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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Madness

The idea of the motorcycle has evolved over the past 100 years. What started out as a simple form of transport, a bicycle with a motor attached, was transformed into an outlaw symbol with the Hollister riot in 1947 — inspiring the 1953 Marlon Brando film The Wild One. The motorcycle then became a yuppie vehicle — that edgy image was marketed to those who could afford hand-made bikes, those who wanted to escape the daily grind. These people became known as weekend warriors — those white-collar types who identified as outlaws by weekend. And finally, these machines were recognized as works of art fine enough to be displayed in the Guggenheim.

In the middle of that transformation, a book was written that used the motorcycle as a lesson in philosophy and life. The gist of the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — at least in part — asserted that people experience things differently from a bike. The frame of a car is gone, and you’re in contact with the elements. In a car, you’re a passive observer; everything you see is just more TV. On a bike, you’re in the scene.

So get out of your box this Saturday and experience the Motorcycle Madness Bike Show, which will feature a 12 class custom bike competition, vendor displays, raffles, and live music by Joel DaSilva of the Hep Cat Boo Daddies. At 7:30 p.m., the Precision Thunder Drill Team will perform synchronized motorcycle riding, and at 9:15 p.m., antique cars are set to arrive at the Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach). The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. and benefits the Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation and the Meyerhoff Senior Center, and admission is free. Call 954-924-3200, or visit playmardigras.com.
Sat., June 19, 6 p.m., 2010

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