Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:08:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 1965 Shelby GT350 Rhttp://silodrome.com/shelby-gt350-r/ http://silodrome.com/shelby-gt350-r/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:54 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38818 1965 Shelby GT350 R

The Shelby GT350 R is the slightly more blood-thirsty version of the already fast Shelby GT350, all of the cars started life as stock Mustangs before being sent off to Carroll Shelby’s workshop for some performance oriented modifications. The first order of business when building a GT350 was an axle replacement, the stock unit was...

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1965 Shelby GT350 R

The Shelby GT350 R is the slightly more blood-thirsty version of the already fast Shelby GT350, all of the cars started life as stock Mustangs before being sent off to Carroll Shelby’s workshop for some performance oriented modifications.

The first order of business when building a GT350 was an axle replacement, the stock unit was deemed unfit for serious performance use so it was replaced with a Ford Falcon axle, and modified leaf spring suspension. In the engine bay, a set of high-riser manifolds were added which helped to boost power from 271hp to 306hp.

To create the Shelby GT350 R, all considerations for driver comfort were discarded and a tractor beam focus was established on all-out speed. The Ford Falcon axle wasn’t quite up to the task so instead, Shelby added a heavy-duty Ford Galaxie unit with more track-focussed suspension front and back. Brakes were replaced with Kelsey-Hayes discs up front and a set of larger drums in the rear, a roll cage was fitted and the interior was stripped of anything not directly required for racing.

Just 36 1965 G350 Rs were built, 34 production units and 2 prototypes, and they’re now amongst the most collectible of the early Shelbys. Carroll designed them specifically to win races under SCCA rules and he did a remarkable job – the GT350 R was the B-Production champion for 3 consecutive years.

The car you see here has an extraordinary race history, it was campaigned by Pedro Rodriguez and Freddy van Buren – the latter of whom drove the car to the SCCA Southwest Division title in 1966. In ’67 it was raced at the 24 Hours of Daytona and at the 12 Hours of Sebring where it won in its class.

Its racing history carried on through till the early 1970s, its been restored by a marque specialist in the meantime and its now being offered for sale by RM Sotheby’s on the 2nd of May 2015 – click here for more information.

 

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Icon 1000 Jackknife Jerseyhttp://silodrome.com/icon-1000-jackknife-jersey/ http://silodrome.com/icon-1000-jackknife-jersey/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:25 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38846 Icon 1000 Jackknife Jersey

The new Icon 1000 Jackknife Jersey has been specifically developed for use in warmer climates, it’s made from a highly breathable fabric and can be worn as either an under or over layer – depending on the weather and your own personal gear requirements. Icon offers the Jackknife in sizes from S right through to...

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Icon 1000 Jackknife Jersey

The new Icon 1000 Jackknife Jersey has been specifically developed for use in warmer climates, it’s made from a highly breathable fabric and can be worn as either an under or over layer – depending on the weather and your own personal gear requirements.

Icon offers the Jackknife in sizes from S right through to XXXL, and at just $35 it makes an inexpensive and very useful addition to the riding gear for the spring/summer months.

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Two-Wheel Drive KTM 950 by REV’IT!http://silodrome.com/two-wheel-drive-motorcycle/ http://silodrome.com/two-wheel-drive-motorcycle/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:48 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38854 Two-Wheel Drive KTM 950 by REV’IT!

REV’IT! is a European motorcycle gear manufacturer that was founded in 1995, they produce everything from MotoGP level equipment on down to the stuff that people like you and I wear, and every now and then they commission themselves a motorcycle. Their most recent custom build was developed by Gregor Halenda, Chris Cosentino and Scott...

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Two-Wheel Drive KTM 950 by REV’IT!

REV’IT! is a European motorcycle gear manufacturer that was founded in 1995, they produce everything from MotoGP level equipment on down to the stuff that people like you and I wear, and every now and then they commission themselves a motorcycle.

Their most recent custom build was developed by Gregor Halenda, Chris Cosentino and Scott Kolb – they were tasked with building the ultimate adventure motorcycle, so the three men set about looking for a suitable donor bike for the project.

They quickly settled on a KTM 950 Super Enduro – already a highly capable motorcycle, and then began the design and fabrication process. The KTM was stripped to its constituent parts and anything that wasn’t going to be used in the new bike was tossed onto the maybe-later pile.

A Christini two-wheel drive kit was ordered with a custom frame and triple tree, the Christini system is a remarkable feat of engineering – it uses only .1 hp and powers the front wheel via a series of chains and a drive shaft.

The front hub is free-wheeling and receives drive at approximately 80% of the speed of the rear wheel, which means that it instantly provides traction when the rear wheel loses grip. Perhaps most interesting is that the whole system only weighs 14 lbs, making it ideally suited to use on enduro and adventure bikes where keeping weight low is a paramount concern.

Once the base chassis was ready the design team began work on the fuel tank, seat pan, seat, exhaust system and body work.  The game plan was to create the most capable adventure bike possible, so everything was fabricated by hand with function overruling form.

If you’d like to read the full series of articles on the construction of the bike you can click here to visit REV’IT! – it’s fascinating to see what genuinely talented people can do when given the right tools and a healthy dose of carte blanche.

Below, I’ve added a long gallery of images of the bike and the process of fabricating it, if you’d like to see the men who built it discussing the design and offering insight into their thought process you can click here to view the video.

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All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraitshttp://silodrome.com/all-tore-up-book/ http://silodrome.com/all-tore-up-book/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:00:58 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38765 All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits

All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits is the work of photographer George Brainard, he’s been the official photographer of the Day of the Drags and the Lonestar Round Up events in Texas since the early 2000s. After years of covering the cars first and people second he began to slowly realise that the people...

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All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits

All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits is the work of photographer George Brainard, he’s been the official photographer of the Day of the Drags and the Lonestar Round Up events in Texas since the early 2000s. After years of covering the cars first and people second he began to slowly realise that the people were a story unto themselves, so he set up a mobile studio and set about trying to capture the broad spectrum of people that make up the hot rod community.

The book’s foreword is written by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame, he’s been a diehard car guy since long before you or I were born and he’s a regular attendee of automotive events across the United States. We don’t often get a chance to look past the cars at the people behind them, so this book provides a unique insight via some genuinely fantastic photography.

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The Texas hot rod scene encompasses the exhaust, speed, rust, and chrome beloved not just by greasers and gearheads but also by families and pinup girls, bikers and rockabilly dolls, rockers and regular Joes. The Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up, one of America’s premier car shows, attracts hot rod and custom car fans from around the world, bringing them to Austin every spring. George Brainard began photographing the Round Up in 2003 on behalf of the show hosts, The Kontinentals Car Club. Finding himself interested as much in the crowd and the culture as in the cars, he began taking pictures of people at the show.

All Tore Up presents portraits of these people, who are as distinctive as the cars they love. As Brainard observes, “Hot rods and customized cars are works of art. You take an old car, cut it into pieces, and put it back together following your own vision. You bring something to life that previously existed only in your imagination.” The people who do this “are drawn to aesthetic expression, and they materialize it in their own selves, their clothes, and their bodies.” Allowing his subjects to pose themselves against a plain white background and write their own captions for their photographs, Brainard cuts through the visual spectacle of the car show and finds the essence of the people who are a part of it, capturing a fascinating pop subculture of American life.

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Triumph Scrambler Tracker by Tamarit Motorcycleshttp://silodrome.com/triumph-dirt-tracker/ http://silodrome.com/triumph-dirt-tracker/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:00:45 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38729 Triumph Scrambler Tracker by Tamarit Motorcycles

Triumph’s retro/modern line of parallel twin based motorcycles has been an overwhelming success story for the enduring British marque. The first bike in the series was the Bonneville which was originally released in 2000, this was followed by the Thruxton and Scrambler released in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Each of the models has become a...

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Triumph Scrambler Tracker by Tamarit Motorcycles

Triumph’s retro/modern line of parallel twin based motorcycles has been an overwhelming success story for the enduring British marque. The first bike in the series was the Bonneville which was originally released in 2000, this was followed by the Thruxton and Scrambler released in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

Each of the models has become a popular target of custom motorcycle builders, with cafe racers and scramblers being the most popular modifications. In recent years the scrambler and flat tracker customisations have taken off in popularity and companies like Tamarit Motorcycles have popped up, offering a catalogue of unique parts for the amateur enthusiast to tweak their rides.

The bike you see here is actually two slightly different bikes that Tamarit built to showcase their wares.

The first 7 images below show the dirt track version of the bike and the 7 beneath that show the scrambler version. Both versions are fitted with Hagon shocks, Rental handlebars, Continental TKC80 tires, a perforated side cover and chain guard, and a mini speedo.

The dirt tracker is additionally fitted with fork protectors, the Dorsal headlight/plate, the Assent seat, and the Great Escape Boludos exhaust. The scrambler is fitted with the Scrambler seat, Papillon exhaust, and Great Bastard mudguard (on the front).

Interestingly, the donor bike is a Bonneville rather than a Scrambler, but the core similarities between the two mean that the parts are almost all interchangeable. If you’d like to see more from Tamarit Motorcycles you can click here, and if you’d like to see the last Scrambler built by Tamarit you can click here.

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Moto Guzzi Airone Astorinohttp://silodrome.com/moto-guzzi-airone-astorino/ http://silodrome.com/moto-guzzi-airone-astorino/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:00:17 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38709 Moto Guzzi Airone Astorino

MotoGalleria is a British motorcycle store with a significant difference over other vintage motorcycle dealers – they focus on selling their bikes as display pieces to offices, homes and public spaces. All of their bikes are in running order and can be licensed and ridden, but the focus is more on the aesthetic appeal of...

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Moto Guzzi Airone Astorino

MotoGalleria is a British motorcycle store with a significant difference over other vintage motorcycle dealers – they focus on selling their bikes as display pieces to offices, homes and public spaces. All of their bikes are in running order and can be licensed and ridden, but the focus is more on the aesthetic appeal of the motorcycles.

The bike you see here is a 1950 Moto Guzzi Airone Astorino, it’s a 250cc single-cylinder 4-stroke with an external flywheel, inverted telescopic forks and hydraulic rear shocks – a relative rarity at the time. It’s presented in good but not perfect condition, MotoGalleria prides itself on only selling motorcycles with a certain patina as they feel that it adds to the visual appeal.

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The 2714cc North London Garage Record Breakerhttp://silodrome.com/north-london-garage-motorcycle/ http://silodrome.com/north-london-garage-motorcycle/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:30:30 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38696 The 2714cc North London Garage Record Breaker

The early days of the motorcycle were characterised by rapid and often extraordinary engineering, engines were made with eye-wateringly large swept volumes and then often mounted in frames that were little more than re-purposed bicycles. The motorcycle you see here is an exact re-creation of the 1909 North London Garage record breaker, the original no...

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The 2714cc North London Garage Record Breaker

The early days of the motorcycle were characterised by rapid and often extraordinary engineering, engines were made with eye-wateringly large swept volumes and then often mounted in frames that were little more than re-purposed bicycles.

The motorcycle you see here is an exact re-creation of the 1909 North London Garage record breaker, the original no longer exists so an enterprising Czech engineer named Pavel Malanik set about collecting images of it before embarking on a mission to build a new one from scratch.

There aren’t many people in the world who possess the skills and tooling necessary to machine a motorcycle engine from a block of raw metal.

And there are even fewer that can do it after looking at some 100+ year old images and making a few sketches. Pavel is one such person.

His first order of business was machining the crankcase from a block of aluminium, he decided to begin with the engine as it’s by far the most difficult part – especially when it has a capacity of 2714cc and needs to be capable of running at speeds in excess of 90mph.

Once the crank case was complete, Pavel set about creating the cylinders, pistons, connecting rods, crank shaft, push rods and all the other thousands of small parts needed to create a functioning copy of the monstrous JA Prestwich Industries (JAP) V-twin.

The process of building and testing the bike has taken just over 2 years, it’s now completed and undergoing shakedown testing before its first official appearance at the Vintage Revival Montlhéry 2015 on May the 9th in France.

The last order of business is to create an external electric starter for the bike as it’s physically impossible to kickstart anything with a capacity measured in the litres. The North London Garage original was started by rolling it down a long hill at Brooklands, but Pavel needed a slightly less challenging method of starting the engine to complete the testing regimen.

The full story behind the process of building this extraordinary motorcycle has been covered in great detail by The Old Motor, there are 10 individual articles including many images and a detailed breakdown of the progress being made over time. I recommend heading over and taking a look, it’s a deeply impressive project and I’d like Pavel to receive as much encouragement as possible – so he keeps building bikes like this in his spare time.

Click to see Part 1, or click here to see all the posts about this bike in a list.

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Triumph Waxed Cotton Jackethttp://silodrome.com/triumph-waxed-cotton-jacket/ http://silodrome.com/triumph-waxed-cotton-jacket/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:00:16 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38689 Triumph Waxed Cotton Jacket

The new Triumph Waxed Cotton Jacket is made in England to a design ethos that’s been in use since the 1800s, it’s lined with 100% cotton twill and has an outer shell made from British Millerain waxed cotton. The front closure has a brass zipper on the inside and brass studs on the outside flap,...

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Triumph Waxed Cotton Jacket

The new Triumph Waxed Cotton Jacket is made in England to a design ethos that’s been in use since the 1800s, it’s lined with 100% cotton twill and has an outer shell made from British Millerain waxed cotton.

The front closure has a brass zipper on the inside and brass studs on the outside flap, to prevent water from seeping in. The waist is belted and the lining features a large Union Jack, making it perfect for Brits and those who ride British motorcycles.

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Weekhttp://silodrome.com/top-5-vintage-motorcycles-on-ebay-this-week-10/ http://silodrome.com/top-5-vintage-motorcycles-on-ebay-this-week-10/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:15:49 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38680 Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

This week we've complied a list of our favourite vintage bikes on eBay that all happen to be from Europe - and all of them have a decidedly racing bent. Well, if you include hammering across German lines during WWII as "racing".

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

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This week we’ve complied a list of our favourite vintage bikes on eBay that all happen to be from Europe – and all of them have a decidedly racing bent. Well, if you include hammering across German lines during WWII as “racing”.

First up is a beautifully restored Ducati 750 GT from 1973, this is one of the L-twin Bevel Heads that collectors value so highly and by the sounds of it – it’s almost as good as new.

Second on the list this week is a bike with a significant pedigree – it’s Steve McQueen’s first Husqvarna and the bike that was featured in films and magazine covers across the world. The seller is asking a pretty penny for it but as an investment, it could be a very smart buy.

Next up is a very unusual BSA – it has two engines mounted fore and aft. This was common with drag racing motorcycles in the era but this one is special because it’s road legal – making it quite the head turner.

The fourth bike this week is a Royal Enfield, it’s an original WWII era 350 that saw active duty in Europe from 1941 through till the end of the war in 1945. It’s now being offered for sale out of the USA with a pair of period-correct panniers.

Last but not least this week we have a Vincent Rapide, these are amongst the most highly-prized vintage British motorcycles in the world at the moment. They’re famous for their land-speed records and racing endeavours, but they’re quickly gaining in value now which is placing them far out of reach of the average motorcyclist.

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Leather Shop Apron by Niyonahttp://silodrome.com/leather-shop-apron/ http://silodrome.com/leather-shop-apron/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:00:07 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38674 Leather Shop Apron by Niyona

Thick leather was once the de facto uniform of the working man (and woman), everyone from blacksmiths to butchers would wear them from dawn to dusk and they were prized for their blade and flame retardant qualities. The apron you see here is made by hand in Belgium by Niyona from a single sheet of...

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Leather Shop Apron by Niyona

Thick leather was once the de facto uniform of the working man (and woman), everyone from blacksmiths to butchers would wear them from dawn to dusk and they were prized for their blade and flame retardant qualities.

The apron you see here is made by hand in Belgium by Niyona from a single sheet of high grade cowhide. The fixings are all brass to ward off corrosion and each is made to order, with special requests and modifications possible.

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