another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Saturday, 25 February 2012

not a loveless 'skeleton in the cupboard' post i'm afraid, this is one from my cd collection, me, barse, jake, chris w and chris staton saw them on the 'grey britain' tour, the old bell hotel in saddlergate, derby, post match, on the piss from dinnertime, recipe for disaster i suppose, we got beat, [again],   pure, angry, punk rock, shame then that their label thought that it was a good move to censor the 'olde english' word 'fuck' in the video, what the fuck?, why would you want to do that then? stick's and stones............'misery? fucking loves me and i love her too......................'

 ron haslam's formula one honda racer, from a time long, long ago, i can remember going to the tt and seeing ron, alex george and 'yer maun' joey dunlop wrestling these huge beast's, massive horsepower, skinny tyres and mechanical anti-dive, bloody hell, we've come a long way, today everything is electronically controlled, abs brakes, traction control, computer's reading and adjusting everything from throttle opening's to suspension setting's, not taking anything away from the modern day racer's, but, you have to wonder, are they just along for the ride? respect due to the old-school

 one of the more interesting characters i met at the race retro show was a bloke who made tiny models of famous racer's, the majority were grand prix racing cars, but, what caught my eye were the two bike racing models, over a hundred parts in each model, mike hailwood on the work's honda four racer and chris vincent and his passenger on the racing sidecar outfit, my photo's don't really do the models justice, i had to use the macro setting to take them, but what's really impressive is that they are both one inch long, check that measurement out on a ruler, what i couldn't get my head around was the that the guy had studied the genuine hailwood racer at the show and noted that he hadn't put the silver pin stripe on the fuel tank and that the racer's top yoke was black not natural aluminium like on the real bike, he told me he couldn't wait to get home and add the detail, fuck me, i thought i was a bit obsessive until i met him.......
this is a strange one for sure, the associates classic 'party fears two' a track you either loved or hated, guess which camp i'm in, post-punk greatness from the scottish band indeed, the lead singer billy mackenzie's amazing voice coupled with the odd fairground / icecream van hook of the music, billy sadly committed suicide in 1997, a result of his fight with depression, don't let that detract from the brilliance of the track though, [click last photo to hear the track]


 friday, and it's me and dangerous off to stoneleigh for our annual day out at race retro, not really a bike show, more classic racing, rally and sportscars but with a few bikes tagged on, it's a good day out, but, as last post, our last visit i reckon, it's twenty-five quid to get in for a start, cup of tea? [maxpax, not a proper brew, £1.80 a pop], you have to park a long way from the show on a muddy field and try and find your way to whichever of the various buildings that constitutes the show, scant signage to point you in the right direction and the agriculture centre where the show is held is a big site, no brochure or show guide to inform you what's going on, times or stand information, very poor for the hard-earned that you have to shell out, anyway, moan over, once inside the amount of racing machinery is amazing, the engineering stands displaying parts of the highest quality and the prices to match are genuinely eye watering, all that said, there's a good little autojumble tucked away in one of the big, draughty sheds at the rear of the show and we picked up yet another big bag of stainless fasteners and some stainless and aluminium stock for the projects, the bike theme this year was the honda racers, everything from john mcguiness's tt winning fireblade to a genuine mike hailwood four cylinder machine and a stunning george beale honda six replica, [with a stunning three hundred thousand pound pricetag] a good day out, but, if your thinking of paying a visit, take your boots, a compass and lot's and lot's of green folding..........