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 "
"The problem with roads is that they have rules. The good thing about offroad culture is that there aren't as many.
Whether you like it or not the road is in itself a piece of administrative coercion. No matter what "
"Whatever your scooter preference - the long, sleek slimness of the Lambretta or the relatively substantial, reliable and zippy Vespa profile - the same artist-designer can be credited with coming up with the scooter formula.
It was the end of "
" We love Wheels and Waves. It's the annual gathering in the Basque Country organised by the Southsiders MC. And it is where the cultures of motorcycles and the (sort of) surfing intersect.
We've been documenting the rise and rise of "
"Japanese culture is all about exaggeration and amplification. Manga character Takumi Fujiwara from Initial D is the perfect example of this.
The manga scene turned its gaze onto the Hashiriya street racing scene in the mid-nineties. Its founding hero was "
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