Archive for ‘60’s’

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.

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May 12, 2018

Two + Two

Family Values – The McQueens looking good on one of dad’s Triumphs. Chad, Steve, Terry & Niele.

May 5, 2018

Dog Days

Herding Hound – 500cc twin carb 68′ Daytona. Australian Cattle Dog sits patiently to make sure it doesn’t take off.

May 3, 2018

Good Town

MPH – Sodium Chloride NaCl Natronium with negatively charged Chlorine… it’s an abundant compound found in our oceans and the ground. Thousands of uses and essential for our bodily health. Evaporate a brine inland lake allowing the salt to crystallize forming a flat hardback ‘roadway’. Perfect for long straight runs to see ‘how darn fast you can go!”

April 22, 2018

South Western

Motoworks – open house down at Johnny Scheff’s excellent dealership. Triumph, Ducati, Royal Enfield and Vespa all represented. Service also caters for BMW. Sunny weather, burgers and good chat. The vintage license plate with 68 GIT was an old Bonnie.

April 15, 2018

Engineering Drawing

Technical Lines – side elevation of a racing spec Triumph T120TT. Reminds me of a draughting table, set square, and 0.15, 0.25, 0.5 & 0.7 Rotring drawing instruments.

April 13, 2018

Fifty Seven

Beach Body – surf breaks along a sun-kissed sandy coastline whilst a one-piece swimsuited gal poses coyly astride a pre-unit Triumph sled.

April 6, 2018

Lydia

Tat’s a nice motorbike- late sixties Bonnie laid up outside an Inking establishment. Lifetime Tattoo is a parlor located in Denver so our Coloradan ‘Lydia’ enjoys mile high biking of the British kind.

“Lydia, oh! Lydia, say have you met Lydia

Oh! Lydia, the tattooed lady

She has eyes that folks adore so

And a torso even more so

Lydia, oh! Lydia, that “Encyclopedia”

Oh! Lydia, the Queen of tattoo

On her back is the Battle of Waterloo

Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too

And proudly above the waves

The Red, White and Blue

You can learn a lot from Lydia…”

Attorney J. Cheever Loophole

March 31, 2018

Quadraphonic

Brighton 1964 – if you were there you were either a Mod or a Rocker. The scene to bee seen along the seafront of Kings Road. This smart chap has a leopardskin seat cover on his faired Triumph Cub whilst some other clean-cut youths gaze on. Horror films on show for period entertainment though the daily lifestyle of these two iconic subcultures were heady enough. Great photo though!

March 28, 2018

Smokes

Ship of the Desert – clean example of a Triumph Trophy TR6C that sold a few years back for just shy of $15k at a Bonhams auction. Bikes like this was de rigeur for desert racing in the sixties. The twin high pipes adorning this cactus green example and appropriate Camel advertising set up a sandy outlook for the deep pocketed owner.

(The camel connection was for Hump-Day)

March 24, 2018

Border Fence

Hilts – March 24th . Today would have been Steve McQueen’s 88th Birthday. The Great Escape is my favorite film.

March 23, 2018

Scowl

Black Bike – low seat, aped bars, hard tail, straight pipes… we’re talkin’ ATTITUDE! Don’t mess with this sister; she’ll chew ya up and spit you out so much as glower at you. Ebony chopper matches her black tank top and bandanna.

March 19, 2018

Quality

QA/QC – Ex-racer Sidney Tubb gives a “hot-off-the-presses” T120 Bonneville’s a once over as they roll of the factory line. He was ‘shop foreman in the early sixties when this photo was taken.

March 14, 2018

The Wheel

Full Circle – March 14th which in the US is also known as pi day 3.14

Top Left: Model H (1914)

Top Right: Tiger 90 (1937)

Lower Left: Tiger Cub (1963)

Lower Left: Bonneville T120 (2017)

March 10, 2018

Uneasy Rider

Rusty Relic – keeping the chopped, stretched, hacked, hammered, sawed, bolted, welded and patina’d on the road. It probably rode straight from the Summer of Love into a musty shed for half a century.