Wednesday, 25 February 2015

THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO #2



This is a photograph which has made its way around the interweb without any explanation. Yes, there have been plenty of explanations volunteered, but most of them were unprintable!

However, the story behind the picture is that it is indeed a real photo and not staged. In 1952, members of the Forty & Eight Club decided for reasons now lost in the mists of time to mount a hobby horse onto the back of a Harley ServiCar and enter it in a parade in Oregon.

The Forty & Eight Club was formed in 1920 and is an organisation of veterans of the United States armed forces. Its official name is ‘La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux’  French for ‘The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses’, a name taken from the box cars used to transport troops to the front in France and which had 40/8 stencilled on the side, meaning they could carry either 40 men or 8 horses.

In 1929, the Forty & Eight Club was described as ‘the fun-making organisation of the American Legion’. We suspect they may have made a little too much fun for the Legion, because, seven years after this photograph was taken, the Forty & Eight became an independent body and now no longer requires American Legion membership to join. 


Saturday, 21 February 2015

WRECKED METALS

An oldie, but a goodie. Wrecked Metals is a hot rod and chopper shop in Boise, Idaho, where he builds fabulous cars and bikes and is a breath of fresh air in a world that can be a little too cool for its own good.



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

WELD PORN

There's welding, and there's welding. WELD PORN is one of our favourite links and it showcases really good welding. We mean, really good...











Tuesday, 17 February 2015

BORN FREE - A LOOK BACK AT 2014

Born Free in California has grown in six years from a street party to a show talked about in awed tones across the world. This is the event condensed into five minutes by Meditation 4 Madmen.


Monday, 16 February 2015

TOM FRITZ

Thank you to our friends at Raydar magazine for reminding us what a fine artist Tom Fritz is.

Born and raised in San Fernando, California, Tom Fritz’s work is inspired by his childhood memories of the 1960s and ’70 car culture of that area.


After working as an illustrator and designer for 20 years, Tom now works out of his own studio in Ventura County. He has won countless awards for his work, and, in 2001, he was commissioned by Harley-Davidson to paint an image commemorating its 100th Anniversary. Since then, he’s been licensed by the Motor Company to pursue his continuing investigation into its colourful and multi-faceted history. In early 2014, he produced the official movie poster for the movie "On Any Sunday—The Next Chapter", and later that year his artwork appeared as the cover of Hot Rod magazine, carrying the distinction as being one of the very few times artwork has appeared on the cover in the publication's 66-year history. He has also designed a set of stamps for the US Postal Service depicting ‘Muscle Cars Forever’. You can see more of his work at Tom Fritz.










THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO #1



PFC James Bashleben of Company B, 192nd Tank Battalion in full World War II motorcycle messenger mode in 1941.

Jim Bashleben was born in Chicago in 1917. On 25th November 1940, he joined the Illinois National Guard’s 33rd Tank Company with his two high school friends, Andrew Hepburn and Willard von Bergen.

Deployed to the Philippines, he was part of the mass surrender to the Japanese at Bataan in 1942. He survived the Bataan Death March, outbreaks of dysentery that killed his friends and colleagues and three and a half years in slave labour camps. His friends, Andrew Hepburn and Willard von Bergen, both died as Prisoners of War in Japanese camps.

On 14th August 1945 Jim was liberated and finally returned to the United States on the USS Dickman; he went back to work at the Northern Illinois Public Service Company for the next 43 years. He married Joyce and they had two sons before retiring to Florida for the winters. He died in 2009 at the age of 91. 




Saturday, 14 February 2015

I LOOKED AND, BEHOLD, A DARK HORSE




Last night Indian Motorcycle unveiled the latest in its Chief range and its first 2016 model, the Dark Horse.

Based on the Indian Chief platform, the Dark Horse looks more aggressive thanks to its blacked-out finish and a swap to cast wheels, getting rid of virtually all the chrome. Powered by the highly rated Thunder Stroke® 111 engine and wrapped in the same chassis and suspension of the Indian Chief Classic, the Dark Horse also maintains ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition and electronic cruise control. As the lightest in the series, it’s also the quickest Chief model.

Accessories will be launched in the spring, so riders can add even more matte black stuff, including
ape hangers, accessory air cleaners, fender struts, slip-on exhaust with black heat shields and exhaust tips, and black mudguard trim. It’s built to be a solo, but a pillion seat and pegs (or foot boards) will also be available. We expect to see the Indian Dark Horse in the UK towards the end of the year.