Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grease Ball

Always the consummate professional, Pacific Northwest Museum of Motorcycling historian Tom Samuelsen found the true "Grease Ball" lineage. He's amazing.


The Grease Ball is one of the best events of the summer. In addition to a top-notch car and motorcycle show at a fabulous venue (the best French fries in Washington) the Seattle Cossacks will be performing and both the Pacific Northwest Museum of Motorcycling and the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts (VME) will be represented. Be there and bring a cool car or bike!

Event information and registration is available on the Slim's Last Chance website .

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Davis Pre-Unit

Every so often one of Mike Davis' Pre-Unit Triumphs resurfaces. Still pretty timeless in my opinion.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Don Feaster - Daytona 1953

Thanks to Larry Feaster for sharing this photo of his father Don. 

Don Feaster traveled with Red Farwell for the fatefully tragic 1953 Daytona race. Don was fresh back from his stint in Korea. Don rode the same factory Norton that Red Farwell rallied to a 2nd place finish in the previous year's 1952 race. 

This photo taken before the race is such a timeless portrayal of a racer's swagger and playfulness. What an incredible shot. It's just heartbreaking the day didn't finish in the same fashion.

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Indian Tribute Ride

Motocross/Supercross legend Guy "Airtime" Cooper is undergoing a super cool vintage motorcycle ride. Eventually Guy was born into a family that absolutely lived motorcycles. So much so Guy's parents spent their honeymoon riding their Indian parallel twins on a long distance multi-day trip. Now Guy and his wife are retracing that same ride, also on Indian parallels, for the 65th anniversary. Guy has nicely documented his parents ride, the restoration of the Indians and the trip itself on Instagram. I think the trip may be complete now but it's still well worth a look.
Ellen Cooper at one of their stops on their Honeymoon
Mary Ellen Cooper, Charles Cooper & friends on a leg their honeymoon ride.
Dads 1950 Indian TT Warrior. He raced this bike in the 1961 Jack Pine Run. He also rode this bike with Guy around the National Motocross track at Gainesville, FL in 1990.
Charles Cooper throwing around some dirt
Charles Cooper's Indian Factory Service School Certificate
Charles Cooper on his Indian
A shop decal from Charles' shop in the 30's. Charles started a side business selling bicycle parts out of his father's tack shop at 12 years old!
Mary Ellen Cooper on her Indian with Chief in foreground
Just in case you aren't familiar with the origins of Guy's "Airtime" nickname I've included the following photo. Incidentally this Guy making the young guys look bad today, at 54.
Guy doesn't need new iron to get ridiculous either. Here he is inflight on a 1974 Bultaco.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I'm Batman

Godspeed Adam West
 

Westside Motorcycle Club - 1938

Westside Motorcycle Club, Eugene, Oregon, 1938. This is a portion of an old 8mm movie the Westside Motorcycle Club shot of stunt riding on highway 99 between Eugene and Junction City, Oregon. 1938 is the same year the Seattle Cossacks were officially founded.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Kirtland Army Air Field Albuquerque

Thanks to Flathead Rob for passing along these WWII era photos of Kirtland Army Air Field in Albuquerque NM. Pretty incredible.
 
   

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fordson Snow Motor

Old farmers used to say the Fordson tractor was only good for running down to the mailbox. This one would get you to the mailbox in pretty bad weather.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

1938 Triumph Speed Twin

My favorite display item at Lemay AMC,  Terry Clark's 1938 Triumph Speed Twin. I just want to break it out and ride it though...
 
   
This midget is pretty damn charming too.
 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

1936 Norton

Looks like a twin port to me. The damn thing is haunting me. Must. Have. Norton. 
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