Tuesday, 30 June 2009
i remember when barse first got a copy of this book and showed it to me at his house, it was late summer, about three weeks after going to the kent custom bike show, we just sat at the back of his house drinking tea and poring over the details of the photo's of the bikes in it, these were pre 'iron horse' days, [that is another story in itself], we didn't own harleys then and we were both riding around on cutdown bmw boxer twins, but something was in the air, a change, only those who were there at the time will know this but this book mattered.
anti-pasti, derby's famous punk band, seem to remember they got their name off the menu of the italian restraunt opposite the old bell hotel in sadlergate? many great nights at their gigs, one in particular was at the old wilmorton college, police escort back into the town centre, 100 plus punks and skins, felt like we really could change the world......
Monday, 29 June 2009
painting your wheel rims red, white handlebar grips and matt black paint on your twin-cam is not old school no matter how much you try and convince yourself, this is old school, ironhead sporty in goosenecked frame, swingarm and strutted, moulded tank and rear mudguard, lovely digger stylee motorcycle, plus, check me out, dirty 501's, tucked in print shirt, leather cutoff, metal god blow dried hair and mexican porn star moustache, that's old school and it's proper.
here's one from the past, [courtesy of barse @ abk blog], nick, [on right] and timmy loveless pouring over nick's hardtail kawasaki, we had been down to phil pipers show down in leicestershire and we were on the way home when nicks recently finished chop developed one of those really annoying 'starts ok, run's for half-a-mile and cut's out bastard!' faults, by this time we didn't even take our helmets off but just crouched down and swore a lot. that's my bmw cafe racer in the background, tuned by jim cray, it flew, got a letter off some guy in france recently who had bought it.
went to the peaks ncc show yesterday, it was ok but nothing really fired me up, met up with nick, [he filled me in with a progress report on the guzzi project], went to the countrywide cafe with dave for tea and toasted teacakes and picked a bargain 'taschen' book up by h.r. giger, he's the bloke who is famous for his bio-mechanical art work, [he designed the 'alien' monsters and film sets]. dug out some vinyl and found the crass album, you know, it still sounds angry after all these years, i've always loved their logo, you used to see it on a thousand leather jackets at punk gigs, never had it on one of mine though i wish i had done.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
i had a katana, the 1000cc model, homolagation special with the mikuni slide carbs not the 1100 cv carb model, they bought it out for the old f1 rules, [capacity not exceeding 1000ccc], loved it, put a gsx 1100 top yoke on and ran it with straight bars, it was a bit of an animal!
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
wish i had the balls to take the belt covers off my ducati and run it open like this, perhaps get away with it on the track but on the road?, one little stone and it's goodnight vienna, like to see stuff spinning around, i'd like to put my fingers in there, oh, i just got a feeling of deja-vu there........................
after digging through my collection of model cars after the 'wild honey' post, i came across this little gem, the 'organ grinder' funny car from 1971, the driver has the old fashioned welders mitts, open face helmet and gas mask combo going on!
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
the wild honey dragster at santa-pod raceway late 60's/early '70s?, it was a straight-six xk jaguar engine run by the ison brothers, when i was a kid i had a corgi model of this car and loved it to bits, imagine my suprise one day when walking to my auntie alices house to pay her a visit i saw the real car on a driveway at sinfin!, the guy in the house saw me nosing around it and i suspect was just about to deliver me a right royal bollocking until i told him about owning the model, the guy let me have a good look at it and spent a while telling me about his racing exploits, don't know which of the ison brothers he was, [one passed away recently], but he was a real kool guy.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
this is christine noonan who starred in the 1968 lindsey anderson film 'if...', i can remember watching this film on late night tv when i was young and it had a real effect on me, a group of bullied pupils at an english grammar school turn against their tormentors and in a brilliant climax to the film attack them from the rooftops of the school with hand grenades and machine guns, school was never the same for me again.....
sportsters rule, you know they do, you just listen to other people too much who tell you they are an 'entry level bike' or, worse still 'a girls bike', well my 'girls bike' can blow the fucking wheels off your 'big twin' so do us all a favour, polish your concho's, a have a ride down the dealers and treat yourself to some bolt-on crap and leave the sportys for people who can ride a motorcycle.