Archive for ‘70’s’

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.

March 13, 2021

Motorsport Commentator

Murray Walker OBE (1923-2021) RIP

– Grand Prix racing was an adventurous spectacle when I was younger, no small part due to the excitement imbued by the high pitched commentary of Murray Walker. His father was a noted TT motorcycle road racer, which Murray took up briefly, before going into TV work and advertising. His races that were a shared experience with the couth color of James Hunt are legendary.

March 10, 2021

I had wallpaper with rally cars

Spitfire

– the small roadster based on the Herald was in production for 18 years from ‘62 ‘til ‘80 becoming a popular runaround. Early iterations saw success in alpine rally’s. Another one from the creative mind of Giovanni.

March 8, 2021

Ragtop

The Stag

– another classic from Giovanni Michelotti’s drawing board. The 3l V8 Stag built between 1970 & 1978. This particular blue body color is impressed on my childhood memory.

February 19, 2021

Khakis

Sky Pilot of the First Unreformed Church of the Lunatic Fringe

– aka Deadlock. Mystical member of the ABC Warriors; is the Grand Wizard of the Knights Martial, an order of robot mystics of unknown origin who are worshippers of the god Khaos, the embodiment of chaos.

February 18, 2021

Sharpie Sketch

Orange is the New Black

– as part of my sketch a day I rattled off a quick pen drawing of the Bonnie’s engine.

February 15, 2021

Luxton Laughs

Busmans Holiday

– Classic 70’s sitcom On The Buses sees one time ‘clippie’ Olive Rudge and her aloof husband George take a fully loaded combination to some seaside destination. George was the center of much derision from main ne’er do well characters, Stan and Jack, due to the decrepit appearance on the BSA.

BSA W35-8 Bluestar (1935)

February 8, 2021

I can take or leave it if I please.

Four Oh Seven Seventh

– an unusual toy from the seventies popped up on the intraweb today. A repurposed 70’s Japanese model with olive drab loosely uniformed Hawkeye Piece figure is a fun toy from M*A*S*H. The lunatic existence of an army surgical unit in the Korean War.

January 25, 2021

Golden Jubilee

Fifty Years

– 1971 was the release year of the updated Triumph Twins: the Tiger (pictured above) and the venerable Bonneville. It’s also the year I was born on this day; January 25th.

January 16, 2021

Din Djarin

Bounty Hunter

– I started watching the Disney Star Wars series The Mandalorian this week. All I can say is: it’s what we’ve been waiting for since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Except for Rogue One it’s pure SW. speeder bikes ‘n’ all!

January 9, 2021

Get your motor running…

More Motorsickle Music

– Continuing the weeks theme unearths this classic.

January 8, 2021

Disco Inferno

Dancin’ Dames

– another fabulous LP sleeve with a whole bunch of period hits from the greats of seventies rock. The starburst and blur effect is pure glitz dressed in bell bottoms and a shaggy sheepskin line vest. Top of the Pops? Let’s Rock!