Words and photos by Adam Bendig
Since 2006, Deus Ex Machina has been sharing an enjoyment of motorcycles and culture with the rest of the world. Rooted in Australia, they’ve quickly spread with workshops now in Sydney, Bali, LA and Milan. With motorcycles an obvious core interest to the brand, the Deus culture is certainly not limited there, and includes bicycles, surfing and art.
Venice is home to the west coast’s Emporium of Postmodern Activities, which plays host to near weekly events ranging from single cylinder motorcycle “thumper” appreciation days, 2 stroke feature days, and on December 7 the second Parking Lot D’Elegance. The call went out for “astonishingly beautiful vehicles with real dirt under their nails” and the answers came. The skies stayed dry in Venice, and visitors that took that gamble were rewarded with some beautiful machines. A 1959 diesel Porsche tractor was featured inside the Emporium, later joined by Magnus Walker and one of his mid 70’s turbo 911’s. Three of Deus Venice’s in-house motorcycle builder Michael “Woolie” Woolaway’s recent (incredibly detailed) creations were on display, as well as a new Viper, a new 991 Porsche, and a mix of vintage moto’s made up of Ducati’s, Triumph’s and BSA’s.
While the former flower shop location doesn’t offer a giant parking lot, the feature players roll in over the course of the afternoon. This means you can pop in after lunch, grab a coffee (the coffee bar featuring Handsome Coffee Roasters comes highly recommended), listen to some live music (this particular day featured honest covers of Hank, Johnny and the crew”, browse the premium goods inside the Emporium, and enjoy a steady flow of incredible machines until the sun sets. Deus Venice is certainly a location that should be on the must visit list of every motorcycle enthusiast.
To see more of Adam's work, check out his website, abcbphoto.com.