Archive for ‘Vintage’

October 15, 2020

Equine Drawn or Tigris Ridden

Wagons Roll

– two horse versus 94 ponies. Nice old farm box wagon at a driveway in Northern Illinois. To think that people used to travel around the country on dirt roads with transportation such as this. Me? I’d rather have be on my Tiger over those rural lanes.

August 1, 2020

Coach House

Alleyway Architecture

Near my garage where the bikes are kept is this old garage and loft. The old doors, siding and shingle are great time worn vintage features that are only seen along this Evanstonian alley.

May 9, 2020

Owld Gals

Vintage voyagers

We dusted off, gassed up, and rolled out the old Bonnie’s for a nice Saturday afternoon ride up north. Leaves are emerging as spring temperatures rise and the sun shines.

November 11, 2019

This position will be held

Lest we Forget | Anzac mechanics making field repairs in a muddy corner of the First World War. Ypres November 11th 1917

November 6, 2019

Mid Week

Hump Day | 1906 Indian  HP Camelback motorcycle.

August 24, 2019

Five for Fighting

Pentagon | an errand in the City allowed me to drop my new panniers off to Johnny Scheff’s Motoworks to have their looks keyed to my ignition key. The new Triumphs looked splendid in the August sunshine. The current line-up are all cracking looking bikes.

July 1, 2019

Red Amber Green

Antique on Four Wheels | A select offering from yesterday’s car show under the June sky. Beautiful and well cared for there was something for everyone be it German Italian or British. A red XKE was sublime; the early model orange Porsche 911 pure deutsche ingenieurwissenschaften; mint green VW Beetle German efficiency; MK 2 Jags in detail; and a sturdy canvas roofed SWB Landy. So much more was enjoyed.

June 30, 2019

Northshore Definitive

Coffee & Classics® | A pleasant morning with ideal weather saw a good attendance at the Fuelfed European car gathering. As well as the usual gathering of 911’s,Dino’s, XK-E’s, and other continental esoterica a collection of vintage motorcycles were clustered on the corner of Elm & Lincoln in Winnetka. It was nice strolling and gazing at the unatainable whilst sipping on my cup o’ joe.

June 10, 2019

I’ll navigate if you drive petal…

Beret | With her serious demeanor looking directly at the camera and his assuredness wearing the cloth cap beret squarely on his head, this couple look as if they’re itching for adventure on the open road.

May 7, 2019

Aureola

Bumblebee | My parents are enjoying a cruise around the Baltic this week. Their first port of call is the wonderful wonderful Danish city of Copenhagen. They sent this photo of the distinctive Nimbus motorcycle on display at a museum. The nimble and reliable in-line four 750cc engined workhorse became a staple mode of transportation for the Viking population. The Type C was introduced in 1934, when this model is from, and continued in very much this form until 1959. Its nickname was Humblebien (Bumblebee) due to a buzzing exhaust note.

March 19, 2019

Cuppa

Royal Flying Corps | A despatch rider in the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) enjoying a tea break while seated on her Phelon & Moore 500cc single cylinder motorcycle circa 1918. On 1 April of that year the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service were amalgamated to become a new service: The Royal Air Force (RAF). Image from the archives of the Imperial War Museum

January 7, 2019

Whittled

Woodworking Wonder – Russian Carpenter Yuri Hvtisishvili has created a marvelous full size replica of a Soviet era IZH 49 out of pine & beech. With superlative expertise in sawing, planing, routing, augering, chiseling and sanding; it’s a wonderful expression in wood.

December 15, 2018

Velocette Vixen

A Ray of Sunshine – today is the birthday of one half of preeminent mid century designers, the Eameses. Ray Eames was born in 1912 and along with her designer husband Charles created some of the most iconic objects in the fifties. Their hard work ethic relied on playful creativity to push the boundaries of design.

December 3, 2018

Machine

Three and a Half – further to yesterday’s posting with the LE to JO’G race here is some illustration, literature imagery and motorcycle photography of the Triumph used in the run. It’s now considered an antique at over a Century old but some collectors still ride them with passion.

December 2, 2018

Tip to Toe

Lands End to John O’Groats – a early record was made in 1911 aboard a 3 1/2 hp Triumph. The endurance venture took 29 hours with an average speed of 30mph. Quite a feat when speed limits were 20mph and roads not too smooth.