This footage is from the early ’80s and despite the fact that there’s no sound, the images tell a tale of dust, dirt, gasoline and sunburn. In other words, a perfect weekend.
The classic Jeep Wagoneer is one of those unmistakably American cars, this example is fitted with a V8 and an automatic transmission, sadly the air-conditioning needs a little work…
This classic promotional film from Chevrolet shows the 1957 Pikes Peak climb, using normal, factory spec Chevrolet 4x4s. This isn’t the usual race up the dusty trail…
The Triumph Scrambler is a modern motorcycle that, with a few clever tweaks, could be genuinely great. Nicola Martini obviously agrees with this sentiment although unlike me, he has the skills and resources to actually do something about it.
The Indian Chout is a rather interesting beast, in some respects it represents the American version of the Triton. In off-road racing circles during the 1930’s it became popular to drop a 1490cc Indian Chief motor into an Indian Scout frame, creating a Frankenstein bike with a relatively high power-to-weight ratio for the era.
The first thing many of you are probably thinking is “he spelt ‘Friday’ wrong”, it’s what I thought too when I came across this fantastic Scrambler custom over on 8negro last week.
Discovered via WideOpenMoto this Kawasaki KZ400 has had the off-road treatment applied front to back, the chunky off road tires, stripped back frame and nicely tidied up rear end give the bike an appealing, post-apolocalypic feel with the distressed tank and engine rounding out the theme quite nicely.
I love a good documentary, especially when it’s about motorcycles and it was made by friends. This fantastic 20 minute film follows the story of Paul Rodden and Larry Murray, two slightly older off-road motorcyclists who regularly go out on the trails with much younger men, and literally leave them in the dust.
Pikes Peak represents the ragged edge of motorsport, guys slide their cars around gravel corners at 100+mph with nothing but a cliff on one side and a wall on the other.
It seems a shame that this clip is only 0:48 seconds long, seeing people skiing down a mountain being pulled by a Porsche 550 Spyder, Porsche 356, assorted Triumphs and other motorcycles is genuinely incredible.
It amazes me that some people are this cool without even trying. After spending some time looking over the photograph above I’ve hypothesised that that’s a 1940’s or 1950’s JAP based flat tracker, I’ve also decided that I want one.
The scientists of the world have failed us when it comes to inventing the hoverboards we were convinced would exist by 2012, this is about as close as any of us is likely to get to being Marty McFly. But maybe that’s a good thing.