Yesterday evening, the FIM hosted a unique and very special event at its Mies headquarters in Switzerland, when it opened its doors to invited guests for the vernissage of the highly anticipated private exhibition of ‘100 Cool Riders’ featuring sketches by Spanish artist Emilio Cabañas.
Some of the collection had been shared recently on the FIM social media channels, and FIM President Jorge Viegas was delighted to welcome a number of top Swiss riders, a MotoGP legend, local personalities and members of the regional media to view the sketches first hand in a convivial ambiance.In addition to appreciating the art works, the FIM’s guests, who included Spanish hero Dani Pedrosa – 125 / 250cc FIM Grand Prix World Champion and recently retired MotoGP rider, were able to enjoy a cocktail dinner and live music provided by the artist’s son Marcos Cabañas on guitar and vocals, now based in Nyon.
The FIM’s host country Switzerland was well represented by the likes of Bastien Chesaux - Supersport and Moto2 rider; Rolf Biland – seven times FIM Sidecar Grand Prix World Champion; Jacques Cornu – FIM Endurance World Champion and winner of 24 hours of Le Mans / 24 Hours Spa plus multi Road Racing National Champion 250 / 350 / 500c and 250cc GP winner; Philippe Coulon – 500cc Grand Prix rider – two podium finishes in fifty-four races; Serge David - four times Motocross National Champion before becoming 500cc Grand Prix rider; Roland Freymond – 250 / 350cc Grand Prix rider; Hervé Gantner – Supersport National Champion; Joe & Hubert Genoud – Twin brothers who are key figures in Swiss motorcycling; Marc Ristori – multi Motocross National Champion; Bernard Jonzier – Grand Prix commentator for more than 30 years at RTS, and his successor Matthieu Juttens.
The exhibition itself showcases an amazing spectrum of sketches that depict a mixture of famous racers, global celebrities and motorcycle icons that includes names such as Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Bruce Springsteen, Orlando Bloom, Richard Gere, Nicolas Prost, Guy Martin, Ewan McGregor, Hubert Bastie, Marc Marquez, Roland Sands, Dani Pedrosa and Kevin Schwantz.
The guests were also able to admire a fine collection of vintage motorcycles on exhibition at the FIM Headquarters. The FIM’s temporary motorcycle exhibition is renewed from time to time thanks to generous loans by Georges Châtelain, founder member of the organisation Rétro Moto International. In addition several handsome motocross bikes were recently loaned to the FIM by Youthstream CEO Giuseppe Luongo and three Scramblers were provided for the occasion of the exhibition by the manufacturer Ducati.
Confirming the huge success of the evening FIM President Jorge Viegas said. “It was an honour and a pleasure to host Emilio’s fantastic work here, in the House of Motorcycling! This was one of our initiatives to open the FIM to the outside, to the community of which we are a part. Like Emilio, we know that success can only be possible if we put passion in everything we do.”
The artist Emilio Cabañas also expressed his satisfaction at the success of the vernissage: “Constancy and persistence with passion are a very good combination. Yesterday at the FIM, I felt that my message was perfectly understood and transmitted at the event. I’m very grateful to the FIM for sharing these values”.
The ‘100 Cool Riders’ exhibition at the FIM headquarters in Mies, Switzerland will be open for invited viewing until the end of business on Friday 17 May.