12/24/09

The CP Project One

By Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat


Do Featherbed, Batman and Tyranausrus.rex have something in common ?





For a couple years we have wanted to design a bike. It all started when we came back from the Legend of Motorcycles in June 2008, where we met a good part of the best motorcycle builders and enthusiasts.
As english motorcycles fans, we decided to use a featherbed frame and a triumph 750 engine. Of course with a beginning like this, our only direction was to build a Triton. But we didn’t want to make the thousandth caferacer or the thousandth triton. We wanted to make something more personal, a bike that matched better with our backgrounds and interests. That’s why we decided to do our best to forget all the british standards for these kinds of bikes and follow our own road.

First drawings with front brake

When we started designing, we quickly discovered what the final bike should be; a mix of Batman’s motorcycle with a T.rex fastback and a general feeling of Catwoman’s curves.




In other words, a blend of all that we love from the Comics culture.
You’re going to tell me that designing a bike is easy; the real challenge is building it. We were lucky enough to be joined on this project by Daniel Delfour who knew how to read into our cads and make the dream come true.



Inch by inch, talking and working together, we succeeded in making the bike look as close to how we had originally envisioned it as possible. We made our first bike…
We have all been into motorcycle for many years. One loves classics, the others love a certain idea of custom, vintage and dirt track bikes and that’s what we tried to mix by building this bike together.
Purists will say that it’s a sacrilege, but why do we have to follow any rules when the only thing we’re talking about here is fun?


Why the length of the fork tubes? Why a front wheel without brakes? …Simply because we wanted to.

Listen to the sound here




We want to thank Daniel Delfour for his unbelievable work, he knew how to read our thoughts and always pushed the quality of the bike further and further. Momo from Momo bikes services for the great job he did on the painting and the exhaust pipes and a great and very special thanks to Benoit Guerry from Studio Ze for his pictures and longtime support.

Shrine Pageant preliminary, 1958

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2 images. Shrine Pageant preliminary, 21 July 1958. Sergeant. Glen Coffey; Elmer P. Bromley; B. Pat Groom.
Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Miller. Date: 1958-07-21. Reporter: Hertel. Assignment: Shrine Pageant -- American Legion LAPD Motorcycle Drill Team. 15-16: L to R -- Sergeant Glen Coffey, Elmer P. Bromley and B. Pat Groom, Shrine Pageant officials with American Legion motorcycle drill team of LAPD officers in background. American Legion motorcycle drill team of LAPD officers excute drill in preparation for appearance at Shrine Pageant at Coliseum July 30".


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12/23/09

Norvin

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Pictures copyright Southsiders-mc

Vincent engines have been fitted to other frames. The most obvious is the Norvin, using a Norton Featherbed frame, with or without the lower frame tubes. The Norvin is made in the UK by Hailwood Motorcycle Restorations Specialist frame manufacturers also made frames for the Vincent engine.


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12/18/09

Vol de jour

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Scans of some 1960s plastic model box art.

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The Type 950 Vanguard was a British short/medium-range turboprop airliner introduced in 1959 by Vickers-Armstrongs, a development of their successful Viscount design with considerably more internal room. The Vanguard was introduced just before the first of the large jet-powered airliners, and was largely ignored by the market. Only 44 were built, ordered by Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA) and British European Airways (BEA).


The Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident, or DH.121, was a British short/medium-range three-engined airliner designed by de Havilland in the 1950s, and built by Hawker Siddeley Aviation in the 1960s, after the former became part of that group in 1960. Designed to a British European Airways (BEA) requirement, it sold in small numbers, with 117 produced.


The Bendix RIM-8 Talos was a long-range naval surface-to-air missile, and was among the earliest surface-to-air missiles to equip United States Navy ships. The Talos used radar beam riding for guidance to the vicinity of its target, and semiactive radar homing (SARH) for terminal guidance. The characteristic array of four antennas surrounding the nose are the SARH receivers which functioned as a continuous wave interferometer. Thrust was provided by a solid rocket booster for initial launch and a Bendix ramjet for flight to target with the warhead doubling as the ramjet's compressor.


Project Nike was a U.S. Army project, proposed in May 1945 by Bell Laboratories, to develop a line-of-sight anti-aircraft missile system. The project delivered the United States' first operational anti-aircraft missile system during 1953, the Nike Ajax. A great number of the technologies and rocket systems used to develop the Nike Ajax were re-used for a number of functions, many of which were given the "Nike" name (after Nike, the goddess of victory from Greek mythology). The missile's first-stage solid rocket booster became the basis for many types of rocket including the Nike Hercules missile and NASA's Nike Smoke rocket, used for upper-atmosphere research.


Carried on the XM34 rocket launcher, it could carry either nuclear or conventional warheads. It was primarily intended for use in airborne assault operations and to complement the heavier, self-propelled Honest John rocket systems. Development of the missile was started at Army’s Rocket and Guided Missile Agency laboratory at Huntsville, Alabama, the Redstone Arsenal, in June 1955. In June 1956, the first launch of the XM47 Little John occurred. The Littlejohn was delivered to the field in November 1961 and remained in the Army weapons inventory until August 1969.


The Aerobee rocket was a small (8 m) unguided suborbital sounding rocket used for high atmospheric and cosmic radiation research in the United States in the 1950s.
It was built by Aerojet General. The company began work in 1946 and test fired the first complete Aerobee from the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico on 1947-11-24, it reached an altitude of 34.7 miles (56 km).


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12/17/09

Container City

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Containers are an extremely flexible method of construction, being both modular in shape, extremely strong structurally and readily available. Container Cities offer an alternative solution to traditional space provision. They are ideal for office and workspace, live-work and key-worker housing.



Container Cities do not even have to look like containers! It is a relatively simple matter to completely clad a building externally in a huge variety of materials.



Finally the benefits of Container Cities can truly be seen in short and medium term land use projects. Short-life sites can have Container Cities that simply unbolt and can be relocated or stored when land is required for alternative uses. To date this alternative method of construction has successfully created youth centres, classrooms, office space, artists studios, live / work space, a nursery and retail space.




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12/16/09

Alek

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Alek Wek (born 16 April 1977) is a Sudanese model who first appeared on the catwalks at the age of 18 in 1995, sparking a career lasting to date. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in the Sudan, but in 1991 she and some family members fled to Britain to escape the civil war between the Muslim north and the Christian south of the Sudan. She later moved to the United States.


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12/14/09

FOR SALE : Original Staracer frame

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Contact : southsiders.mc@gmail.com

Cadre original Staracer nickelé pour moteur Triumph unit.
Cadre acheté aux USA pour un projet qui a été annulé.
Il est neuf sorti de la boite et d'une qualité parfaite.
Prix : 2500 €
Livraison à charge du client ( gratuite sur Paris,Toulouse, Bayonne )

An original Staracer nickel plated frame available for Triumph Motorcycle unit engine.
I bought this frame for a project which has been cancelled ... Its a brand new frame just out of the box and the quality is simply amazing.
Price : 2500,00 €
Item located in France, Delivery is at the client expense


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12/11/09

Coveralls

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The 1989 issue of the Oxford English Dictionary lists:
The word "overall" (as garment):
First in 1792 as "overalls" or "overall trousers" = "trousers worn outside the normal trousers to protect them" (from which the "bib-and-brace" use).
First in 1815 as "overall" = "any outermost coat or cloak", with a long list of examples, which do not show when "overall" began to mean "boilersuit".



The word "boilersuit" first on 28 October 1928 in the Sunday Express newspaper.
The first mention of boilersuits known here is in a special rule for manufacturing explosives, laid down in 1891: "Overall suits and head covering shall be supplied to all workers…"
The one-piece work overall arrived in 1891-1916, in tough cotton or in linen, to fit over a shirt or vest and trousers. (The cloth cap began to spread through the working class, and some women wore them too.
In the beginning of the 20th century, coveralls came in as protective garments for mechanics in the USA.
Women wore overalls in factories in England during the First World War in 1916.

Rules were implemented in match factories: Suitable overalls are required for all workers employed in the phosphorus process, except for people who only put the matches in boxes.
During the Spanish Civil War, the Communist soldiers used boilersuits as their uniform. Early aeronauts also wore specially designed one-piece suits.
In the 1930s, overalls were used as comfortable children's clothes.
After W.W.II, many athletes also utilised the advantages of overalls.
Overalls have sometimes been items of fashion, in the 1960s and 1970s. By analogy with protective clothing, technical students started wearing overalls to specific events in Sweden and later in Finland, and later the practice spread to all students.
The fashion world began to sell one-piece overalls as high-quality leisure wear. Ski-overalls were and still are especially popular.
Several years ago there was a time when boiler suits were very fashionable, especially jeans-type coveralls.
Overalls (Bib-and-brace)Construction worker wearing an overall.
These are trousers with an attached front patch covering the chest and with attached braces which go over the shoulders. Often people use the word "overall" for the bib type garment only and not for a boilersuit. In the U.S, boilersuits are also called "coveralls" to distinguish them from the bib-type overall.



Bib overalls are usually made of denim and often have riveted pockets, similar to those on jeans. Bib overalls have long been associated with rural men and boys in the U.S. South and Midwest, especially farmers and railroad workers. They are often worn with plaid flannel shirts, long johns or a red union suit underneath, or with a T-shirt or no shirt at all in warmer weather. These workers seldom wear neckties because of the inherent safety risk it would bring. All over America in modern times, painters, farmers, certain factory workers, some train locomotive engineers, carpenters and other tradesmen or workmen often wear overalls as protective overgarments. Cowboys (beef ranchers) are not typically known to wear such garments in their customary garb. Since the 1960s, different colors and patterns of bib overalls have been increasingly worn by young people of both sexes, often with one of the straps worn loose or unfastened along the side and under the arm. The bib overalls fashion trend among American youth culture peaked in the latter half of the 1970s.



Overalls became clearly work clothes and were reserved for this purpose for a long time.
Etymology of "dungaree"
The term "dungaree" was associated with a coarse undyed calico fabric that was made and sold in a region near Dongari Killa (also called Fort George) in Bombay (now Mumbai) in India. The cloth was cheap and often poorly woven. As such, it was used by the poorer classes for clothing and by various navies as a sail cloth. Sailors often re-used old sails to make clothes. In time, the name of the cloth came to also mean an item of clothing made out of it.
In British English such a bib type overalls are usually called a pair of dungarees.
In the U.S., carpenter jeans are often referred to as dungarees.Boilersuit



Military overall

In the British Army, male Officers' mess dress in most regiments includes a pair of very tight wool trousers which extend above the waist and are worn with braces. The first use of overalls as part of a military uniform was by the Americans. In fact, the earliest written reference to "overalls" in the English language dates to 1776 in the uniform regulations of various American militia units organized to fight in the American Revolution. Overalls were also used by loyalist units, as well as by patriots. As with the gaiters they replaced, military overalls of the Revolutionary War were very tight in the leg, and while some styles retained the full buttoned sides, most relegated the buttons to the distance from mid-calf to the hem. The gaiter style foot covering was retained, as the first military overalls were intended for infantry soldiers. Early regulations and military records show that overalls were strictly a protective layer of clothing for the breeches and stockings for the first couple of years of war. However, the 1778 uniform regulations for the Continental regulars specifically state that overalls, made of linen for summer and wool for winter, will be issued as a replacement for breeches.[citation needed] This is the first purposely non-protective use of overalls in place of breeches as a regular piece of clothing. Specialist battledress was developed primarily during the Second World War, including the Denison smock - originally for parachutists but also adopted by snipers. Specialized jump clothing was perpetuated by the Canadian Airborne Regiment who wore distinctive disruptive-pattern jump smocks from 1975 until disbandment in 1995.



Special patterns of AFV uniform were also worn beginning in the Second World War, initially black coveralls, later khaki coveralls as well as the padded "Pixie suit". Olive drab tanker's uniforms were adopted with the Combat uniform in the 1960s, including a distinctive padded jacket with angled front zip.
The Canadian Army has made extensive use of plain coveralls as a field uniform, commonly using khaki coveralls in the Second World War to save wear and tear on wool Battledress. In the 1950s and 1960, the cash-poor Canadian military adopted black coveralls which were often worn as combat dress, replacing them in the 1970s with rifle green coveralls.




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12/9/09

Two Hearts

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Two hearts are better than one, Two hearts girl get the job done, Two hearts are better than one ...

I love this song from the Boss, Litle Steven is not yet Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and Clarence Clemons is just simply amazing as usual. Its easy to see that Bruce & Steven each time they're singing this song have something in common.




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12/7/09

Point Lobos

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I took those pictures in San Francisco going to Half Moon Bay on a trip with Vincent. Hey Vinç gotta go there again one day ...






The Point Lobos Toll Road Company, of which Dr. H. Gates was the head and front, opened what is now known as the Point Lobos avenue as a toll road early in the sixties, and at about the same time the late Junius G. Foster opened the Cliff House at the terminus of the road. The new road was operated in opposition to the Ocean House road, which started from Seventeenth street, ran over the hills by the old Ocean House race track and the Lake House to the ocean beach, for many years the only route for reaching that portion of the county to view the seals, unless one was willing to trudge over six miles of sand dunes.

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12/5/09

El Mirage

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El Mirage Lake is a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California. The lake is located about 9 miles (14 km) west-northwest of the town of Adelanto and 10 mi (16 km) north of Highway 18 in San Bernardino County.



The dry lake, which sits an approximate elevation of 2,840 ft (870 m), is approximately 6 mi (9.7 km) long. El Mirage Lake is part of the El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area. It is also known to be an extremely popular filming location for automobile commercials. Permits for the Recreation Area can be purchased on-site, at local retailers, and now online. Annual Permits are $90, weekly Permits are $30, and daily permits are $15.



For 50 years the lakebed has been used by the Southern California Timing Association for timed speed runs. The club also runs the Bonneville Salt Flats speed runs.



El Mirage dry lake bed has been home to Land Speed Racing (LSR) for more than half a century. It is located just 30 miles east of a growing high desert community known as the Antelope Valley. Back when Land Speed Racing was young, a group of men that had been racing on the dry lakes for several years, decided to incorporate and create a new racing organization which would enforce safety procedures and promote the sport. Hence the birth of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA). This year, the SCTA is celebrating its 61th year of LSR activities at the El Mirage dry lake.

Our friend Bill Anderson

Land Speed Racing has always been, and still remains a volunteer sport. All of the various club members, SCTA board members, and all other event workers volunteer their time and energy to the benefit of the sport. Our events are wonderful for families and friends to join together for fun and the excitement that always follows Land Speed Racing.



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12/4/09

Southsiders babe December 2009

. Eartha Kitt riding a Murray Mercury bicycle introduced for the frist time at the 1939 New-York World's Fair. Styled by the industrial artist and designer, Viktor Schreckengost. .

12/3/09

Da Hui

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DA HUI was born in Hawaii by a group of surfers, who were also known as the “black shorts”. These are extreme and proud people who have strong feelings about the protection and preservation of the Hawaiian culture, and will stop at nothing to defend it.



Da Hui’s clothing formation began with Eddie Rothman, Bryan Amona, Kawika Stant Sr. and Clyde Aikau. These strong & powerful surfers decided to be independent in creating their own range of garments to promote the pride and spirit of the Hawaiian people. For a long time, the black shorts were made by Quiksilver, but are now done by Da Hui.



To show their Aloha for the North Shore community, DA HUI dress today’s North Shore lifeguards (and of course the famous swimmer Derrick Doerner) and gives with great pleasure, a part of its benefits to several environmental local associations.




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