Exclusive Interview with Charge Director Mark Neale

In a desolate corner of Los Angeles’ warehouse district, at the end of a dead-end street, lies Man Heaven*. No, it’s not one of the sad-sack nudie bars in the neighborhood, but a more pure sort of heaven. A place where the craft of motorcycle building is practiced with the same, if not more, love for metallurgy and mechanical engineering of olden days. A place where carburetors are lovingly restored and refinished, where newer, stronger metals are finished to resemble their older brethren, at least on the surface. At Falcon Motorcycles, Ian Barry hand-crafts stunning works of art around vintage motors from storied marques such as Vincent.

But that’s Gas1.0. This weekend, the past and the future collided on this spot as Ian and his partner Amaryllis hosted a private screening of Charge, reviewed here. Director Mark Neale was present to introduce the film and take questions from the audience afterward. I pulled him aside before the screening to bring you this exclusive interview.

You can order the DVD at chargemovie.com I am working with some people to try and get a public screening happening here in Los Angeles, which you may want to do in your city as well. There may also be a screening in Monterey in conjunction with the MotoGP & TTXGP races to be held there July 24th. Last year’s ePower race was reported here. This year, ePower and TTXGP will be teaming up to bring even more excitement! Tickets are available here.

Oh, and many thanks to Harlan and Josh of Hollywood Electrics for letting us sit on their bikes!

*Yes, I know there are women who have a deep appreciation for mechanical engineering. But we are a small minority.

Susanna Schick

Susanna is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it's only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in Los Angeles for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles' streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she's converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.