Archive for ‘60’s’

January 16, 2020

Air Guitar

Fender | the music of the motorcycle. A Jaguar electric guitar hooned around on a Tiger.

January 15, 2020

Gittern God

Skydog | supremo guitarist Duane Allman picking away on his ’59 Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul. He looks to be in another zone altogether. Cool t-shirt.

December 28, 2019

Coop Soop

Hot Rodder July 1966 | a ‘toon clipping from a vintage magazine unearthed in Minnesota. If you try and drop a Chevy small block V-8 into a Mini Cooper you’d better think about the pilots cockpit.

December 18, 2019

Sixteen Plus

Bradley | Celebrating his 56th birthday today here’s Mr Pitt looking cool on a GQ magazine shoot. Desert sled provides a purposeful SoCal patina’d prop.

December 14, 2019

Go Like Hell

Le Mans | Went to the flicks to see Ford vs Ferrari. Staring Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as Ken Miles. It tells the story behind the creation of the GT40 and its development and subsequent domination of the 24 hour race in the latter half of the sixties. Two Thumbs Up.

December 6, 2019

Ladybird

Mayhem | This is what can happen if you drive around with a cat on your head. It may startle, dug it’s claws into your scalp, causing you to careen across the road and the ongoing calamity spreads to all other roadway and path users. Remember: don’t drive around with a cat on your head, no matter how cool you might think it seems!

November 28, 2019

CAPTAIN Hilts

The Cooler King | Our man Guy Martin is to recreate the classic Finland scene from The Great Escape made famous by Steve McQueen. In blue torn down sweatshirt and khakis he’s to jump a barbed wire border fence on a green Triumph Scrambler. On Channel 4 December 8th.

November 20, 2019

Take Flight

Percy Tait (1929-2019) – when it comes to the history of Triumph motorcycles one man is noted in the very foundation of that company. Beginning his career with Triumph as a 21-year-old factory worker he quickly rising in the ranks and started racing for the works team on the latest machines. It is reckoned he amassed over 1,000,000 miles test riding cutting edge motorcycles under the engineering eye of Doug Hele. As well as Grand Prix races he took part successfully in Isle of Man TT competitions. 750cc triple Slippery Sam is one bike that is forever connected with Percy. In his later career he went on to develop the 500cc Suzuki GP bikes for Barry sheen. In retirement he became a champion sheepsheet breeder. A giant of the history of British motorcycling, Percy Tait sadly passed away last weekend. at the age of 90.

November 17, 2019

B&W

F Stop | The Original celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill passed away yesterday. His portraits of the spotlight denizens from the sixties through to the eighties are considered iconic. Clockwise from upper left: Robert Redford, Julie Andrews, Steve McQueen and Mickey Rourke.

November 13, 2019

Reg ‘n’ Pete

The Leather Boys | classic early sixties biker film depicting a fictionalization of the rocker lifestyle in the UK. Gritty kitchen sink drama.

November 2, 2019

Airborne

SF Streets | Steve McQueen launching his Triumph over one of the inclined street intersections of San Francisco. Probably taken during down time during the filming of Bullitt.

October 26, 2019

Local Hero

Down the Road Whenever | more two-wheel visuals of Mark Knopfler in his new video for “Good on you son”, a piece of music from his latest album. It looks like an updated unit Triumph. Sunny roads. Perfect scenery for his subtle music style.

October 26, 2019

Street Smarts

Friday’s Femme Fatale | shuttered store fronts with graffiti scrawl provides a gritty backdrop to this confident lass on an old Triumph. Glittering fuchsia helmet adds to the glamour of women bikers.

October 16, 2019

Dunedin Dare

Kiwi Biker | cool photo from the sixties of local gang taking kids for rides in southeastern New Zealand.

October 6, 2019

Oily Rag Patina

Black Backdrop | Heavily Modded late sixties Triumph Bonneville fettled for the drag strip. Nice Union Flag motif on the tank knee scoops.