Archive for January, 2017

January 31, 2017

You read too many comic books!

Life – Rebel without a Cause. Actor Robert Pattinson plays photographer Robert Stock who recorded James Dean in the mid-fifties. Leather clad Dean is played by Dane DeHaan.

Immaculate 50’s Triumph TR5 Trophy 500. The iconic actors original Trophy is in a restored condition and on display at the James Dean Gallery at Fairmount, Indiana.

January 30, 2017

If you wanna be the best, and if you wanna beat the rest!

Record Breakers – Last September 539 bikers broke the world record for the longest ever parade of Triumph motorcycles. Their entry fees went into a fund set up by a 29-year-old woman who has had a series of brain tumours since she was four.

Jessica Simpkin’s charity at the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. has now raised more than £31,000 for further research into children’s brain tumours, their early diagnosis and new treatments. The event was organised by Staffordshire Triumph and closed a section of the A617 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Mostly newer Hinckley models were represented, however some older Meriden bikes were seen in the caravan too.

Jessica’s mother said: “There were lots of different people from all walks of life with problems themselves and they all came together that day, it was fantastic.”

January 29, 2017


Like some latter day Ted Simon of Jupiters Travels fame, Kane Avellano arrived back to South Shields last week – a day shy of his 24th birthday following an epic 32,000 miles global journey.

He set off last May and in the eight months since visited 35 countries over six continents

“I had the chance to discover what the world really has to offer, to meet many different people along the way and explore their cultures, religions and behaviours, while having an incredible time.”

As well as the experience of the circumnavigation he also took the journey as to raise awareness and sponsorship funds for the children’s charity UNICEF.

January 28, 2017


Swiss Watch – slushy roads in Central Europe for some laden travelled passing through neutral Switzerland. The Moto is ’64 registered Bonnie, a very early unit engine. With the Gallic and Helvetic license plates in the background this is probably Geneva.

January 27, 2017

Drive Fast Take Chances

Busse Woods, Cook Co. IL – 80’s photo of youthful Acid Kings front woman Lori S. at her teenage hangout. Summer days (daze?) inspiring her stoner metal sensibility. 

January 26, 2017

Newman’s Own

Fast cars and a smile – Happy Birthday Paul. He would have been 92 today.

January 25, 2017

Forty Six

GO!!!!!! The Doctor taking his Moto GP Yamaha  around a blistering corner at full tilt. With 7 Championship wins Valentino Rossi is up there with the best of ’em, if not actually on top of the pile. I’m 46 today that’s why I’m posting the Italians image…

January 24, 2017

Cola in the Shade

Heartland – like some photojournalist capture from days past here sits a laden Triumph Thunderbird under a Central American sun as the owner takes respite in the shade of a roadside shack near Tamaulipas. The rider is Chicagoan Michael James, who, like some latter day Che Guevara & Alberto Granado went out to find the world; though this was in 1962 only 11 years after comrade Che’s epic travels. James went on to open the Heartland Cafe which still serves food about five blocks from us here.

“I’m working hard to keep the Triumph on the road through the flat, arid, brown, dry and desolate terrain. Its new, different, and I’m digging it, taking it all in.”

January 23, 2017

Wattle & Daub

Thatched – perfect English scene of a pair of couples heading out for a jaunt along some country lanes in the Home Counties. Stopping off for a pint at The Bull Inn, the local pub at Arborfield in Berkshire where this photo was taken. 

January 22, 2017

Red, White & Blue

Ready Salted – glorious Triumph TRW sidevalve twin parked under what looks like the clear blue skies of Utah. The Bert Hopwood designed engine was put to practical use in the British forces during the very latter parts of and after WW2. None were sold publicly so all are ex-service. This well worn example appears to be utilized for speed work on The Flats. 

January 21, 2017

The Fairer Sex

Women’s March – today, January 21st, saw multiple gatherings, rallies and marches in cities across the country to protest against the new potus and his policies against women, minorities, LGBTQ, and liberal thought. Here are a some proud ladies and their Triumph motorcycles all enjoying their freedom of the road.

January 20, 2017


Weekend’s Here – well, we got through 20th January 2017 in one piece (-ish). All I need is a horizon, a stout moto to get there on, and my gal riding pillion with me…

January 19, 2017

Noble Gassing

Neon – 102 years ago today French inventor Georges Claude patented the gas discharge tube, more commonly known as a Neon Tube. Formed into pictographs and writing they herald a company’s identity or message. 

January 18, 2017


Forty Nine Years Ago – red ‘n’ white couple run in spinning imagery towards a crimson tanked Bonneville. I like the composition of this image. 

January 17, 2017

Doughnut Delivery

Giant Scarab – I spotted this patina-rich coffee & doughnut van scuttling about the City recently. Elegant hand painted script cheerily advertising a morning refreshment for construction and office worker alike. It’s a doughty International Harvester Metro Van, produced between 1938 and 1975 keeping its distinctive flowing form well into the sixties when its edges were squared off to meet a demand for something new. The flowing gumdrop lines were created by the capable hand of Mr Streamline himself, Raymond Loewy.