Saturday, March 28, 2020

Triumph Dirt Drag

Ever wonder what the weak point is when you dirt drag (ala TROG) a Triumph 500? TROG is apparently afraid to let us find out (they only accept America motorcycles). Full historically correct, the AMA always tried to fix racing for HD/Indian too. At any rate it appears first gear was not intended for heavily loaded 4500 RPM starts.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Harley 45

This is still one of my favorite 45’s. The paint is from a ‘67 Mustang (a color I was never that fond of) but it just works. 

Triumph Tiger

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Howdy Partner


1478cc Opel watercooled four-cylinder inline engine
36 bhp. 3440 lbs. Top speed 44 mph. I can’t really say why but it’s on my bucket list to ride one.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Hot Rod

Shorty Tomkins

Shorty Tomkins rode for Joe Sarkee's in Sacramento and Vern Gardener's Triumph in Oakland. At Belmont in the Bay Area he was King in the late 40's.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Birthday WR

I’m pretty confident this WR is going to follow me home for my birthday. More and more I find myself dreaming about trying a little flat track on a WR clone. I wonder what the odds are with one ticket...

Friday, March 13, 2020

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Henry “Bunky” Oswin was Seattle Cossacks member #10. Below is photo of the paint scheme and uniform style of that era. 

Pictured are Jimi and Cole Wright. Both Jimi’s father and uncle were on the team a generation ago. Cole (now in his 20’) and his brother George are both on the team now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


P39, the weirdest American fighter of WWII. Flanked by a WLA. Maybe it’s mine.

Monday, March 9, 2020


My brother Rob’s most recent project is in the middle photo. Now we just need to find all the rest of the pieces of his SPAD. It’s absolutely stunning and restored with impeccable detail.

We’re thinking if we carry them into the show one part at a time his wife won’t notice he’s building a SPAD... Unfortunately she’s really smart.

Truth be told my brother’s wife is amazing. I’m super thankful she loves him, understands him and tolerates most of the crap he/we put her through.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Triumph V8

I stumbled across this on Jalopy Journal today:

Seems the engine is based on a V8-60 bottom end and the top ends are mid-40's Triumph 3T, 350 cc twin cylinder blocks and heads. Gear driven timing arrangement and I'm assuming two cams per (4) cylinder banks for exhaust and intake.

So... Is this actually a V8-60 block modified for new cam journals to except the quad-cam design? I'm assuming piston rods increased in length for the additional "deck height". Was the deck machined down as well?? Were all water cooling provisions removed as well?

These pics are from the net. The engine is on display in Speedy Bill's museum.

Friday, March 6, 2020

We’re Back

I took some heat today from of all places, my 15 year old son for not posting. I wasn’t too sure anyone still read this. I’ll make an effort to post more regularly again.