Archive for ‘50’s’

June 30, 2018

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch – wandering the open market of Aspen earlier today we spied this delightful little Moto Guzzi Cardellino. A 73cc two-stroke single cylinder that saw use in the late fifties and early sixties. The ski resort seems like a suitable place for this delicate device to be settled. It felt like we were on the shore of Lake Como under an alpine Lombardy scene.

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June 24, 2018

OHV

DeLuxe – Front Fender of 1953 Harley Davidson Panhead Police. The front badge denotes a half century of the Milwaukee brand: founded in 1903

June 19, 2018

One, Two, Three, Four

Four Square- more offerings from the Ringwood motorcycle emporium. Delicious BSA Goldstar in immaculate condition, one lung and splendid mirrored chrome tank emblazoned with the gold star representing Wal Handley’s ton lap at Brooklands in ’37. Green lane ready Triumph Trophy Trail, half liter of long legged fun. Norton & Beeza goodies: one a TT special willing for speed, the other a doughty sloper ready for a lazy countryside jaunt. Finally a hefty Laverda 3C Triple, 1000cc of Italian grunt; just need a quiet afternoon along Lago Maggiore…

June 16, 2018

Shop Display

Eye Candy – a trip up to Morries Place in Ringwood let’s me enjoy a grand collection of old motorcycles. Ed Zender is always a good craic and there’s sure to be something I haven’t seen before. I’ll be posting more bikes through this week.

June 8, 2018

The Three Amigas

Louche Ladies – a gang hits the highway spearheaded by the gals who blaze the biker trail lookin’ for trouble. Period machines, from left to right, look like a Triumph, Harley Davidson Sportster and Norton. Wide american handlebars ensure a fist-punch pose.

photo found by my father.

May 24, 2018

Jim Stark

James Dean only starred in a handful of films, but what movies he did have remained powerful examples in the media. This Triumph Thunderbird advert puts a twist on one such title with the promotion of uncompromising motors. “You’re tearing me apart!”

May 23, 2018

Cowboy

Cheyenne- he was a big dude with mellow baritone voice and perfectly cast as Cheyenne Bodie for 8 seasons back in the late fifties. Clint Walker, who passed away a couple of days ago at the sturdy age of 90. enjoyed riding, either equine or moto. Here he makes his BSA B40 single look like a pony on the trail. That’s Andra Martin who portrayed an Arapaho captive in another Clint Walker movie Yellowstone Kelly, about an Indian tracker.

May 22, 2018

In the Halls of the Mountain Kings

Mountain View – taking your gal on an alpine tour behind the controls of a Speed Twin is good as it could get according to this advertising illustration from the fifties. The yellow frock doesn’t seem like suitable attire for high altitude pass cresting. Of course the Amaranth Red is picture perfect for the sublime scenery.

May 19, 2018

Blue Blood

Royalty – with the wedding of Harry & Meghan earlier today I thought I’d look at the Windsor’s and compare them with their corresponding Triumph. Queen Mother? Model H, old world classic, suitable for a day at the races. Prince Philip? A German TWN 2 Stroke – the European Triumph. QE2? Easy, a ’59 Bonnie; timeless classic. Princess Margaret? The racy Thruxton, Charles? The too-little-too-late Trophy 250.

William & Harry? The new Triumphs! 675 Daytona or T120 Bonneville. Next generation.

May 4, 2018

Smalltown riding

Casper WY – BSA dealership run by Tim Oler was at 1343 S. McKinley St. here his wife Olive rides a smart new A10 Shooting Star around The Oil City on the edge of cowboy country in 1956.

May 1, 2018

Power to the People

Red Square – center of the socialist world. May 1st celebrates the workers of the world and their stand for the rights of the laboring class. Started after the Haymarket Affair in Chicago which occurred after striking action for an 8 hour day turned into a riot. The Ural combinations ride in a formal line through Moscow in 1951. Soviet era banners fly from the GUM department store behind.

April 16, 2018

Jeeee-eeeeem!

Spike at One Hundred – comic genius Terrence Alan “Spike” Milligan was born this day in 1918 in Ahmednagar, British India. Formative years in the sub-continent and Rangoon as well as a memorable stint in the British Army during WW2 he went on to basically create the comedic structure of the late C20th. Along with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, the BBC Radio series The Goon Show was born. Writing the goofy scripts with Eric Sykes it’s groundbreaking zaniness gave much needed inane laughter to a post war blighty.

Left to right: Neddie Seagoon, Professor Osric Pureheart, Eccles, Bluebottle…

Later TV beckoned and a lifetime of writing; including nonsensical poetry or memoirs.

“It’s all in the mind, you know.”

April 14, 2018

Shoot

Smart attire – Motorsports photographer Don Morley looks seriously dapper with his Trials Norton. His career capturing action of two and four wheels is legendary. Being an author his several books surveying classic British motorcycles are also considered legend. A lifelong trials rider he obviously enjoyed life behind the handlebars as well as a professional one behind the viewfinder.

April 10, 2018

Po-po on a moto

Police Steed – bobby on a Beeza. When British motorcycles reigned supreme the local forces used the best of ’em to get along the road with speed. Nice monochrome ink painting advert with a happy sergeant copper swinging his police boots over an A10 escorting some VIP no doubt.

April 9, 2018

Guerrillero Heroico

Che – standing in proud resolution as if photographed by Alberto Korda, who captured the famous Ernesto Guevara image, this Triumph Cub evokes its mid Century heritage. The black headlight nacelle is elegant engineering against the steel blue tank.