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Paul d'Orléans

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Paul d'Orléans (born 1962 in Stockton, California) is a writer[1], photographer.[2], publisher[3], and curator[4] based in San Francisco, CA[5]. He is best known as the publisher since 2006 of the motorcycle culture website TheVintagent.com[6], and is considered an expert on motorcycle history and culture[7]. He is also known for his commentary and observations on the contemporary custom motorcycle scene, and the state of the global motorcycle industry[8]. He curates exhibitions on motorcycle history, produces films about motorcycles and motorcycle culture, and emcees public events such as the Quail Motorcycle Gathering[9], Banbury Run[10], and the Motorcycle Film Festival[11]. He is a television commentator for NBCSN's coverage of the Mecum motorcycle auctions at Las Vegas every January [12], and has been frequently interviewed for documentary films[13] and radio shows[14] [15][16]for his research into motorcycle history and culture.

Paul is the co-founder of the non-profit Motorcycle Arts Foundation, which supports exhibitions, films, and other projects related to motorcycle culture [17], including the 'Custom Revolution' and 'Electric Revolution' exhibits.

He is also known for his fashionable attire, which has brought attention from streetwear blogs including the Sartorialist[18], and the Style Forum[19].


His website The Vintagent was founded in October 2006 as one of the first blogs to feature motorcycle history and culture[20]. In 2016 his website was revamped in a new format, which incorporated film for the first time as a regular feature, as well as several Editors who contribute content regularly[21]. The list of Contributors to The Vintagent represents a wide cross-section of artists, photographers, writers, custom builders, and manufacturers[22].

Paul was also the founding editor of the 'Oily Rag' website in 2012, an online magazine dedicated to the preservation of existing-state architecture, vehicles, and traditions[23].


Paul is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books on motorcycles and motorcycle culture:

  • The Current: New Wheels for a Post-Petrol Age, (co-editor with Robert Klanten and Maximilan Funk). 2018. Gestalten, Berlin. ISBN 978-3899559569 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Custom Revolution (author). 2018, Motorcycle Arts Foundation, New York. ISBN 978-0760345825 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.[24]. Exhibition catalog published by the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles.
  • The Ride; 2nd Gear (co-author). 2015, Gestalten, Berlin. ISBN 978-3899555899 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Chopper; the Real Story, (author). 2015, Gestalten, Berlin. ISBN 978-3899555240 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Ride, (co-author). 2014, Gestalten, Berlin. ISBN 978-3899554915 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Cafe Racers; Speed, Style, and Ton-Up Culture, (author), with photographs by Michael Lichter. 2014, Motorbooks. ISBN 978-0760345825 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

Paul writes a monthly column for Classic Bike Guide, and is the 'Custom & Style' editor for Cycle World magazine[25], a contributing editor for At Large magazine[26]. He has also published numerous articles in Café Racer (France), MCN (UK), 1903 (USA), Riders (Italy), Brummm (Germany), Craftrad (Germany), Clutch (Japan), Men's File (UK), etc [27].


In April 2019, Paul d'Orleans was guest curator at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for the exhibit 'Electric Revolution', the first museum exhibit featuring electric motorcycles[28][29]. In April 2018, he curated the ‘Custom Revolution’ exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the first guest curator at that museum, of the first museum exhibit of the 'alternative custom' motorcycle scene. In 2015, he curated ‘The Chopper Story' at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa[30]. He has also co-curated two ‘Motorcycle As Art’ exhibitions with photographer Michael Lichter at his Sturgis exhibition facility: 'Built for Speed' (2015) [31] and 'Ton Up! Speed, Style and Cafe Racer Culture' (2013) [32].


He is also a collodion/wet plate photographer, documenting motorcycle culture with his photographic partner Susan McLaughlin[33]. Their subject matter includes the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run, Land Speed Racers at the Bonneville Salt Flats, influencers at Inspiration LA, etc. Their photographs have been exhibited at the ‘Rockers and Rebels’ (2016, Ransom gallery, London)[34], the Handbuilt Show in Austin Texas (2014/15/16)[35], Wheels & Waves Biarritz (2015), Moto Beach Classic (2018), the Motorcycle Film Festival (2014). Their photographs have appeared in magazines such as Brrrum (2018), Craftrad (2018), 1903 (2017), McCall (2016), Motorcycle Spirit (2018)[36], and RSD (2018).


Paul d'Orleans was the Chief Judge and co-host of the Motorcycle Film Festival (MFF) in New York City[37] from 2012-2015. The MFF was the first motorcycle-specific film festival with international submissions, and a team of notable judges selecting entries and awarding prizes. On the collapse of the MFF in 2016, Paul brought MFF co-founder Corinna Mantlo on as Editor for Film[38] on the revamped TheVintagent.com, to host films about motorcycles and motorcycle culture[39]. Through TheVintagent.com, Paul has hosted film premiers at events like Wheels&Waves California (eg,'Sugar & Spade' in 2017[40]), and working with the Motorcycle Arts Foundation[41], at the Petersen Automotive Museum (eg, 'Oil in the Blood'in April 2019[42]), and with the MFF has produced screenings at the Wheels & Waves festival in France, and at EICMA in Milan (2015)[43].

Paul has produced six short films since 2016: - 'Sugar&Spade Morocco' (2018. Dos Caminos Productions)[44] - ‘Montlhéry’ (2018. True Motion Pictures, VoeWorks director)[45] - ‘The Ended Summer’ (2017. David A. Martinez, director)[46] - ‘Model X’ (2017. David A. Martinez, director)[47] - ‘Black Falcon’ (2017. Travis Shinn, director)[48] - ‘Neander’ (2016. True Motion Pictures, VoeWorks director)[49]

Paul appears in interviews in many documentary films, including 'Oil in the Blood' (2019)[50], 'Bayang' (2019), 'Choppers: Let's Ride' (2019), 'Custom Revolution' (2018)[51], 'Model X' (2017)[52], 'Neander' (2017)[53], 'Today is a Good Day' (2017)[54],'The Story of the Chopper' (2014)[55], etc.


Paul has been a judge of major concours d'elegance since 2006, and currently serves on the jury for the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este (since 2011)[56]. He has also served as judge for the Quail Motorcycle Gathering since 2010 [57], and for the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours[58] in 2006/7/8.

He also served as Chief Judge for the Motorcycle Film Festival from 2012-15[59]



  1. https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07YGNPRRQ?tag=everybodywikien-20
  2. http://oily-rag.net/oily-rag-photography/ 'Oily Rag Photography'
  3. https://thevintagent.com/about-us/
  4. https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/electric-revolution-takes-over-petersen-museum
  5. http://www.bikeexif.com/the-vintagent
  6. https://thevintagent.com/about-us/
  7. https://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/bikes/living-vintage-motorcycle-dream-paul-dorleans
  8. https://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/bikes/living-vintage-motorcycle-dream-paul-dorleans
  9. https://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-quail-motorcycle-gathering-20180503-story.html
  10. https://issuu.com/mortons-digital/docs/obmjul16preview
  11. http://motorcyclefilmfestival.com/paul-dorleans-2/
  12. https://twitter.com/mecum/status/825473039496159233
  13. https://vimeo.com/105236253
  14. http://www.npr.org/2014/10/11/354875096/behind-the-motorcycles-in-easy-rider-a-long-obscured-story
  15. https://www.podcat.com/podcasts/vBC8Mp-the-hold-fast-motors-podcast-motorcycles-lifestyle-culture/episodes/XjEOmn-hfm010-paul-d-orleans-the-vintagent-ton-up-the-ride-motorcycle-film-festival
  16. http://www.podcasts.com/hog_radio/episode/the-hog-radio-show-episode-287-paul-the-vintagent-d-orleans-interview
  17. https://motorcycleartsfoundation.org/mission-about/
  18. http://www.thesartorialist.com/archives/page/200610/
  19. https://www.styleforum.net/threads/men-with-personal-style-paul-dorleans-interview-by-a-bit-of-color-tumblr.338795/
  20. http://www.bikeexif.com/the-vintagent
  21. https://thevintagent.com/contributors/
  22. https://thevintagent.com/contributors/
  23. http://oily-rag.net/author/paul/page/2/
  24. https://petersenstore.org/products/custom-revolution-exhibit-book
  25. https://www.cycleworld.com/authors/paul-dorleans
  26. http://atlargemagazine.com/about/
  27. https://thevintagent.com/about-us/
  28. https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/electric-revolution-takes-over-petersen-museum
  29. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/motorcycles/petersen-museum-opens-first-custom-electric-motorcycle-exhibit/ar-BBVhMda
  30. http://irontradernews.com/news-chopper-story-a-new-exhibit-at-the-national-motorcycle-museum/
  31. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2014/07/article/lichters-2014-sturgis-exhibit-built-for-speed/
  32. http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/05/22/ton-up-speed-style-cafe-racer-culture-exhibit
  33. Brummmm magazine #02
  34. https://www.markransom.co.uk/exhibitions/rockers-and-riders
  35. https://revivalcycles.com/paul-dorleans-the-vintagent-will-be-back-this-year-with-more-tintypes
  36. http://motospiritmag.com/pure-magic-motorcycle-photography-through-the-eye-of-a-100-year-old-lens
  37. http://motorcyclefilmfestival.com/paul-dorleans-2/
  38. https://thevintagent.com/contributors/
  39. https://thevintagent.com/about-us/
  40. https://ironandair.com/blogs/news/wheels-waves-california
  41. https://motorcycleartsfoundation.org/mission-about/
  42. https://www.petersen.org/events/2019/4/5/free-movie-oil-in-the-blood
  43. https://www.cycleworld.com/2015/03/02/the-motorcycle-film-festival-highlights-video-cycle-world-custom-and-style/
  44. https://thevintagent.com/2018/03/14/the-vintagent-original-sugar-spade-morocco/
  45. https://thevintagent.com/2018/04/19/the-vintagent-original-montlhery/
  46. https://thevintagent.com/2017/06/10/the-vintagent-original-the-ended-summer/
  47. https://thevintagent.com/2017/08/13/the-vintagent-original-model-x/
  48. https://thevintagent.com/2017/08/09/the-vintagent-original-the-black-falcon/
  49. https://thevintagent.com/2017/07/26/the-vintagent-original-neander/
  50. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8710502/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1
  51. https://thevintagent.com/2018/05/04/the-vintagent-original-custom-revolution/
  52. https://thevintagent.com/2017/08/13/the-vintagent-original-model-x/
  53. https://thevintagent.com/2017/07/26/the-vintagent-original-neander/
  54. https://www.returnofthecaferacers.com/lifestyle-motorcycle-cafe-racer/today-is-good-day-cafe-racer-documentary/
  55. https://thevintagent.com/2017/06/01/the-vintagent-selects-the-story-of-the-chopper/
  56. http://www.cycleworld.com/2011/06/27/concorso-d%25e2%2580%2599eleganza-villa-d%25e2%2580%2599este-special-feature
  57. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2012/05/article/2012-quail-motorcycle-gathering-review/
  58. http://www.legendofthemotorcycle.com
  59. http://motorcyclefilmfestival.com/paul-dorleans-2/

External links[edit]

- Amazon Author page - TheVintagent.com - MotorcycleArtsFoundation.org - MotoTintype.com

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