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Friday, October 30, 2009

B.F. Goodrich Tire Ad from the 1940's


How rad is this old Goodrich car tire art from the 1940s, most likely during war time?

Hells Angels Painting, 1970's?


I'm not sure of the origin of this art but am guessing its most likely from an early 70's man's magazine though I could be wrong. I've seen this image used as cover art on the Hells Angels 69 DVD.

Psychomania / The Death Wheelers!


Here's a film thats just plain funny when a dead guy gets buried with his pre-unit then comes alive and rides it out of the grave. Put on your skeleton mask and start slapping that psychobilly bass as this movie gets a little bit spooky.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Soul Brothers of The LA Choppers!



















From rippled wide glides to crazy molded tanks the LA Choppers set a prescident for cool and earned the respect of their community as positive role models!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gary Littlejohn in 1968







Here's a cool little article on Gary Littlejohn penned by Ed Roth right around the time the Savage Seven movie was released. Gary's panhead is shown here looking great in its first rendition!

Two Wheel Tornado




Thanks to Rene of Australia for sending over this article on an Aussie twin engine triumph drag bike circa 1968!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Early Show Panhead From 1962!





From a 1962 Cycle Magazine comes this wild panhead show winner. Check out the dragon on the cam cover, the dual drilled velocity stacks and trumpet tips, panhead frame with '59 sporty sections grafted in, and exquisitely upholstered Bates seat among other things! This custom cycle must have been pretty crazy for '62!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bury Me An Angel - Circa 1971


I haven't seen this film but I'm pretty sure Gary Littlejohn is in it as I remember reading that somewhere!

1968 Robt. Williams / Roth Choppers Magazine Ad


Here's the advertisement on the second page of the 1968 Roth's Custom Bike / Choppers Magazine drawn by Robert Williams. Again it appears Roth was looking to change the magazine name from Choppers to Custom Bike Magazine which must have been a short lived idea which may have ended with this issue. Any information behind this identity swap would be welcome!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Portraits of American Bikers - Collection II Book - On Presale!


I'm sure a lot of you own the first book with the same title, Collection I, but I just received an email from Flash Productions saying book two is available on Presale through Amazon.com for $29.95. I have not seen it but Flash Productions says, "Book two in the Flash Collection series showcases more photographs from the private collection of Jim "Flash" Miteff, taken during his years as a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Also in this edition are current photographs of some the members originally photographed in the 60's." Here's the link to the Amazon.com Presale: http://www.amazon.com/Portraits-American-Bikers-Inside-Looking/dp/0615327850/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256415036&sr=8-4

1968 Roth's Custom Bike / Choppers Magazine - Mitch's '54 Panhead








I just received this Sept. '68 Issue of Custom Bike / Choppers Magazine in the mail yesterday and will be posting different articles from the mag throughout the week. First of all, I'm stumped as the isuue name is Custom Bike Magazine and not Choppers Magazine. Its possible Roth went through an identity crisis but I've never seen one of the early issues that reads Custom Bike instead of Choppers. Anyhow, the first article is on Mitch's 1954 Panhead, and as you can see its equipped with some accessory wheel covers in back, an XA Springer, trippy padded mock gas tank up in front, and sissybar fuel tank extravaganza in back; not to mention the hairdryer bird deflector. Also featured in this issue is a rad article on the soul brothers of the LA Choppers M.C., an interview with Gary Littlejohn and his wild panhead, and Joe Alphabet talks about the various options or jockey and footshift for harleys. There's even a righteous swingarm pre-unit spread so stay tuned as you won't want to miss this early chopper nostalgia for this week!


After further review I do believe Epinut is correct acout the tail light being from a 1957 or 1958 Desoto (pictured above). The picture above is a 1957 Desoto. The 1959 Dodge Sierra (pictured below) has a similar looking tail light but the top most lens is too small and it has a grid pattern on the metal area that would be incorrect.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

50's / 60's Lamoreaux and Milne Motorcycle T-shirt




This one just sold on Ebay, from seller Manxtt for a little over $150.00, and here was his description, "...excellent original T-Shirt from the late 1950's or early 1960's from Lamoreaux and Milne Motorcycle Shop, Glendale California, 1940's Speedway Stars Wilber Lamoreaux and Cordy Milne's Shop owned and operated this shop and this Shirt is an original from their store, in very good possibly unworn condition..." A very cool original motorcycle racing t-shirt. Check out the 40's Speedway program I posted a couple of weeks ago as both the names on this shirt appear on the program!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jay Harrison's 1947 Knucklehead - Street Chopper Feature


I don't think this bike is anything spectacular really but the the owner has a great style and picked up the knuckle for $500 and it appears the complete bike and build was under $1,500. Gnarly!!! Check out the article as attached and this dude is also in the Street Chopper 40Th Anniversary Issue currently in newsstands nationwide.
http://www.streetchopperweb.com/features/0910_stcp_1947_knucklehead_jay_harrison/index.html

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