Modern Moto Magazine ISSUE No. 6 - January 2018 - Page 17

Brittney Olsen & The Spirt of Sturgis Honoring the Past, Defi ning Her Future Bri ney Olsen, co-founder of The Spirit of Sturgis® Vintage Motorcycle Racing and founder of 20th Century Racing, acquired a love of vintage motorcycles by following an unexpected path. At only 3 years old, Bri ney was fascinated with race cars a er having an opportunity to meet legendary drag racer, Shirley Muldowney. Her father encouraged her passion for racing and taught her how to work on motors. From age 11, Bri ney started racing quads and progressed to drag racing her dream car, a 1969 Camaro. When she wasn’t racing and wrenching, Bri ney worked as a promo girl at races and events to earn money for parts. Bri ney also had a love for old bicycles and by combining her two passions, she started pu ng motors in vintage Schwinn bicycles, and they were a hit; she started selling them and became known as Be e Bicycle. Century Racing. She fi nds unique pieces on eBay, Etsy, in an que stores, vintage swap meets and has items custom-made. Bri ney has a pair of jodhpurs, a style of pant worn by women in the 1920s for horseback riding, for each day of the week and an extensive vintage boot collec on. By: Ka e McKay Photographer: Erick Runyon, Gears + Glory Bri ney hadn’t put much thought into motorcycles un l a few custom builder friends challenged her to fi nd her favorite. During her search, she no ced a trend — the motorcycles she was a racted to were also vintage. She started absorbing everything she could about an que motorcycles and crossed paths with her now husband, Ma Olsen, who grew up restoring old Harley’s in his father’s shop. Bri ney and Ma were married and soon a er, Bri ney entered her fi rst vintage motorcycle race at age 24 on a 1928 custom Harley-Davidson, built by Ma , of course. Since then, Ma and Bri ney have been determined to share their passion for old bikes and are on a mission to educate current and future motorcyclists around the world by sharing their an que motorcycle racing adventures. In sweet contradic on to her love of motors is Bri ney’s love of fashion. At 6 years old, Bri ney had a subscrip on to Vogue Magazine; she was inspired by the clothing designs and intrigued with the design process, from couture fashion to costume design. Bri ney’s vintage style is inspired by Vivian Bales who, in 1929, a er being a cover model for Harley-Davidson Enthusiast Magazine, made a solo cross-country ride at age 20. Bri ney uses her personal vintage collec on to encourage conversa on when she is promo ng Spirit of Sturgis and 20th 17