Hank Scott was a huge part of the flat track racing scene right throughout the 1970’s, he started racing in 1973 and within one season had racked up 27 wins, the Harley-Davidson Team noticed him and signed him on for the next year.
This is another one of those mystery photographs where I ask you, our learned readers, to let us know what motorcycle model that this and if any of you have any backstory on the picture in question.
I don’t know if you had any plans this fine Sunday but with heat records being broken willy nilly right around the globe, I though it might be nice to spend the day indoors near the fridge with 7 hours and 21 minutes of 2012 Dakar footage.
I love this photograph. It wasn’t perfectly executed, the Land Rover is a little out of focus and you can see the shadow of the photographer in the dune but none of this really matters. To me this is a picture that was clearly taken by a man out on his own with his 4×4 having an adventure. It’s the sort of thing we should all do a little more often.
The current generation Land Rover Defender is the direct result of 64 years of automotive evolution, the first, humble Series 1 rolled off the production line in 1948 and in much the same way that you can tell a Porsche 911 is a Porsche 911, you can tell immediately that the Land Rover is a Land Rover.
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.