school teacher, loves this bit as he gets to put on his teacher’s voice and make everyone put their hand up! One by one those with the most stars on their swingtags were whittled down until there were only two left standing, Andy Rogers with his Vanilla Workshop Speedvagen and Luke Marinovich’s homemade bike complete with fillet brazed Columbus tubing, Enve fork and H+SON wheels. It came down to ONE star and Luke walked away with a frame from Larry’s Custom Cycles, a $250 voucher from Curve Cycling and an awesome trophy made by Bespoke Chainrings. The crowd were as pleased as Luke was with the result and with The Beastie Boys’ ‘Sure Shot’ blasting from the stereo bike, the last hour of the night flew by.
So until next year (think we’ll switch up a few of the categories for 2014), a massive thanks is needed for all of the sponsors (see below), the volunteers, the Electron Workshop and the spectators and participants in this years show. It really is humbling to see so many people having such a great time and appreciating the wonderful bicycle.
Pics and video to follow, but please check #foasns on Instagram for a glimpse of some of the amazing bikes on display.
Road Bike (pre STI/ergo) – Paul Watson – Vintage Cinelli
Road Bike (w STI/ergo) – Andy Rogers – Vanilla Workshop Speedvagen
Track Bike – Warren Meade – circa 1957 Cinelli
Fixie – Jamie ‘The JAMS’ Sully – fluro blue/green Hoffy track
Rando/Tourer/Commuter – Erle Pavlis – MAP 650B Randonneur Project
Matchy Match – Tate Heiskanen – Two Toyosha bikes (one folding step thru, one road bike)
WTF?! – Peter Cambpell – Replica Melbourne – Warrnambool roadbike (he later revealed he built the original too!)
People’s Choice – Luke Marinovich – Homemade Columbus Zona street fighter ‘Commuter’
http://www.knog.com.au – KNOG
http://www.ponybikes.com – PONY BIKES
http://treadlie.com.au – TREADLIE
http://commutercycles.com.au – COMMUTER CYCLES
http://cargonecouriers.com.au – CARGONE COURIERS
http://www.creuxcycling.com – CREUX CYCLING
http://www.goatbeer.com.au – MOUNTAIN GOAT
http://www.velocycles.com.au – VELO CYCLES
http://www.beatboxkitchen.com/wordpress/?page_id=63 – BEATBOX KITCHEN
http://www.coffeepeddlr.com.au – COFFEE PEDDLR
http://www.kumocycles.com – KUMO CYCLES
http://theworkersclub.com.au – THE WORKERS CLUB
http://blacksheepcycling.bigcartel.com – BLACK SHEEP CYCLING
http://bespokechainrings.com – BESPOKE CHAINRINGS
http://valhallacinema.com.au – VALHALLA CINEMA
http://www.curvecycling.com – CURVE CYCLING
http://www.larryscustomcycles.com.au – LARRY’S CUSTOM CYCLES
http://www.bikenblend.com.au – BIKE N BLEND
Cover pic by Alex Perry. @lixperry
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