Friday, March 30, 2012

Swedish Riders

Letters, we get letters.... actually emails from time to time from various readers. Recently I received several photos from Carina and Ulf Nordemyr of Sweden with no messages or explanations other than subject lines stating the year the photo was taken. Here's 3 of the best.

Circa 1993. A nice big ULH Flathead like this will always get my attention.

Circa 1991-92

Circa 2011

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Saturday's Born-Free 4 Party

I've been out of town for several weeks but, made a point to get back just in time for last Saturday's Born free party at the Garage Co. in Inglewood Ca. It was supposed to feature the unveiling of both give away bikes but, the dresser's painted wasn't finished.

The Garage Company's facilities are huge and is actually two large adjoining buildings.

At times it was busier than this photo shows. It was estimated that about 500 people came and went.

This Twenty Something J Model was probably the oldest bike ridden to the event.

I'm always amused when two friends have similar bikes.

This 1959 Harley is being offered for sale by the Garage Co.

In a sea of chops and customs an old surviving dresser like this '68 will always get my attention.

Bikes were parked clear around the corner.

This clean Knuck features a somewhat unusual fender/seat set up. California recently enacted a new law cracking down on vertical license plate positioning. How come some guys get away with hanging their plates like this?

Where do all the Knuckleheads keep coming from?

The give away 69' Chopper. Once again Kiyo did an excellent job. The color/patina of the rear mag tells you it's a 12 spoke of the magnesium variety.

The Shovelhead has been given the same attention to detail that last year's Knucklehead received. The DC Linkert is rarely seen on bikes these days. Sportsters used them for several years but, they were only used one year (1966), on Shovelheads.

The bike has a good stance. Use of Harley rubber pegs through out is a nice touch.

Kiyo proving it runs. Sorry about the picture quality.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

O'Happy Day?

St. Patricks Day is basically a lame holiday (sorry Rich), and yes, I've posted this before (recycling).

You've probably noticed the lack of post. On a break so, I won't be posting anything new until the end of the month.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

This Month's Header

Like usual I'm late putting up a new header. I've been busy and didn't know what to do so, I just pasted in some new concept art I just finished.

The design was changed and I won't mention the builders name... to protect the guilty.

Monday, March 5, 2012

R.I.P. Ralph McQuarrie

Last night I heard the sad news that Ralph passed on Saturday. It was probably just as sad to learn that he had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, meaning he probably wasn't been able to paint for some time. It may have been the reason he retired in the 90's. After all, most artist, don't usually completely retire unless they are unable to produce work.

The Force was strong with this one. Most Star Wars fans know who Ralph McQuarrie is, as for the others, Ralph was the talent who created the pre-production paintings that helped George Lucas sell Star Wars as an idea for a film.

Being both a science fiction fan and a fledgling artist in the 70's, I was a huge fan of Ralph McQuarrie's work. When asked of my artistic influences, his name is always one of the tops on my list. I may not be quite the sci- fi fan I once was but, I still have all three of his portfolios from the original trio of Star Wars films.

There are so many good examples of Ralph's work to choose from. Not only does this one show his talent well, it features Darth Vader in what appears to be an old Harley sidecar. How cool is that? I believe it was originally used to announce Industrial Light and Magic's move from North Hollywood to Marin County.