Archive for ‘Racing’

March 29, 2021

Fast Bloke

Geoff Duke (1923-2015)

– Top rated TT racer from the Merseyside region, Geoff had multiple wins road racing in the mid C20th. Here’s a photo at the ‘52 Assen GP where he took victory on this 350 Norton featherbed machine. Geoff would have been 98 today.

March 25, 2021

Port & Starboard

Racing Trident

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

January 31, 2021

Snow Day

Frozen Lake Runnings

– heavily insulated Russian biker is aptly garbed to rip across an iced-up lake . Spike clad tires will maintain traction to put down the tremendous torque offered by the big 2400cc Triumph Rocket engine.

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 1, 2021

Another orbit another lap

Board Tracker

Even a Century ago they were whirling breakneck around a circuit in a death defying manner. Just like 2020 huh? We’ll let’s keep the attitude rubber side down for Twenty One!

December 3, 2020

Tabby

RC 51

Honda’s racing vee twin was team Red’s attempt to show Ducati how to beat ‘em at their own game in the Superbike World Championship. Of course a cat on board adds further coolness to the proceedings.

November 7, 2020

Forty years ago today…

McQueen

TRIBUTE TO STEVE MCQUEEN

March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980

October 20, 2020

Essex

“Call me Ishmael”

On this day 200 years ago the whaling ship Essex was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the middle of the South Pacific. This maritime story gave Herman Melville the idea for his classic novel Moby Dick. This 1928 Brought Superior SS100, also named Moby Dick recently sold for over £500,000. The name was given after Motor Cycling magazine tested it in 1931 and declared it “the fastest privately-owned machine in the world”.

October 18, 2020

Only 50p

‘78 Comic Ads

– I was spoaching through some boxes in our basement when I happened upon my collection of early 2000ad comic. In orbit every Monday. A couple of back to back advertising pages caught my eye. One for a kids sport comic called Tiger, mostly about football, but it had a snippet about Barry Sheene who was at the time at the top of his popularity. The other page was for the statistical card game Aces (like the other Top Trumps game) also promoting the prowess of the GP rider.

September 30, 2020

Desert Air

Wednesday Wotan

– midweek needs some momentum to launch us towards the oncoming weekend. Nice classic looking desert sled with wonderful levitating powers.

September 15, 2020

Bud Ekins

“We all wanted to be Steve. Steve wanted to be Bud”
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.

September 12, 2020

Baz

“Don’t wait for your ship to come in;

swim out and meet the bloody thing!” Barry Sheene (1950-2003) He would have been 70 yesterday.

July 13, 2020

World of Wheels

Comic Book Adventures

Sixties pulp motorcycle magazine covers. If it’s two wheeled, goes breakneck fast, is dangerous shenanigans then it’ll be in these publications.

April 20, 2020

Walking a Mile

For those who are giving a mile.

Captain Tom Moore, who will turn 100 next week recently took it upon himself to walk 100 laps of his small garden. 25 yards per lap. His goal was to raise £1,000. As of today his donations have raised £27 million. His wish was for the funds to go to NHS workers who are putting their all into the care and attention for the Covid 19 I’ll. He was a Captain during WW2 in an armored division in Burma. After the war he actively pursued motorcycle racing aboard a Scott Flying Squirrel with trophied success.

A True British Hero!