Hard times in Herten: The song remains the same, some people are complaining, others just remember having had a great time. Whatever you think, Kustom Kulture Forever remains one of the biggest shows in Europe showcasing pretty much any aspect our culture has to offer.
Whenever some stuff in the organization changes, people start bragging about how much better everything was in the past. This being true or not, I don’t care. I try to make the best from what is there when I’m there. If you’re with the right people and the right attitude, you can have a good time wherever you are.
Sure I missed some stuff too this year: The international artists, builders and tattooers who weren’t there created a void that wasn’t filled. Same with the bike show that wasn’t as packed and as diverse as in the previous years. I’m not here to judge because I’ve been there too and tried to organize an event and make everybody happy, and I can tell you it’s pretty much impossible. And the ones complaining the loudest are usually the ones never having put on a show themselves and have no idea about how much work and risk it actually is.
Enough of this now. There were some amazing bikes, some super great cars and I met quite a few people I hadn’t seen in a while. It was also our yearly Road Devils Car Club meeting and just seeing those people again was well worth the trip.
The amount of radical custom cars is steadily growing all over Europe. For us coming from Switzerland it’s crazy to see what is possible in other countries. Also, there’s more and more period correct built traditional cars around which is great. The street rod craze seems to make way to a more traditional approach which also starts reflecting in the price tags of those vehicles and the parts.
To sum it up, it was a great weekend. I met good people, saw some neat stuff and created some great new memories. And even though everybody’s been complaining about the bumper cars being ridiculous during daytime you could see everybody riding them at night, just like every year.