Archive for ‘60’s’

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.

March 23, 2021

Scrapyard Cat

– More imagery from Sunday’s ride.

March 15, 2021

Six by Seven?

The Answer

– what a smart looking machine. Chunky tires; silver and green color scheme; clown car horn; desert trim. Champion!

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 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 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.