My first contact with Custom Builder Marcus Walz was in 1993. He wrote an email congratulating me about my James Dean tribute bike called “Deanager”, telling me that he was also a huge Jimmy Dean fan. As a proof he also emailed pictures of his residence in Ockenheim, Germany showing black & white Dean’s pictures adorning most of his home walls. Then we met for the 1st time years later in Italy where he was like me exhibiting his bikes. At the time, he swore that his Drag style custom motorcycles – his trade mark- will always be black or silver (only the exact the silver of James Dean Porsche). Well, when we met once again in Daytona during Bike Week he introduced a few touches of color on his paint jobs…16 years later a beautifully illustrated hard cover book celebrates the professional life of Marcus Walz, one of the most well known European Custom Builders.
From his first bike (Zündapp CS 25), to his first Harley when he was 20, to the creation of his shop “Walz Harcore Cycles”, to his win in the series “Biker Build Off” (he was the 1st non American to win), to his most recent customs (not only American types, but also Kawasakis, Hondas, Ducatis…). His biography is extremely detailed and this book contains a lot of never published pictures, many testimonies from his friends and of course many written and visual explanations of Marcus influences and style. A comprehensive portrait, body tattoos included…224 pages In English & German and available at Amazon Germany and Walz Hardcore Cycles