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 "
"A long dormant daydream we’ve had about crossing the planet in a 911 was awakened this week when we stumbled across this crazy dope custom 911 built for the gritty byways of the planet.
This beautiful custom build, dreamt up by "
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We stumbled upon this cool little shop recently specialising in pimped Monkey Bikes.
Spymonkey is a one man operation run by Hiro-san in Shizuoka, just outside Tokyo. Hiro's idea is simple. Take a Monkey Bike and "
"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?
"It might not be the first motor you think of when you think of the mentalist modding culture of the mid-late nineties.
But I owned a Renault 5 Turbo in the height on the madness. And know this: this car typified "
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