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 paper round I did as a kid was pretty typical for suburban South Manchester.
In the mornings it was often cold and it was often dark. Stepping out into the streets to deliver soggy papers was not something that "
"This festival malarky has gone a little bonkers.
And none more so than Ferris Fest. Yes, this is a gathering dedicated the unlikely cult of the 1986 teen film by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Or is it that unlikely?
"We asked Anthony of Pembrokeshire Classics to name a small fistful of vintage motorcycles that would take pride of place in any aficionado's dream garage. Not that he doesn't have one of those already.
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