Archive for ‘60’s’

July 15, 2021

Meant

The Braille Trail

– everything is so right about this dusty sled.

July 10, 2021

The 60’s want your style back!

Revolutionary

– given a chopper treatment. Sissy bar, hard tail, banana seat, peanut tank, through pipes, ape hangers. Make sure your decked out with: your headband, a poncho, tie-dyed shirt, frayed bell-bottomed jeans, moccasins. Peace Love and Understanding!

June 17, 2021

Steve says…

Choose life

June 16, 2021

Rough Roads Only

Growler

– Orange club. Vitamin C. Red ‘n’ Yellow. The perfect color against the grey oily engine and black frame.

June 8, 2021

Tiger Cub

Cats Play

– this is like the crazy half hour in our house at about 10.30pm. The two cats tear around the house chasing each other like crazy dervishes.

May 20, 2021

To Boldly Go…

The Final Frontier

– Everyone knows him as James Tiberius Kirk, born March 22, 2233 in Riverside Ohio, captain of the starship Enterprise NCC-1701.

But we also know him as the indefatigable William Shatner who turns 90 today. Here he’s trying to look cool on a BSA tootling around the back lot of the Star Trek sound stage in Hollywood.

May 19, 2021

Grape juice

Purple Haze

– fine example of a knobbly wheeled sled.

May 18, 2021

The Villain

Alpine Bound

Chris (now Sir) Bonington is on the pillion, saying adieu to his young wife Wendy, of Don Whillans’s Triumph Trophy at Hampstead in July 1962. Note the rudimentary riding gear, goggles and gauntlets which were obviously considered quite adequate equipment for long distance touring at the time. They were off to climb the Eiger in Switzerland, and rode all the way across Europe then up the track to the foot of the mountain.

Crashing spectacularly on the way back down when the brakes failed, Don apparently shoved Chris off before baling out himself, thus saving both from serious injury. More famous than Bonington in those days, Whillans was a hard man on the rocks, in the pub and on a motorcycle.

Enjoying a little sponsorship from Triumph, before this exploit to the Alps Whillans had shipped his 1957 Trophy out to Karachi in May 1960 to join an expedition to the Himalaya. After about eight weeks climbing and with only about £45 left in his pocket, he left Rawalpindi in September for the 7000 mile ride home to Manchester. The first 2000 miles were on dirt roads and, apart from numerous punctures and a broken mudguard, the bike seems to have caused no trouble. If it had Meriden no doubt would have been treated to a furious blast of invective from the ’ard man in the flat ’at (as he was known).

The ‘ard man would have been 88 today.

May 13, 2021

The Cats Whisker

Rusty Paws

– a pair of Tiger Cubs waiting to be rescued. Hopefully not too much effort into a complete restoration; just enough for roadworthyness.

May 8, 2021

Bwahahahaha

Carry On … Monkeying

Sid James (1913-1976) – hairdresser from Johannesburg, though he also claimed a boxer, diamond cutter and dance tutor, became one of the most recognized comedy actors in the UK with the double-entendred Carry-On film. Starring in 19 of them his dirty laugh became synonymous with seaside postcard humour. To celebrate his birthday I found this image of on a Honda Monkey CT-70 on Brighton Pier.

May 6, 2021

Back lot biking

Red Cub

– period snap of a yellow shirted teen with his new, at the time, Triumph T20 Tiger Cub.

April 19, 2021

Khaki Cub

Baby Tiger

– what a fun looking little back lane machine. The black rims and army green tank a a superb look.

April 18, 2021

The Great Escape

Heading for the Swiss border

– what better way to escape across the Bavarian countryside than on a rugged tyred Triumph TR6 in German wartime feldgrau. Of course Steve makes it look effortlessly cool.

April 13, 2021

The Hamster

Top Gear

– TV motoring host Richard Hammond is enjoying the Malvern Hills scenery using a sky blue classic Triumph.

March 28, 2021

Orange is not the only Fruit

Start the week off with a shot of Vitamin Cee

– Bonneville with a fiery tank and surly gal. Warmer weather ahead as the season develops. Fresh days ahead.