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.
This is the greatest picture of Earhart I’ve ever seen, it’s a snapshot of what was and what almost came to pass.
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.
So an old friend of mine had a Mrs who treated him like her personal mechanic, this was more work than you might expect as she was the kind of lady who only changed up a gear when the engine was revving so high it was on the verge of creating a tear in space/time, she also liked to smush the brake pedal at the last possible moment, often creating so many forward-Gs that items in the back seat would end up embedded in the glove compartment.
So 2 things. 1, I want to work here and 2, after staring at this photograph for a few minutes I’ve decided that I think it’s a shot of the Shelby factory in the mid-1960s.
I stumbled across this picture months ago and haven’t been able to dig any more information up on it, it appears to be the most steampunktastic inverted monorail I’ve ever seen.
One of the only regrets of my life so far is that I haven’t spent enough time going sideways in the dirt on a motorcycle. This is something I am working towards rectifying.
I don’t know about you but I used to worship motorcycles when I was a kid. I guess not much has changed really.
I came across this great photograph whilst researching the recent piece on the Norton CS1, I couldn’t use it then but have since decided it deserves it’s own feature.
In 1929 some of the first attempts at refuelling planes in flight were being undertaken. This famous photograph of Operation Question Mark shows a 10,000lb Fokker C-2A being refueled in flight by a modified Douglas C-1 transport aircraft.
I shudder to think what happened to this bike and rider on landing. I like to think that he landed it like a boss and came around for a second run, but I doubt it.
I’ve heard rumours of balloon tires being used on WWII motorcycles in North Africa…