Showtime in Houten:
Big Twin Expo 2018
CCE Team goes west: BIG TWIN EXPO at Houten Expo, November 2nd-4th 2018 Houten/Netherlands
The Custom Chrome Europe team visited Big Twin Expo in Houten/Netherlands, now the most important event in the Benelux countries – and not too far away from the Dutch/German border. Participation was as good as it has been in previous years – and if you want to see some skilled craftsmen of the Dutch scene, it's here where you can meet them. For CCE, Big Twin Expo has been a fixed date for years: Sales Manager Marc Strieffler, Lothar Först of Sales and Marketing's Carsten Behrens were present – talking business with the Dutch dealers present, but also with the few visiting British and German customizers.
Yes, the Houten Expo is more modern, more sterile, less scenic – but the benefit of being closer to the bigger Dutch cities – with Utrecht in viewing distance – and literally on the crossing of two main traffic arteries from Belgium and Germany are as massive arguments as are the modern facilities. As established in the last decades, "Anything Goes" is the motto of the Benelux scene – and it is not surprising that the BIG TWIN represents this spirit both in its magazine pages as well as with the show. Organizing "Big Twin" Magazine now is the sole remaining custombike magazine in Dutch language, thus serving the Dutch-language provinces of Belgium and Luxembourg, all of which have a strong Harley-scene – and passion. The show is the "main event" for the Dutch scene and attracts visitors of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Some British customizers always liked the show so Destiny Cycles and Lamb Engineering were back always enjoying their brief (and usually successful) visits to the continent. This year they were joined by competition that travelled even further, escaping the miserable, if not catastrophic weather raging over northern Italy: PDF Motocyclettes. Invited by the Big Twin crew, they had not just a lot of fun, but also snatched away the top prize in the Top-10 bike field: "Big Kahuna" is powered by a 1927 JD engine and has been customized in the style of a period board track racer!