Delhi Biker’s Fest 2014
Not Just About the Machines
Delhi’s bike enthusiasts had another great opportunity to revel, with the latest edition of Delhi Biker’s Fest 2014 on March 2. Hosted by the Delhi Bikers Breakfast Run (DBBR), a popular biking club that organises weekend breakfast rides for biking enthusiasts, this event was an inclusive family-friendly event that went on from 9 am to 9 pm. Over 30 clubs, from New Delhi, Jaipur, Dehradun and Chandigarh came together for this event.
The festival was brought together by the DBBR to celebrate their fourth year of reckoning. The fest was officially inaugurated at 11 am by eminent bikers who have been crucial in building up different biking communities all over India. The fest was devoted to establishing an inclusive motorcycling community, to recognize and celebrate the joy of biking, and biking as a way of life.
The festival was kicked off by a ride towards the venue that was Botanixz Garden, Damdama in Sohna, from Rajiv Chowk in Gurgaon. The venue itself had an exhibition that displayed custom bikes, classic bikes, vintage bikes apart from several stalls dedicated to biking gear and other bike related merchandise.
Visitors were also involved in inter-club games like Tug of War, Arm Wrestling and Sack Race and the Kid Zone for the young sparks had the children painting bikes among other fun activities. A musical performance by The Jordan Johnson band, Barefaced Liar and others added to the zest of the day. A chai stall set up at the venue called The Full Power Chai Stall aimed at setting the record of maximum number of teas drunk by bikers at one venue.
Bikers could also explore their aesthetic senses with the art and photography exhibitions themed around Adventure Motorcycling. One Crazy Ride, an acclaimed documentary by Gaurav Jani was also screened during the festival. The film documents five biking enthusiasts (Nicolitta Pereira, Vinod Panicker, Sanjeev Sharma, Gursaurabh Singh Toor and director Gaurav Jani) as they journey across the Himalayas via an untried route. The other documentary that was screened there included Old Delhi Motorcycles by Bobbee Singh, which was followed by an interactive Q & A session, and a presentation on Riding Round the World. Joshua John summed up the session with a talk on 10 Lessons of 10 Years of Motorcycling.
In sync with the inclusive ethos of the event, there were opportunities for people to sign up for Bikers Build with Habitat for Humanity, a project for slum children by the Super Seeds Learning Centre, Zamrudpur. A learning opportunity was afforded by a session organised by the same where people were quizzed about their outlook towards people from different races at the India For Integrity stall.
Throughout the event, the motorcycling community as an inclusive community was brought forth, and a comprehensive variety that the events offered made sure that even the non-biking enthusiasts had a great time at the gala. The promise that the event held was biking could be an inclusive, all encompassing activity, indeed a way of life.