Archive for ‘70’s’

July 21, 2021

ESP

Ginge & Lefty

– if you grew up in Britain in the Seventies you would surely remember the children’s sci-fi tv show The Tomorrow People. I watched episode 1 last night and happened upon these pair of cockney thugs who were chasing the teenage telepaths on BSA bikes. Nostalgia.

July 3, 2021

1/125th f1.8

Vintage Togetherness

– 1970 black and white photograph, by Bill Rauhauser, of a young couple on a BSA taken at some rural gathering. ‘64 Pontiac Bonneville is to the right.

July 2, 2021

a la mode

Slice of Pie

– Parked in front of a swathe of matching day lilies at a suburban Bakers Square , this golden hued motorbike, with its crate carrier, is someones idea of perfect summer evening transport.

May 16, 2021

Hyper-Cop

Centerspread Mega Poster

– Progs 100-103 in 2000ad back in early 1979 saw a recreation of the classic cover on prog 61. The t-shirt I’m currently wearing has this image.

May 15, 2021

Shampoo

– Warren Beatty looking cool as a cat in the ‘75 movie about a charismatic and womanizing Beverly Hills hairdresser. The farcical story sees George Roundy tearing around Rodeo Drive & Sunset Boulevard on a purebred Tiger.

May 8, 2021

Bwahahahaha

Carry On … Monkeying

Sid James (1913-1976) – hairdresser from Johannesburg, though he also claimed a boxer, diamond cutter and dance tutor, became one of the most recognized comedy actors in the UK with the double-entendred Carry-On film. Starring in 19 of them his dirty laugh became synonymous with seaside postcard humour. To celebrate his birthday I found this image of on a Honda Monkey CT-70 on Brighton Pier.

April 27, 2021

Buggy

Dick Mann 1934-2021

One of the greats who passed away yesterday. Winning numerous races in his long career he was considered one of the greatest all-rounders. A two-time AMA Grand National Champion (1963 and ’71) Mann was the first person to win all five disciplines: road racing, short track, TT, quarter-mile and mile flat track. The photo is of him at a blistering pace aboard a BSA Rocket 3. Another photo below shows the triple line up at the Daytona 200 in ‘71 with Don Emde and Mike Hailwood to his far right and immediate right respectively. Mann to first place in that historic race.

April 23, 2021

Countryside thrash anyone?

Shooting Brake Beauty

– a one-off masterpiece in baby blue. This TR6 Triumph was given the estate conversion by some adept owner. Fun? Sure! Practical? Yep! head-turning? Absolutely!

April 11, 2021

Full of Beans

Orange Peel

– triple beast from the Venetian province. 90hp giving a near 150mph performance which is plenty of Vitamin C from the citrus rocket.

April 10, 2021

The Wall

How can you
have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”

We don’t need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

March 27, 2021

Red Hot Chilli Pepper

Flaming Triumph

A red frame does look smart on an early seventies Bonneville. The large oil filled frame gives weight to the accent color.

March 25, 2021

Port & Starboard

Racing Trident

– Blueberry speedwagon. Sharpened tool for knife edge track performance.

March 24, 2021

The Man at Le Mans

Harvey Mushman

– Mr Steve McQueen would have been 91 today. Always the King of Cool! he’s wearing his iconic blue dial Tag Heuer Monaco watch. The Norton Commando fits the Bill too!

March 16, 2021

Dr Katanga

Bike Cop

– 1973 film The Limit was written, directed and starred Yaphet Kotto, who died yesterday. Known as the bad guy in Live & Let Die and chief engineer on the Nostromo in Alien.

IMDB: In Los Angeles, black motorcycle police officer Mark Johnson patrols gang-infested neighborhoods with his white partner and best friend, Jeff McMillan. One afternoon, Mark has a run-in with a gang known as The Virgins, whose leader, Big Donnie, is taken aback by the policeman’s understanding, dignified demeanor despite the gang’s constant derision. When Mark advises Donnie not to continue to allow his heavily pregnant girl friend, Judy, to ride a motorbike, the gang leader agrees. Later, after Donnie actively seeks Mark out for advice, the Virgins’ second-in-command, Kenny, reacts with outrage.

March 14, 2021

Long armed

Chopper

– someone had a mind to give their early seventies oil-in-frame Bonnie a conversion. Reangled and strengthened headstock; extra foot on the fortis; ape hangers; fishtail pipes; and a sissy bar. it doesn’t look half bad… though I wouldn’t want to corner with it. Big desert roads out west.