GP Party Recap and Photos
All week long, we were anxious to get started with our party preparations. Confirmation emails and bikes going out, supplies and RSVPs coming in. With nearly 700 RSVPs, we knew to expect a good turnout and a great evening.
Our Austin location closed at 4P, giving us 3 hours to get our show room, shop, and parking lot set up. The transformation was efficiently done thanks in large part to some hands from our New Braunfels location. EBR showed up with some bikes and their tent, ready to show off the new titans from East Troy, WI. Shortly afterwards, our friends from Deep Eddy Vodka arrived, ready to provide tasty beverages to the congregation steadily building outside. Lastly, after a long day at the track, the fine folks from Akrapovič landed. Working with a very narrow window to move vehicles in and out of Circuit of the Americas' vendor area, they trucked in their bike known as the Morsus — a bike that must be experienced in person.
7P came around, and the front doors slid open. They wouldn't close until after the official end time of 11P. DJ Dan Gentile (Flying Turns) began his shift, providing good tunes for the entirety of the evening. The line was long to get one of the limited GP Party T-shirts, sporting a nice (albeit, a little modified) quote from Davy Crockett, and enter to win giveaways provided by AF1 Racing, Akrapovič, Bell Helmets, and Roland Sands Design Apparel.
All around, everyone was immediately enjoying themselves, seeing old friends and making new ones. There was much to chat about as the drinks flowed, and the food made it's way from plates to mouths. Where you're from, who you are, old stories, new ones, and of course, trying to predict what the race weekend had in store. Outside, the side lot was packed with motorcycles and scooters from manufacturers spanning the globe.
There was a constant flow of traffic through the showroom and back into the workshop where several bikes were displayed on lifts. The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer with VIN#0001, the SXV race bike owned by a great customer, and the RSV4 Factory, showing off it's gorgeous colors. Everyone in attendance was having an enjoyable time. Just like anything else you look forward to throughout the year, it didn't seem to last long enough.
We are truly grateful for the opportunity to see our customers face-to-face, many of whom we only get to communicate via the body of an email or across a lo-fi phone line. Cheers to all of you, and we'll see you next year (if not sooner)!
Photos by Chris Durnin Photography