Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Setlists used by notable Seattle based entertainers:
Jimi Hendrix 1967

Nirvana 1991

Seattle Cossacks 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Civic Auditorium - Albuquerque

Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque NM. Not directly transportation related but tough.

The auditorium was located east of Downtown on Grand Avenue (now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.) West of I-25. It opened in 1957 and had a 6000 person capacity. The Civic was home to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Return to Forever.  I think I saw one concert there before it was it was demolished in 1987.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

World's Fastest Pre-Unit Triumph Since 1961

 This post was originally published by Franz & Grubb in 2017. I'm primarily reposting it so I can easily search for it if I want to quickly find it again. 
From the 1962 Triumph Baltimore sales catalog
Still, no one has gone faster than Gary Richards did in 1961 with any 650 Triumph motorcycle without a fairing at Bonneville.

His two way average of 159.542 mph still stands as an AMA certified record to this day.
The fact that no one has been able to beat this record in 56 years is amazing in itself, however when you take into account his bike it is even more impressive.
His naturally aspirated stock rigid frame Pre Unit looked like a street bike, with a peanut tank and stock length fork. His father Rich Richards did the tuning, and they managed a 160.272 mph average over one mile, and a return average of 158.812 mph for an official record of 159.542 mph.
Most people don’t realize that the timing trap at Bonneville is one full mile long, and speeding up or slowing down will affect your average speed, which is then averaged with your  return mile speed to reach your qualifying speed.

 Gary Richards currently produces Dixon Cylinder heads, and from 1961 to today is still the Bonneville record holder of the world’s fastest unfaired Triumph 650 of all time.
Photo of Gary in 1962 courtesy of the AMERICAN HOT ROD FOUNDATION.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Brothers Bikes

My 1951 Triumph T100 and Rob’s 1948 Indian Chief. I just got a full set of the new top end gaskets Franz and Grubb developed with Cleveland Gaskets to resolve some of the perpetual leak problems with the early Triumph 500s. I’m pretty anxious to get that bike back on the road. Last time I took it out she blew out the base gasket.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bird’s Eye

1947 Triumph T100 and a 1936 Triumph 5/2 SS. I think these might belong to Terry Clark.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

LeMay Continued

I wasn’t sure Vaughn was gonna leave Schumacher’s F1 car with out taking it out for a lap. I think he had the fastest lap time for the week in the racing simulator down stairs. He certainly got the guys manning the simulators attention. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

BMW Exhibit - LeMay ACM

My son Vaughn was pretty motivated to get out to the BMW exhibit. Neither of us are major Bimmer fans but he’s about as huge a racing and F1 fan as you could ever find. It was well worth the trip.

I was particularly fond on the grill badge bailing wired to the grill of this savage M1.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


My son Vaughn and I were recently recalling taking Rob’s Jeep out for Memorial Day a few years ago. It made me think Rob and I need to finish the “bodywork” and paint on it. Vaughn loves to sand...  It would be way less work than this one. The gearbox in this one might be less worn though.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Flash in the Pan

Panhead Nate has expressed some displeasure in my lack of posts recently. As a result I have to post something just for him. This 1958 FLH is not pink but I think it’s still flashy enough he shouldn’t mind too much.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Belated Memorial Day

I missed posting for Memorial Day this year. Rob is the WWI aficionado so I’ll have to lean on him for photo details.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Murdered Out

I’ve never been a fan of the whole “Murdered Out” deal but this car kinda caught my eye. Proper British blasphemy.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Desert Vorhese

Jason “Vorhese” Friend’s lovely ‘62 Triumph Pre-Unit in it’s new Arizona stomping grounds. This bike has no bad angle.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Bobby Unser

Turbo Offy in Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indy car. Go things came from New Mexico in 1968.

Bobby Unser

Turbo Offy in Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indy car. Go things came from New Mexico in 1968.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Kingsford Ford Connection

I just recently learned Kingsford charcoal was a company started by Henry Ford in order to better utilize the lumber scraps generated at Ford lumber mills cutting stock used in automobile manufacturing. Pretty fascinating. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tempest Podcast

I recently stumbled across a new Jalopnik podcast called the Tempest Podcast. I've listened 3 or 4 episodes now and I think it's well worth a listen. Check it out.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Parts is Parts

From Rob: What’s really cool about the old motorcycle hobby is when 60 year old gaskets bounce around multiple mechanic’s spares stashes or tool boxes, and then they show up unsolicited in the mail, and finally get installed where they were intended to be. I know, it’s a few silly gaskets, but there are good people in this world. Thanks, Tom.

Pretty cool.