Thursday, 23 April 2015

INSIDE JAY LENO'S GARAGE #1

We would like to see inside Jay Leno's garage. Hell, we'd like to LIVE in Jay Leno's garage! 


Monday, 13 April 2015

LARRY PIERCE - THE HIGHWAYMAN

It's exactly a year since the sudden death of Larry Pierce of Garage Company Customs. Showclass magazine put together this fitting tribute to him.





Monday, 6 April 2015

RECORD-BREAKING 1907 HARLEY








Another record breaker from the recent EJ Cole Collection auction in Las Vegas was this 1907 Harley-Davidson Model 2 ‘Strap Tank’. This was one of the bikes that we tipped would make a great deal of money and it didn’t let us down. The hammer came down at $650,000 ($715,000 – or £434,000 – after the buyers premium), making this the most expensive Harley ever sold at auction, and almost doubling the price of the previous record holder, Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1959 FLH Hydra Glide.

By 1907, Harley-Davidson had moved into its first factory on Chestnut Street, Milwaukee (subsequently renamed Juneau Avenue and still the MoCo’s world headquarters) and would, that year, produce 150 motorcycles. Incredibly, that figure would leap to 1149 machines in 1908. 

This particular bike was the 37th to roll off the production line and was sold to the splendidly named Albert Bongers of Butler County, Nebraska. Remarkably, the strap tank (so called because of the nickel plated steel straps hold the petrol tank onto the frame) would remain in the Bongers’ family for 85 years. After Albert’s son, Leo, died in 1992, the strap tank went to auction and was bought by EJ Cole for $140,000 which was, at that point, a record price for a motorcycle sold at auction. It’s considered to be the best unrestored strap tank in the world. 


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO #3









Avis and Effie Hotchkiss were a mother and daughter from Brooklyn, New York. In 1915, they set out on a journey from New York to San Francisco and back, some 9000 miles, on a Harley-Davidson sidecar combination. This was just 12 years after the first Harley was produced, but while much of the USA was still unpaved and entire areas of the country were still regarded as unexplored frontier (Arizona and New Mexico had only been ratified as part of the US just three years before). 
 

And why did they do it? Because they wanted to. Effie said; "We merely wanted to see America and considered that the Three-Speed Harley-Davidson for myself and sidecar for mother and the luggage best suited for the job." 

21-year-old Effie had originally bought the bike to travel across America on her own, but her mother wasn’t so keen on that idea and insisted that they attached a sidecar to the Harley so she could come along too! They rode through temperatures in excess of 120 degree Fahrenheit, faced mud, desert and rattlesnakes, they repaired a puncture with a rolled blanket and, just by making the trip one way, they became the first women to cross the United States on a motorcycle … and then they turned around and did it all over again.
Effie did, however, gain more than just that accolade. In San Francisco, she ran over a chap who stepped in front of her motorcycle. He was bowled over in more ways than one because he went onto marry her.