Monday, 31 October 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
You'll probably have to be a Brit and a child in the 1970s to have known what a star Jimmy Saville was. Outlandish white hair, big cigar (those were the days when there was tobacco on kids' shows, let alone TV in general) and trademark treacle-thick Leeds-accented catchphrases 'now then now then', and 'clunk click every trip' an ad advocating seat belt use, Jimmy was a fascinating person. He claimed to have started the first disco in 1948, was pro wrestler, and of course start presenter on the best Top The Pops there were (in the early to mid '70s) and of course, the seminal Jim'll Fix It. Kids could write in askl for their dream to be made true. Me, or my brother, can't remember which, wrote in to ask if we could go to school on the back of a camel, but Jim never fixed it for us. He earned millions for charity with his marathon running, and there's a statue of him outside Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Unit, where he was a hero. He was a bit odd (see Louis Theroux's great documentary on him) but everyone loved him, and he's ceratinly a cultural icon for middle-aged kids like me.
RIP Jimmy Saville
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Finally, Issue Four has arrived and the boxes are filling my living room floor. It's looking very nice.
Subscribers wil be getting theirs first - once I've spent time filling envelopes - I'll update soon on posting out times..
Issue contents are, briefly, as follows:
BAINES IMOLA ONE
Nick's Ducati is hard to fault, and John Baines tells the truth
LAM CHOP IS MINT
First scooter for the mag and it was time. Paolo's Li is a beast
MACHINE LE MANS
Matt's building some of the best bikes on the globe - Guzzis too
REGGIO EMILIA 2011
Must-see from our favourite
mostra scambio in Italy today
Benelli kept afloat making bikes
like the Cobra Scrambler for the US
'31 ALFA ROMEO 8C
Built up from a chassis, this Alfa
is a beautiful red monster
STELVIO AND NORGE
Lovely 1200 8V motor is in both.
Is Guzzi on track after 90 years?
DUKE FLAT TRACKER
Simply stunning Ducati XR. We
think Peter Koren is a genius
MV AGUSTA 600 FOUR
Ugly or a beauty? A rare bike, still original and unmolested
Julian's Sport is how he wants
it; fast and stops on a sixpence
SHED SOME LIGHT
More photos of bikes in Italy
in sheds going nowhere
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Sort of a sweetener for being so patient! 9 x 7cm, printed on sticky vinly so ideal for your greasy toolbox or stick'em on your bike - they won't come off in the rain!!
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
But racers would never not want to race. Fact.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
How bland have things got? I used to own a maroon Triumph Vitesse convertible and an Escort van painted sky blue with a dark blue Starsky and Hutch stripe painted down each flank. My dad's Cortinas were metal flake lime green and brown with added vinyl roof decadence. Nowadays it seems that unless you buy a red Ferrari, it's 'any colour you like sir, as long as it's silver or grey'..
Thursday, 20 October 2011
This fantastic unrestored bike might be JAP-engined, but apart from that it's made in Italy all the way. There's a fascinating story behind this bike and the marque, which was based in Livorno where I used to live. There'll be an article in the mag as soon as I get out there again to shoot it properly.
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
That was a lyric to a song that I now don't remember the title of, but I reckon Matt at Machine has this life thing sussed. Check out his beautiful Mk1 Le Mans special soon in Issue Four, and watch his film below for a taste of a good life.
Monday, 17 October 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
My brother Guy at Greasy Kulture magazine put me onto this one - built by Frankino at Chopworks, Italy - and the more I've looked at it the last few days, the more I like it. It's not easy to hardtail a Guzzi frame - shaft drive just doesn't facilitate it like chain drive - but in this case it's worked really well, and I respect anyone who gives it a go.
Pics via the great MotArt journal blog here
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Thursday, 6 October 2011
One of my favourite guitarists, Bert Jansch, died yesterday. He was truly unique (ask Jimmy Page why) and I was fortunate to have seen him play live twice. He alone has made me play more acoustic than electric guitar over the last few years. See why here: