Tonight. Café Racer TV Features Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art Exhibition

caferacerFootage shot at the Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art exhibition will air tonight Wednesday, Dec. 4, on Café Racer TV at 10 p.m. ET and again Thursday, Dec. 5 at 1 a.m. ET on Velocity. The Café Racer TV series gives viewers a look into the culture and craft of the Café Racer. In the episode filmed at the Buffalo Chip, the program explores the Michael Lichter’s art exhibition, which was this year themed “Ton Up! – Speed, Style and Café Racer Culture.”

lichterThe episode filmed at the Buffalo Chip focuses on the photography of Motorcycles As Art curator, Michael Lichter. Viewers will discover what it was that made him base the Buffalo Chip’s 2013 exhibit on Café Racers and how the bikes fit in with a Sturgis Rally crowd. In addition, the show interviews celebrities like Willie G. Davidson and Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister, asking them to weigh in on both the work of Michael Lichter and the history behind the café racer.

“We are always so thrilled to be able to share Michael Lichter’s photography with our festival guests,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “So to have the ability to share his vision and talent with the rest of the world is an amazing honor.”

The Buffalo Chip has appeared in numerous television episodes since the end of its 2013 Motorcycle and Music Festival. In August, Country Music Television (CMT) aired three hour-long specials filmed exclusively at the Sturgis campground as part of its CMT Bike Week series. Episodes of Velocity’s “All Girls Garage,” History’s “Top Gear” and CMT’s “Orange County Choppers” later featured the Buffalo Chip this Fall. Many of these programs are still in rotation, so check your local listings for re-air dates.

Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip” and “Food Paradise” will be the next television programs to feature the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. More details will be announced as air dates approach. For more information on television programs filmed at the Buffalo Chip or on the events they featured, visit Buffalo Chip.

13 Responses to “Tonight. Café Racer TV Features Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art Exhibition”

  1. 1 Joe Mielke Dec 4th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Right on! The Klock Werks Triumph T-Bird Kafe’ standing proud. Wish I had the Velocity channel. Congratulations Michael!

  2. 2 Devil's Plaything Dec 4th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    We have the Velocity Channel in Rapid City Joe! Looking forward to the coverage and the bikes during our single digit winter wonderland evening!

  3. 3 bartskky7 Dec 4th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Pretty cool, ….just lose the radiator and put a regular Bonneville seat on it and you’ll really have something….

  4. 4 Jezza Dec 5th, 2013 at 3:39 am

    That Triumph is a beautiful creation by Klock Werks, and photographed by the world’s best motorcycle photographer. There’s a dream team right there!

  5. 5 Admin Dec 5th, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Jezza. Except that Cyril shot both pictures!

  6. 6 Doc Robinson Dec 5th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Michael Lichter’s annual exhibitions are one of the absolute highlights of the Sturgis Rally for me and not to be missed. Fortunately I have been lucky enough to attend them all.

  7. 7 Lon Nordbye Dec 5th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Michael has blessed us with so many amazing collections of motorcycles and art in Sturgis and the Ton Up exhibition was one of the most unique and timely to date. The Cafe Racer TV viewers in be in for a treat. I wish I had the Velocity Network in Sioux Falls, SD! If anyone can locate the show online, please post. Congrats to Michael and Paul on another world-class show at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip!

  8. 8 Pat Simmons Dec 5th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    One of the best things about Sturgis is a visit to Michael’s exhibition. Always a highlight of our experience there. I recommend it to all who attend. This special sounds great, congratulations Michael! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with next…

  9. 9 nicker Dec 5th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Way cool.


  10. 10 Jezza Dec 6th, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Admin, thank you for pointing that out, I was aware that the picture with Michael in it was probably not a selfie! I was referring to the recent photo shoot Michael did of the Klock Werks Triumph. No disrespect intended towards Cyril’s magnificent camera work 🙂

  11. 11 KSW Dec 9th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    The show at the Chip would be really great if it acknowledged other artists doing great work, there are many. The Cafe show was good but because Michael went to Ace and made some pics that where good, not great doesn’t make him special. Sorry guys and gals but if Michael was a true “leader” he would have featured the work of those who’d gone before him. That would however mean he wasn’t the center of attention. There is a difference between self promotion and promoting the craft. Michael is a self promoter who does nice work and seems to always have Willie G. saying how they’re close friends from back in the day. Play violins now.

  12. 12 Terence Tory Dec 9th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    The whole “Café Racer” culture club stretching back to the late fifties is a strange beast as their is no recorded mention of the term “café racers” before about nineteen-seventy.The British Ace café chaps were called Ton-Up boys or Rockers.

  13. 13 nicker Dec 10th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    “…no recorded mention of the term “café racers” before about nineteen-seventy…”

    Don’t know about “recorded mention(s).”
    As a highschooler and college student, i road a Belelli egg motor, complete with clip-on bars & five gal-tank to in the early 60s (& still own it today).

    As i recall, at that time some called us “cafe racers” as a derogatory term, because we didn’t have AMA licenses, didn’t race, and were just zooming about like idiots.

    Probably a fair assessment of what i was doing at the time….. 🙂


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