Archive for ‘50’s’

April 6, 2021

Lepus ssp.

Hare Rider

– lovely pencil illustration by artist Benedicte Waryn of a pre-unit Triumph chopper with a “hare-brained” owner. So much to like about the detailed drawing: from the clothing; to the custom bike; and the lush fur of the hare’s head.

March 29, 2021

Fast Bloke

Geoff Duke (1923-2015)

– Top rated TT racer from the Merseyside region, Geoff had multiple wins road racing in the mid C20th. Here’s a photo at the ‘52 Assen GP where he took victory on this 350 Norton featherbed machine. Geoff would have been 98 today.

March 23, 2021

Scrapyard Cat

– More imagery from Sunday’s ride.

March 22, 2021

JEEP

A certain point of view

– old forest service trucks were lined up at the Russell Road Military Museum under the Spring sun; their paint was faded and cracked, instrumentation spare and efficient.

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!

February 28, 2021

Of trunk and branch

Tree of Life

– pre-unit Bonnie that has been tastefully fettled for action along a rural trail. Looks like a proper bike.

February 22, 2021

The Shropshire Star

Anyone for a game of footie?

By Toby Neal published June 2, 2020

“Top flight football is tiptoeing its way to a comeback as the nation eases its way out of the coronavirus restrictions. But if you want social distancing, at least by the length of the front forks, motorcycle footer has its health and safety attractions.

And another thing, Wolverhampton was rather good at it.

To get a flavour of what it was all about, let’s turn back the clock to April 1928, when the sport – then only around four years old – made its first appearance in the Newport district, with a motorcycle football match held at Lilleshall Hall between Wolverhampton and Coventry & Warwick.

Coventry & Warwick had never been beaten, and had won the Auto Cycle Union All England Cup for three years on the trot, as well as numerous other events.

Wolverhampton were rated as one of the most improved teams in the country, a young and skilful side who had been runners up in the ACU Cup in 1927.

Now, the rules.

“The game is played with six players a side, with only the goalkeeper and fullback keeping their positions. The remaining four players are intent on forcing the football through their opponents’ goal,” explained the Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser’s report of this crunch match.

“The skill with which the players control the ball while travelling at speed is truly remarkable. It is by no means a slow game. On the contrary, it is amazingly fast, and the skilled riders must at times have reached 40 miles an hour. The players not only used their feet, but also their heads when occasion demanded.”

In the first half Wolverhampton were the better team and deserved to go into the break 2-0 up. After the interval Coventry & Warwick pulled one back, and but for two fine saves by Barnard in the Wolverhampton goal would surely have gone in front.

Wolverhampton increased their lead, only for their opponents to pull one back a few minutes later.

The glorious final score: Wolverhampton 3, Coventry & Warwick 2. The invincible Coventry & Warwick had at last been toppled.

A few years ago we spoke to June Hussey of Wombourne, whose father Tommy Deadman helped pioneer the sport in Wolverhampton.

He founded Wolverhampton Motor Cycle Football Club – presumably the same side which played that match at Lilleshall – which played home games in Pinfold Lane, Penn.

The sport captured the public’s imagination, albeit for a fleeting time, and led to teams being set up across the country and the creation of a league.

With Tommy as captain, the Wolves team enjoyed a successful year in 1928, winning the Midland League Championship by beating Birmingham and competing in a nationwide competition equivalent to the FA Cup.

Wolves beat local rivals West Bromwich 10-1 in the first round and in the second round beat a team known as Douglas MC. Wolves got all the way to the final but lost to Coventry.

Born and bred in Wolverhampton, Tommy Deadman had already made quite a name for himself in the world of motorcycling, having taken part in the first ever dirt track racing at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium in August 1928.

Motorcycle football was popular for a number of years but seems to have faded away around the time of the war, although the idea of playing football on a motorbike has popped up from time to time since.

February 11, 2021

Strabler’s Steed

Fifty Two Thunderbird

– bright red Triumph in homage to Brando’s film from that era. Good form, clean details and a might fine looking machine to go tooling around on.

Johnny : “Nobody tells me what to do. You keep needlin’ me, if I want to, I’m gonna take this joint apart and you’re not gonna know what hit you”

February 9, 2021

Definition

pa·ti·na. pəˈtēnə. noun

– This Vincent motorcycle

February 6, 2021

Motorcycle Skiing

Winter Sports

– Another way to get out on the bike during the colder season. These Bavarians sure do know how to ensure year round fun.

January 12, 2021

Beano

The Menace

– my Uncle Dave found this ‘toon strip and sent it over to be included in today’s blog post. The red & black striped jersey; unruly black hair; and the viscous dog Gnasher of protagonist Dennis have been the mainstay of the Beano comic for 70 years. This panel has The Menace’s Ma fettling the barrels of a ‘70 Bonnie with a kitchen whisk.

January 4, 2021

Of a Time

Scottish Guidness

When a picture says a thousand words it feels good to immerse your sen in the imagery.

January 2, 2021

Winter Fun!

Skiing, Sweaters and a Scooter

– Alpine scenery under a bright mountain sun and the promise of schnapps. The black and red offset printing is evocative of a fifties lifestyle.

December 23, 2020

Starry Starry Knight

Big ‘gin

– black ‘n’ white doodle of the lump of a vee twin engine that powers The Vincent. Engineering prowess.

October 29, 2020

Tweeting

Birdwatching

– Robin Wilfred Woods (1936-2020) was a noted ornithologist and botanist who made his career based in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands. From extensive field work netting and ringing the birds much was learned of the avians of the South Atlantic. His narrow focused Birds of the Falkland Islands is a classic of its genre. With few finished roads across the bleak British outpost a motorcycle is a usual form of transport. Here’s Robin on a 50’s BSA roughing it over the moors near Goose Green.