Archive for ‘70’s’

December 30, 2022

Anarchy in the UK

Punk is Dead

Long live Punk! Dame Vivienne Westwood (1941-2022) passed away yesterday. Heralding the punk scene in 70’s London, along with Malcolm McLaren (r), for a disenfranchised youth who needed a music and fashion scene to reflect the counterculture lifestyle they were exploring . As well as safety pins, ripped t-shirts, tartan and outspoken graphics, the leather biker jacket was also utilized.

“You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.”

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 17, 2022

Lead Lines

Pencil Pracis

Quick sketch of an early seventies Bonnie. Perhaps I might add a little wad of color.

December 13, 2022

It’s getting Vetter all the time…

It couldn’t get much worse!

Todays scribble is an X75 Triumph. Craig Vetter’s custom roadster for the Meriden triple engine. Curvilinear orange lines.

November 22, 2022

Thunderbolt & Lightning

1970 BSA

Oily puddles under a scabby twin. the mark of a British iron.

August 30, 2022

Jim & Mike

British Champions

It would have been James Hunt’s 75th birthday yesterday (29th). However he sadly died back in ‘93 aged 45. Along with the likes of Barry Sheene and, as here on this Honda 750, Mike Hailwood, he epitomized the British racer of the 70’s. Photo taken at Brands Hatch.

July 31, 2022

Lunmad

John Plews 1953-2022

Anyone who worked on their 60’s and 70’s Triumph motorcycles surely used the clear wisdom of Lunmad. His Yorkshire accent narrating the home videos expertly edited sharing his knowledge of keeping these aged machines on the road in simpler fashion. Sadly he passed away last Thursday and is a loss to the vintage motorcycle community.

July 13, 2022

Black Bomber

Honda happiness

This continues my series of street side bikes. A bobbed Honda 750 a la noir.

July 10, 2022

Aad bikes ’n’ stuff

Morries Place

A visit to the premier classic British motorcycle shop in northern Illiniois was also included in the agenda. Always a treat to look over the various items parked shoulder to shoulder in the main display area. The workshop was so busy that bikes awaiting service and restoration work were stood outside.

July 7, 2022

Rollerball

Johnathon E

– long sighted movie from 1975 starring the recently deceased James Caan (1940-2022). Ultraviolet corporate sport is the global entertainment and the individual personality is quashed. Inspired stories in my childhood comic 2000ad.

April 24, 2022

Sturmey Archer 3-Speed?

Raleigh Chopper

– Made in Nottingham these were on every boys list in the Seventies. They were ridden as if they had an engine like this smart example.

January 12, 2022

Flying Squad

The Sweeney

– the lineup on BritBox includes gritty seventies show starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as Regan and Carter; a pair of serious crime detectives. First episode screenshot of a pair of police motorcycles accompanying a prisoner transfer van. “You’re Nicked!”

January 9, 2022

If you see Sid, tell ‘im!

Mister Tibbs

– another passing this week was Sidney Poitier. He flew the door wide open for minority actors. This lesser known film that he directed and starred in sees him as an american, Dr Matt Younger, who travels to Britain to take part in scrambler races. Whilst there he falls for a young woman who is an African Ambassadors daughter. Romance ensues. Sidney was 94. The bike is a BSA B50 MX which, incidentally, was the very last competition model from the Small Heath factory. Models were still rolling off the line during BSA’s demise.

January 6, 2022

Interrogation

Shadow Boxing

– early seventies oil in frame Bonneville under the harsh illumination of a spotlight.

December 11, 2021

Triple Power

Trident Speedster

– these were the giant killers that took on the world Motorcycle Grand Prix races of the early seventies.