Yamaha heads down through southern Europe to a workshop just outside Malaga in Spain for the latest Yard Built creation. Tucked away in the sun soaked streets of San Pedro, Matt Black Custom Designs have been busy building their first ever Yard Built project. The result is a true showstopper, paying tribute to the board track racers of 100 years ago. An impressive mix of custom, one-off and bolt on parts are beautifully crafted together to become the Yard Built XV950 ‘Playa del Ray’.

The build required all the skills and creativity of the Matt Black team; Anthony Partridge worked his magic with metal, making the beautiful tank by hand as well as several other trick parts; master technician Kurt Lohse used his electrical genius to ensure ‘Playa del Ray’s’ stunning switch gear is function as well as form; project manager Dom Kelly used his 3D design skills to bring the concept alive on screen before a single part was made as well as machining several of the parts for the build. No Yard Built is complete without a memorable paint job and the Matt Black build is no exception. Paint wizard Ray Hill added the finishing touch with a beautiful colour scheme and intricate pin striping as well as contributing to the bodywork and finalising of the build.

Tony Carter

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