Archive for March, 2021

March 13, 2021

Motorsport Commentator

Murray Walker OBE (1923-2021) RIP

– Grand Prix racing was an adventurous spectacle when I was younger, no small part due to the excitement imbued by the high pitched commentary of Murray Walker. His father was a noted TT motorcycle road racer, which Murray took up briefly, before going into TV work and advertising. His races that were a shared experience with the couth color of James Hunt are legendary.

March 12, 2021

Kawasaki

GPZ Fivehundred

– I really liked this bike I owned when living in London. Weekend trips to the Peak District, the Northeast, and Wales were enjoyed. Motorways, A & B Roads as well as the interwoven streets of London.

March 11, 2021

Gran Turismo

Fastback

– slotting a two litre inline 6 into the Spitfires chassis and more streamlined bodywork from the Michelotti studio created a worthy competitor to the silo mar MGB GT. The Poor Man’s E-Type it has been called.

March 10, 2021

I had wallpaper with rally cars

Spitfire

– the small roadster based on the Herald was in production for 18 years from ‘62 ‘til ‘80 becoming a popular runaround. Early iterations saw success in alpine rally’s. Another one from the creative mind of Giovanni.

March 9, 2021

Codename Zest

TR4

– pure sixties design from Giovanni Michelotti in the shape of this compact sports car from the Triumph factory in Coventry. In red it looks like a firecracker.

March 8, 2021

Ragtop

The Stag

– another classic from Giovanni Michelotti’s drawing board. The 3l V8 Stag built between 1970 & 1978. This particular blue body color is impressed on my childhood memory.

March 7, 2021

In Anticipation of Good Tidings

Natty Dresser

– the Triumph cars certainly had their own vibe going on. One in particular was the Triumph Herald; a small two-door car made from 1959 to 1971. The body design was by the Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti, and the car was offered in saloon, convertible, coupé, estate and van models, with the latter marketed as the Triumph Courier. This example has a fine green side body and room with white hood and wings. The blue skies with scudding clouds with verdant grass make me nostalgic for the warmer weather to come. I think we’ll revisit Michelotti designs this week.

March 5, 2021

Wicker Baskets

And a kettle

– a couple of cheery lasses heading onto the open road to do a bit of glamping. they’d probably just going a few miles away but I’m sure adventure is guaranteed.

March 3, 2021

Black ‘n’ White

& Red all over

– what a glorious looking beast. Like a hot coal blistering through the atmosphere this Vincent is a searing bullet of horse power. Bloody hell it looks sharp!

March 2, 2021

Ten Seconds

Happiness is…

– I once heard that if you stare at something yellow for 10 seconds when you get up in the morning you will start your day of on a good footing. You’re welcome!

March 1, 2021

Where the streets have no name

Joshua Tree

– dusty machine parked amongst the Piñon Pine and Scrub Oak as well as the eponymous Joshua Tree. Like some relic from U2’s photo shoot for their ‘87 album it blends into the arid landscape waiting for its sun-wrinkled leather skinned owner to kick it into life and ride peacefully through the desert.