This weekend in California saw the latest edition of a new kind of bike festival. The Born-Free show is about the love of old motorcycles and like minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying classic and custom bikes.
David Hockney saw it.
From the perspective of a grim English town in the fifties, the grey wash flattening and unifying everything you saw into dreary monochrome, California looked special.
He may have been only looking at Black and White "
If the seventies is just a veil of misty clichés to you and your reference points are films like Dazed & Confused & Boogie Nights - then the whole craze of Custom Vans that exploded all over the American "
There's something about Pepsi Transit vans that reminds me of Christmas. An uncle of mine, deceased these last fifteen years, used to drive a Pepsi van back in the seventies. One Christmas, for some promotional reason or another, he got "
"We've documented the rise of the new wave of custom culture from the early days.
And in the UK the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club is emerging at the creative centre of the community.
According to the Bike Shed's founding collective "
"I used to think that All Right Now - that pastiche piece of English Americana by the seventies band Free was the greatest driving music of all time.
Now, I'm not sure. Here's that classic and the contemporary banger from "
"Ada Sayonara was one of the most talented drivers of the 1950s. With Maria Teresa De Filippis, she was one of the first women to impress in motor racing, often leaving men behind her.
A plate with the message "Sayonara" "
"The bike ‘scene’ is changing. It’s not just people tinkering with their bikes and making things fit at home, there are more and more actual shops popping up offering to take the ‘burden’ (depending on your outlook) off of "
"I guess my interest in Ford Capri started in 1972 when I was 9 years old.
I was given a copy of The Observer Book of Automobiles as a present by my parents. I found it fascinating. I loved all different sorts "
"A BMW E30 running 800bhp you say? Never, you say? Well yeah, we say. Ross Bradley is the owner and the brains behind the build. This stunning E30 (can we still call it that?) has been completely overhauled – something some "
Subscribe to the Influx Newsletter
Never miss another new edition, daily post or StreetSpot when you subscribe to our weekly newsletter! We promise not to spam you or share your details, just to keep you informed with our latest goings on.