What’s your perfect weekend? For the fun-loving Wildays crew, it’s three days of motorcycles, racing, nature, music, friends, beers and Italian food.
That ticks pretty much all of our boxes too, so when Wildays invited Bike EXIF to partake in this year’s festivities, we eagerly accepted. From the 1st to the 3rd of June, you’ll find us basking in the Italian sun, at the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti race track, in Varano de’ Melegari near Parma.
It’s Wildays’ sophomore outing—and since we’ve heard good things about last year’s event, we’re expecting a damn good time. The festival was dreamt up by Alessandro ‘Phonz’ Fontanesi and Marco Filios—the mad geniuses behind Anvil Motociclette—and their partners, Gian Maria Montacchini and Anastasia Fontanesi.
The format is simple: cram a lot of great stuff into one central locale, and give it a vintage folk festival vibe. In and around the circuit you’ll find a healthy balance of things to do, things to watch, and things to eat and drink.
Wildays are setting up four riding zones; one each for track riding, enduro, flat track and kiddies off-roading. These are non-competitive areas, designed to let you hone your skills or let off a little steam.
If you’d rather go head-to-head, there will also be flat track and sprint races, and a hill climb. Plus the ‘Digger Prayer Race’ (a dirt drag race) and the ‘Honky Tonk Race’ (open to mopeds up to 50 cc).
It’s a pretty eclectic show, so you’ll even find a chiringuito (bar) alongside the Taro river. Music will be a mix of live bands and DJs, and when it’s time to rest your weary head, you’ll have a choice of camping (and glamping) facilities. And then there’s the surrounding region with its unparalleled scenery (you can bet we’ll be riding every day).
Most importantly, there will be many beautiful motorcycles to ogle. Hookie Co., Vintage Addiction Crew, NorthEast Custom and Maria Company are just a few of the shops already confirmed. They’ll be joined by a slew of motorcycle-related vendors.
And as official media partner, Bike EXIF will be showcasing ten of Europe’s top builders in our very own exhibition-within-a-festival. We’ll announce our list in the coming weeks on social media, but it’ll include showstoppers like Hookie Co.’s latest Honda CB750 café racer (below).
That display is where you’ll find us, in the brief moments when we’re not rubbing shoulders with our new European friends. Or watching racing. Or riding. Or eating.
It’s going to be a good weekend. We’d love to see you there.
Visit the Wildays website to find out more, book tickets and register for riding activites.
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