Archive for ‘60’s’

February 6, 2023

Go Pro

Outside Broadcasting

A BBC cameraman haring around a muddy scramble wearing the tech equipment of its day to capture the riders view of a race. BSA acting as dolly, I’m sure the transmission paraphernalia isn’t too lightweight either being strapped to his back mounted on some scaffolding.

February 3, 2023

Satchel strapped down

All set to travel

Stirruped leggings, winged spectacles, and a puddin’ bowl helmet. She’s dressed for riding success aboard the bathtubbed Thunderbird.

February 2, 2023

Living under a tarp

Spit ‘n’ Polish

Old found object. Some tarnished aluminum and speckled finish. A ‘66 Trophy lost in Concord Michigan looking for a willing restoration.

February 1, 2023

Cool

Picking up bikes for the ISDT

1964 – E Germany bound. Steve McQueen getting the bikes they used for the International Six Day Trials behind the iron curtain. Other fella is John Steen, also an off-road racer who, along with Ed Kretz Jr., Cliff Coleman and Dave & Bud Ekins, were key players in the SoCal desert racing scene. Steens family we’re in the oil & lubricant business as well as the popular ‘Taco’ mini bike. Steve looks as cool as ever with the desert boots, white socks, Fred Perry polo shirt and Persol sunglasses. (acknowledgements to Les Elmer in NZ for finding this image)

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

Yardbird

Jeff Beck (1944-2023)

One of the top rock guitarist of his generation who established a powerful technique that inspires many performers to the present day.

January 10, 2023

Illustrated Man

Street scene under the lamppost

– Nice artwork with an urban view of a ‘cyclist kicking his bike into life. Terraced housing descends into the distance.

January 6, 2023

I got you babe!

If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.

The Goddess of Rock Cher has been a music and fashion icon for over 50 years. Lookin’ cheery with Sonny’s Triumph.

January 2, 2023

Cheltenham Copper

Bike Phone: “Calling all units”

Police Constable D. Webb with Triumph motor cycle UDF 319 in Talbot Road 1962. (Gloucestershire Police Archives)

January 1, 2023

Comin’ into Los Angeles

Arlo Guthrie on his ‘sickle

The cover of his 1969 album, featuring some great road-trip music, has an open fronted frilly fuchsia colored shirt-wearing Arlo on his Triumph Trophy. Stealin’ is a great number, as is Comin’ into Los Angeles. Other personnel on the record include Byrd men Clarence White and Gene Parsons, as well as slide guitar maestro Ry Cooder.

December 31, 2022

Full of Woe

Addams Family Combination

Currently showing on Netflix is Wednesday. A version of the creepy family from the perspective of the teenage daughter in the titular role. Jenna Ortega plays the role in perfect razor sharp somber mood. Uncle Fester has an appearance too. Here Fester and Wednesday hare around on a BMW rig – Fred Armisen as the bald relative.

December 29, 2022

Bicycle Kick

Pelé

My earliest football memory is watching the great Brazilian player Pelé fly gracefully across a pitch and seem to magically transform the ball into a floating orb. He was a champion for the sport and a global ambassador for sportsmanship. I found a couple of magazine advertisements in Portuguese for a Honda 125, which I’m sure was sold by the stadium load in that country. Soichiro Honda is seen with Pelé in the center image. Brazil became a major manufacturing location for the smaller Hondas.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento 1940-2022

December 11, 2022

Beeza

Ink and Wash

Trying some more quickfire thumbnails in my sketchbook. Color daubs and black pen linework.

December 7, 2022

Bond Girl Survey

One, two, three

It’s tough but I gotta do it:

1. Diana Rigg (Tracy Bond) OHMSS

2. Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) Goldfinger

3. Lucian’s Paluzzi (Fiona Volpe) Thunderball

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.