As much as I like riding motorcycles, some of my best memories on this job involve the people I meet through motorcycles. Such was the case with Alex Wakefield. For a brief period during my time at MO I lived in Chicago, and while there aren’t many riding roads in the area, there was a Dainese D-Store, which is where I met Wakefield. An artist and motorsport fanatic, he was presenting some of his work at the D-Store, and upon meeting him I knew I had to interview him for a story, as his love for the sport of motorcycle (and car) racing goes further than possibly anyone I know.

I met him again at a coffee shop in downtown Chicago for the interview, where we then proceeded to talk for hours on end about motorcycles, motorsports, famous racers, and obscure motorsport-related trivia. The guy is basically an encyclopedia of motorsport knowledge and we hit it off immediately. Oh, and did I mention he’s an artist? His work inspired me in ways other motorsport artists haven’t been able to do. When we first met his portfolio was rather small, but his website, www.MotoArt27.com, is updated with a much bigger portfolio of his work (mostly car related because, well, those are the guys who have the dough to pay for a commissioned piece).

To me, his art transports me to the moment. Beyond the art, however, Alex is simply a good guy. We still keep in touch to this day, and his passion for motorsports is still as strong as ever.

  • Old MOron

    Darnit, this is why MO has a job opening.
    Always enjoyed your MOronic efforts, Trizzle.
    Best wishes.

  • Old MOron

    PS: you guys should’ve shopped in one of Troy’s pictures where he has the mutton chops.

  • Starmag

    Your pieces were great Troy, you’ll be missed. All the best in your new endeavors! As one of my teachers told me “once a MOron, always a MOron”. It might not have been a compliment in my case though…

  • spiff

    Did they offer you a CEO position? I can’t see any other reason to leave the MO kingdom. Btw, you must work out!

  • Jon Jones

    My best. Enjoyed your take on things.

  • IslandTosh

    I had a feeling it was Troy leaving; it’s a loss for us MO readers. I always enjoyed your work Troy.

    Best wishes for your future endeavors.

  • JWaller

    Best of luck to you. I’m sure we’ll still hear from you in the comments section at least, right?

  • DickRuble

    Buena suerte, amigo. Remember; if it ain’t broken, aftermarket parts won’t fix it.

  • John B.

    Thank you for all the great content you produced during your tenure with Motorcycle.com, and best wishes for success in your new endeavor. I am sure you will do great things in your new position.

  • Walter

    Best of luck with the new opportunity! I hope you enjoy it as much as you enjoyed your time at MO.

  • SerSamsquamsh

    Moving on feels irrevocable – but – never say never.

    GOOd luck bro!

  • krishan adhikari

    enjoyed your articles. Best of luck.

  • c w

    fare well.

    and do let us know where else you’re going if it again involves media that we can enjoy.