Archive for ‘20’s’

January 24, 2022

Second place. No bad for a first try

TT 1925

Motorcycle racer, engineer and innovator Howard R Davies sits proudly on his sleek powerful 350cc machine. HRD went on to become Vincent and the rest is history.

January 22, 2022

Any color…

… as long as it’s black

– so said Henry Ford. We visited the Model T museum in Richmond Indiana today. A nice display of 30 examples of the original multi purpose vehicle. It was a runabout, speedster, truck, van, snowmobile, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, touring car. These particular models, ranging from early 1907 models to the latter 20’s versions, were in marvelous condition.

December 28, 2021

Beeza

Like New. A hale ninety year old.

1929 B.S.A. BSA L29 O.H.V.
350cc Single Cylinder 3.49HP

October 19, 2021

Anamosa IA

National Motorcycle Museum

– on our road trip through Iowa we stopped in at this impressive collection of motorcycles. Here is a selection of engines spanning 7 decades. More to follow this week!

January 1, 2021

Another orbit another lap

Board Tracker

Even a Century ago they were whirling breakneck around a circuit in a death defying manner. Just like 2020 huh? We’ll let’s keep the attitude rubber side down for Twenty One!

October 20, 2020

Essex

“Call me Ishmael”

On this day 200 years ago the whaling ship Essex was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the middle of the South Pacific. This maritime story gave Herman Melville the idea for his classic novel Moby Dick. This 1928 Brought Superior SS100, also named Moby Dick recently sold for over £500,000. The name was given after Motor Cycling magazine tested it in 1931 and declared it “the fastest privately-owned machine in the world”.

May 13, 2020

Ack, ack, ack

Spinach Power

The sailor-man needs landlubbers transportation so, as depicted with this cast iron tot, he’ll use a moto’sickle.

March 12, 2020

Art Deco

Poster

– imagery by Italian graphic designer, and latter Olivetti chief designer, Marcelo Nizzoli from 1925 for Fabrique National F/N – Belgian arms manufacturers who also built motorcycles. A smooth ride indeed if the pillion lady can put on her lipstick whilst the shadowy rider tears along the lanes of Flanders

November 9, 2019

Combination Campsite

Roughin’ It!

June 10, 2019

I’ll navigate if you drive petal…

Beret | With her serious demeanor looking directly at the camera and his assuredness wearing the cloth cap beret squarely on his head, this couple look as if they’re itching for adventure on the open road.

May 29, 2019

Canvas For a roof

Under a starry sky | Here’s a hint of what I’ll be getting up to this coming weekend… watch this space!

April 20, 2019

Gesamtkunstwerk

bauhaus 100 | 2019 is the centenary of the formation of the influential German design school based in Weimar and later Dessau. As well as founder Walter Gropius and later directors Hannes Meyer and Mies Van der Rohe there were numerous staff and students who were allowed to develop creative talent in the manufacturing arts – .Gesamtkunstwerk (Total work of Art ). Here’s one such alumni Heinrich Brocksieper, who worked on photography, painting and animation, enjoying great German motorrad engineering of the day in front of the workshop block at the Dessau building.

“Heinrich Brocksieper auf seinem Motorrad vor dem Bauhaus Dessau, 1930, Originalfoto 64 x 41 cm © Nachlass Brocksieper, Hagen.”

November 26, 2018

Badge

Moto Museum Marques – a few of the European makes on show at the St Louis motorcycle museum. A varied collection of owner Steve Smith they represent a wide assortment of 7 decades of motorcycles. All in immaculate condition and room to wander around and get close up to them. More photos to show through the week!

February 9, 2018

Put the kettle on Sid!

Steam Punk Rocker – Nicely sorted custom, built from a Triumph Scrambler, for racer, and former boxer, Sarah Lahalih. Created by the capable mechanic-artisan shop Garage Company owned by Los Angelean Yoshinobu Kosaka. Using a flat-track theme its low lines a reflected in the smooth grain of a wooden seat and crescent swept back handlebars. A leather clad tank, tanned to a warm complexion, with stitched “Triumph” logo emphasize the boardtrack chassis vision, supplemented with a springer fork front end. The leather strapped Pendleton wool blanket completes the look. All she needs is a South West weave covered water canteen and an adventure road from the nineteen twenties beckons. Westward Ho!

January 27, 2018

Side by Side

Combination Lock – ready to drive around the Ring of Kerry with your partner by your side is this emerald patterned sidecar outfit a la Trident. Quite daring in its appearance but back in those days all this psychedelic were the rage.

“Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money,

Maybe we’re ragged and funny

But we’ll travel along

Singing a song

Side by side.”