#38 Paul d’Orleans
San Fancisco. CA
1926 Brough Superior
This is my fourth Cannonball, and my second time riding a Brough Superior. In 2014 I rode a 1933 11.50 model with Susan on the back, and this year our machine is a true masterpiece, the 1926 SS100 model, the apex vintage motorcycle and one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built.
I founded TheVintagent.com in October 2006, and its popularity allowed me to abandon a 25-year career as a decorative painter by 2009, in favor of writing, photography, and film about motorcycles. Besides my website, Iâ€™m the Custom&Style editor at Cycle World, write for dozens of magazines, judge events like the Concorso di Villa dâ€™Este, and have written 4 books about motorcycles, and co-written many more. I host shows like the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, and comment on the big Las Vegas auctions for NBCSN-TV.
Iâ€™m also co-founder of the Motorcycle Arts Foundation (MAF), which is dedicated to producing exceptional moto-culture events and content, like the Custom Revolution exhibit currently at the Petersen Museum. There are big things coming with the MAF, and Iâ€™m super excited about it.
In the past 3 Cannonballs (2012, â€™14, and â€™16), my partner Susan McLaughlin and I have taken tintype portraits of the riders and landscapes across the USA. These can be seen at MotoTintype.com: weâ€™re working on a book of these photos of the remarkable people and machines braving the longest and toughest vintage motorcycle rally in the world.
I have a book coming on the last day of the Cannonball (Sep 23) called â€˜The Current: New Wheels for the Post Petrol Ageâ€™ (Gestalten 2018). Itâ€™s the first book about electric motorcycles: dig the irony of my Cannonball run on an oil-dripping, gas-swilling beast! Iâ€™ve also written â€˜Custom Revolutionâ€™ (Petersen 2018), ‘Cafe Racers: Speed, Style, and Ton-Up Culture’ (MBI 2014), and ‘The Chopper; the Real Story’ (Gestalten 2014).
Beside the Petersen Museum show Custom Revolution, Iâ€™ve co-curated two exhibits at Sturgis with Cannonball photographer Michael Lichter, and exhibited my photos and films online and at exhibits around the world.
Iâ€™m honored to ride a 1926 Brough Superior SS100 this year. Many thanks to Sinless Cycles / Bryan Bossier for providing the bike, and Revival Cycles for partnering with me for the second time: check out their 1925 SS80!