Wheels on Reels

Classic motorcycle videos selected by the editors of Motorcycle Classics

Add to My MSN

Bill Costello's Video Tribute to His Father and 1958 BMW R50

4/11/2011 1:30:46 PM


bmw tribute 
Bill Costello's parents, Richard and
Trini, aboard the 1958 BMW R50 that
Bill inherited and restored.

One of the first things Bill Costello did upon completing restoration of his father's 1958 BMW R50 was to craft a sort of video memorial to his dad. Blending old stills of Richard with the BMW and recent photos of the restoration project, Bill put together a moving tribute to his father that quite unexpectedly went viral; after posting it on YouTube, it received almost 350,000 hits in a matter of months. “I’m the first person I know who made a video that went viral, I’m getting comments from all over the world,” Bill says. Here's the touching tribute Bill made for his father and the R50:


And here's another video of Bill and BMW expert Peter Nettesheim starting the R50 for the first time after 35 years in storage:


Read more about this motorcycle:A Very Special 1958 BMW R50 

Related Content

1969 Honda CB750 sells for $148,100.00

Somebody just paid $148,100 for a 1969 Honda CB750.

Talking Motorcycles With Barry Boone: 15th Annual Riding Into History Show

Dave Despain, Brian Slark and Bill Robinson join Barry Boone tonight to discuss vintage motorcycles.

Fabled Brough Superior to Be Sold at Auction

The Brough Superior known as “Old Bill” – featured in just about every book ever written about the i...

Billy Joel Motorcycle Show

We all know Billy Joel for his rock-n-roll piano playing, but how many knew the Piano Man is also a ...

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $4.95 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $29.95 for a one year subscription!