Wheels & Waves

Af­ter our 1000-mile run down from Rother­ham, Biar­ritz’s Wheels and Waves cus­tom show was every­thing we’d hope it would be…

BIKE (UK) - - SHOW REPORT - By Ben Lind­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy An­drea Pu­giotto

THE the the hel­mets­five scene BELLOWin­sis­tent­massed­mad takes and days the ranks sun­burnt­bur­rOF the round­abouts, straight-thruof of cus­tom two-strokes,open-facenoses. bike streetFor pipes, cor­ner­susu­ally France’s re­finedand Basque parkingand coast. el­e­gantspaces Eigh­teenof re­sort Biar­ritz, thou­sand­town a on bik­ers,ev­ery June. cus­tom And and Wheels oth­er­wise,and Waves head is here still grow­ing its leg­end, and size. Wheels and Waves is in its sixth year and is sand­wiched be­tween the Ocean City mu­seum and two se­cluded beaches south of the town cen­tre. It’s a busy strip of tents and food trucks, but the event ros­ter also takes ad­van­tage of the sur­round­ing Basque coun­try­side. First up is the El Rollo flat track race, where 80 classic and mod­ern cus­tomised flat track­ers chase each other for a sandy quar­ter-mile. Then there’s the Punk’s Peak sprint race: knock-out du­els on 400 me­tres of closed road near the top of the thatbe The rid­den. 680-me­tre­many stars bike­sof the Montedo show ac­tu­ally Jaizk­i­bel.nearly comeall It’s make­here ob­vi­ousto an ap­pear­anceSu­pe­rior with at its Punks 100mph Peak. clock-faceThere’s a Brough speedo, a Tri­umph Tri­ton with a lube can cap cov­er­ing one of its air in­takes and a BMW Scram­bler with surf board at­tached. There’s noise, ac­tion and horses munch­ing grass in the field be­low. It’s all a bit sur­real. But no less good for that. Classes are run in 25-year in­cre­ments start­ing with the pre-1950s. There’s also a class for 50cc two-strokes. Rid­ers in­clude a hu­man beer bot­tle, Spi­der­man and the oblig­a­tory chicken. Our bike’s in the race, too, com­pet­ing against the seven other Euro­pean Yard Builts. Rac­ers start with their left hand touch­ing their hel­met and then reach for the clutch when the flag nd drops. At least, that’s what’s sup­posed to hap­pen. Full race re­port over there on the opposite page…

Wheels and raves: qual­ity and style

Wheels and Waves in all its glory

Oblig­a­tory but al­ways im­pres­sive

Pre Punks Peak prepa­ra­tions

El Rollo at track race

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