‘Oil in the Blood’ is a documentary feature film on the contemporary custom motorcycle culture. The
film is directed by life-long biker Gareth Maxwell Roberts and produced by Lucy Selwood.
The philosophy of individualism is embedded in motorcycling. The desire to be different and unique,
is at the root of the motorcyclist’s imagination. Modifying, customising, and changing bikes is at the
very heart of the biker. Custom motorcycle culture has experienced a renaissance in recent years,
and what was once a niche subculture now bears a significant influence on the international
mainstream motorcycle industry.
Over the last three years, Gareth and Lucy have interviewed nearly three hundred bike builders,
riders, journalists, artists and racers; the very heartbeat of this culture. They’ve communed with like-
minded souls in Britain, Europe, Japan, Australia, The Far East, Africa and the US. They’ve spoken to
major manufactures Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Royal Enfield, Ducati and BMW.
Lucy and Gareth have filmed at both The Bike Shed London and Paris, The Malle Mile, Wheels &
Waves in Biarritz, The Trip Out, The Brooklyn Invitational, The Distinguished Gentlemans Ride in
London and New York, Throttle Roll in Sydney, Indian Larry’s Block Party, Dirt Quake, Snowquake,
The Malle Mile and The Trip Out in rural England, The One Moto Show in Portland, Mama Tried in
Milwaukee, Mooneyes in Tokyo, and The Handbuilt Show in Austin.
The film-makers filmed a collaboration between Harley Davidson and maverick bike builders El
Solitario in the Sahara, flat track racing in dusty bowls and indoor arenas, ice racing in Wisconsin and
in the Alps, and the American Wall of Death in the Texas sun. They’ve shot dozens of cool custom
bikes being ridden through the urban streets, the twisting mountain roads, through the rolling green
countryside and the scorched flat plains. They’ve filmed choppers, café-racers, flattrackers, sprint
bikes, electrics, old school specials and urban brats, hundred-thousand dollar pristine beauties and
five hundred buck rippers.
This is not a film about motorcycles, it’s about motorcycle people.