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Klugmann Captures Miami at House of Thunder

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
House of Thunder USA
The House of Thunder USA recently held its VIP grand opening party in Miami, all captured through the lens of photographer Christian Klugmann.
House of Thunder USA VIP Party
A quintessentially Miami event, all that was missing was Tubbs and Crockett.
House of Thunder USA Miami Beach
Too often when you’re stuffed in an overcrowded business class seat in a jam-packed airplane you get stuck next to some stiff who acts like you’ve got the plague. So it was a refreshing twist on my recent cross-country trip home from Bike Week on a flight from Charlotte to San Francisco that I encountered a fellow enthusiast. Before long, my new buddy Christian Klugmann and I were talking shop, swapping stories and sharing pictures from our phones. Turns out Christian is a professional photographer who has done work for Triumph Motorcycles in the past and was flying back to San Francisco from Miami after shooting an assignment there.

As you can tell by his last name, Klugmann is of German heritage and filled me in on the history of a Zundapp I had photographed at The One Motorcyle Show and was a font of knowledge about Bavarian and European marques. He also had heard all about the new Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111 and is on the company’s mailing list, so I shared some shots of the new engine with him as well as a picture of me next to the ‘Spirit of Munro’ streamliner. Needless to say, we hit it off well.

The recent assignment Christian worked on in Miami was for the grand opening of House of Thunder USA, an upscale shop that sells Harley-Davidson, Boss Hoss, Royal Enfields and custom motorcycles. Christian shot the VIP party and cut a slick video of the event. It’s quintessential Miami, a combination of creative cinematography and high fashion combined with art, models, and motorcycles all set to a pumpin’ soundtrack. You'll see what I mean in the video below.

“It’s not a normal bike store. It’s like a gallery, this bike store, it’s art. I think each bike in my shop is a piece of art,” says House of Thunder USA owner Eric Vauth in the video.

Christian did a great job of catching the spirit of the gathering billed as “a cultural event with wheels.” Looked like a fun time to me. He’s obviously got skills with the lens and in the editing bay. He’s passionate about motorcycles and does impressive work, so check out his site, Klugmann Media, if you’re in need of a talented freelance photographer.

HOUSE OF THUNDER USA | Boss Hoss Cycles | Exclusive & Unique Custom Motorcycles from klugmannmedia on Vimeo.

Post Tags: House of Thunder USA, Christian Klugmann, Klugmann Media, Miami motorcycle shop
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