Archive for ‘60’s’

June 25, 2020

35mm

Abode of the Gods

News yesterday was that the Olympus Corporation are getting out of the camera business. With the advent of ever increasing resolution and features on smart phones standalone digital photography can’t compete. So, like the advancement from film to digital, we’re starting to see the progression away from traditional photographic equipment. I still have a fridge drawer full of Ilford HP5, Fujichrome, Kodak Ektachrome… perhaps I should pick up a trusty OM-1 for old tunes sake.

Well, as George said “All things must pass”

June 22, 2020

Time

Amazon deal

Picked up this great reference book of Triumph motorcycles from the last eighty odd years. All models and variations discussed in depth from the legendary Meriden examples to the current Hinckley offerings. Lots of photos and masses of written information.

The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today https://www.amazon.com/dp/0760366012/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EIw8EbMGGRAH3

June 15, 2020

Pizza Pie

Stunt Jump

– the current advertising campaign for Caesar’s Pizza involves a caped daredevil under a spotlight ready to perform motorcycling derring do. The bike is a Triumph just like Evel Knievel used in ‘67 to jump the fountain at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Extra cheese topping please!

May 29, 2020

Postcard

Coastline

Rugged seaside snap of a cute couple with a red ‘n’ white Triumph Thunderbird. Kodachrome 64

May 20, 2020

Pair o’pipes

High and Dry

Nice clean lines for this Bonnie with the exhaust routed above the chain case on the drive side.

April 24, 2020

LP cover

Leather Rockers

Hard as nails. These five lasses are stern looking and have gallons of attitude. A couple of nice sixties Bonneville offer an appropriate foil to the image.

April 17, 2020

Mural

Beryl Swain

Celebrating the pioneering spirit of local London lass who raced on the Isle of Man TT as well as many early 60’s motorcycle races, her determination now prominently adorns the wall on Wood Street, Walthamstow E17.

April 10, 2020

Sleazy Rider

Mad Mad Mad Mad World

– The penmanship of Mort Drucker who died yesterday aged 91 filled the magazine MAD with his satirical caricatures. He covered a plethora of icons both real and fictional for five decades. Here is his turn of Easy Rider.

April 6, 2020

Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus

Cathy Gale

Sadly one of the original action women of the silver screen died today. Honor Blackman who, in my opinion, is the definitive Bond girl. She played opposite Sean Connery in Goldfinger with perfect grace and grit. She started a life on two wheels as a dispatch rider during WW2 in London. She was 94.

March 24, 2020

Four Score & Ten

Match your Mini

– Cool guy Steve McQueen would have been ninety today. he even makes a brown cardigan look hip: the ideal garb for a coffee ‘n’ cream Cooper.

March 15, 2020

Start ‘em young!

Goldie Kid

Slicked back hair, Raybans, leather jacket and turnip’d jeans. The BSA Gokdstar is just for effect. Smaht!

March 9, 2020

Comrade Cosmonaut

Юрий Гагарин

– Born this day in 1934 Yuri Gagarin became a hero of the world when, in 1961, he orbited the globe aboard Vostok 1 to become the first Star Voyager.

March 6, 2020

Two – Up

Pillion – life is so much more fun with a companion to share the adventure with.

March 2, 2020

Smooth Sam

Comet

…another illustration from Akita Sorimachi of a Vincent riding cove clad in belted trench coat, plaid trousers and flat cap. Fine drawing indeed.

March 1, 2020

Dapper Dan

Goldstar

Men’s clothier Drake’s used Japanese artist Akita Sorimachi to create a number of illustrations for their advertising. Like pen and wash imagery from 50’s and 60’s magazines they evoke the seemingly relaxed sensibility of an age. The BSA Goldstar is an ideal foil for the gent in striped shirt and sleeveless vest.