Archive for ‘80’s’

June 4, 2021

Pencil Doodle

Early pencil drawing of the Mark I Lawmaster by the esteemed Mick McMahon

May 12, 2021

Page 3

The Sun

– once upon a time the third page of the biggest selling tabloid in the UK was a daily topless exposure. Samantha Fox was one of the most prominent in the eighties. Until she started a singing career…

May 5, 2021

May the Forth

Speeder Bike – Moon of Endor

– the first time I saw this chase scene in the movie theater back in ‘83 I was blown away. You were flung through the forest at breakneck speed as if you were aboard with Luke & Leia.

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.

January 21, 2021

“You built a time machine…

… out of a DeLorean?”

– Launched 40 years ago today the brushed stainless steel paneled car with the full-wing doors was an eye-catcher from day one. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro it earned worldwide fame in Back to the Future as Doc Browns 1.21 gigawatt powered time machine.

January 18, 2021

Building Arch Span Earth

BASE

– Forty years ago today saw the first pair of skydivers make the first completion of the necessary jumps to achieve B.A.S.E. When they leapt from a Houston skyscraper. Today one or two courageous daredevil’s have added “moto ground launch” to their repertoire.

January 11, 2021

Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque

The King of Rock & Roll

– one of the most memorable song in late 80’s British music was the “hot-dog” song by Prefab Sprout. Written by Durham bred Paddy McAloon it tells the poignant tale of a washed up crooner living off a one hit wonder from decades past. Photo on blog is from photoshoot of their ‘85 LP titled Steve McQueen; the album was titled “Two Wheels Good” for the US market.

December 18, 2020

Project

Ninja in need of a Home

– it looks sad and forlorn in a garage stall. $450 all there; but we know the cost in getting ‘er back on the road. Given the means…

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 22, 2020

Arranging Objects

Order


Knoll (nōl) vb. Knolling is simply the process of arranging objects so they are parallel or at 90-degree angles. It helps keep everything organised and when photographed creates clean, noticeable images. The term was coined in 1987 by a janitor name Andrew Kromelow who was working at Frank Gehry’s furniture making shop. The story goes that Kromelow would neatly arrange the jumble of the day’s tools at right angles on the benches as he cleaned up.

He dubbed the practice knolling because it reminded him of the right angles in Florence Knoll’s angular furniture (Gehry was designing for Knoll at the time).

September 19, 2020

After Akira

Manga Anime Inspiration

Quick sketch of a Tiger and it’s rider in Shōtarō Kaneda style from the cult Japanese Akira film.

September 14, 2020

Atari

Video Games

– 8 Bit graphics in bright colors. Shifting perspective and panning horizon. High scores and top speeds. Blocky pixelations but excitement was guaranteed.

August 18, 2020

The Daily Star

Newspaper Strip

Back in the eighties there was a comic strip drawn by the extremely talented Ron Smith of the judicial escapades of Judge Dredd; lawman of Nega City One from 2000AD, now heading into its fifth decade of publication. The strip appeared weekly in the Daily Star newspaper allowing the commoner to delve into the classic character and his world. Ron’s ink work is pure perfection and his representation of Joe renowned. This quick story published in late October 1981 is about the capabilities of a Judge’s motorcycle.

August 15, 2020

Atomic Bacterial Chemical

A.B.C.

A classic of early eighties British comic book stories was the droids of Ro-Busters and ABC Warriors. One of the horde was Deadlock 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. This cover art of a collection of strips is an awesome graphic piece depicting one of the Martian War storylines. A chopper tearing along Valles Marineris looks the part.

July 7, 2020

CeeBee Seven Fifty

Seventies Superbike

– this clean example of Honda’s long serving early powerhouse was parked outside my office yesterday. 1980 CB750K DOHC – it’s an immaculate restoration looking cleaner than a fresh off the floor model.