Archive for ‘50’s’

January 28, 2023

The Screaming End

Gene Vincent

Known as “an American rockabilly legend who defined the greasy-haired, leather-jacketed, hot rods ‘n’ babes spark of rock and roll.” His ‘56 hit “Be-bop-a-lula” was written whilst recuperating in a naval hospital following a motorcycle accident. The injury was whilst riding a new Triumph bought with a $612 re-enlistment pay. Here he sits astride a Triumph in the late sixties on what certainly looks like a suburban English street.

January 27, 2023

Miss January

Legs Eleven

A Thunderbird cover from seventy years ago. For a quarter you can have a ‘zine with articles regaling the qualities of British machinery. Bingo!

January 24, 2023

“Angels Forever, Forever Angels”

“When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets.”

Gangs of the open road. One per centers wear their signature vests, oily blue jeans and mechanics boots. As well as the ubiquitous Harleys they also tore around on chopped Triumphs like the Pre-Unit shown here.

January 21, 2023

Muse

Glamor Gals

Most published illustrations are based on staged photographs. Norman Rockwell’s covers for The Saturday Evening Post we’re such examples. Here is a piece of work by one of his contemporaries Gil Elvgren, who was known for his pin-up girls as well as advertising illustrations for companies such as Brown & Bigelow. Many of his ladies ended up as nose art on WW2 bombers.

January 20, 2023

Ladies in the Mud

Silk Headscarf

Twenty-one year old motorcycle triallist June Adams on her bike, March 1951.

January 19, 2023

Takin’ on a bit of water George!

Flooded Engine

– the Automobile Association combination must have been through a ford on the way to a breakdown. Ready enough to tip it up and drain the cylinders. Fishtail muffler seems appropriate.

January 16, 2023

Bellezza Italiana

Beautiful but Dangerous

At 95 Gina Lollobrigita had a full and interesting life. As a sex symbol in post-war Europe she acted in several films opposite leading men such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Burt Lancaster, and , as seen on the lower right image, Rock Hudson. Later life saw her move to the other side of the camera, where, as a photojournalist, she managed to get an interview with Fidel Castro. (1927-2023)

January 11, 2023

Fine Leaded Work

PreUnit Twin HB

Beautiful drawing of a classic Triumph engine. Quite special.

January 4, 2023

ATGATT

Flat Cap and Boilersuit

Sparsely equipped BSA ready for the fields and dirt roads. Of hood and horn you could say.

January 3, 2023

Thunderbird are Go!

Tracy Island Special

When a disaster occurs it’s time to call in International Rescue. I’d expect Aloysius Parker, Lady Penelope’s chauffeur, to turn up on it. “Yes M’lady”

December 12, 2022

Vinnie

Black on Black

Another sketch. This time “The Worlds Fastest Motorcycle”.

October 24, 2022

Worn out, and a bit shabby

TLC

– I should find something to get my idle hands onto. A Vincent or Norton looking for a warm workshop. Recovery through Restoration. Apologies for the lack of posts, a few personal issues arose these past few weeks. Hope to get a few things shifting on the Blog soon.

July 10, 2022

Aad bikes ’n’ stuff

Morries Place

A visit to the premier classic British motorcycle shop in northern Illiniois was also included in the agenda. Always a treat to look over the various items parked shoulder to shoulder in the main display area. The workshop was so busy that bikes awaiting service and restoration work were stood outside.

February 12, 2022

Flying Jacket

Speed Demon

– Norton badged machine with a swift footed JAP engine. Thick sheepskin pilot jacket essential garb for B road enjoyment.

February 5, 2022

Police wheels

Officer Speedy

– the police forces have always utilized the agile flexibility of motorcycles. Triumph was always a stalwart of law enforcement in the UK.