July 17, 2018

Put t’ kettle on!

You only get an Ooh! Derby in the sixties; Foden PVD6 double decker, Austin Morris 1100, and a Triumph 3TA Twenty One give period traffic to this Midland town. Billboards with Carreras Buckingham cigarettes, possibly a Horlicks poster, and some dextrose item ‘For Energy’. And of course the Cuppa splashed along the bus.

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July 16, 2018

Wingardium Leviosa

Magicians Special – actor Rupert Grint beams whilst perched on a black Bonnie. Not quite a Nimbus 3000 but I’m sure you’d give the Golden Snitch a run for its money. Ron Weasley usually ended up with hand-me-downs but this time he’s plumped the wizards prize.

July 15, 2018

Proper Job

Road Racer – sharp corners and hard stone walls. It’s the TT circuit on Man’s Island in the Irish Sea. This is none other than the Kirmo Kid Guy Martin taking a Triumph Trident through its paces under leaden skies.

July 14, 2018

C’est la Vie!

Vive la France – today marks Bastille Day in Gaul. Much celebration across the French nation including some synchronized motorcycling by the gendarmes… however a couple of monsieur blundered into each other on their big BMW RT 1200’s at a Parisian parade. Zut alors!

July 13, 2018

I’m gonna miss you so

Bye Bye Birdie – Norton Atlas provides are very apt machine for Ann Margaret and Jesse Pearson in the titular sixties musical comedy. Portraying Kim MacAfee, the movies teenage protagonist and Conrad Birdie,the heartthrob crooner, respectively the characters get up to all sorts of period Hollywood high jinx. Another Norton “650 Manxman” was also used.

July 12, 2018

Silver Dream Racer

Break a Leg! Period post seventies shenanigans as singer David Essex and the late great racing driver James Hunt lad it up on a Triumph T-140. Hunt broke his leg skiing thwarting a possible comeback in 80′ with McLaren.

July 11, 2018

Gotta clear the fence Hilts!

Belanglos reden – today we see out pal Steve and Bud in German Wehrmacht grey uniforms on some alpen meadow discussing tactics for the infamous chase scene in TGE. The Bikes are Triumph TR6’s dressed up to look like the R75 BMW’s that the Heer forces utilized.

July 10, 2018

Chuck her into the corner..

Shootin’ the Breeze – here is Steve McQueen and what looks like Bud Ekins talking off road maneuvering whilst sitting astride a pair of Triumph desert sleds. Steve is wearing his Hilts top that he wore in The Great Escape so this is around 1963. Great photo.

July 8, 2018

Leo

4×4 – on-road & off-road here are some action shots of Tigers being put through their paces. Hear them roar!

July 7, 2018

Buttered

Better than Sliced Bread – ninety years ago today saw the introduction of pre-cut bread. Sliced. Now it’s a term of superlatives. This bike, the current model Tiger 800 XR on/off road offering from Triumph meets the demands of the discerning rider on many fronts. The road in the image shows signage for the Ophir Pass which is a high unpaved trail connecting Silverton and Telluride in Colorado… next time I’m there I’d love to follow this mountainous path on such a bike.

July 6, 2018

Flat

Salt ‘n’ Pepper – Bonneville is legendary for the vast stretches of flatness allowing two and four wheeled vehicles to be tested against the demon of speed. Here is Jessica Giesen, who is head of the North American Marketing & Public Relations departments at Triumph Motorcycles, taking a white Speed Triple along the paper flat plane. Without a jacket she won’t be winding up the throttle across the sandpaper rough surface. But the white on white on white looks cool.

July 5, 2018

Moto Jaune

Ten Seconds – they say to cheer yourself up for the day is to stare at something yellow for 10 seconds… well, here goes!

July 4, 2018

High Chapparal

Cowboy Rider – last day of vacation saw us have a visit to Denver Art Museum. Here’s a sketch by eccentric fashion illustrator Jim Howard. Plaid shirt ‘n’ Stetson are suitable attire for rounding up the cattle on a little Honda dirt bike.

July 4, 2018

Fat City

Freak Power – another Coloradan piece of folk lore was the 1970 election for Sheriff in Aspen which included on the ballot Gonzo reporter extraordinaire Hunter S Thompson whose goal was to shake-up the incumbent conservative leaders. Though unsuccessful it did pave the way for liberal reformation later that decade.

July 4, 2018

Bolder

Boulder Colorado – the roads around here are perfect for motorcycles. Given one of these machines I’d thrash it to within an inch of its triple engined life…Boulder Canyon Drive… esses in perfection.