Archive for ‘60’s’

February 23, 2021

Cherry Red Tank

Hybrid

– What do you get if you cross a 500cc Triumph Twin engine with a Greeves frame? A Grumph. Like some character from a Maurice Sendak story; it may make an adventure out of a jaunt in the woods.

February 17, 2021

Grandpa rides pillion

Vintage Photography

– neat old image of a proud Triumph Mountain Tiger Cub owner, Orville, taking his grandfather for a spin.

February 10, 2021

AA

Snowy Streets

– imagine being on call as a recovery service in a snowstorm. Your bright yellow combination is your transportation. Heavy winter clothes and a barn door fairing to protect you from the elements. The Automobile Association had to get out through rain, snow or shine. My grandfather George must surely have experienced these conditions as an AA Man.

February 7, 2021

Sno-Cat

Tracked Mini Cooper

– an inventive sort has superbly winterized their Issigonis marvel. Bright orange in the whiteness of fresh snow. I need tracks like this for our Mini to navigate the alley.

February 1, 2021

Frozen Lands

Ski-Doo

– found on the InterWeb here is a forlorn machine hiding in the dusty background of a barn. It looks like something used to effect in a James Bond film during a ski chase scene. The bullet nose is inspired!

January 27, 2021

Pure Patina

Desert Cat

– unpacking a 1960 sled once owned by racer Buck Smith. Acquired by Ace Classics in Lewisham southeast London. You can still see the grit and dust from the Big Bear SoCal arid hinterland.

January 17, 2021

la photo française

Le Film Noir

– posed like some emotionally distanced couple in a Jean-Luc Goddard outing; this BSA Starfire plays a central role in the discourse between the laconic reserve of the anorak bespectacled male lead contemplating the idea of home, against the young femme fatale toying with a solitary freedom of the open road.

Tu me fends le coeur… J´ai le coeur fendu par toi !”

You are breaking my heart… My heart is being broken by you!

FIN

January 13, 2021

Black & White ‘n’ Red all over

No Moss Gathered

– Mick, Keith, Bill, Charlie and Brian enjoy the classics too. This album recorded in the early sixties are compiled of their covers of Chuck Berry standards, amongst others. The first track listing is Bobby Troupe’s “Route 66”, hence the BSA motorcycle themed Rorschach-like cover.

January 3, 2021

Feline Good!

The Cats Whiskers

– this chap has found an ideal perch to view the world from. Our furry companions always find the best locations for rest and recuperation.

December 27, 2020

Red ‘n’ White

Oldsmobile Cutlass

-an automobile collector stores his vehicles at my work parking garage. One of the cars was uncovered today. Typically hidden under a dust cover this 1970 Supreme model of an Oldsmobile glowed fire-engine red in the dim subterranean light.

December 2, 2020

Between finger & thumb

Wall Art

– a canvas, a rug, a plate, or a towel. BSA Rocket Goldstar in line with a swish of sunny yellow and turquoise screenprinted ‘Hand of God’.

November 25, 2020

Plato’s Cave

An Allegory…

A narrow profile of a Trials Tiger Cub with the sideways sunshine offering a shadow view of the bike itself.

November 23, 2020

All shipshape

… and Bristol fashion

– sent over from GB’s southwest correspondent, Rich, is this vintage motorcycle and scooter dealership located on Bath Road in Arnos Vale. The shop opened in 1960 with success selling the Raleigh Runabout moped.

November 21, 2020

Family Tree

DNA

– For over six decades there has been a Tiger model in the Triumph line-up. Each generation epitomized the riding needs of its time.

October 21, 2020

These Days

All Tomorrow’s Parties

Sixties chanteuse Nico looking very Chelsea in London on a parked bike. Born Christa Päffgen she was given her name by the photographer Herbert Tobias, who discovered her at 16. She went on from modeling to acting, singing and Andy Warhol’s muse in 60’s New York. Her version of Jackson Browne’s “These Days” is one of the great covers.