ACE WESTERN BELTS
CIRCLE A BRAND
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OLD SOUTHWESTERN TRAILS
ORANGE EMPIRE RAILWAY MUSEUM
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MERCANTILE
TROY O'SHEA HANDMADE
USN ALL HANDS MAGAZINE ARCHIVE
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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I was just emailed this photo from a pal in Australia. This picture is from Berdoo, CA in 1960! (Thanks Dave-E for the info!). Scooped peanut tank, incredibly high Flanders risers and bars and wild paint make this sucker a winner. (photo comes from http://wingnutsmotorcycleclub.blogspot.com/ )
Here's another shot of the knuckle all finished as sent over by Rene of Australia and as originally posted on Radball's blogsite!
Wow, here's the same handlebar set-up as shown on a 1960s customized pre-unit and as posted on the Church of Choppers blogsite! Very cool indeed!
Another great shot of the pre-unit from above from LIFE Magazine from Google Images online!
The Catalina Island Musuem, located in the 1929 Casino Building, had some great info on the Grand Prix, including this information sheet!
The pre-race crowd! Wow, what a gathering!
Here's a portion of the uphill course. As you can read, the GP race brought 7,000 spectators; insane!
What goes up must come down!
Fulton taking the corner. Notice the high pipes and sprung hub!
Taking the checkers!
Though this picture is unrelated its from the 50s and kind of fits; who know as she could have been a trophy girl too. Nice pin-up shot with girl holding flying fish from a Catalina store!
The trophy girls?
This is probably where you'd eat in Avalon during the 50s. Again its unrelated but I dig the swordfish sign and lettering!
Event flyer posted on an eisle in Avalon.
Nice picture of Bud Ekins on the Catalina GP pictureboard displayed in the heart of downtown Avalon.
Walt Fulton took home the cake in 1951!
The original 1951 trophy was a nice compliment to the photo above! You can see Avalon Harbor in the background!
There were three lightweights on display but this 1954 Tiger Cub was the nicest as well as the oldest bike out in Avalon!
This replica of Bud Ekins' 1955 TR-5 was running one of Ekins' original rear tires, a rare Avon trials tire!
This 1955 Triumph Trophy definitely looked as if it could have been an original Catalina GP racer!
The owner and Catalina resident rode this beautiful 1957 AJS to the bike show!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I was really looking forward to attending the bike show this weekend in Catalina as there were supposed to be 200 vintage race bikes, however only a mere 10 bikes will make it to the island. I'm going to go anyway with my Dad as we planned the trip but I'm disappointed. Don't worry though as I'll take photos of anything vintage race related but it seems like a waste of a trip now. Since I won't be back until Sunday evening, you can check for updates then. Have a great weekend! (I believe the photo at the bottom portion of this magazine cover shows an old Catalina race! I'm wrong of course and was told both photos are from Willow!)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
How's this picture? Blonde with eyepatch posing on wild period 45 trike ridden by loco biker dude with pencil-thin stash! Nice. This still and the one below are from the 1968 cheeseball biker flick "the Hellcats" as can be seen on her jacket logo.
It seems all the girls are crowded around the panhead and not the triumph with cool script. Well, I think thats probably how it still is these days. The chicks dig the Harleys. (photo stills from Ebay auctions)
Maybe its the moustache, the outfit or the similar cafe bike but this guy reminds me of Scotty! For more about Scotty, Turkey, and the gang check out their cool "Cycle Zombie" blogspot that has a plethora of custom bike photos, skate action shots, fixed gear bike build-ups, and much, much more! (Scotty imposter from Gabe's March '08 Japanese Street Bikers' Mag) http://www.czombieblog.com/
Nice panhead with chrome frame and what looks to be dual linkert carbs. Crazy setup!
What a nicely scooped and molded tank with chrome frame! It definitely pays to be unique so long as the look is fluid, with nice flowing lines. (both pictures from a 1961 Car Craft magazine)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
This tank is beyond awesome! Old Gothic style stained glass Jesus painting on axed peanut tank, simply amazing. Check out http://www.sparetime.jp/ and click on "PHOTO" for pages of cool custom bikes and riding shots!
I love this knuckle on Sparetime with the narrowed original tanks!
Here's another nice shot of Paradise Road's Rigid Show Triumph!
A very nice detailed shot of a pair of stock "narrow" WR Harley tanks!
Man, this bike looks as if its ready to fly. It seems a bit overdone but still very cool for 1961!
Look at that pinner seat; very cool! (photos from 1961 Car Craft Magazines)
Here's a rad show photo of the same bike as posted by Flathead Jedd on the http://wingnutsmotorcycleclub.blogspot.com/ !
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I heard that John Edwards was about to unveil a 60s show bike so gnarly and so perfect that it would literally blow your mind. Well here it is, and though I've not seen it in person, these beautifully artistic photos, including about five other detailed shots, are available for your viewing pleasure on Mike Davis' blogsite http://bornlosermc.blogspot.com/ . Please check out the photos as this bike is a true gem!
Edwards' pan is crazy, wild, and yet not overdone! The assortment of rare parts on this cycle is staggering and still everything flows together so nicely. Like in the old Gary Littlejohn article, I'd have to say this bike is also a true "Customizer's Custom."
Edwards' pan in its original glory from a Sinner's get-together a couple years back.(photo from Jockey Journal)
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- Catalina Grand Prix 50 Year Reunion Show
- Revell Grease 2 Panhead Model Kit
- Panhead - Sittin' Pretty
- Panhead Custom from the Late 60s
- Routt Twin Engine Trumpet Drag Bike
- California Plunger Knucklehead Custom for 1958
- A-1 Flanders Set-up!
- The Outlaw Biker Gals!
- A Japanese Scotty?
- Its in the Details!
- Sparetime.jp Website!
- "The Batticle" Show Pre-unit from 1961!
- Wacky 1947 Knucklehead Custom!
- John Edward's Mindblowing Panhead!
- Bones Brigade
- Dubble Trubble Triumph Twin Engine Drag Bike
- 1930s Speedway Bikes!
- Nor Cal's Finest, Max & J. Jessee from 2004!
- George Lesseos's Wild Panhead!
- 1958 Royal Enfield Show Stopper!
- "Way Out" Pan
- I Heard it Through the "Grapevine"
- Molded Pre-unit
- Rainbow Knuckle!
- Johnny Allen's Triumph Salt Racer!
- Swingarm Spectacular!
- Drag Race Panhead!
- The Knuckle that Went the Way O' the Dodo
- Barnett & Calori Pre-unit Rigids
- Ron Kivett's Insane Rigid Rev Head Drag Bike
- Harley WLA from Down Under!
- Triumph Rigid Show Bikes
- Larry Garmon's "Out O' Sight" Knucklehead
- Reversed Head Radness!
- Side Car Sanity!
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