February 10, 2021

AA

Snowy Streets

– imagine being on call as a recovery service in a snowstorm. Your bright yellow combination is your transportation. Heavy winter clothes and a barn door fairing to protect you from the elements. The Automobile Association had to get out through rain, snow or shine. My grandfather George must surely have experienced these conditions as an AA Man.

February 9, 2021

Definition

pa·ti·na. pəˈtēnə. noun

– This Vincent motorcycle

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.

February 7, 2021

Sno-Cat

Tracked Mini Cooper

– an inventive sort has superbly winterized their Issigonis marvel. Bright orange in the whiteness of fresh snow. I need tracks like this for our Mini to navigate the alley.

February 6, 2021

Motorcycle Skiing

Winter Sports

– Another way to get out on the bike during the colder season. These Bavarians sure do know how to ensure year round fun.

February 5, 2021

Of Mountains & Glaciers

Snow & Ice

– some Triumph Bonneville owner taking his steed over a wintry mountain pass. We’re heading into minus degrees Fahrenheit windchills for the next few days so a balmy alpine col wouldn’t be too bad…

February 4, 2021

“It’s all been rather lovely”

Sergeant Wilson

– with a soft sonorous voice, actor John Le Mesurier played all rolls in a carefree effortless manner. His most noted part was that of Sgt. Arthur Wilson in the 70’s BBC comedy Dad’s Army. The ideal foil against Arthur Lowe’s pompous and blustering Captain Mainwaring.

Here’s a photo of him as a vicar on a BSA in the ‘78 drama “Flint”.

February 2, 2021

Captain Sir Thomas Moore

British Hero

– popularly known as Captain Tom, was a British Army officer and centenarian, known for his achievements raising $45 million for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic by walking 100 laps around his garden. He passed away today from COVID-19, complicated by pneumonia. He had surely made it clear that you’re never to old to make a difference.

February 1, 2021

Frozen Lands

Ski-Doo

– found on the InterWeb here is a forlorn machine hiding in the dusty background of a barn. It looks like something used to effect in a James Bond film during a ski chase scene. The bullet nose is inspired!

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 30, 2021

Kool Kat

Purring Along

– the tabby whiskered rider.

January 29, 2021

World Traveler

Moto Mogli

– I’ve started following the Instagram page of a young German RTW biker Martin Klauka who, four years ago, was joined by a tuxedo colored cat he named Mogli. He celebrates her birthday on January 29th (today) and has so far travelled from Europe through the Middle East to India.

January 28, 2021

Steam Driven Industry

Steampunk Kitty

– interesting illustration of a motorcycle riding cat in the Victorian retro-technology style.

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 26, 2021

Workshop Help

Oily Whiskers

– our feline friends make the perfect companion when busily concentrating on a project. Their attention is subtle and they can be quick to lend a paw when the flash of a wire or glisten of a small bolt piques their interest.