Archive for ‘Military’

May 9, 2017

100 Years Ago


Red Cross – A serious young medical sargent on his 1917 Triumph. Agile enough to zip along behind the lines ensuring critical supplies get to where they were critically needed. 

April 20, 2017

Breath Easy

Whit a Gas! – Dusty trail across a rocky Mediterranean isle. An Indian Sikh despatch rider putting on his gas mask during a 50-mile motorcycle trial in Cyprus, 3 March 1942. A well worn BSA M20. The 

April 9, 2017

War is Past

Century – A private of the Royal Engineers on his motorcycle. The chevrons on his lower right sleeve show he is in his third year of overseas service… One Hundred years ago today saw the start of a British offensive at Arras which, by its end a little over a month later saw close to 400,000 losses and casualties on both sides. The motorcycle is a wartime stalwart Triumph Model H.

Edward Thomas a notable wartime poet was killed in action this day. His work extolled the virtues of the English countryside and its invigorating open airs. One of my bosses twenty years ago was the godson of Thomas’ nephew, born in May 1918 he was named after his uncle. 

“And I rose up, and knew that I was tired, and continued my journey”

February 13, 2017

Bullet

Built like a Gun – or so their advertising header says. Now from the sub-continent, these classic singles look like they hark from the fifties; but with modern day build. Some polished models with pinstripe details, others in olive drab military garb. The single-minded cafe racer Continental GT certainly looked that part too. All still have their kick-starts as standard too!

January 22, 2017

Red, White & Blue

Ready Salted – glorious Triumph TRW sidevalve twin parked under what looks like the clear blue skies of Utah. The Bert Hopwood designed engine was put to practical use in the British forces during the very latter parts of and after WW2. None were sold publicly so all are ex-service. This well worn example appears to be utilized for speed work on The Flats. 

January 16, 2017

Spiritual Speed

Gallipoli Galloper – beautiful period photograph from a century ago of the Reverend Cecil Howard Edwards who served as the army chaplain for the ANZAC troops. I’m sure he experienced the worst of humanity in the Dardanelles. His model of transport is a Triumph Model H 500cc to get around Southern Queensland. 

January 11, 2017

Frogmen 

Charioteers- Brave commando frogmen drive these torpedo ‘pigs’ to attack the Axis’ strategic ports and harbours. Rubber wetsuits and barium hydroxide laden rebreather ‘s. Dark, cold waters… 

May 30, 2016

In Memorium


Motorcycles in Wartime. This weekend sees another time to appreciate what others did to ensure a less troubled world. Sacrificing your life is the ultimate act of selflessness for freedom. I’m posting this image of some Harley Davidson Rotax engined dirt bikes used by troops probably somewhere in Southeast Asia. A Cobra stands idle behind.


More dirt bikes being utilized; this time the dry sandy conditions of the Middle East. It’s one way of traversing rough terrain quickly.

May 11, 2016

Hump Day


Royal Signals – let’s get through the midweek with an airy leap over the captains sedan. Good form will see us land somewhere beyond Thursday and land aplombly in Friday.

April 21, 2016

QE2 ninety

  
19 year old Princess Elizabeth riding slalom on a military 250cc BSA during the Second World War as part of the ATS (Auxilliary Territorial Service). Her main role was maintaining ambulances and ’tilly trucks.

April 3, 2016

Torpedo 

  
Manned Torpedo: The Chariot. Controlled by British Commando frogmen these weapons were devised to seek and sink Axis shipping. Riding astride a warhead steering these pigs was for men of stern stuff. Hauling a Triumph Twin along a country road would be easy compared to this!

  
Bath time on Sunday night growing up I would play with my Britains torpedo, sinking boats and rubber ducks.

October 17, 2015

Eight Ball

   

Another wartime doll offering Lady Luck to this Indian motorcycle rider. Olive drab with perfect decades old patina for a nostalgic ride.

 

July 15, 2015

Hump Day

  
Hilts, stolen German bike, Swiss border….
Nuff said! Jump the Hump!

May 25, 2015

MGCMDB #33

 
Memorial Day Weekend: when we remember those who died so the free can be. Countrywide events include motorcycle gatherings and ride-outs. It’s mostly the Hog crowds and their shiny tasseled Harley Davidsons. Leather vested with middle age tattoos and members of some group or other. Here’s the flyer for a Souther event “Not recommended for children”.

  Got Air? 

May 7, 2015

always good for a quote

  

“We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.” 


— Winston Churchill