Shiny Chrome and Big Beards descend on Faro

We’ve heard lots about the Moto Clube Faro and their annual Motorcycle meeting in Faro, but we’ve never managed to get there yet! The main event is hosted in an open arena area on the outskirts Faro, complete with camping, live music and events – but more about that later!

The thought of 1,000s of bikers and bikes descending on Faro this weekend, however, sounded like too good a photo opportunity to miss! So Dave headed over there yesterday to have a look round and meet some of the bikers, and also to see how it affects Faro.

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

The event is organised and run by the Moto Clube Faro, and there are lots of side events, exhibitions and attractions to be found in and around Faro town centre as well.

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

Dave was particularly interested in the exhibition of old bikes set up in the marina area:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

It was free to explore inside too:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

And had a fabulous collection of bikes to enjoy – some much older than others:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

The most amazing feature however was the magnificent metal statue parked outside the tent – how cool is this!

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

The detail on it was incredible:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

Parked all round the side streets and the squares were row after row of shiny bikes of all shapes and sizes – they had their own parking spaces allocated for them!

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

The range of bikes was most impressive – from the formidable:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

To the tiny:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

With just about everything in-between – including lots of Harley Davidsons:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

It was lovely to take time to meet some of the participants, many of whom had travelled many miles to attend the event – including this biker from Germany who was proud to be a ‘veteran’ of the event:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

And this Portuguese man who was reluctant to be photographed but happy for Dave to photograph the advert for his hairdressing business on the back of his jacket – no problem sir!

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

It’s not all men with beards though – there are plenty of young female bikers enjoying their weekend in Faro too:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

And there are plenty of bands and musicians warming up for the main event later in the evening too – which sadly was way past Dave’s bedtime!

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

Alongside the bikes are the usual market stalls and weekend events in Faro – everything seemed to be seamless and extremely well- natured. The local restaurants were all full with bikers – the eateries all had banners outside welcoming the bikers to dine and drink in the local area.

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

The main event is actually in an open area arena near the airport, where many of the bikers were camping, and enjoying beer tents, food, live music, tattooing and a whole range of other bike events and demonstrations. Tickets for all four nights including camping was a very reasonable 45 Euros, and the club had even set up a free minibus service to allow people to travel around free – although from the local area and the Algarve in general over the last few days – most people were riding their bikes!

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

The main event was well publicised on the club’s website:

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However Dave was happy to just wander around Faro enjoying the sights and meeting loads of friendly and happy bikers from all over Europe.

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

And if you are not into bikes – don’t worry – you can still find a nice quiet backstreet in the town to enjoy as well:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

And it really is a great event to catch some photographs at too:

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

For more shots please enjoy looking through the Gallery below – click on any of the images to start the slideshow:

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