7/31/09

"Mustache" and his Norton

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Mustache (why?) had is own Moto-Guzzi workshop during 33 years, and worked as a craftman on old bikes.











photo:Zesingle



He bought this 1935 Ohv model 18 Norton six years ago, from a guy who made some cosmetics improvements but the engine didn't run.


So, the first job was a total refurbishing of the engine, with new components: rod, roller bearings, new piston, cylinder rebore, new valves and guides, a classic job but the reliability had to be improved for intensive track use.


The gearbox also was defective, and the sprockets have been charged with weld and rebuilt on the lathe machine , it's not very catholic, but it works well now.


The Lucas Magneto comes from Theodole the specialist in Holland


The Carburetor is a mix between several models.




The cycle-part is the same as the 16h, the only difference between the 16h and the model 18 is in the engine head, the first is a flat head the second is an Over-head-valve head.



On the circuits the chassis show is great age, the frame is interrupted under the engine, and you feel not enough rigid !
This Norton has already taken four years of work,The next job will be made on the fork, but next winter, now it's time for the Rolling machines...


photo:Zesingle


Photos By Laurent Tomas


Next time we'll talk about his Venom Velocette.


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7/30/09

Jasper Johns

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Jasper Johns, Jr. (born May 15, 1930 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking. He is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery.
He is best known for his painting Flag (1954-55), which he painted after having a dream of the American flag. His work is often described as a Neo-Dadaist, as opposed to pop art, even though his subject matter often includes images and objects from popular culture. Still, many compilations on pop art include Jasper Johns as a pop artist because of his artistic use of classical iconography.



Early works were composed using simple schema such as flags, maps, targets, letters and numbers. Johns' treatment of the surface is often lush and painterly; he is famous for incorporating such media as encaustic (wax-based paint), and plaster relief in his paintings. Johns played with and presented opposites, contradictions, paradoxes, and ironies, much like Marcel Duchamp (who was associated with the Dada movement). Johns also produces intaglio prints, sculptures and lithographs with similar motifs.



Johns' breakthrough move, which was to inform much later work by others, was to appropriate popular iconography for painting, thus allowing a set of familiar associations to answer the need for subject. Though the Abstract Expressionists disdained subject matter, it could be argued that in the end, they had simply changed subjects. Johns neutralized the subject, so that something like a pure painted surface could declare itself. For twenty years after Johns painted Flag, the surface could suffice - for example, in Andy Warhol's silkscreens, or in Robert Irwin's illuminated ambient works.



Abstract Expressionist figures like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning ascribed to the concept of a macho "artist hero", and their paintings are indexical in that they stand effectively as a signature on canvas. In contrast, Neo-Dadaists like Johns and Rauschenberg seemed preoccupied with a lessening of the reliance of their art on indexical qualities, seeking instead to create meaning solely through the use of conventional symbols. Some have interpreted this as a rejection of the hallowed individualism of the Abstract Expressionists. Their works also imply symbols existing outside of any referential context. Johns' Flag, for instance, is primarily a visual object, divorced from its symbolic connotations and reduced to something in-itself.



In 1998, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York bought Johns' White Flag. While the Met would not disclose how much was paid, "experts estimate [the painting's] value at more than $20 million." In 2006, private collectors Anne and Kenneth Griffin (founder of the Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel Investment Group) bought Johns' False Start for $80 million, making it the most expensive painting by a living artist.



The National Gallery of Art acquired about 1,700 of Johns' proofs in 2007. This made the Gallery home to the largest number of Johns' works held by a single institution. The exhibition showed works from many points in Johns' career, including recent proofs of his prints.

In spring 2008, a ten-year retrospective of Johns' drawings was mounted at New York City's Matthew Marks Gallery.

7/29/09

The Longest Ride

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The Longest Ride, a Book by Emilio Scotto


For his eighth birthday, Emilio Scotto received a World Atlas. Promptly he announced his plan to make a route that would pass through all the countries of the world, a route he named BLUE ROAD ONE. When, some years later, he found himself astride a black 1100 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, Blue Road One beckoned, and Scotto set off on a journey that would last more than a decade, take him virtually everywhere in the world, and land him in the Guinness Book of World Records. This is his story, a thrill ride that begins in his native Argentina, crosses Panama in the tumultuous time of Noriega, Mexico in the midst of an earthquake, and finds him broke in L.A. where, in a chance meeting, Muhammad Ali gives him fifty dollars and a signed book. Breaching the Iron Curtain, crossing the Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charlie, being blessed by the Pope, set upon by cannibals in Sierra Leone, fleeing Somalia on a freighter, Scottos adventures would be unbelievable if they werent true. His tale of touring the world from Tunisia to Turkey, Petra to Afghanistan, Yugoslavia to Singapore, traveling miles enough to take him to the moon and back, is unlike any ever told. Come along, for the ride of a lifetime.

7/28/09

American Federation of Motorcyclists

Road racing motorcycles accompanied SCCA races in California in the early 1960s. 500cc. British "One lungers" like the Norton Manx and the Matchless G50 were the dominant machines, driven by experts like John McLaughlin, Buddy
Parriott, Don Vesco, Tony Murphy, and others.


Peter Adams on #90 Honda 350 leads John McLaughlin on #25 Norton Manx at Cotati on July 16, 1961. McLaughlin was a frequent winner in this era.


McLaughlin and Adams on the grid at Vaca Valley Raceway, on Aug. 20, 1961. I can't find a program listing for #190 so I have no idea who he is or what he's riding.

Follow this link : tamsoldracecarsite for the rest of the story

7/25/09

Paul Rudolph Architecture

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Paul Marvin Rudolph (October 23, 1918 in Elkton, Kentucky – August 8, 1997 in New York, New York) was an American architect and the dean of the Yale School of Architecture for six years, known for his cubist building designs and highly complex floor plans. His most famous work is the Yale Art and Architecture Building (A&A Building), a spatially complex Brutalist concrete structure.



Rudolph earned his bachelors's degree in architecture at Auburn University (then known as Alabama Polytechnic Institute) in 1940 and then moved on to the Harvard Graduate School of Design to study with Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. After three years, he left to serve in the Navy for another three years, returning to Harvard to receive his master's in 1947.
He moved to Sarasota, Florida and partnered with Ralph Twitchell for four years until he started his own practice in 1951. Rudolph's Sarasota time is now part of the period labeled Sarasota Modern in his career.



Notable for its appearance in the 1958 book, Masters of Modern Architecture, the W. R. Healy House, built in 1950, was a one-story Sarasota house built on posts. The roof was concave, in order to allow rainwater to drain off. In addition, Rudolph used jalousie windows, which enabled the characteristic breezes to and from Sarasota Bay to flow into the house. Adaptation to the subtropical climate was central to his designs and Rudolph is considered one of the major architects in what is labeled the Sarasota School of Architecture.



Other Sarasota landmarks by Rudolph include the Sarasota County Riverview High School, built in 1957 as his first large scale project. Currently, it is slated for demolition despite international criticism and a great deal of controversy in Sarasota, where many members of the community are appealing for the retention of the historic building since the decision reached in 2006 by the county school board. As Charles Gwathmey, the architect overseeing renovation of Art and Architecture Building at Yale, says:

Riverview High School is a fantastic prototype of what today we call green architecture. He was so far ahead of his time, experimenting with sun screens and cross-ventilation. If it's torn down, I feel badly for architecture. ”



Paul Rudolph's Florida houses attracted attention in the architectural community and he started receiving commissions for larger works such as the Jewett Art Center at Wellesley College. He took over the helm of the Yale School of Architecture as its dean in 1958, shortly after designing the Yale Art and Architecture Building. That building often is considered his masterpiece. He stayed on at Yale for six years until he returned to private practice. He designed the Temple Street Parking Garage, also in New Haven, in 1962.



He later designed the Government Service Center in Boston, the main campus of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (originally known as Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, and later as the Southeastern Massachusetts University), the Dana Arts Center at Colgate University, and the Burroughs Wellcome headquarters in North Carolina.



The Lippo Centre, 1987, by Paul Rudolph, a landmark building in Hong KongWhile the Brutalist style fell out of favor in the U.S. during the 1970s, Rudolph's work evolved, and became in demand in other countries. Rudolph designed reflective glass office towers in this period, such as the D. R. Horton, and Wells Fargo towers in Fort Worth, which departed from his concrete works. Rudolph continued working on projects in Singapore, where he designed The Concourse office tower with its ribbon windows and interweaving floors, as well as projects in other Asian countries through the last years of his life. His work, the Lippo Centre, completed in 1987, is a landmark in the area near Admiralty Station of MTR in Hong Kong, and a culmination of Rudolph's ideas in reflective glass. In Indonesia Rudolph pieces of art can be found in Jakarta, Wisma Dharmala Sakti, and in Surabaya, Wisma Dharmala Sakti 2.

7/24/09

Barnstormers New Zealand

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I found this site surfing the net and i can tell you, those Kiwis know what they are talking about
Check out their fabulous website at : http://www.barnstormers.co.nz/



About them :
Time has marched on for motorcycling. Electric start, disc brakes,6speed gearboxes are just some of the advancements that have made motorcycling more enjoyable over the last 40 years. But what of the pioneering machines that made us what we are today. The rigid framed, girder forked, side valve machines that generously populated our and other countries in the first 30 years of last century.



These machines and their riders opened up the frontiers of travel, and their successes encouraged even more motorcyclists to take to the road. The riders may have passed on leaving only family photographs of their exploits, however many of their machines still exist and are ready waiting for new riders.

7/22/09

Men's file first issue

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Nick Clements sent me the first issue of the first "real" men magazine, listen:
Products, Burlesque, Hot Rods, Fashion, Art, Architecture, Surfing, Travel, Classic cars , Peoples, Motorcycles, that's all we need for a beautiful, funny life.

For an overview, you should take a look on the website

Congrats guys, it's a very pleasent magazine.


I already wait for my next issue!!!

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Motorcycle Museums

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Via Patty Davis Motorcycle Travel Examiner


As your motorcycle (or car) vacations take you around the country, consider stopping in a few of the excellent museums that feature or are totally dedicated to the motorcycle.

The following is a list of museums in the southeast United States. Since several of the museums are privately owned and operated, you would be wise to call first to confirm hours. Also check out the slide show below from a visit to the Wheels Through Time Museum. And check back also to this website for future installments from museums across the country.

Alabama:

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Georgia:


Art in Motion Vintage Motorcycle Museum

Blue Moon Cycle’s BMW & European Motorcycle Museum



Old Mill Motorcycle Museum

Mississippi:

Lake Hill Motors Museum

North Carolina:
AmericanClassic Motorcycle Museum

7/21/09

Longer


The most easy and stylish guy in the world, I named: Joel Tudor in the movie Longer

7/19/09

Jeff Decker website


The long awaited Jeff Decker's Website is finally done.

Side-cars World Speed Records

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22.10.67 Triumph 750cc : 213,409 km/h
03.11.66 Vincent HRD 1000CC : 255,002 km/h
19.04.37 Brough Sup 1000cc : 217,805 km/h

"Spirit of America" : 848,651 km/h

The 1000cc Vincent rode by Burns in 1955

Honda 250cc

7/17/09

Friday: fish day !

a little refreshment with the new Tiffany Campbell movie (Thomas's wife), Girls Girls and only Girls surfing with grace.
I love you Kassia !

Jofo

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Jean Duplantier; this Dacquois was born in Bayonne in 1961. After studying architecture in Bordeaux he turned to painting. In 1990 he began to exhibit under the name Jofo and invented the character of Toto, naive and debonair character made famous by the posters of the Football World Cup of 1998.
Painter but also videaste, he is also lead singer of rock band The Snock.



"Jean we wont be in Cap Ferret in August but i still remember the "Who" 30 years ago."
Frank & Vincent